Advent Beer: Croglin Vampire

I’ll start this post by saying that I was sent this beer by the brewery. They sent out a number of samples and you can read what others have thought here, here and here. So, now that’s out the way, what did I think of the beer…?

Cumbrian Legendary Ales Croglin VampireIt poured a deep copper brown with an easily formed light brown head. The head didn’t hang around for any length of time, I’m not sure if it was the glass or the beer, the last few beers I’ve had from that glass haven’t had a head that’s lasted either. It smelt of thick syrupy malt, with undertones of rich dried fruit.

It’s very full bodied, it drinks like it’s 8%, but there’s no alcohol burn. The mouth feel is quite smooth, with just a tickle of carbonation to stop it tasting totally flat and thus like cough medicine. It’s very malty, with the a lot of dried fruit, like the kind you’d put in a rich fruit cake.

I should probably say that this kind of beer isn’t my favourite style and to be honest, now that I’ve tried this, I doubt I’d buy it if I saw it. It’s not that it’s bad, it isn’t, it’s just not my thing.

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