#AroundTheNorthIn80Beers – day 50
Beer: Black Bishop
Brewer: Durham Brewery
In a divergence from the beer I had planned to blog today, I found myself in a hotel bar in Durham, with a bottle of Black Bishop in my hand…
Black Bishop has a pleasant but mild odour, which makes me wonder if it’s going to be as flavoursome a stout as I normally like.
However, when I take my first sip, I find the taste is a little sharper than many stouts but pleasantly smoky.
It’s not overly strongly flavoured but it loses nothing in the aftertaste so there’s an argument that it offers delayed gratification in the taste department.
And it’s a grower. I find the further I get down the glass, the more I like it.
This is one not to discard after the first couple of tastes. It’s rather a nice stout.
Where in the North?
Durham is one of my favourite cities, but not for the same reasons I normally like a city.
It's pretty peaceful, beautiful, historic. You can walk from end to end in 15 minutes and see the Cathedral, the Castle, all of the shopping area and countless great pubs.
It also sits on a peninsula, which just adds to its breathtaking beauty and, if you're really lucky, you might visit when the Lumiere Festival is on and catch a great display of lighting art.
Durham Cathedral has been been a set for films ranging from Marvel's Avengers series to Harry Potter.
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