The last Mild in the current series. Boo hoo.
Whitbread - Best Ale - 1955
We've seen the Whitbread Best Ale from 1950. Here is the same beer but 5 years on. What do we notice about this one? The numbers are pretty much same with the color being just a bit darker.
Very similar to the 1950 edition. They use mostly their own malt so the rules that I applied last time to choosing your own malts apply to here. You'll notice that the crystal is the same which is right around 75L or so. Same percentage of the final grist also. The biggest difference you'll see is the amount of sugar they use. In 1950 they used only 6% sugar, here, in 1955 they use over 14% most of it being the dark No. 3. This should give a little less attenuation but have a lot more of that dark fruity character.
This is the first time I've seen such old hops used in such quantity. You'll notice these are form 1947...thats 8 bloody years old. Even under the best possible conditions there would be massive degradation. Even though there are only 8BU this should have a good amount of grassy
hop character from the amount of 'greens' that go into this beer.
Dark stone fruits, sultanas with a marked caramel flavor. Definite biscuits, lots of hay and some tannins on the palate with a sweeter finish that doesn't dry out completely.
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