Madrigal Craft Brewery – Severed Hand North Devon Porter 4%
This is a dark brown ale with a coffee aroma. It is a dry porter ale, with a black coffee taste and a hint of smokiness and blackcurrent. This ale lacks the warming winter fruit taste of stronger porters, which makes it more drinkable as a session beer for the darker ale drinker.
This is produced as a live ale, so needs to be cooled and poured carefully to avoid the sediment.
Madrigal Craft Brewery is a new brewer based in the old coach house of Lynmouth Manor, Lynmouth North Devon. The brewery is a small batch artisan brewer producing a range of ales. Their beers are not fined, relying on natural deposition of the yeast fines.
This is a dark chestnut – ruby coloured ale, described as a full bodied strong ale. It has prune and molasses aroma notes with hints of aged wood.
The taste is rich in malts, with coffee notes, going into a toasted malt and hop bitterness. This is a good winter ale, with winter plum and prune flavours. An excellent stronger ale from this North Devon Brewery based in Bideford.
This is the autumn offering from this Devon Brewery. It is an amber ale with strong malt aromas. It has a good malt ‘winey’ taste, with a hint of citrus orange and a good hop balance and follow-on. A good autumn ale well worth seeking out.