This moreish brown ale
was originally brewed by Vaux breweries of Sunderland
. It competed with the more widely known Newcastle Brown Ale
. The beer
takes it's name from a cannon used in the Boer War
by Ernest Vaux one of the Vaux family who founded the brewery
. The Vaux brewery unfortunately closed in 1999 but the Double Maxim Brand has been saved by two of the original directors of Vaux. They relaunched it recently as a bottled beer
brewed to the same recipe as before (but now at Robinson's brewery in Stockport).
For those of you unlucky enough not to have tried it, it pours with a loose, frothy head that rapidly collapses. Compared to a cask ale it is fizzier with a more carbonated taste. The aroma is sweet, and in the mouth the emphasis is on a deep, rich malt flavour which is undercut with a pleasant tang of hop bitterness. It leaves behind a sweet caramel aftertaste and the irresistible urge to take another swig.