Bought last may (2010) whilst on holiday in Cornwall, this was from the Sharp's Brewery shop in Rock itself, bought alongside their Massive ale, and some Single Brew Reserve 2009 bottles.
We're taking the same holiday this year we had such fun, so another visit is definitely on the cards, who knows that i might be lucky to see Mr Howe himself!
I was trying to keep this for, well i'm not sure really, perhaps this years holiday but decided to open tonight.
It popped open with a good smoke arising, aroma was a rich alcohol, caramel and plummy. It is a reddy brown colour with a lovely white bubbly head, bubbles rising nicely. Drinking this was lovely, its a small 330ml bottle and i wish it was more, as i got towards the last 30mls i really wanted another few mouthfuls of its brown sugar muffin top taste, toffee, sherry, a rich alcohol warmth, and a sharpness from the hops. After some dried fruit, raisins, it was short in the mouth but as it warmed it was welcoming you, but teasing almost as you came towards its end.