In a tangled web of love, you could do a lot worse than to throw beer into the mix. In this case, you'll probably improve the situation.
A rich, decadent pastry stout oozing delicious flavours that are synonymous with the more amorous of the world: chocolate and honey. And to a lesser extent almonds, but who says three's a crowd?
All flavours that have been proven time and again to work together and all flavours that unsurprisingly, work very well in this, a Pomona Island stout in which we expect the best and were delivered it.
Love Tangle: Taste Test
The honey sweetness comes out very nicely in the aroma, mixing very with the sweet-in-a-different-way chocolate aromas that compete in a glorious way for my olfactory attention.
The body is thick and dense, with legs that cling to the glass like a fine wine. It has a malty flavour at first which surprised me as I was expecting a sweet hit, but the maltiness helps establish a base on which the sweet flavours build very well, there's not much in the way of almonds but it's very possible that the other stronger flavours of honey and chocolate simply beat it out of the way.
The finish is kind of vaguely sweet, nothing overly dominant for either honey or chocolate and it left me feeling a little disappointed in the aftertaste; which is just a generic sweet and stickiness that in many ways is a fine metaphor for love itself.
Love Tangle: Can Notes
Pomona Island love to throw random images to go with their beer names, and to be honest Love Tangle is fairly tame name for one of their productions.
All the same, I can't really figure out what pyramids have to do with love but then who am I to judge, I who has never set foot in Egypt or near a real pyramid in my life. Maybe they know something that I don't.
Still, the bright orange is a very nice touch and helps it stand out, even against a backdrop of vivid Pomona Island offerings this one managed to catch my eye. There's a wealth of info on the back as per usual which helps provide some context for the beer, for those who are into that kind of thing.
Buy Love Tangle Stout
You can get your hands on this online at Craft Line Beers or Honest Brew, where we got our can from for the princely sum of £5.50 - an absolute steal for such a tangled web of affection.
A fan of beer since his first can of John Smiths he snook out of his Dad's fridge, Adam is now a craft beer enthusiast. To offset this 'hobby', he also cycles, runs and plays cricket when not spending time with his family.