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BoB Slayah

03 Feb

2013-02-03 17.52.23

The Private Brewery of BoB is not so much micro- as nano-, so I’ve been looking forward to trying its BoB Slayah bitter since buyng a bottle at last year’s St Albans Beer Festival.  So my first mistake was failing to read the bottle, which states that it contains live yeast and that the beer should be poured gently in a single action.  Imagine the scene:  I removed the bottle top, put the bottle down to find a glass, and returned to find bitter erupting from the bottle, over the table and the floor (hence the smaller serving in the glass that you can see).  Much cleaning up later…

The beer that does emerge is a rich brown colour – somewhat richer than a traditional brown ale, with a good head, albeit one that dissipates quite quickly.  The aroma is of biscuits and marzipan.  The flavour starts with a fresh, almost citrus flavour that gives way to dry, bitterness with a strongy malty after-taste.  It’s a traditional bitter, but one that carries a reasonable punch with an ABV of 5.2%.

This craft ale is worth a try if you can find some (you’ll need too be in St Albans) – but open carefully and stand well back!

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