Posted by: Wayne Robinson | May 4, 2011

Cock Ale tasting notes

Well, after two months of stewing bottle conditioning, how did it go? Given that it was a drink favoured by the infirm, we set our best enfeebled tasters to the task.

The first impression in the glass is unbelievable clarity. We’ve never seen an un-fined beer this clear in less than six or seven months in the bottle. Even the independent judge who has been around a lot of homebrew commented. The nose is fresh hay, the mouth feel is crisp and slightly dry at the front with the burnt taste of the sherry in the mid-taste. The after-taste has hints of the spice and fruit and the finish is big alcohol and a slight hint of oiliness which limits the dryness. The initial flatness from one  month in has gone, leaving a very drinkable drop. As a liqueur ale, it is for sipping rather than quaffing.

We had to unleash it at the conferention in the brewing competition. It didn’t win its category, but did get some good comments from the judges and other competitors. A few people are now interested in making their own, which was the point all along.

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Responses

  1. Now where do the Rev and I go from the weirdest Digby Brew? Enquiring minds need to know.

  2. I enjoyed the cock ale very much!

    So much in fact that I will have a go at making the same, though it will have to wait a while as my fermenter is currently brewing a cider, and will be busy with batches of cider until at least July.


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