Day 8 – #12BeersofXmas 2016
Brewery – HawksHead Brewery
Location – Staveley, Cumbria (historically, Westmorland)
The Drink: Tonka
ABV: 8.5% – 330ml
Style: Imperial Porter
Additional info: Pale Ale, Crystal, Chocolate & Vienna Malts – Oats. Cascade, Bramling Cross & Jester hops. Tonka beans, cacao nibs and vanilla.
Earlier this year I toddled off to the Hawkshead brewery for their annual beer festival and it was a hell of a treat. One of those rare days where all the transport works and links up and you get a seat on every journey. You walk in the right direction each time, the scenery around the place is fantastic and the beer and company isn’t half bad too (especially when its, accidentally, Mark from Runaway and Jay nee Quantum).
Tonka I have had before on keg and it was very, very good then, so lets see how the bottled version stands up…
Pouring a thick black with a long last, off-cream-white head the smell is a very subtle dark chocolate.
Lusciously thick and obesely-bodied in the mouth with light carbonation and a smooth nature its taste is dark chocolate, cherries and a slight nuttiness, think liquefied black forest gateaux only less sweet, a more boozy mature version.
Hawkshead are another of those consistently good brewers, able to blend old and new styles seamlessly but seem to drift under the radar and yet are ever present, in short they let the beer do the talking because, well that is how it should be and its all beer needs.
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