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05-04-2010, 16:06
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It was 2010 years ago that Jesus invented chocolate. Jumping at any opportunity for a FABPOW (http://pencilandspoon.blogspot.com/search/label/FAB%20POW), I opened my Easter eggs and looked in the beer cupboard. As if by divine inspiration the golden cross and scripture of the bottle of Durham Breweryís (http://www.durhambrewery.co.uk/) Temptation (http://www.durhambrewery.co.uk/Beers.aspx) shone back at me.


The beer is near-black with streams of sand-coloured bubbles streaming to the top creating a head like a slowly erupting volcano - it looks great. The aroma starts bready, then goes toasty, then moves into nutty, roasty and chocolatey. Thereís a sweetness, some vanilla and vinous fruit Ė sensational. Take a sip and itís big. The carbonation settles down quickly, thereís a boozy punch, a kiss of sweetness, lots of dark chocolate, deeply roasted fruits, a bitter and earthy finish and a woody dryness to end it all and make you want another sip. Beautiful stuff.


You donít need anything with this, so scrap the FABPOW. I tried four different chocolates and they werenít bad, they just detracted from the beer and that isnít good. Just pour it out and let the beer itself be a luxurious treat.


This is the second beer Iíve had called Temptation. The other was from Russian River (http://www.russianriverbrewing.com/web/barrel.html) and itís just about a perfect sour beer (it's just about a perfect beer, full stop). I got the Durham bottle from Avery in Beer Ritz (http://www.thebeerboy.co.uk/beerritz.html); I got the Russian River one from San Francisco (I had it a few times, of course). I would be very Tempted by another couple of each.



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