I had been looking forward to the Henley Dark. Jeff put this in my order of the three Gold reserves. I was looking forward to it because I love dark beers. I love stouts and porters. There are many porters out there that are more like a stout but this one is what I imagine a real porter to be like but then again the line between the two is still very hazy.
- sight - Dark Amber, Large fluffy head.
- smell - Chocolate!! Slight hint of smoke.
- taste - Wonderful, roast coffee, burnt toffee, background smoke, bitter.
- sweet - 2/5
- bitter - 4/5
I loved the bitterness (IBU of 40) in this beer also and even though I finished it about 25 minutes ago I can still taste it.
When I opened this it was straight from the fridge and was too cold tough still a shock to the senses. As it warmed up, more of its character became known.
My only criticism is one I have of many beers. The bottle is only 330ml and not the 500ml bottle I love to drink from. Its only a minor gripe but to me one worth griping about.
Since Lovibonds is not available in Ireland, this will be the only one I get to try for a while. With luck I will get to try some more in August when I am in London. At the very least I will try get the Amber.