UK beer “tasting”

A while ago a Scottish friend came over and brought along a few Scottish beers (in origin, at least) for me to try. We gave a few of them a shot, including some general UK beers.

Murphy’s is well enough known. Plus, it’s an Irish stout. For what it’s worth, Murphy’s and Beamish will also be somewhat tied for my favorite draught-style stout behind Guinness.

Orkney Brewery’s Skull Splitter was new to me. It’s got a 91 on Beer Advocate. The beer’s name comes from its alcohol content, I suppose, which sits at 8.5 percent. Because we tasted the beer a while ago, I can’t remember the specifics of the taste, but I know that the alcohol flavor was definitely present, mixed with a kind of fruity spice. There was a slight floral smell, which goes wonderfully into …

Williams Brothers Brewery’s Fraoch Heather Ale. It’s got an 85 on Beer Advocate. Andy explained that this beer comes from an ancient recipe. The Williams Brothers site says about 2,000 B.C. What I liked most about this beer was it was almost a good German hefeweizen, but with much more of a flowery taste. Kind of if you took some lavender and threw it in the brew. It wasn’t as pungent or heavy tasting as you’d get hints of fruit and citrus from a hefeweizen, but a perfectly combined amount. I really liked it. Mix it with a good malt base and you’ve got my favorite of the bunch.



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