Given his regular musings online, one wonders if this is a beer based on Murray himself. Either way, when we tasted last year's batch, it found favour with Crafty. Big Brown Ales are a treat if done well (think Baird's from Japan) with everything - hops and malt characters - cranked right up for a palate-coating beer journey in every mouthful. We're yet to taste this year's version, which is the first time the Angry Man has ever been bottled as well as kegged, but are told it's "bitter up front and smooth at the finish" with a "strong hop flavour and aroma and a little bit chocolatey." It pours a "beautiful dark ruby red when held up to the light, but solid dark brown in the shade" too, apparently. The brewers recommend quaffing one alongside a steak.
Published March 29, 2011 2011-03-29 00:00:00