Beer Type: Brown Ale
Brewer: Harper Brewing Co (but see tasting notes)
Bottle conditioned: No
Bottle size: 500 ml
Country of origin: England
What the label says:
Brown ales are lightly hopped, so the sweet chocolate and caramel flavours of the lightly roasted malt should be first and central on this beer. A rich dark chestnut colour with a creamy richness achieved by brewing with oats.
What the Beerdrinker says:
This a very dark beer and is clearly designed to imitate Newcastle Brown Ale, even down to the colours chosen on the label. The nose is a mixture of oat and malts, but it has a rather unpleasant nail varnish overtone. The taste is initially very sweet and full of caramel, followed by a very strong fizz on the tongue. The beer has a very strong (and to be honest quite an unpleasant) salty after taste.
Harper’s Brewing Company is an elusive brewery, with no website. Investigation reveals that this beer is brewed by Marstons specifically for Aldi. Quite why Marstons hides its beer behind a fictional brewery is anybody’s guess.
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