Rather than bother with the hassle of barrel ageing – X-Mark simply throw some of the flavouring agent into the mix.
You certainly get the hint of rum from this concoction – but it’s like drinking an ordinary lager with a dash of rum on top.
Other than the novelty – I don’t think I’ll be indulging again.
It’s not quite a Schwarzbier,
But it’s close.
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Smoke isn’t exclusively either peat – nor restricted to whiskey.
The fuel used to dry the barley – or other grains – imparts a wide variety of flavours to the resultant beverage.
For this Galway Bay Märzen – a popular style of German lager – beechwood is the choice.
I was keen to sample the results.
There’s an element of trompe l’oeil going on here.
You expect a dark, heavy ale – but get a light, refreshing lager overlaid with a soft, attractive wood fired smokiness.
An excellent accompaniment to those lazy sunny afternoon BBQ’s.
This is a barrel aged beer with a bit of a twist.
To begin with – it’s a blonde ale.
Most barrel aged beers tend to be porters, dark ales or otherwise ‘heavies’.
But the real twist of this Rascals brewed ale in collaboration with Dubliner Irish Whiskey is – well – it’s orange!
Both in colour,
A bright, refreshingly zesty blood orange aroma greeted me on first acquaintance – shortly followed by a biscuity malty base on the palate – all wrapped up in a delightfully lagery mouthfeel.
It’s a twist I really enjoyed.
Best served lightly chilled.