1st place overall – Brett Houliston: Bourbon Oaked Porter
2nd place overall – Brendan Bransgrove: Ulysses Flanders Red Sour Ale
3rd place overall – Brendan Bransgrove: Little Jimmy American Stout
Brett’s winning beer is a Bourbon Oaked Porter – A robust and flavoursome Porter which has been aged on charred oak bourbon barrel chips for 2 months. It has hints of vanilla and oak, while a slight smokiness lingers on the palate. Rich and inviting.
Brendan’s Ulysses Flanders Red Sour Ale is a world class example of the style, aged in Oak barrels for around a year! Strong oak flavours and aromas blend with delicate malts and a sour twist.
These top 2 brews came to a tie-breaker situation in the final round of tasting, both having scored near perfect scores, rivalling internationally acclaimed brews in their respective styles. The final decision was difficult, but after the third round of tasting, the judges settled on Brett’s Bourbon Oaked Porter.