With all the rain lately, a cyclist could be excused for spending less time on the trails, road or track and a little too much time in the armchair sampling fine ales from across the country.
At least, that’s what I keep telling myself. Add to the rain the fact that it has also been an unusually cold Spring and you get a Dark Ale season that is still going strong in my house.
This week I had the chance to get stuck into a pint of Double Cascadian Dark Ale from 4 Pines.
Arriving in the customary 4 Pines pint bottle and with artwork recalling a crisp winter evening, the aesthetics transport you to the country, staring up at a starry sky as the cold rolls in.
Pouring with a nice thick head, this dark ale had a red tinge around the edges and delivers a slight lemon aroma – not what you might expect from something this dark.
The taste is firm and rich, but certainly hides the fact that it is relatively heavy (definitely modelled on a dubbel) at 8%. The malts have a caramel richness that take over from the chocolate tones as the beer warms up.
It’s unlikely that this beer would be as popular as the regular 4 Pines Stout, but the brewery could do a lot worse than adding this to their regular production line.
Best enjoyed in a half pint glass, not too cold, and shared with a friend – preferably one you’re happy to use for body heat as you stare at the vastness of the clear night sky.
Beer Man rating: 3.3 stars.
To find out more about this lovely little number, head on over to the 4 Pines website.
I hope what we do here at Tyres and Soles will inspire people to get out there and experience first hand, the natural wonders that surround them. So, pump up those tyres, don your favourite boots. Grab a mate, a partner, a pet… and head out into nature. But tell us all about it when you get back.