Belhaven Brewery Speyside Oak Aged Blonde Ale – English Strong Ale at 6.5% ABV | 25 IBU

Belhaven Brewery Speyside Oak Aged Blonde Ale English Strong Ale at 6.5% ABV | 25 IBU (C$3.20 at NLC Stavanger, 330 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 29-May-2017, reviewed 31-May-2017)

Appearance: clear deep gold with a short, short-lived fizzy head, no lacing. (2/5) Aroma: caramel and toffee, vanilla, wood, whiskey, metallic. (6/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, mild bitter. (5/10) Palate: medium body, lively carbonation, sweet mildly warming slightly metallic finish. (3/5)

Malt dominated and really far too sweet for my preference. I had a sneaking suspicion “Belhaven” wasn’t a “real” brewery when I bought this, and sure enough, turns out it’s Greene King. ‘Nuff said. (11/20)

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