#AroundTheNorthIn80Beers day 31
Beer: Royal Sovereign
Brewer: Cullercoats Brewery
Ok, so there are two things to note before I even open the bottle.
The first: this is described as a barley wine (not a Scooby Do) and also as a beer that matures over the years. This one is a February 2015.
The second: this is 11%. Not to be taken lightly, so put your car keys away and buckle in...
Having thoroughly enjoyed Cullercoats' Polly Donkin earlier in the blogathon, my mouth is watering.
Upon pouring, I can’t help notice the next two things.
The first (or third, if we’re continuing the run) is the deep reddy hue. We aren’t talking an amber beer here and the only point of reference is a felt tip pen I had when I was about ten. I loved that pen and coloured pretty much everything that colour until it ran out.
Second/fourth: Royal Sovereign has a very sweet, almost cloying smell.
As I approach my first taste, I’ll admit to apprehension.
Wow. There is a lot to take in with that first taste. It’s almost difficult to comprehend.
On the second taste, the “wine” reference and what I’m experiencing come together in one word: sherry.
This is to beer what sherry is to wine.
Cards on the table time: I don’t like sherry.
I’m also not certain how I feel about this. It’s not unpleasant. I just don’t think it’s my kinda beer.
Where in the North?
Cullercoats Brewery is situated in Wallsend, North Tyneside, and takes its name from its position at the end of Hadrian’s Wall. It’s more recent history is of a proud home of shipbuilding and coal mining, and it is home to a whole host of famous names, from Geordie Shore and I’m A Celebrity star Vicky Pattinson, to musical legends as diverse as Sting and Venom, and sportsmen like Steve Bruce and Jocky Wilson.
So, just like with the awesome Polly Donkin, 3pm from every pint sold goes to the RNLI! Worth a try of any beer for that!
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