Yeah right, as if I have guilt. Well not over food or beer in any case :)
It’s been a while, seems like I say that every time I post now. Time seems to escape me. I’ve been brewing and I’ll have a couple brewing posts sometime in the near future. Also, I’ll be flying out to California in a couple weeks to attend the AHA National Homebrewers Conference in San Diego.
For tonight though, this post is totally (I fucking mean, like… totally!!!) brought to you by 8 hour slow cooked lamb shanks with potato & sweet potato. The shanks + extra cooked in Monteiths Doppelbock and served with sides of sweet potato mash, smashed potato and roasted carrots (prepared and cooked whilst consuming Bridge Rd Brewers India Saison – a decent beer, different but not bad). Oh and yeah for those contrarians, potato does count as a serve of vegetables.
The meal has been paired with a 2013 Changing Tides barley wine from Sail & Anchor which has aged quite well, sherry/new port up front, head retains quite well. There’s some raisin, almost no hop flavour left… I probably should have shared this… Oh well, shit happens (& if you’re reading this, then you had your chance).
As the beer warms up, the aromas awaken, you can smell that rich oxidised malt character that presents with a sweet sherry alcohol aroma. The port flavour moves completely up front and (maybe) I get a bit of date character. There’s a reasonable level of alcohol heat which is perfect in this style and the sweetness of the alcohol blends nicely with the complex malt profile.
On inspection, The bottle contains some tasting notes & I am extremely glad for as I cannot recall (or be bothered looking for) the tasting notes from this beer from back in 2013.
Not so much of a floral and citrus hop character anymore. The rich malt is there and I suspect it must have had a decent crystal percentage in the grist. The perceived IBU is nowhere near 65 and from my recollection wasn’t close even back in 2013. Not a lot of spicy either… Maybe stretching it but if it’s still there then it’s waaaaay back on the palate, and is probably hidden behind the alcohol warmth that’s present there too.
The whole evening wouldn’t be right if I didn’t follow it up with something decent… In this case a glass of single malt Glenlivet 12.
Anyways, that’s probably enough from me for one night. Eat well, Drink well, Live well.