Another roundup of some of the beers I've had recently. As before, this isn't meant to be a set of tasting notes, more a summary and any note worthy points.
Fuller's 1845. Apparently aged for a minimum of 100 days before sale, the colour is a deep chestnut with hints of red. The aroma is a combination of alcohol and tangy dark, fleshy fruits. The flavour is a combination of caramel malt and fleshy fruits with some subtle alcohol warmth. A slightly drying, bitter finish powers in but doesn't linger. You can also clearly taste some roasted malt coffee flavours in the background. Very nice.
Gadds' Reserved. Picked this one up from Eddie a few weeks back and had been saving it for the festive break. It's a barley wine that's been aged in red wine casks. The colour is a lovely deep red with no head at all. This bottle had a slight haze but that could've been down to it being a little too cold. The smell is some subtle red wine accompanied by horsey, farmy Brett. The taste has some sweetness up front, moving to slight fruitiness then finishing with slight bitterness and big drying Brett. The Brett in the taste is also farmy and horsey but adds an elastic/rubber element that reminds of plasters. I wonder if the brewer was intending this to taste the way it does, I was expecting some more winey notes but this is excellent none the less.
Fuller's Jack Frost. Described by the brewer as a winter beer, blackberries are used in its production. The colour is a deep flame with purple hues, the head is big, fluffy and white. Aroma wise you get spicy hops and jammy fruit. The taste is quite thin and watery with a crisp but not overly bitter finish. Very good, but not characteristics I would expect from a winter beer. There's some sweetness present and some fruitiness too, I couldn't help but be disappointed by the lack of pronounced blackberry flavour though. I can see myself drinking this on hot summer days and really enjoying it.
Hopdaemon Skrimshander. A gorgeous flame colour, looking at the photo of this beer just makes me thirsty. The nose is overtaken by masses of fruity, piney, resinous hops. The taste is light and refreshing with the promise of resinous, piney hops being kept, leading to a crisply refreshing bitter finish. Delicious.