So here it is the official end of Christmas, well the end of my Christmas beers anyway. I found this bottle of Sadler's Peaky Blinders Christmas Pudding Stout in B&M, put it in my beer cupboard, yes I have a beer cupboard, and forgot about it among the many other ales until today. Fittingly it's minus 5 degrees and snowing, so it's a wintery setting for this winter beer. Sadler's are a proper 250 year old Black country brewery, who tend to produce some decent stuff, so I'm quite looking forward to this, now I've remembered it exists. Just for the record I've never seen Peaky Blinders, but I'm told it's very good.
The beer comes in a 500ml bottle featuring someone who looks like he could be from the TV series holding a beer and a Christmas pudding, so I guess it makes its point fairly well, it's a nice enough bottle. Christmas Pudding Stout has a distinctly average 4.5% alcohol, but you'll probably have plenty of strong stuff to drink over the festive period, so you can just use this to keep you nicely topped up. The beer pours a gorgeous jet black with a nice foamy white head, which sadly disappears into a thin lacing far too quickly for my liking, still though it's a good looking beer for a while.
The aroma is very promising. There's wintery spices coming through which makes me think this stout may be crossing into winter warmer territory, and I do love a winter warmer beer. The smell really is reminiscent of a nice warm Christmas pudding, so at least it's all on brand so far. Maybe I shouldn't have waited so long to drink this. The beers texture isn't as thick as I'd expected though, for a stout/winter warmer this feels a little bit thin. I like my stouts to feel like I'm drinking a Sunday roast, and gaining a few pounds in the process, but I guess this one is pretty drinkable, and wont fill you up too quickly.
The taste is also thinner than I expected. There's a few Christmas spices lurking in there, but they really aren't as strong as you get in a really good winter warmer. There's some nice chocolate notes, and the malts are pretty tasty, but they are all just a bit underplayed and safe. There's no doubt Sadler's Peaky Blinder Christmas Pudding Stout is a very good drink, but it's also a safe drink. It's like they've decided to make a winter warmer, got the ingredients together, but then not quite put a big enough concentration of them in to make it really outstanding. I'm going to give this festive version of Peaky Blinder 7.5 out of 10. It's very good, but it could have been great if Sadler's had just been a bit braver.