Brewed in partnership with the Imperial War Museum, Old Contemptible is a beer to mark the centenary of the First World War. It’s sweet on the nose with big bursts of vanilla and chocolate, and there’s a subtle maltiness at the back too.
The taste is a more muted. The chocolate is there but it’s all wrapped up in a syrupy sweetness. The vanilla all but disappears. While the nose was a collection of distinct scents, the taste is more of a blend of everything. Towards the end there’s a small burst of bitterness from the hops and it lingers just long enough to be an interesting addition.
Old Contemptible is a simple brown ale and it’s probably not going to blow your socks off. However, it’s pleasant enough to keep you interested and is a good accompaniment for a meaty meal.