The three wise men followed the star which, contrary to popular opinion, actually led to Leeds and Northern Monk. No manger required.
A Christmas twist on their Northern Star, a mocha porter; Festive Star 2020 adds in vanilla and cinnamon to create a Christmas special that everyone can get behind.
Festive Star 2020: Taste Test
Scent of chocolate and cinnamon, backed up by a lovely thick pour that really allows the spice to fill your nostrils.
The initial taste is smooth and creamy, with a mainly chocolate taste which is complimented well with the vanilla. The cinnamon is quite subtle on the first few sips, but gets more prominent as you drink it.
The aftertaste is where the beer really shines, with all the flavours working together and the cinnamon bringing a really Christmassy vibe to the entire experience. Best enjoyed slowly.
Festive Star 2020: Can Notes
A cityscape of what I believe to be Leeds on the front is shrouded in a green-tinted night. Ironically there aren't many obvious stars on the can design, but there are lots of images of vanilla, cinnamon and chocolate at the bottom.
The monk logo of Northern Monk takes centre stage, as it does with all their cans, and the beer and description takes the place above his head, where you would expect a star to be. Is it symbolic? Maybe. It's a pretty standard can that doesn't really stand out, but if you take a closer look it has some interesting elements.
Buy Festive Star 2020 Porter
It's sold out in most places, but we got ours from Morrison's supermarket which has an amazing beer aisle.
You can pick some up at Honest Brew at the moment, but as it's a festive special don't expect them to hang around forever as there isn't likely to be a second run.