Interesting. I was expecting that huge whallop of flavour and that pleasingly bitter aftertaste you get with highly hopped IPA.
With this beer, not so much. Don't get me wrong. The flavour is there. Its just that is a little more cautious, a little more restrained. The nice surprise is the 7% alcohol content. Most of the high alcohol content beers I have tried have generally been less than subtle with flavour. The bengal is a notable exception.
It has a slight floral undertone which is offset again, by a slight nod toward bitter at the end of the swallow.
This is a great beer after a hard day, when you just want something pleasant, drinkable with a high ABV...
Despite the name, spicy food should go nowhere near this beer. If I was in the UK - a very nice match for a good quality scotch egg. I'm not, so without further reminiscing about the wonders of British pubs, I would drink this with another British pub dish that has been exported...shepard's pie or an ale braised pie.
I also think I should get some points for not doing a St.Patrick's themed post.