This beer wins the prize for most convoluted name of a beer ever, and it seems we’ve got a certain Jim Crew to thank for it. No, I didn’t know who he was, either. Full disclosure on how it came about, who he is, etc. here: http://www.bucksfreepress.co.uk/news/10671728.First_pint_of_Thame_in_of_the_Brew_poured/
(it’s not that exciting a story, but the Bucks free press must take what they can, I guess…mind you, if they’re looking for a beer or restaurant reviewer I’m only an email away…think of that BFP, I could increase your readership by literally a few a week)
But anyway, enough about Mr Crew and his crazy brew-naming*…
I enjoyed this, as I do many a good, well-kept pint, at the Black Prince in Woodstock. Appearing in a pint glass, TOTB is crystal clear and a really lovely gingery colour.
On the aroma I got a good noseful of firm maltiness, all backed up by a gentle undercurrent of minerality. TOTB was clean-tasting, with a little bitterness upfront and nicely malty with a slight fruitiness from the yeast evident.
The after-taste was long-lasting and brought along an enduring bitterness and some hop notes.
All-in-all this was tasty, fruity and interesting. I recommend scoring yourself a pint if you see it on sale.
(*PS: I suspect Will Shakespeare also creaked around in his grave a bit too…)