We start today’s Sainsbury’s Great British Beer Hunt 2011 reviews with the beer that I had the most trouble getting my hands on. It took three visits to the local store before I managed to get a bottle, so was it worth the wait…?
It poured a crystal clear golden amber from a clear bottle, the only entry in the beer hunt to be in one. The head was quite impressive to start with, but dropped to a covering fairly rapidly. The nose was quite immense, with aromas streaming out of the glass during the pour. It smell reminded me of rhubarb and custard sweets, but got less intense the longer it sat there.
Taste wise, it was a massive disappointment, it totally didn’t live up to the nose. There didn’t appear to be much in the way of flavour or bitterness, with just a tickle of the later providing any entertainment. The after taste was slightly drying and had more of the rhubarb and custard flavour that was evident on the nose.
I’ll admit that this isn’t my first Profanity Stout, I had one earlier in the week, so I knew what I was in for and boy was I looking forward to it. It poured an almost impenetrable black, just the merest hint of colour when held up to the light. A loose tan coloured head formed easily and dropped to a covering fairly quickly.
It smelt amazing, full on thick treacly coffee, with hints of bitter dark chocolate. I should at this point give a full and balanced review, but instead I’m just going to give you a few keywords: full bodied, thick, oily, coffee, bitter dark chocolate. It was utterly moreish, with fleeting hints of vegetal hops at the edges.
To be blunt, if this doesn’t win, then either the public have no taste, or the competition’s a joke. And to think this recipe was dreamt up by two students at the Hairy Twatt (I studied physics there once, I can call it that), hats of to you guys, I hope you both have long and illustrious careers.
- Williams Brothers
- Profanity Stout, 7%, 330ml
* No photo for the Two Hoots due to the app on my phone throwing a wobbler and deleting them all…