Farmers Ales Ploughboys
Cask; Seasonal - January.
Brewer’s Description of this Beer: On the first Monday after Twelth Night, the ploughboys, with blackened faces and beribboned jackets, would take their plough round the village. They stopped outside the houses of the well-to-do and performed the Molly Dance. If the householder didn’t come forth with ale, cake or alms, the ploughboys would threaten to plough up the front garden. The bitter cold of a January night demands a very robust stout and Ploughboys is fortified with port to keep the Ploughboys going. Only available in a few pubs in Maldon, it is a rare beer to seek out.
Many stouts do not fit the classic "Irish" definition as exemplified by Guinness, either due to their hop or roast rates, or higher gravity (in the case of many American stouts). They are still basic stouts, however, not falling into any of the subclasses.