A strong chestnut ruby Premium ale with an oaky aroma containing sherry and mature fruit. The flavour is warming, fruity and strong. At 6.0% it is considered by CAMRA to be a Barley Wine, but its characteristics are more those of a strong “Winter Warmer” style bitter.

  • Beer of the Festival Cardiff 1992
  • Silver Award Strong Bitter Category of Champion Beer of Britain Competition 1992
  • Silver Award Great Aberystwyth Beer Festival 1998
  • Bronze Award S.E. SIBA Brewing Awards 2002

Originally brewed in 1980 for Ballards’ first Christmas, popular demand has forced us to brew it all the year round ever since. It was first bottled in 1995.