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03-12-2010, 10:58
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I've been watching the progress of Black Sheep's Wooly Jumper Porter (4.0abv) for a good month or so now; simply due to the fact that they don't brew seasonals, specials, or one-offs all that often. Thanks to the wonder of Twitter I found out that Veritas in Leeds has snagged some, so I trudged through the snow on Tuesday to sample it. I'm glad I did. It's a great beer; although I must admit, I didn't really know what to expect. However, I'm pleased to report that Black Sheep have done a really good job. When held up to the light there's a lovely red hue coming through the black, as all good porters should have (if you ask me).

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Through the tan collar there's not a great deal going on in the nose apart from some lovely woody smokiness; which sort of sets you up for a sweet beer - but it's not. There's a little almond-biscuityness in there, the aforementioned hint of woodsmoke, and a nice, dry bite at the end. Kudos to Veritas (http://goodpeopleeats.blogspot.com/2010/10/veritas-ale-wine-bar-leeds.html), too - the pint was in tip-top condition too - very clean, very moreish. All in all, it's a really good beer, and one that I hope Black Sheep sell enough of to make it a regular; I think it would be a valuable new addition to their tried and tested, familiar range. Give it a try if you see it about.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_y4tH-im3Mq8/TPex7KZaRAI/AAAAAAAABWc/VQO-BsS_ERU/s200/Three%252520Kings%252520Ale%255B1%255D.jpg (http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_y4tH-im3Mq8/TPex7KZaRAI/AAAAAAAABWc/VQO-BsS_ERU/s1600/Three%252520Kings%252520Ale%255B1%255D.jpg) Another of the 'bigger' Yorkshire brewers who are adding a new seasonal offering to their range isCopper Dragon (http://copperdragonbrewery.squarespace.com/), who have rolled out Three Kings Ale across Yorkshire this week. I've not tried it yet, but I hear it's inspired by German Altbier and Red Ales rather than the usual 'Christmas Pudding in a Glass' efforts. It sounds good and certainly worth a try, so if anyone hears of any being spotted around my manor, give me a shout. Finally, staying in Yorkshire, I've been told Lishman's Butchers (http://www.lishmansonline.co.uk/)of Ilkley have cured one of their Christmas Hams in Ilkley's (http://ilkleybrewery.co.uk/) Stout this year - so if you're up that way (visiting Booth's, perhaps?), then drop in and see if they've got any left.

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