Time for one of my favourite coloured ales. Wolf is a strong ruby ale from the Allendale Brewery and it has been on my wishlist for quite some time. Will it live up to my expectations?
On opening it smells deliciously malty, fruity and sweet. It is a lovely ruby colour and has an outstanding thick beige frothy head that shows no sign of dispersing. It's one of those heads that will need a brillo pad to clean the glass afterwards.
It has a lovely malty chocolate taste and, as you would expect from the high alcohol content, it leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste on the tongue. It's quite carbonated and the bubbles feel a bit harsh on the tongue but then the malty chocolate flavours kick in. The flavour is so complex that I even felt as if there was a hint of pepper thrown into the mix after a few mouthfuls. Not quite a 5 star rating, but not far off, and Ale probably be Seeing You Again.
Brewed by Allendale Brewery, Northumberland