Gold Medal Winner at the 2014 World Beer Awards
No, your eyes do not deceive you - this is a black pepper ale! It even comes complete with a little sachet of pepper and serving instructions. I had my nose in this bottle before I had even completely removed the lid and yes there was indeed a definite, yet subtle, aroma of black pepper on opening. As per the instructions, I added some of the little pepper sachet to glass, poured the beer and swirled - be careful that it doesn't erupt like Mount Vesuvius if you are as vigorous a swirler as me! Followed with a dash of the remaining pepper to the head, it was ready to be experienced.
I was excited by the colour of this ale - it is a lovely deep amber/ruby ale and there is a very subtle hint of pepper when you first taste it. It is as smooth as a John Smiths with a thick creamy head and robust lacing right down to the last drop. It's an absolute delight to drink and I would be inclined to add a bit more pepper to my next one - so you've guessed it, Bateman's Black Pepper Ale - Ale be seeing you again!
Brewed by Batemans, Lincolnshire