This bottle conditioned ale is described by Thwaites as a delicious mellow beer with chestnut hues and a smooth finish. Its all English malt bill consists of Maris Otter, Pearl and Crystal with the hops keeping to this trend with Fuggles and WGV. It pours a a deep amber/copper colour as suggested and smells sweet and chewy... that is if a smell can be chewy? Upon my first taste I found it hard to place the specific flavour I was getting and found it difficult not to accept the 'boozy fruit cake' description on the bottle. But as the beer warmed a little in the glass I found the flavour easier to place as a sweet muscat pudding wine. No real bitterness comes through but I'm sure this is true to the style.
Much the same as the Naylor's Premium Brew 1000, Thwaites suggest that this ale will improve over time. So, if rich sweet and fruity beers are your bag, then you can't go wrong for £1.60 (in Morrisons) and for this price you can get a few for now and a few for the beer cupboard.