Name of beer
Ladeout at the Lade Inn
The Lade Inn
What the brewer says
“A robust and satisfying dark ale with a complex flavour of liquorice and dark chocolate, that is rewarding on the palate.”
We’re staying in Scotland for tonight's beer. Those of you who read the blog regularly might recall that on my travels in the Highlands recently I stumbled upon a craft beer shop. The shop was attached to a pub, The Lade Inn, which had its own brewery.
Unsurprisingly, the shop sells that brewery’s beer, among others, so this is my first taste of the Lade range. The name, Ladeout, initially made me wonder if it was to be a particularly strong ale, one of those with a clever name, like Black Sheep’s Riggwelter or Jennings’ Snecklifter, but at 5.1%, it’s fairly standard fayre if not a sessionable ABV.
It’s certainly strong in taste, as you’d expect from a dark ale. It’s a nice taste, too.
The notes on the bottle don’t talk of it, but I like the roasted taste – I don’t pick up the liquorice or chocolate flavours the brewer suggests. What the bottle gets right is “dark and robust”.
It’s full of flavour and probably a great jump up for people easing themselves onto ale with golden beers. You’re not leaping all the way to a stout or porter, but making a big step change into more challenging flavours.
I look forward to my next trip to Scotland and the opportunity to try more of their beer.
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