Tipple of the Month

2013-05

Midnight Sun

Williams Bros. Brewing Co. Midnight Sun Spiced Porter

The Williams Bros. Brewing Co.,based in Alloa, produce a range of superb craft beers and have won many awards in recent years. Perhaps best known for Fraoch (Heather Ale), all their beers are bursting with interesting flavours and my latest discovery is Midnight Sun, 5.6% ABV. This is a porter with a hint of ginger spice on the nose and palate, accompanied by velvety smooth, malt, chocolate and coffee flavours with a hint of sweetness on the finish. The addition of fresh root ginger during the brewing process has added an extra dimension to this porter, which enhances rather than overpowers the complex aromas and flavours. This is exactly what craft beer should be like - innovative, interesting, packed full of flavour and delicious. It's great to drink on its own, but for a food match, how about a gooey chocolate-based dessert like a fondant, a rich fruitcake, or cheese and biscuits with a really good chutney? Superb!

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