Quite a mix: bitter oranges, raisins, creamy treacle, sherry and a hint of Marmite.
Sweet and rich, nicely warming and full bodied, with lots of dried vine fruit and sherry notes. Some citrus orange provides a little sparkle and there are also faint toffee and tea flavours. Very low carbonation – just a tickle of condition on the tongue.
Thick, warming and sweet, turning bittersweet, then firmly bitter, but still leaving sugar on the lips. Raisins aplenty, as well as woody sherry.
A beer currently in the wilderness, following the decision of O'Hanlon's to cease production. Hopefully, another brewery will pick up the reins as this remains a world classic, the perfect companion for a slice of fruit cake. A little more carbonation would really set it off.