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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: 23   MEAN: 3.29/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
evergreen0199 (2004) - 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 (14744) - , 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 (7779) - 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 (2035) - 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 (34777) - 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 (1354) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnar (5226) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JUL 25, 2011
Cask at the Blue Anchor, Helston. Pours dark reddish with a tiny head. Aroma of red ripe fruits, alcohol as well. Taste is smooth, moderate sweet berries and toffee, quite a different beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12361) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 21, 2011
Bottle. Dark brownish-amber. The aroma is dark rich fruits adn some oxidaztion, possibly diacetyl. Soft, very fruity, grape-like front, moving towards a maltier, almost bubblegummy character. Rustic and unusual.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2011
Bottle from the brewpub. Is red, nice color. Aroma is overripe cherries, cinnamon, clove, and something else, like bay leaf/laurel or another aromatic herb. Is really quite nice considering I’m sure this would be better from the cask. It’s dry, spicy, with lots of kirsch aroma. Later aroma and flavors of cherry seeds, ground up into the mash. Interesting, and certainly special to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DruncanVeasey (7134) - NUNEATON, Top 13, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2010
UPDATED: APR 14, 2010 BC, 6.6% according to the bottle. Here it is in my glass: the famous Spingo all the way from Helston, via somewhere else (Castle Bottling, Lostwithiel). Mind-altering aroma of seafret, spice trade galleon encrusted with cowpats, paper bag confectionary- specifically rhubarb and custard and a kind of brittle, pillow-shaped, Werthers-like item I remember my Mum buying by the quarter from the local newsagent over 25 years ago, and haven’t thought of since. Fuck, I feel old all of a sudden. If this is brewed without spices, it’s a work of genius, in reality I suspect it’s got a shitload of clove and ground ginger in it. Either way, blind and from the aroma alone I’d wager everything I own it was brewed in Belgium: bonus point. Flavour-wise: spices taking over, stilling everything into a pleasantly mulled, dentists’ chair mushiness; attractive underlying biscuit (spiced, Swedish), Hershey’s Peanut Butter Cups, damp mildewed books, shipwrecked oak beams. Yeah, underwater Swedish dentists’ chair on a spice trade galleon that went down in Cornwall 300 years ago, raised and rolled through a field full of cow shit. ’Terroir’ Oz would call it. As mentioned by Fin, it pours itself a good 10mins after taking the cap off, but otherwise it’s creamy, ruby, beige-collared and completely well-behaved. Hats off to the brewers for getting it bottled elsewhere. Quite a trip.

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