MAXIM BREWERY'S MAXIMUS ALE - Brewed in Houghton Le Spring by Maxim brewery formed by staff after the closures of Vaux Brewery and Wards Brewery in 1999, this ale is crafted from the finest ingredients with a hint of Demerara Sugar to create a strong and warming beer that is also smooth and easy to drink, dark ruby in colour, Maximus is described as smooth, sweet, with a hint of liquorice, at 6% ABV be careful of its hidden strength.
GUINNESS WEST INDIES PORTER - brewed at St James Gate brewery Dublin. The beer has a luscious aroma of herbal and spicy hops with a big hit of toffee, liquorice and coffee from the dark malts. The palate is a fine balance of rich, roasted grain, espresso coffee and bitter hops with continuing toffee and liquorice notes. The finish is sweet to start but burnt fruit, bitter coffee and spicy hops build to a bitter finale, but with a continuing balance of creamy malt and liquorice.