BREWER: Hattie Browns, Dorset, England
STYLE: Amber Ale
VESSEL: 500ml brown bottle
DATE OF POST: 22nd August 2021
After a curious start that had me thinking that the label was of a scene on the moon looking at the man on the moon (highly confusing stuff for Jymi that wasn’t helped by Hattie Browns Saturnesque logo), all became a little clearer once I turned the bottle around and read what Agglestone actually was. A rock on the Dorset coast surrounded in legend. Some say it was thrown by the devil from the Isle of Wight with the intention of hitting Sailsbury Cathedral. I mean you have to admire the distance ol’ Lucifer has got in his arm but you are gonna need to work on your accuracy pal.
Turning to the beer itself, this is an amber ale of a good refreshing quality. Which I was not expecting after inhaling the boozy almost rum like nose, which though very pleasant I again was not expecting from a 4.5% amber. But the beer, as mentioned, is refreshing in taste, sip and swallow. The aftertaste then turns a little woody and fades quite quickly. Not unpleasant but another turn I did not expect.
However, this is a good drinkable brew that I would happily have again but probably not go searching for.
Jymi’s Rating: 71%
Hattie Brown’s have a great, tongue in cheek, concept with Agglestone. And for that alone they should be applauded. I love the story on this beer. If you want to know what it is, well, you’re going to have to get your mitts on one!
The burnt caramel notes on the nose leave you in no doubt that Agglestone is an amber ale. However, it needs to be mentioned that it’s pretty dark in the glass. More bitter tones than amber ales to be fair.
Before drinking Agglestone, I was rooting for it to be an incredible beer. While it might not reach those heights, it is a good brew. It’s got flavour and feel in the mouth but it’s a little thin in the finishing and washes away quickly, leaving a medium bitter finish. I’d like to have a little more of the musty caramel coming through. For me, this would elevate this beer.
I would say, get your hands on an Agglestone. Defo worthy of a try!
Sammy’s Rating: 71%
MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 71%
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