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


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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.32/5.0   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.

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robinshute123 (81) - Torquay, Devon, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2017
A slightly sweet and strong real ale. Nice and enjoyable from a real traditional English pub :)

JennyEvony (2) - Devon, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2017 does not count
First discovered Spingo and the Blue Anchor while on honeymoon in 1978. Re-discovered on hol three years ago. Beautiful mellow, well-rounded, slighty sweet ale, with complex flavours of malty liquorice, deceptively strong! Stronger versions are brewed for Christmas and Easter. Fortunately, a local real ale pub serves it now from the cask as the bottled version isnt quite the same. Very yummy ale. If you ever visit Cornwall make a pilgrimage to The Blue Anchor, Helston for Spingo and a real Cornish pasty from Mothers just a few doors away. Heaven!

Finn (8305) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 14, 2016
Fra cask på Fortescue Hotel 26 Sep 16. Ultramørk amber. Skum langs glasset. Heftig plomme- / sherryaroma. Smaken lik. Søt frukt & bær. Blir tørr etter hvert. Gjennomgående sherrypreg. Vel søt - men god.

Rune (13781) - Tromsø, 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).

SamVimes21 (573) - - JUN 2, 2016
Cask @ Blue Anchor, Helston, dark brown with beige head a rich malty taste with fruit, blueberry toffee aftertaste , a lovely beer .

Scopey (16277) - 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.

Giochaurand (533) - 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.

evergreen0199 (3570) - 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.

madmitch76 (26467) - , 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!

MartinT (10155) - 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.

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