Brentwood Brewing is a small outfit run by Essex CAMRA activists and borne out of a good old-fashioned love of real ale. Their winter seasonal Chestnut Stout is a corker. Or do we mean a conker?
It tastes — and don’t laugh at the Gooldenism — like chocolate bourbon biscuits. There’s only a little bitterness at the end, but it’s not sickly either. For a beer that claims to be only 3.999% (ha ha) it’s got a lot of body, too. Could we taste chestnuts? Probably not, to be honest, but it’s a fantastic stout we’d be pleased to see more of. Good job, chaps.
Compare this with Milton Caligula which we tried on the same night: 8.8% and, according to the barman, supposed to taste like blue cheese. Eugh.
Photo by FotoDawg at Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons.