Okay so i'm offically on holiday after todays shift. Yayyyyyyyyy!!!
And what a better way to start it than an award winning tasty beer.
Somerset brewery Quantock have won SIBA double gold in 2010 with this stout, a 4.5% 500mls and bottle conditioned.
When i poured it into the glass its black, so black, hardly any hints of light at the edge when held up to the light. The head was a light milky chocolate colour, aroma - light coffee, milky coffee even, smoke, blackberry.
This has a great smooth taste, and all the elements i like in a stout - it has a good medium body, creaminess balanced with a hop bitterness. The coffee again come through, and again berry fruits, dark roast malts, black chewy licorice. Again i say balanced very well, i would imagine a judge just ticking all the boxes when considering the style of a stout. But tasty too, very drinkable.
This was totally one of those 'moment' beers that you have. Sitting here after a long day, now in the happy knowledge that a holiday has begun, tomorrow meeting old friends, a week of relaxing with beer, company and food;
whilst i sit watching tv i'm sinking into the sofa and tickling my taste buds in the best possible way, smoothly easing my way into this break. Perfect.
I would like to thank Rob from Quantock for generously providing these beers for reviews, i honestly enjoyed them all, he has a good solid range with the Royal Stag, Stout and Quantock ale for me being their standout beers. My apprehensions about reviewing free beer have dissolved, if all could be as good as these then all reviewers would have an easy job.
You can buy Quantock beers from local farmers markets, or from myBrewerytap, or West Country Ales.
Again, thank you to Rob from Quantock.