Let The Right One In: Croglin Vampire
At the National Winter Ales Festival, Jeff Pickthall, the hairy godfather of Cumbrian beer, kindly gave me a bottle of Cumbrian Legendary Ales‘ Croglin Vampire to review. I’ve tried Cumbrian Legendary Ales’ beers only once before when I had their Loweswater Gold in Burgundy’s in Kendal. I found it to be a very light, pale, drinkable beer but not quite interesting enough to merit a second pint.
Croglin Vampire can’t be accused of being uninteresting. An 8% doppelbock, it pours a reddish brown and gives off a rich port smell. The yellow head dispersed quickly. It had a rich, tongue-coating viscosity. The rich taste is of a deep maltiness containing sour fruits and a slightly iron-like, appropriately bloody quality.
I have to confess that I’m not entirely familiar with the doppelbock style, and have yet to try Paulaner Salvator, for example. Wikipedia informs me that, “Historically, doppelbock was high in alcohol and sweet, thus serving as “liquid bread” for the monks during times of fasting, when solid food was not permitted.” I would not recommend having Croglin Vampire on an empty stomach, for it may induce either beatific visions or, more likely, darker consequences.
This made me think that I’d like to explore the style more. It also made me want to try the rest of Cumbrian Legendary Ales’ range, which include a Cascade-hopped bitter called Dickie Doodle. For the life of me I don’t know why this isn’t the house beer in Dickie Doodle’s in Kendal. They’re missing a trick.
Thanks very much to Jeff for the bottle.