Elgood: Wenceslas Winter Warmer (England: Barley Wine:7.5% ABV)

Visual: Rusted bronzed red with a small bubbly white head.

Nose: Light greenery, turmeric and wood shavings. Sour grapes and white wine.

Body: Sweet and sour mixing together, brown sugar sweetness. Heavy barley. Sour grapes again. Vanilla. Very fresh and warming. Syrup.

Finish: Heavy grapefruit, chives and cloves. Bitter and cinnamon.

Conclusion: There are a lot of competing flavours mixed together in this beer, some of which are distinctly hard to place. It is most definitely a beer as warming as its name suggests.

Hell of a lot going on, it doesn’t all blend together but it is a rollercoaster rid of flavour (hopefully not one of those that makes you vomit).

It’s a beer that needs the right time to enjoy – often the excessive herb elements will be off-putting, but it has that potential of a beer that satisfies the craving for something a bit different.