Sharp’s Winter Berry Ale was on sale at a pub close to my office, and I thought that it would be rude not to try it. This cask ale is a beautiful deep red colour with a head that disappears almost immediately, with the beer thereafter resembling a glass of slightly flat cola. The aroma is mainly cherries, which is the berry that gives the ale its name, and it hints at something that is sweet and not unlike some of the Belgian cherry beers. The surprise therefore is that it’s nowhere near as sweet as its continental counterparts, which for me means that it’s a beer that I could enjoy all evening. One criticism: once you get past the taste of the cherries, there’s not a lot else: the flavour is quite one-dimensional and I would probably have enjoyed something with a bit more malt. Enjoyable for a social drink on a cold winter’s day, nonetheless. For the recod, the ABV is 4.8%.