On a trip to the UK last Christmas, Crafty noticed some of the brewers behind the UK's more popular real ale brands, such as Abbot and Old Speckled Hen had started releasing souped up "vintage" versions. And very nice they were too. It's a similar approach that 3 Ravens has taken here with the second release of their Uber Special Bitter - a bigger, stronger version of their English Ale. Thicker in mouthfeel, darker in colour (an enticing dark rusty hue) and higher in alcohol, it's not crazily "uber", more a highly enjoyable, richly caramelised ale with a lengthy and pretty solid bitterness in which the fruity esters of the English ale yeast come through with added intensity.
- Extra Special Bitter