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.