Art Brew: MMX (England: Barley Wine:8.4%)

Visual: Slightly burnished hazy red with a small bubbled head.

Nose: Slight syrup, quite light.

Body: Treacle, cherries. Thick cream. Thick cloying texture. Lots of sweet condensed cream. Chives. Bitter slick. Orange. Fruitcake, red wine and liquorice.

Finish: Dry bitter chocolate, slight charred elements.

Conclusion: A formidable thick bodied ale, rich sweet and creamy and good bitter touches. A nice sippable, slow drinking ale. Wonderfully rounded and complex. Not a winter warmer as one would expect but more a smooth rich relaxing beer.

One for long lazy days, or whilst getting ready for a kip.