Fraoch – Heather Ale

Another week, another beer from the BeerBods. This time up it’s something a bit different – a heather beer!

Aroma – Starts off (when cool) with an earthy and peaty aroma, but as it wams up it develops more of a sweet character and the maltiness comes through.

Appearance – Golden, crystal clear and with a soft white head that persisted well.

Flavour – The predominant flavours I got off of this were a jam like sweetness followed by a slightly spicy ginger note – it’s ok, not unpleasant, but it’s not normally the sort of thing I’d go for. You also get a malty sweetness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. There’s a slight carbonic bite in the finish (following that malty sweetness down).

Overall – I’m a bit mixed on this one. It’s got some interesting flavours going on in there, but I found it real hard going from about half-way down the glass due to the slight spiciness.

Would I buy more? – Not too sure to be honest… It’s nice, but it’s not one I’d go out and look for.

Bath Ales – Barnsley

This is the first beer from the second beerbods box (that arrived the other day). I’ve had one or two beers from Bath Ales in the past – I can’t remember which ones, but I do remember the we’re rather good, so I was quite looking forward to this one!

Aroma – Malty, rich and malty, with hints of biscuit and toast.

Appearance – Deep nutty brown in colour and very clear. Upon initial opening it was quite lively and started fizzing out of the bottle, but that soon died away didn’t really leave much of a head after the pour.

Flavour – Much like the aroma, it’s rich and malty with hints of chocolate, biscuit and vanilla finished with a slightly hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied but smooth drinking with a really light carbonation.

Overall – A really enjoyable dark bitter. Great for the cold evenings settling in.

Would I buy more? – Yup, this ones’s lovely!