A brown ale is one of our favourite styles – but we couldn’t resist adding smoked beechwood malt for some extra intrigue! This is a malt-driven beer, packed with two row Irish malt, rye, wheat, dark crystal and chocolate malt for real depth and complexity of flavour.
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Short description: brown ale – caramel and hazelnut – smooth, smoky and sippable
Style: brown ale
Malt: two row Irish malt, rye, wheat, dark crystal and chocolate malt.
Strength: 6% ABV
Bitterness: 89 IBUs
Colour/appearance: deep, dark brown with a fluffy tan head.
Aroma: smoky malt to the forefront, followed by a sweet, nutty aroma.
Flavour: a malt forward beer, medium-bodied and with a mellow smoked flavour. Sweet dark caramel and hazelnut notes are balanced with a gentle bitterness. Nicely balanced, without the smoke being allowed to overtly dominate.
Aftertaste: smooth, smoky and sippable.
Food pairings: the main flavour hook in this beer is smoked malt which makes it ideal to complement roasted meats like the Sunday roast beef, leg of lamb or something grilled – get your hands on a fat, juicy burger with blue cheese for the ideal match. Cottage pie in the oven? Break out the Bandit for a very happy marriage of flavours. Avoid smoked foods – you don’t want to overwhelm your palate with conflicting smokes – but try with some mature cheddar or gouda cheese. Hegarty’s cheddar, mature Coolea and Mossfield are all good bets.
First released: October 2016 on draught, November 2016 in bottles.
Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius
Availability: 330ml bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs)
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