Shepherd Neame in Lidl, Part 2


Another triple tasting of beers from the brewery Shepherd Neame, which I bought in the supermarket Lidl.

 

In previous post I presented three ales from Shepherd Neame bought in the supermarket Lidl. These are usually beers available seasonally, from time to time, also in other supermarkets, eg. Aldi or Home Bargains.

In the second part of the presentation of beers from that brewery, I describe my impressions from tasting the next three products: Warlocks Broth, Up and Under Ale and Double Stout.

 

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Warlocks Broth is ale brewed specially for Halloween.
In the right mood brings us a picture on the label: seething cauldron on the fire with the title warlock’s broth.
On the back label quote from Macbeth by William Shakespeare: Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble. Those are the spells recited by the three Witches, but also known from films about Harry Potter.
And a warning that this wicked beer can cast its spell on me.
Well, I am ready to face it. Carry on!

 

Name: WARLOCKS BROTH (Bitter, alc. 3,8% ABV)
Brewery: Shepherd Neame Ltd. (Faversham, Kent, England)

Expiration date: 09/2016 (bottle 500ml)

Warlocks Broth from Shepherd Neame - beer
Warlocks Broth from Shepherd Neame - labels
test-look-small Chestnut in colour.
Foam is white, low, fast drops.
test-sniff-small The aroma is: malt, caramel, dark fruits.
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Initial caramel sweetness is quickly suppressed
by herbal-hoppy dryness.
We have also accent of roasted malt, which adds a tartness.
Bitterness, herbal in nature, gives additional dryness.
The finish is similar: crisp, herbal with a hint of roasted malt.
Bodied low. Saturation average.

Beer Warlock Broth resembles the aroma and flavour of Burns Ale, which I recently described.
We have a nice caramel flavour with hint of fruits. But just as there, the taste is dominated by dry, herbal bitterness, which as for bitter may not be a disadvantage, but it lacks the taste clearer other elements. The taste is quite meager, and the beer is low bodied.

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Description on the back label of the bottle Up and Under Ale promises bodied beer brewed with roasted malts and the best triple set of hops.
All so, to that ale with a sporty supplied the most of emotion. Let’s see.

 

Name: UP AND UNDER ALE (Bitter, alc. 3,8% ABV)
Brewery: Shepherd Neame Ltd. (Faversham, Kent, England)

Expiration date: 09/2016 (bottle 500ml)

Up and Under Ale from Shepherd Neame - beer
Up and Under Ale from Shepherd Neame - labels
test-look-small Chestnut colour.
Foam white, low, fast drops.
test-sniff-small The aroma of dark fruits, caramel, hops.
test-drink-small Malt and toffee make a note of sweetness, but prevails herbal dryness.
There is accent of hops, are also present notes of dark fruits.
Bitterness quite clear herbal, becoming dry finish, hoppy and herbal in character
– quite long and somewhat drying.
The beer is watery.

Up and Under Ale unfortunately is not bodied beer – the flavour is diluted and it is its main flaw.
We have quite a pleasant aroma, the taste is balanced – but unfortunately it lacks intensity. All components of taste are too delicate – because of it a beer gives the impression of lifeless, anemic.

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And at the end of this mini-series I present Double Stout.

Przypomnę, że prezentowałem już opis piwa o nazwie Double Stout z tego browaru. Była to wersja o zawartości alkoholu 5,2% ABV i było to jedno z lepszych piw jakie piłem z Shepherd Neame.

Ten, prezentowany dzisiaj stout jest słabszy, co za tym idzie ma mniej ekstraktu, pewnie będzie mniej treściwy i bogaty, ale i tak jestem bardzo ciekaw, jak smakuje ta lżejsza wersja Double Stout.

 

Name: DOUBLE STOUT (Stout, alc. 3,8% ABV)
Brewery: Shepherd Neame Ltd. (Faversham, Kent, England)

Expiration date: 09/2016 (bottle 500ml)

Double Stout from Shepherd Neame - beer
Double Stout from Shepherd Neame - labels
test-look-small Beer is black, impenetrable, only at the base of glass – brown.
Foam beige, rather low, quickly drops.
test-sniff-small The aroma of roasted malt, noticeable notes of plum.
test-drink-small In taste at first we have a little caramel,
next join him clear accents of roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee.
There are also notes of plum. It is light acidity.
Bitterness relatively mild, it is becoming crisper finish.
in which we have notes of roasted malt and herbal-hoppy dryness with a touch of coffee.
Low carbonation.

As could be expect, this version of Double Stout with a capacity of 3.8% abv not equal of bodyness and richness of flavour to its more powerful cousin.
The beer is light, rather watery, but I expected that, and on the other hand – I have experienced a nice surprise. We’ve got the accents typical for stout: roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, a dry finish. Everything, of course, does not sin intensity, is more like a light porter, but all in all it’s a pretty good beer.
This is by far the best of the presented six beers in Shepherd Neame in Lidl.

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In this short series of Shepherd Neame in Lidl I presented six beers from that brewery.
Impressions from the tasting maybe not have been any exceptional, but these session beers presented fairly equal level and for lovers of light ales can be quite attractive.
I personally prefer beers more bodied and bold in flavour.

And in the next post once again I go back to Shepherd Neame, to present a similar light and session beer, but already present in a constant, regular offer of the brewery.
And what beer it will be? I invite you to visit my blog.
Yours
Doctor Ale

 

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