Brewed in collaboration with Dugges Bryggeri, Draugen – a sailor’s Ghost in Scandinavian folklore – is an Imperial Porter with a hint of smokiness.
What’s more it’s the best Siren beer I’ve had for some time.
Pouring an impenetrable inky black, the aroma is brandy butter and custard, and taking a swig you find a big boisterous malting that’s packed with coffee and bitter chocolate, pecan pie, honey and treacle.
The muscavado sugar adds an extra level of rich rum sweetness that’s pushed along by the chest warming alcohol heat and the hops snap and crackle with autumnal leaf litter, orange zest and hazel leaves.
And then, hidden away in the finish, is a waft of bonfire smoke, woody tobacco and pithy dry nettle tea.
Source: Ales By Mail