Chiltern Brewery Glad Tidings Winter Stout

Chiltern Glad TidingsBrewed with four malts - Maris Otter, Crystal, Chocolate, Roast Barley - and two spices - coriander and nutmeg and a little fruit in the form of some orange peel, this spiced milk-stout-style beer is a truly complex beast.And at 4.6% it is not too high in alcohol.

Roasted hazelnuts on the nose, with lots of booze-soaked dates and raisins on the palate as expected, lifted by notes of fresh fruit.

Bottle conditioned, this beer has bags of complexity as dried spices mingle with dark chocolate and espresso. This would pair excellently with  chocolate desserts or Christmas pudding, but failing that, a Terry’s chocolate orange would be just about perfect.

£2.75/500ml; 4.6%; Available through the Brewery Shop, online and also local independent Budgens Stores, Wendover and Bedgrove and other selected stockists