John Hammond’s Golden Harvest Ale (4.8% ABV, bottle)
It’s a good English bitter, which sounds like damning with faint praise, but it’s spot on for its style. Gold with a white head and very light carbonation, it has an aroma of bready male, lemon pith and a hint of spice. The Maris Otter malt is a great base for a top layer of floral, hedgerow top notes, with spice and berry flavours. (02-09-2017)
Three Hundreds Dark Old Ale (5% ABV, bottle)
Pours a slightly hazy dark amber with a just off-white head that stays fairly well. On the nose, it’s all about the malt: bread and light caramel. On the palate, it gets more fruity: blackcurrant and hints of strawberry, while all the time that robust, sweet malt — almost woody — keeps everything on track. I’m drinking this on a chilly early autumn evening and it’s going down a treat. Nice one, Chiltern.