Badger’s Original Ale is the last bottle from the Dorset brewer that I have to review for the time being (unless they’d like to send me some that I haven’t reviewed!). It’s a 3.8% ABV dark amber colour with a good head that lasts well. The aroma is sweet toffee, bananas and nuts (or is that just me?!), and there’s a taste of toasted malt bread with a mild bitter after-taste. This would be a good beer for an evening out, or to accompany pies, roasts, sausages, and so on. The bottle says that the beer has been ‘over 200 years in the making’, but if that’s true, it’s a little disappointing! A very pleasant beer nonetheless.
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Innis & Gunn’s Original (6.6% ABV) claims to be oak aged like no other beer. This beautiful amber-coloured beer is very well-finished indeed, and unusually, the bottle’s description of toffee, vanilla and oak tones proves not to be fanciful. To my mind there’s a creaminess about the flavour that is reminscent of a smooth single malt, and the whole effect is not unlike a very well-fed Christmas pudding! Very good indeed – I’ll be having another bottle some time soon. It’s just a shame that there’s not enough in the bottle to fill the glass.