From the archives: December 3 - Penpont Chateau Civrac Old Ale (Cask Aged Strong Ale)
For December 3, we have the Penpont Chateau Civrac Old Ale by the British Penpont Brewery.
From its product description: "A deep malty brew, with fantastic depth of flavour and a slight tart note from the wild yeasts present during the aging process. Aged for several months in oak wine casks. This beer is smooth but complex."
Appearance: Pours a rich caramel amber ale, clear, very carbonated, minimal to almost no head on top. Very sweet and caramel looking.
Aroma: The aroma is a sweet, nutty, caramelly brown ale with notes of dark fruits like plums and raisins. Lots of caramel syrupiness in there.
Taste: Starts out nutty, followed by a caramel sweetness - moderate at best, notes of dark fruits like plums pop out. Fairly light, watery mouthfeel and a tinny aftertaste. Has a bit of a stale butter
Overall Thoughts: Alright, quite nutty. Very watery on the palate so it's easy to drink, but it needs more body, more caramel sweetness and bit more roasted malt. Not noticing the cask-aged oak at all, it's light as heck.