We wouldn’t want to set your expectations too high, but Flat Rock brewer Vince de Soyres reckons this is one of the best beers he’s brewed. And, although we’ve not tried every beer he’s ever made, we’re certainly not going to argue because this is indeed a rather lovely drop. To start with, it looks the business: a rich and dark copper colour with a red hue that, thanks to two weeks’ lagering, is clean and clear when held up to the light. Having spent four weeks in barrels too (being a Scotch ale they were whisky barrels, naturally) it’s picked up some spiciness and some whiskey notes on the nose and palate, though these never threaten to overpower. Instead, they add another dimension to a rounded sweet toffee and malt character that doesn’t linger and cloy, but instead levels off to a nice dry finish.
The only real disappointment about this beer is that there isn’t more to go around. It’s a one-off special and, following the beer dinner at which it was launched, there are only two kegs available at the venue.
- Barrel Aged Scotch Ale
Flat Rock Brew Cafe