We picked up a bottle of Lancashire Stout from Mayflower Brewery this week. It’s an award-winning brew which picked up Best Stout and Supreme Champion Beer of Lancs at the Lancaster Round Table Inaugural Lancashire Cup in 2011.
The brewery itself was founded by Alan Branagan and his wife Tracey in Wigan, back 2001 and after a short sabbatical, returned in 2018 to a brand new premises. Now at a team of 10 strong, they’re planning to take the scene by storm, conjuring up five core ales, all handcrafted and conditioned in 9-gallon casks. Lancashire Stout (a traditional dry English Stout) is in that core range and racks up a modest 4.0%, so let’s see how it fared …
Appearance: Black in colour with a slightly brown/ reddish tinge and a head that reduces quite quickly to leave a little bit of lacing on the surface and on the side of the glass.
Aroma: Chocolate mixed in with a touch of banana, met with a touch of coffee, treacle and a slight nutty underlay.
Flavour: The notes of chocolate and nuttiness follows through into the flavour and are met by a nice touch of smoked peat, finished off with a dry powdered-coffee finish.
Overall a fantastic Stout, quite traditional with plenty of dominant flavours going on, especially for a 4.0%. The carbonation gives it plenty of body but it’s not too heavy at the same time and you can probably smash a few of these out in an evening easily!