by Ashley Cotter-Cairns
Wadworth 6X beer: drink it all evening
Wadworth 6X (4.3% ABV)
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Here's an interesting beer. Wadworth 6X is still brewed in a facility built in 1885 and the business is still a family concern. History like this comes as no surprise in the UK, but to actually taste something that's been brewed in similar fashion for well over a century can do nobody any harm. So what's 6X actually like?
I'd call it a decent session beer. It pours an inviting reddish amber colour, settles down quickly and demands your attention.
The smell is not its strongest suit. I find it a bit offputting, but you shouldn't judge a beer by its nose alone.
Once you take a swig, you'll enjoy a mildly fizzy, moderate, easy to drink taste that's backed up by a benign, if slightly bitter, lingering finish. What little sweetness there is soon gives way to hops, though you'll end up with a ghost of caramel flavour to remind you to order another pint.
4.3% ABV is not a monster strength, which is why I believe it will be something you could drink all night long.
I'd also expect it to pair well with a great single malt, such as Balvennie Doublewood, once your evening is winding down towards the nightcap stage. This Wiltshire beer is well worth checking out.