Dec 29 2014
My #12BeersOfXmas – Day 10 – Yankee Sandwich – The Wild Beer Co (Shepton Mallet, Somerset) – 4.7% abv
(Back Home – Bye Bye Donkey!)
Firstly, a confession. I haven’t has all that much by Wild Beer. A fabulous Wildebeest last year, the odd – but incredibly refreshing – “Cool As A Cucumber” collab with Fyne Ales. But not much else. This was partly remedied following a little nip into Barbeerian last week. This being one of the purchases.
I mean….Peanut Butter…..Milk Stout…..Rich Chocolate…..My boxes are all ticked with THAT lot alone! (Although I will stop short of the recommended scoop of ice cream in the beer…..I’ll take your word for that one guys! So what’s it like?
Black (always a good start in my book!) with a thin cafe au lait coloured head which quickly dissipated leaving…darkness. The aroma on pouring was like a nutty ice cream….no need of an additional scoop then eh?
Medium bodied and quite sweet and creamy in the mouth, the oats helping this lovely texture. The initial flavour was a slight sourness from the lactose which faded and gave way to a very subtle sweet nuttiness which was sired by a saltyness, most pleasant, like salted caramel.
A more roasted character came through in the second mouthful whilst retaining the sweet, salty, nutty thing. The finish is rounded off with some rich dark chocolate, dry and satisfying. It works. I may sound like an odd combo for a beer, but it is more subtle than it sounds. And it works!