Ysbrid Y Ddraig | Breconshire Brewery

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Ysbrid Y DdraigYsbrid Y Ddraig

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Breconshire Brewery
Wales, United Kingdom

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by wl0307 on 08-22-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from my notes. Served on cask as part of the NERAX @ Novare event. I had a 5oz pour served in my 10oz mini-Imperial pint glass. I was very excited to try this beer, and ordered it before GBBF 2010 champion beer Castle Rock Harvest Pale, but in the end, I was a little disappointed by it. Perhaps my expectations were a bit too high.

It is a clear golden orange liquid with a white bubbly head. A little bit of film coats my glass as I swirl the beer around.

The aroma is mostly dry oak and not much of the whiskey.

The flavor has a good pale malt base. Smoke, oak and whiskey are all apparent in the finish and aftertaste, but they show themselves in a different way than I am used to. It certainly tastes unlike any American barrel-aged beers I've had, or any of the JW Lees harvest ale barrel-aged varieties, which I all I have to base this one upon.

It has a medium body and low low carbonation (even for a cask ale). The coating is dry and provides a slight tingle--perhaps from the whiskey?

Overall, I find it to be pretty drinkable, but personally I am not a fan of the aftertaste. The 5 ounces I had was enough for me; there are too many other interesting beers at this festival for me to return to this one.

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3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Notes of 06/08/2010) Tasted by a half-pint at the GBBF 2010, served by a swan-neck hand-pull in a straight imperial pint glass. NOTE: the beer is matured for a long period in oak whisky casks before being racked into firkins; this feature also makes it a "speciality ale", winning the Third Place in the Speciality Beer Category, GBBF 2010.

A: dark golden with reddish hues; a thick off-white froth settles gradually, on top of fine fizz.
S: at first the whisky notes (vanilla + lowland single malt + ripe melons) dominate, then estery fruitiness chimes in with pear-ish esters, while pale malts take over. Very light note of alc. is felt but not too much.
T: upfront comes mainly fruitiness like a strong bitter, featuring pear-ish fruits and orangey notes; biscuity malts follow, more in line with pale ales, featuring sherry-ish yeastiness and dry-ish mouthfeel of whisky, while restrained but still chewy hop bitterness and undertones of whisky linger nicely. In the finish, a restrained alc. warmth + vanilla notes outlast other elements.
M&D: smoothly-carbonated (slightly lacking fizziness, to be honest), med-bodied, a bit falling short of promises (for a 3rd-place-winner speciality beer) all in all, but still a nice beer worth a try.

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Ysbrid Y Ddraig from Breconshire Brewery
3.78 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.
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