After a hectic few days of work a walk into town for a pint of Bullmastiff Brewery Son of Bitch was in order. Paired with a Partagas Serie D No 4.
Friday was a pretty long day in work. Our major websites all were re-branded, that included a lot of checking and making sure we didn't miss anything. After getting out of the building at 7.30pm, off down into town I went.
Tonight's destination was the Gatekeeper in the middle of town, not far from the Millenium Stadium and opposite Clwb Ifor Bach. A JD Wetherspoons pub, there's always a good selection of Ale's available.
On tap tonight was Bullmastiff Brewery's Son of a Bitch. At 6% ABV, this is stronger than you're usual Ale's but not so much that it's a “one pint only" beer. Depending on the mood of the brewer I guess, but sometimes Son of a Bitch comes at 6.5% or 6.4%.
The last time I sampled Son of a Bitch was the Carmarthen Beer Festival, at the end of last September. A regular every year at the Beer Festival, I always remember Son of a Bitch for having a sulphur and yeast aroma with some fruit, and sedate hop notes.
Pairing Son of Bitch, tonight I smoked a Partagas Serie D No. 4. I'm starting to like these again. I smoked a few of these two years ago and they were poor compared to the ones I smoked when I started four or five years ago. It looks as if the quality of this vitola is starting to improve again.
This evening's Son of a Bitch tasted pretty much the same. With such a name, you'd expect quite a powerful concoction of flavours. Not so. There's not much bitterness, or a hop zing. What you get is quite a mellow, fruity flavour. The alcohol content, while higher than you're usual bitter, doesn't have that alcohol kick that you'd think you would have.
Rating Son of a Bitch, I would give it a 6.75/10. Pretty average. There's not much happening with the flavours. It will be interesting when I try this again in two months time at the Carmarthen Beer Festival how it compares. And whether the alcohol volume is the same or it has increased.