Tasted: Audit Ale

Hoppy Gilmore
Brewed to a 1938 recipe, this lovely strong ale has flavours of raisin and tobacco and a lasting bitterness.

The product
Westerham in Kent was once home to the Black Eagle Brewery – a historic local institution which closed its doors in 1965. The Westerham Brewery, which opened in 2004, aims to bring some of those lost ales back to life – even going to the trouble of reviving some of the original yeast strains, kept freeze dried in archives for 50 years. So does its Audit Ale do justice to this heritage?

The verdict:
Audit’s picked up its fair share of plaudits, and rightly so. At 6.2%ABV it’s got some clout, and there’s plenty of flavour too – notes of raisins and tobacco and a long lasting bitter finish – and it’s neither as dense nor as dark as you might expect for a beer with its flavour profile. The Black Eagle Brewery would probably be impressed.

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Westerham Audit Ale
Brewed to a 1938 recipe, this lovely strong ale has flavours of raisin and tobacco and a lasting bitterness. Tasted by Hoppy Gilmore.
Sample provided by Ales by Mail.

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