A smoky pint from West Wales

Fancy A Pint? The retirement project to drink a pint of beer (or cider) brewed (or fermented) in each county in the United Kingdom. #17.

IMGP5807County: Pembrokeshire.

What is it called? Blackstone Stout.

Who made it? Seren Brewing Company – “a nano-brewery on the edge of the Preseli Mountains in North Pembrokeshire.”

What is it? “a classic dry stout.”

Alc Vol: 4.5%

What it says on the label: “Dark, roasty and bitter…No fancy bells and whistles, just pure ingredients, hard work, distinctive flavours, and a blend of tradition and innovation.”

Food combination: “Great on its own, or with a chocolate cake. Or even to cook with.”

Retired Bloke Verdict: Apparently, Blackstone was originally brewed for a Pembrokeshire pie-maker. That sounds a long way from a drink to go with chocolate cake, and yet bizarrely I can see why it could work with either. In addition to the adjectives used on the label, I’d say “smoky.”

Fancy another? No, thank you. It wasn’t especially to my taste. But you may love its bitter-dark flavours.

It’s not about the beer: Bluestone from the Preselis was used to build the inner circle of Stonehenge. (About the beer: the name Blackstone comes from the slate in the local quarry, used for the Palace of Westminster).

 

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