Seven Giraffes

Rating: 3.55

Another beer from Williams Brothers brewery, one of my go to Scottish breweries since I started this blog since there seems to be an endless supply of them in Scottish supermarkets these days. This one will bring me up to double digits as the tenth beer from them that I will have reviewed. I picked this one up in Morrisons a week or so ago for just under £1.50 which isn’t a bad price although it’s not unusual to see Tesco offer this one up for slightly cheaper every now and again. I’m not sure what to expect from this one as this sort of ESB can go either way in my experience, I’m just hoping this one is more on the light side of the style without being overly heavy but we shall see soon enough.

Appearance (4/5): Light amber orange colour with a massive, foamy white head about two inches tall and with good retention and some nice lacing on the glass.
Aroma (7/10): Sweet malts right off the bat with a good hop aroma following close behind. There is some caramel malts and some roasted sugar along with some toffee and spice. I can also detect an earthy malt base and some sort of nutty aroma.
Taste (7/10): Strong, sweet malts to kick things off with along with some caramel and toffee as well as a touch of light hops. There is some citrus and a tiny hint of fruit as well. There is plenty of bitterness towards the back end of the beer along with some biscuit and mild earthy malts.
Palate (3/5): Medium, almost full in body but with medium carbonation and a lot of bitterness to it towards the end which seems to linger for an age and feels quite dry.

Overall (15/20): A nice bitter with great malts and a solid taste that hints ever so slightly at fruity undertones and goes down wonderfully. A nice surprise from this one after the disappointment of some of the last beers from the brewery I have tried. A very nice and well balanced beer that I would probably have again if it was on offer.

Brewed In: Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland
Brewery: Williams Brothers Brewing Company
First Brewed: circa. 2007
Type: Premium Bitter/ESB
Abv: 5.1%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Morrisons
Price: £1.49

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