A lovely birthday present from Sara and Ali Gill (the people responsible for me writing this blog), the slightly awkwardly named Dog’th Vader is one of a collection of canine themed beers from Lake District brewers Windmill. Windmill is one of a significant number small breweries from the Cumbria area based out of a pub, and pretty much every town you visit up there has it’s own micro brewery. I like to think this reflects the hilly nature of the place, where up until recently transporting beer from place to place would have been difficult, so everyone brewed their own. It’s just as likely that a booming tourist trade keeps them all in business!
Dog’th is a black, porter ale with fairly thick and oily texture and plenty of smoky, cold coffee flavour. Fairly sugary sweet to start, there’s very little of the fruitiness described on the bottle, and much more of the toasty, roasty malts. The taste is powerful but actually fairly pleasing, if a little one dimensional. Certainly a decent winter warmer if you like coffee malt flavours!