First introduced in 1990 as a winter warmer, Jennings Sneck Lifter has become a firm favourite in the portfolio. In northern dialect ‘sneck’ means door latch and a ‘sneck lifter’ was a man’s last sixpence which enabled him to lift the latch of a pub door and buy himself a pint, hoping to meet friends there who might treat him to one or two more.
Sneck Lifter has won Bronze award in the International Cask Ale competition at the Brewing Industry International Awards 2011. It was in the class 4 for cask ale 4.9% – 6.9% ABV Receiving a Bronze at the 2005 Brewing Industry International Awards held in Munich. A gold award was received in 2009 and a bronze award in this year’s International Beer Challenge. This dark beer with a reddish tinge, derived from the use of coloured malts, is perfectly balanced with specially formulated brewing sugars and English aromatic hops.
Once poured this beer is a clear mahogany red with a good ivory-white head. Aromas are plentiful with this one with orange and caramel coming straight away. A slight hint of spice lingers at the end along with woody tones. On the palate the orange comes through fairly aggressively with its burnt caramel and woody tones following up behind. Hints of burnt caramel purvey the middle order and you are left with an earthy bitterness.
The beer feels creamy in the mouth giving a good coating all around with the complex flavour combinations. Its 5.1% ABV giving it some serious punch where it needs it. Backing up all the flavours with that hit of booze. All in a pretty good pint, worthy of another visit from the Goat.