Archer’s AleNovember 1, 2004 Marlborough, MA
Sherwood Forest Brewers
Available: MA, RI
This is brewed in the traditional London style with English pale, crystal and caramalt; brown sugar is used as an adjunct; and the hop varieties are East Kent Goldings and Fuggles imported from England.
Alcohol (wt.): 4.4
Alcohol (vol.): 5.5
There’s good color, and a fine, long-lasting, brisk sounding head. Rich, well-balanced aromatics hold forth, impatient to be tasted. The malty, assertive flavors here are matched by those of the hops. There is a light touch of fruitiness on the tail, along with delicate hints of tartness. This is a fine beer, and a good cheese match would be a warm brie or camembert on a slice of baguette.
- Fred Eckhardt
The can is implacable, giving no hint of the beer within. The beer turns out to be a slightly hazy deep amber ale with a lacy tan head. The aroma shows some musty malt and a little bit of bubblegum. Bitterness is light and some malt plays through the medium-bodied center, giving some pleasant sweetness. The finish is clean. This beer could use some bells and whistles in the flavor and aroma. The life of the party it is not. That said, it would be just fine with a burger.
- Garrett Oliver
I have a severe prejudice against beers in the can, and the folksy British references added up to a double whammy. Unfair, perhaps, but the beer had the last laugh. This is an approachable, friendly, enjoyable brown ale, albeit closer to Newcastle than to Nottingham. It pours with a dense head and has dark chestnut colour and a hazelnut aroma. More nuttiness in the palate, along with green apples and some fudge. Soft bitterness making for a slightly astringent finish.
- Michael Jackson
Fred Eckhardt lives, writes about and drinks beer in Portland, OR. He is the author of The Essentials of Beer Style and Saké.
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
Author of Ultimate Beer, the Simon & Schuster Guide to Beer and numerous other works on drinks, Jackson has created legions of converts to fine beer.
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