Welcome to the Drink in the Sights Bomber County from Lincolnshire Craft Beers beer review. The good thing about visiting your local Co-Op is they'll usually have a good supply of local beers, and our Lincoln ones are no exception. Lincolnshire Craft Beers (once known as Tom Woods Brewery) are based in North Lincolnshire which is very much RAF country. Bomber County reflects this as Lincolnshire is the home to a Lancaster Bomber which you can take a ride in, although I should point out it doesn't take off. Lincolnshire Craft Beers have been around for about 20 years now and given how close they are to me I've really not engaged with them enough.
Bomber County comes in a suitably RAF themed 500ml bottle with what I'm 99% sure is a Lancaster Bomber in flight on the front. Anyone with an interest in aviation, world war 2, military history in general, or Lincolnshire will appreciate that this is very much a Lincolnshire plane. The beer comes with a 4.8% alcohol content making it very much a middle of the road drink and describes itself as 'a deep red premium bitter with earthy hops and fruity malt tones, some citrus roasts emerge in the mouth, with a teasing roasted bitterness playing on the tongue.' It sounds quite nice to me.
Bomber County pours a seriously thick, dark red, almost verging on a dark purple and manages to maintain a really nice thick foamy head. This is a beer that really looks the part. The aroma is fantastic with fruity hops mixing extremely well with smoked/roasted malts. I don't usually pay too much attention to what a beer smell like but this one will certainly lure any dark beer drinker in very quickly. At this point I'm very much hoping Bomber County tastes as good as it looks and smells.
This beer has a proper thick texture, similar to Hobgoblin Ruby, but the taste really is a step up, and I like Hobgoblin. There's a proper smoky bitterness which is perfectly balanced by the rich fruit flavours, and as a bit of a treat there's just a hint of caramel that comes through later to help out those of us with a sweet tooth. Genuinely this is a seriously good beer. I'm going to give Bomber County from Lincolnshire Craft Beers 9 out of 10. This really is the real deal when it comes to proper deep red ales and I can only think of Cranborne Poacher from Badger Brewery that I'd choose over it when it comes to this style of beer.