I recently reviewed ‘Dengie Devil’ from my local brewery ‘Wibblers’, here’s a review of one of their special brews.
Winter Wibble 6% ABV
Winter Wibble was brewed at the brewery’s 12th ‘Annual Flocculation’ on July 1st 2012. That’s their annual open day that starts with the brewing of a special beer, moves on to an afternoon of drinking beer, barbecues and antique steam powered farm machinery, and continues with the drinking of more beer.
Friends are invited to assist with the brewing and for many it is their first insight into the magic that is brewing.
As so many people get involved the actual recipe can get confused, and after a day spent drinking, those that knew the recipe tend to forget. Suffice it to say that the brewery describes it as ‘a very special beer’ and that it includes ‘copious quantities of American hops’.
It pours very, very dark. The brightest of halogen lamps might reveal a ruby colour hiding in the darkness, but hey, we’re here to drink, not to squint through the brew. The head is best described as sparse, and it vanishes faster than a banker’s smile, leaving a lacing that would be most unbefitting the aforementioned banker.
The nose is redolent of dark chocolate and mocha coffee, and those carry over into the flavour, bitter chocolate with hints of coffee lurking in the background.
It’s medium bodied, and to my mind could be more full bodied, a bit ‘chewier’. And I’m afraid those American hops probably sacrificed themselves in vain, any delicacy they might have offered has been blasted.
I have to give this three stars, although I must admit it was no hardship trying a few to confirm my opinions!