Beer review — Samuel Smith and Zywiec

Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery Pale Ale 500ml $8.55
This is a lovely, warming, malty winter ale made, says the label, using water from the original brewery well sunk in 1758. While fruit and malt dominate the nose, they’re joined on the wine-rich palate by a delicious, pervading hops bitterness and firmness. It’s a complex but very easy-drinking style.

Zywiec Porter 330ml $4.95
Pow! Head-spinning alcohol of 9.5% rings the warning bells – and turbo charges Zywiec’s deep, brooding flavours of roasted coffee, dark chocolate and smoky cigar butt. Certainly it’s a cold weather brew, welcome in a Polish winter for sure, and perhaps at times in Canberra.

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