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Beer Review: Williams Bros. Double Joker

Brewery: Williams Brothers (Scotland)
Style: Double/Imperial IPA
ABV: 8.3%
Serving: 330ml Bottle
Price: £3 – 4

Williams Bros. brewery is a name which you may have come across in supermarkets in recent years with their March of the Penguins stout and IPA/Lager Hybrid Caesar Augustus. This is just the tip of the iceberg. A visit to their website reveals the true size of their range and also some of the really inventive things they’re doing with their beer. I picked up a bottle of their Scottish Style Double IPA, Double Joker on a trip to my local bottle shop. I’ve tasted this before, on keg at a BrewDog bar and remember really enjoying it so I couldn’t not review a bottle.

The beer pours a perfectly clear light bronze colour with a finger of white head. It has a similar look to your typical American DIPA, something like Oskar Blues’ Deviant Dale’s. It has some carbonation but not a huge amount, just enough to let you know it’s not flat. The bubbles you see in the picture are a result of me not cleaning my glass well enough.

Double Joker

Main aroma you get here is golden syrup sweetness, like freshly baked flapjack. You also get notes of very ripe, almost on the turn, citrus fruits or even tinned mandarins and peaches. There’s also a note of honey and something like a treacle sponge.

Flavour follows the aroma with more of that intense golden syrup sweetness, tinned fruits and a creaminess that suggests something like oats, even though to my knowledge no oats were used in this brew. You get some pithy citrus bitterness, especially at the back end but this is quite subdued and beaten into submission by all that sweetness. I remember it being a lot more bitter on keg, perhaps it was fresher and more of those hops survived. Not a bad tasting beer but bordering on being sickly sweet and you couldn’t realistically have more than one or two without feeling like you were in a sugar coma.

Mouthfeel goes without saying. It was like golden syrup. sticky, coating and very, very sweet. The small amount of carbonation did lift this a little and all in all the body was fairly pleasant. The beers I drank after this tasted extra sharp and bitter because of all that sweetness. I would recommend having this as a sort of end-of-the-night beer or even a dessert beer along side a sticky toffee pudding or something.

Verdict: 3/5

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