Elland have only gone and put their already terrific 1872 Porter into barrels to age.
And what’s come out is an absolutely sublime beer.
Pouring as black as pitch with a foaming cappuccino head, the smell is port and prunes.
Taking a swig you find all the rich chocolate and coffee, honey and plums of the original beer, but the barrels have added a soft damp woodiness, a little mushroom meatiness and a sweet scotch warmth, rounding out the beer, making it feel plump and full, yet allowing the hops to create a light sharpness of hedgerow and aniseed at the edges.
The finish is long and pithily dry.
Quite simply, superb.
Source: Elland Brewery