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Innis & Gunn - Oak Aged Beer.
As close to perfection as you could get. It's heavenly! It's gorgeous!
Flavours of honey, malt, oak, and joy. To quote cartoon characters, Ren & Stimpy, 'Happy, happy, joy, joy'.
This beautiful drink is tastefully taste full. Coats the roof of your mouth with a smooth, full fat, buttery velvet and hugs the tongue like a full fat woman on a cold night.
Thank you Innis & Gunn.
CIDER OF THE YEAR.
Les Celliers Associes - French Sparkling Cider (Cuvee Prestige) Medium Dry
I think I'm gonna cry. This sceptred isle, this green a pleasant orchard we call England produces some of the very finest apples in the world. We have the perfect apple growing climate to obtain perfect quality ingredients plus years of experience and tradition in the art of cider brewing. YET THE VERY BEST CIDER I'VE TASTED IS FRENCH!
It's grown up cider that's full of complex flavours. Lovingly made from juice pressed from hand picked Brittany cider apples that is then slow fermented. It's not too harsh, it's not too sweet and has a sexy bitter oak and vanilla finish.
It's beautiful, SOB. C'est Magnifique!
STOUT OF THE YEAR.
Meantime - London Stout.
WOW! What a stout!
Refusing the inclusion of roast barley like many other stouts, Meantime's Greenwich brewery only uses malt grist incorperating original brown malt. These are long matured to give the beer a smooth velvet warmth and sexy vanilla harmony that knocks spots off of the competition.
Who said the London boys ain't got class. It's class in a glass. It's choky pud, malt loaf, and heaven.
And gone! Sob!
BREWER OF THE YEAR
Fullers - Golden Pride.
8.5%ABV 91/100score (just one of their many impressive beers)
Oh my word! This is very strong, but unlike many strong beers, it's not a sumo wrestler in a tutu. The flavours are powerful, yet subtle and perfectly balanced. The alcohol isn't just there for the numbers but adds to the symphony and helps carry those heavy flavours.
These brewers are artists and should be celebrated as such.
The Tate Gallery should have a Fullers exhibition.
I know I'd go.