Advantages Tasty, dark and refreshing.
Disadvantages None at all!
About a month or so ago I attended a CAMRA Tasting Session of beers from The Springhead Brewery. We had to sample four of their regular beers, fill out tasting cards (noting colour, texture, temperature, taste, etc) and then I had the job of producing brief tasting notes. This session took place at The Boat Inn at Cromford (a pub I visit reasonably regularly and have reviewed on here in the past).~~~THE BREWERY.
Springhead Brewery started up in 1990 in the North of Nottinghamshire (near Sutton on Trent, Newark). It was the smallest micro-brewery in the country until it moved (in 1993) to a bigger site, still in Newark (still in Nottinghamshire). It is called Springhead because this was the name given to the particular bend in the River Trent where the brewery was housed. Springhead Brewery has continued to grow and has increased production considerably over the years.Some of the beers you may find include Roaring Meg (a big, blonde beer at 5.5% ABV), Oliver’s Army (a red/brown
~~~THE BEER.***Useful Info***
Springhead’s beers are named in honour of things relating to the English Civil War. You will find names like Cromwell’s Hat, Rupert’s Ruin and Roundhead’s Gold. Puritan’s Porter is supposed to be brewed in the style of an old traditional porter (http://www.wordiq.com/definition/Porter_%28alcohol%29) ~ the funny thing is that the Puritans would never have ever drunk anything like this at all because these strict Protestants believed in abstaining from alcohol! The original name for this brew was Hole in Spire (due to a cannon ball hitting Newark Church), but was renamed later.***Vital Statistics***
Puritan’s Porter weighs in at 4% ABV and is brewed using a dark chocolatemalt to give a roasty flavour and dark colour. Unlike some of Springhead’s other beers, this one is brewed and sold all year round.***Look, aroma & texture***
Looks wise, Puritan’s Porter is a very dark brown, almost black beer. When poured without a sparkler (a device that mixes air with the beer, adding oxygen to it) it has no head at all, but it does have a tan coloured head if served through a sparkler (some of us tried it with and others without). Aroma is predominantly that of roasted malt, with a little hint of liquorice and nuts. The texture (despite the darkness of the colour) is quite light, dry, smooth and surprisingly refreshing.***Taste***
Puritan’s Porter is dominated by a roasted chocolate malt flavour that continues right through to the finish. This is complimented by a slight sweet and sour taste. I could also taste a faint coffee flavour coming through as well. It has a very dry finish and a long bitter aftertaste, but is very moreish and rather pleasant.~~~WHAT I THOUGHT.
Out of the four beers we tasted Puritan’s Porter was my favourite.
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