Clash of two heavy-weight local wintry beers

This month I'm reviewing two dark ales
This month I'm reviewing two dark ales

Well, the dark nights are drawing in, and real ale drinking habits are certainly moving over to the “dark side”.

It’s at this time of year we witness a selection of porters and stouts gathering pace. And I thought it would be appropriate to have a head-to-head with two of the latest dark, local ales.

First beverage up, is Moorhouse’s Pendle Porter. This is a robust,flavoursome and well balanced 5% beer. It has a tight, off-white head, with a light malty aroma. Caramel sweet, chocolate malt and subtle roasted flavours. A soft, mild carbonation - as you would expect in a porter. A light bitter taste is consistent throughout. And it leaves a pleasant roasty and mild bitter hopped finish on the palate.

The second contender in this dark ale joust, is Worsthorne Brewery Blackthorne Stout.

I have to say this has the wow factor. A pitch black, full flavoured delight. You get a good liquorice hit with this 4.9% slurp. A creamy beige head, the stout is also rich, a tad sweet, with a hint of chocolate malt. However, it’s the long roasted/burnt, dry hopped finish that gives this stout my wow factor rating. It’s an exceptional stout.

Verdict: Two exceptional brews. But the Worsthorne Blackthorne Stout prevails. It simply ticked all the boxes - the full monty!

Brewing excellence from this local microbrewery. Mick Whittaker, take a bow.

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