Niigata Golden Edinburgh is an English strong ale inspired by Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh. It’s based on their Niigata Edinburgh Premium Ale beer but contains extra malt and is conditioned for longer in the fermentation stages. It’s got an abv of 7% is a winter seasonal beer though I’ve seen it on sale throughout the year due to a year long shelf-life.
Niigata Golden Edinburgh Aroma and Taste
Making a beer named after a Scottish city but creating it under an English style of beer takes either serious guts and confidence in your product or is up for gaff of the year. When I asked a Scottish friend of mine, he laughed and was insulted, but not too much, as to why a scotch ale was not created instead? Who knows but it’s been made and we can’t change it.
Niigata Golden Edinburgh poured out a syrupy, treacle like colour that had next to no life in it, not even a head appeared on top. Ok, there were one or two bubbles that rose up but nothing more than that. It’s obvious that Niigata Beer have ramped up the malt level in here as the sickly, sweet, burnt caramel aroma, while not overpowering, is the dominant aroma from the beer. It’s a very heavy aroma that lingers in the air and in your nose so much so, that it was hard to determine if anything else was there.
And therein lies the problem with Niigata Golden Edinburgh – malts. Pushing the malt limit is akin to pushing the hop limit, but instead of something hoppy and bitter, you end up something sweet, perhaps sickly sweet. Niigata Golden Edinburgh is easy going if you’re sipping away, in front of a warm fireplace with hounds next to your feet but it is not a guzzling beer and neither is it refreshing. It’s dry, I’ll concede that to Niigata beer, and you know what, there was even a hint, a tiny one though, of some bitterness but not much.
Niigata Golden Edinburgh One Line Review
Niigata Golden Edinburgh is a sipping beer that deserves aging to mellow out some of the malt flavours.