In a nutshell: A rich and fruity, gluten free, Strong English Ale from the Westerham Brewery in west Kent.
The lowdown: A strong bottle conditioned ale brewed to the 1938 strength and using the same ingredients as the original best selling bottled beer of Westerham's old Black Eagle Brewery. It's traditionally copper in colour and has rich fruit filled aroma with a hint of raisiny sweetness and dark chocolate on the palate before it reaches thedry and appetisingy bitter finish.
With its establishment in 2004 by Robert Wicks the Westerham Brewery Company brought back the art of brewing to the west Kent town of Westerham. In doing so they revived the area's rich brewing heritage and many of the beers they produce hark back to the much loved flavours of the town's Black Eagle Brewery which closed in 1965.
The local water of this part of Kent which percolates through the Lower Greensand Ridge is excellent for brewing pale bitters for which for which breweries over the years have earned their reputation. Appropriately enough for a Kent brewery they source over 90% of their hops from Kentish hop gardens. They've built a particularly close relationship with the farms of the Scotney Castle Estate in Lamberhurst.