Friday, August 7, 2009

English Brown Ale

Newcastle Brown Ale

Newcastle Brown Ale, Gateshead, England

A pub standby. This last beer was paired with steak/cognac/mushroom.

Not as dark as its name would suggest. Brown, yes, but with a luminosity to it. Very complex, earthy nose of mocha, toasted grains, smoke. Rich in the mouth, though a much more refreshing style than, say, a stout. Very long finish. Paired perfectly with the beef, which by itself showed a lot of flavour from the cognac. I was perhaps a bit too enthusiastic about the flaming the cognac. Added a shot or three too much.

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