Greene King Fireside (England: Bitter: 4.5% ABV)

Visual: A lovely mix of red and chestnut brown. Decent off white head that diminishes in about a minute. Lots of small bubbles carbonate it.

Nose: Blackcherries, oak. Wood fire ash and slight smoke. Thick cream and toffee.

Body: Bitter, warming. Treacle and brown bread. Lots of wood fire and gas burner elements. Salted meat and blackcurrent.

Finish: Smoke, dry wood. Burnt barbecued sausage. Black treacle. Slight sweet hundred and thousands scattered at the end.

Conclusion: A satisfying winter ale with rounded smoke, wood ash and the like combined with a decent bitter core, which makes for a very old world feeling ale with a lot of charm.

Quite bitter with a thick texture, a decent mainstream beer, good chunk of character – perfect for a traditional family run pub, or with a meal of a Yorkshire pudding and gravy , or the like.