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Blue Anchor Spingo Special

Blue Anchor Spingo Special
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Brewed by Blue Anchor
Style: English Strong Ale
Helston, England


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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.33/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
Cask; Regular. Also available bottle conditioned by Keltek. ABV varies between 6.5% & 6.7%.

Brewed for the first time to celebrate the marriage of Prince Charles and Diana, this magnificent beer is one of the strongest brewed in Britain today. Dark in colour and sweet in taste, this is the creme-de-la-creme of real ales.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (11352) - Tromsř, NORWAY - OCT 14, 2016
Cask ale, half pint at Fortescue Hotel. Deep rosewood coloured body, covering layer at the top, clingy lacing. Brown malty nose with hints of dark berries. Mixed taste of berry fruits, caramel malts and dried fruits. Jam-like impression. Slightly roasted malt-fruity end. Well bodied. Pleasantly smooth (Shared with Finn, Plymouth 26.09.2016).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SamVimes21 (282) - - JUN 2, 2016
Cask @ Blue Anchor, Helston, dark brown with beige head a rich malty taste with fruit, blueberry toffee aftertaste , a lovely beer .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (12707) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2016
Cask at the Blue Anchor. It pours darkest brown with thick beige head. The nose is rich, oily, sweet fruit cake, blueberry muffin, roasted malt and jam. The taste is rich, sweet, very fruity, blueberry muffin, blackcurrant jam, liquorice, treacle, Eccles cake, some charred roast and warming alcohol with a smooth, fruity finish. Medium + body and fine, foamy carbonation. Nice jammy berry character to it. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Giochaurand (436) - FINLAND - JAN 16, 2015
Cask. Pours dark reddish brown with a medium head. Aroma is roasted malts, nuts and toffee. Soft palate, but strong and full. Taste is liquorice, nuts, and that smell that you get when throw beer on the sauna, bready.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
evergreen0199 (3030) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2014
Cask at Ealing beer festival 2014. A dark brown/amber coloured pour with a thin off white head on top. Fruity, malty aroma. Tastes fruity, bitter, slightly sweet and acidic. This one doesn’t work for me at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (22351) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2013
23rd October 2013
Bottle drank on hols in St Ives. Murky dsrk brown beer with a small pale cream colouted head. Palate is a little dry and minerally crisp. Tangy fruits! Nice touch of cherry with lesser raspberries and strawberries and a whisper of blueberry. Subtle brett and sweetness that offsets the tangy fruits. Finishes semi dry with a mellow bittrrness. Really tasty and interesting and very drinkable too boot!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
My Bottom Line:
This velvety Old World Ale juxtaposes wooden hop bitterness to fruit jam and slender caramel, as sea grass peppers the compelling finish.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam laces atop the gorgeous dark russet.
-This is a very polished brew despite its idiosyncrasies.
-This one has the perfect amount of residual sugars to offset the briny character endemic to their fermentation room.
-This tastes like a Doppelbock sipped seaside. Really compelling.

On cask at The Rake.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thomat (3420) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 10, 2013
Cask @ The Rake. Reddish brown with a tiny tan head. Malty with fruity tones. Malt, fruit and spices. Medium to full body with a nice, bitter sweet after taste.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
fonefan (44144) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 14, 2013

Bottle 500ml.

Clear medium to dark brown amber colour with a huge, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, rotten eggs !! urk ... this is not a good aroma ... Flavour is moderate sweet and light to moderate bitter with a long duration, sugary sweet, caramel, and stange not sour and no rotten eggs. Body is medium, texture is oily and sticky, carbonation is soft to flat. [20121208]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tombyars (1598) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - OCT 6, 2011
Tasted this at the Paisley Beer Festival in April 2006. Cask, gravity dispense. Dark mahogany in colour with a thin open white head which disappeared rapidly. Strong aroma of moist maltloaf. Dark malt complexes give strong sweet notes of Dundee cake, treacle toffee, maple syrup and banana. Dry prickle of hops and dessicated raisins add flavour to the booming aftertaste. Finish is dry and vineous with a strong flavour of liquorice coming through. This was the joint winner of the PBF 06 and well deserved, as its a cracking strong ale. Highly recommended.

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