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Winster Valley Old School

Rating: 3.2

Another random beer now, this one a beer I received as a gift from my parents on their return from the Lake District recently. The beer is a local brew from the Winster Valley Brewery located in the village of Winster and brewed on site at the Brown Horse Inn in the village where the beer is also available to try on cask as well as in bottles. I never know what to expect from these types of beer with they ranging all the way from terrible right up to excellent so it really is just your luck but as always I’m optimistic going in and hopefully it turns out to be a decent offering; at the very least it’s another beer that I wouldn’t have been able to try without visiting the area myself so I’m glad I’m getting to try it anyway.

Old School

Appearance (3/5): This one pours a slightly copper tinged, light amber colour with a half centimetre, bubbly white head that fades to leave quite a patchy lacing after about a minute.
Aroma (7/10): This one smelt surprisingly nice with quite a sweet aroma complimented by a light earthy malt backing and some nice toffee notes. There was a nice balance to the beer with some butterscotch coming through as well and helping to add the the sweetness.
Taste (6/10):  The taste started with some biscuit malts and a few earthy hops before hints of sweetness and caramel started to come through. The sweetness wasn’t as pronounced as the nose and some light bitterness helped balance any there was out. I managed to detect some butterscotch from the nose though and there was a background floral flavour in there too.
Palate (3/5): Smooth and quite bittersweet on the palate, although the sweetness probably comes through stronger of the two. The beer had a medium body and soft carbonation with quite a dry finish but a nice balance overall.

Overall (14/20): This one was surprisingly enough quite a pleasant and easy to drink beer, not a bad effort for such a random bottle and one that I enjoyed trying. The beer had quite a nice biscuit malt and toffee flavour with the butterscotch sweetness complimenting this nicely; a decent effort despite not being on that’s going to blow you away or anything like that.

Brewed In: Winster, Cumbria, England
Brewery: Winster Valley Brewery
First Brewed: 2009
Type: English Pale Ale
Abv: 3.9%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Ambleside, Cumbria, England
Price: Gift

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  1. April 7, 2015 at 10:44

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