Cask: Special - 2008
A rustic brown ale brewed using smoked malt and juniper berries that will be a great complement to any autumn foods. With a nod to one of its key ingredients the beer has been named "SuJu" (SuperJuniper!). To create the beer the brew team chose a combination of Maris Otter, Vienna, Munich, Smoked, Amber and Chocolate malts. The hops used are a blend between one of Agostino’s favourite hops, Hallertau Mittelfrüh with notes of lemon marmalade, citrus peel and pepper, and Thornbridge’s latest discovery, Vanguard, an American offspring of Hallertau Mittelfrüh with strong aroma of raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and a touch of black grapes. The brew was seasoned with fresh organic juniper berries specially selected for their exuberant and warming, resinous, mango aromas.
DJMonarch (9170) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask Handpump at the Crown Inn, Stockport 08/11/2008
Malt aroma. Copper mid brown coloured and a little rich on the palate with some alcohol present. Hints of dryness and bitterness in a full malt finish.
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask (handpull), Coach and Horses, Dronfield, Derbyshire. This is a busy, busy beer. To be honest, my pint of SuJu came at the end of a long beery day and my palate was struggling with subtleties. Overall, it’s a decent brown with a robust malted base. Plenty of fruits to chew on too, more like liquid fruitcake than fruit cocktail, mind. The juniper and Hallertau give the beer a lift and a pervasive warm glow that leaves you feeling like the kid in the old Ready Brek ads. Here’s hoping Thornbridge have some stashed away; I’d love to revisit this after a years maturation.
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