Stewart’s: Cauld Reekie

Stewart Brewing was founded in Edinburgh as a local, independent micro-brewery 2004 by Steve and Jo Stewart and was based on two very simple principles, to produce the highest quality ale and beers possible and to provide an exceptional service to its customers.  Cauld Reekie was names by the old manager of the Bow Bar, Helen.  The brewery where after a winter name and Auld Reekie became Cauld Reekie.

Pours very dark brown, almost black, with minimal head. Strong aromas of caramel/vanilla malt, with slight touches of dried fruit and leafy, earthy hops.  Tastes is just as dark, slight sour caramel malt, some chocolate, woody vanilla, very faint coffee grounds.  It finishes off-dry, the malt still large and in charge, aided and abetted by the fruit and licorice notes, in all it is a velvety stout crammed full of roasted malt flavour.  I had the opportunity to try this beer for the first time at the Stewart’s Brewery while on a tour and the experience pushed up my 32 new beers on my list of 32 Things. It is part of Stewart’s  seasonal range so you will not be able to buy this one all year round, but when you do I would pick one up if you enjoy a dark stout!

Beer # 11


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