Saturday, 30 June 2012

Tasting Notes: Celt Experience Native Storm (4.4% abv)

The soubriquet Native Storm is a reference to the Welsh uprising led by Owain Glyn Dwr that began on 16th September, 1400 against English rule, and lasted for in excess of 15 years. Which for a brief spell produced a united independent Wales, with its own Prince and Parliament. Though eventually suppressed by the English reverberations of this revolt are still echoed in Wales today.

With the History homework done, we can now get on to the more important business of the beer. Native Storm is brewed in Caephilly by Celt Experience Brewery which was founded in 2007 as a sister brewery to the then Somerset based Newmans Brewery, which has subsequently closed with all Newmans beers now being produced at Celt Experrience.

 This robust bitter pours an amber-copper colour, reminiscent of manuka honey, with a thin off-white head. The aroma is very fresh with hints of biscuit and floral hops. Native Storm has a smooth mouthfeel with a slight dry finish, the taste mild, but very satisfying, with flavours of caramel, nutty hints and decent hop bitterness. These elements make this a very well rounded beer that is easy drinking  and is suitable not only a quick lunchtime pint, but at 4.4%, also makes a good session ale to enjoy over a conversation with friends.

This beer would be an excellent accompaniment to red meats, pates or cheese.


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