Review by Rob
Doom Bar is inspired by its namesake, the treacherous sandbank at the mouth of the Camel Estuary near Sharps’ home at Rock. Accomplished and precise, Doom Bar is the epitomy of consistency, balance and moreish appeal and is now the UK’s no.1 selling cask beer.
An enticing aroma of resinous hop, sweet malt and delicate roasted notes. The mouth feel is a balanced, complex blend of succulent dried fruit, lightly roasted malt and a subtle yet assertive bitterness. The finish is dry and refreshing.
Unbelievably I realised Britain’s best selling Ale was missing from our review list, that’s a bit like talking about world football and not mentioning Brazil.
Now is this beer the Brazil of Ales? Does It have a bearded Socrates up its sleeve? Why is this beer Britain’s best selling beer? The answer is it’s availability, it’s everywhere on tap in your local pub and in every supermarket and off license.
Now this is a session beer in every sense of the word, mid-strength alcohol volume means you can neck a few of these and you won’t be beating up the wife when you get home, it’s light in colour, light in flavour and light in depth, you could argue this beer is so light even your nan could neck a few and go home and not beat up your grandad.
Aroma has a light sweet vanilla air to it, best served chilled, and described as a moreish flavour on the bottle this couldn’t be more apt. If you have this in your local pub, as long as it’s been looked after, you know it’s a safe pint to drink, I can understand why this is the best selling beer in Britain but this won’t make my go out and find list, partly because I know you’ve already tasted it and partly because this is more like Wayne Rooney, not Socrates, England and Manchester United‘s top goal scorer, but still not world class.
The same way Rooney doesn’t even compete against Shearer or Lineker, this beer is a safe bet in your local pub, if it’s in a pub drink it, it’ll score for you, but competing against the best it’ll come up short due to world class ruthlessness like winning the Golden Boot at a major tournament or sheer technical ability like Socrates. I wonder if there is a reserve version available on the subs bench…?