I generally love all things VerdantThe latest Verdant Putty (not a full pint as rationed) was very good yesterday. It sells out instantly every year. Incredibly complex if you like that ridiculously hopped style. Newly iconic perhaps, certainly in craft beer circles.
A month later, but hey ho - agree with Tom that investment in the Sam Smiths bottles is worthwhile - from a mail order place in York I get a fairly regular drop of Taddy Porter, Nut Brown, Oatmeal Stout and Imperial Stout, the latter two of which certainly are be-ooo-tiful beers. If you like beers with a defined sweetness that is. Which I do. Apart from the Imperial Stout, they all come in joyous near-pint bottles in almost stereotypical Yorkshire orneriness.No-Sam Smiths pubs in London have gone right down the pan. Bottles are excellent, as indeed are all their bottles, just as well because they are expensive.
Interesting to read about Humphrey Smith, who seems to be a complete nutcase.
...but I certaiinly find these very different beers - one sweet, the other having (in the past anyway) an appealing sour note, to my palate. Isn't it supposed to have some "old" beer in it, which I assumed contributed to its pre-eminence / distinctiveness, or have I imagined that?Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout is quite lovely-I find it about ten thousand times better than Guinness.