Sound Brewery Old Yonder Star Yorkshire Style Holiday Ale – English Strong Ale at 7.3% ABV

Sound Brewery Old Yonder Star Yorkshire Style Holiday Ale English Strong Ale at 7.3% ABV (2015 Craft Beer Advent Calendar Day #23, 355 ml, no bottle date or best before, reviewed 23-Dec-2015)

Appearance: clear brown with a short, short-lived loose light beige head, no lacing. (3/5) Aroma: mild, toffee, dark fruit, roasty malt, nutty. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium-light body, moderate carbonation, off-dry slightly astringent
finish. (3/5)

Fairly pleasant darker Wintereenmas-warmer-whatever ale, but it falls off rapidly. The aromas and flavours lend themselves to a more emphatic approach, rather than the light and easy-drinking aspect it has. That said, it’s no mean feat to make 7.3% so easily drinkable, so kudos there for sure. Not bad at all, but it felt like it could’ve been so much more. (13/20)

6.5/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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