I bought a mixed real ale pack from Laithwaites and found THE HOLY GRAIL OF BEERS. As I was drinking it I could hear Obi Wan Kenobi saying: 'This is the beer you are looking for.' Just look at it! It's a perfect crystal clear amber colour with a thick, tight cream coloured head.
Mouthwatering aromas are released on pouring: sweet malts and fruity hops combined with a hint of floral spice and nutty bread. I just couldn't wait to dive in and I was not disappointed.
This really is delicious! It is sweet and bitter with an ever so slight metallic bitter aftertaste at first. It is perfectly smooth with extra soft bubbles that caress your tongue as you partake in the amazing experience of Portobello Star. The head remains right to the last drop whilst lacing the glass and I loved every second of this. Talking of seconds...I wish I could have had seconds but there was only one in the pack.
If you follow my book blog, The Book Magnet, you will know that I often refer to Disney's Cinderella to identify something extra special. When I was a very young child, my parents took me to the cinema to see Cinderella. As we came out of the cinema I was in floods of tears and my Dad asked me why I was crying. My answer was: 'Because I didn't want it to finish.' That's exactly how I felt about Portobello Star. As much as I was loving it and could have greedily gulped it down, I savoured every mouthful as I didn't want it to finish. I have found my Cinderella beer, although it is proving as elusive to find as the owner of the famous glass slipper who Prince Charming was searching for. I will wear out my F5 button soon, Laithwaites!
Ale DEFINITELY Be Seeing Portobello Star again and like Prince Charming, I will never give up searching for my Cinderella beer.
Brewed by Portobello Brewing, London