Lump of Coal

20130104-223451.jpgToday, in an attempt to escape the monotony of accounting and month end, I started to draw up my training plan for the 100k London2Brighton challenge. Its a bit frightening and includes entries such as Saturday 7hr Run/walk followed by Sunday 5hr run/walk.

Much as I would have liked to vegetate in front of the telly when I got home the plan pushed me in the direction of the gym.

Today’s Janathon involved a competitive 3k on the treadmill and a modicum of kettlebell swinging.

Now for the interesting bit of the challenge.

Having complained yesterday that all stouts seem to carry the same flavours of chocolate and coffee I find myself tasting a brew with barely any scent and a taste of…. well beer really. If I’m feeling imaginative I might sense blackcurrants but not in a grotty fruity way. This is a well rounded brew and probably my favourite so far. It’s strong and pleasantly tingly. Not much of head but leaves, what is known in the trade, a lacing around the glass.

This beer started life in the UK but was designed for the US export market and somehow got re-imported by way of Borough Market. A journey which probably explains the hefty price tag just visible in the photo below.

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Lynn surprised me with the Lump of Coal Stout this evening but unfortunately managed to pour her little sample all over the sofa and carpet as she was still a bit wobbly from the treadmill. We’ll be enjoying Eau d’Stout well beyond the end of January.

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