About the beer
A full-bodied porter made from the finest English malt and hops, brewed and bottle-conditioned in the traditional way. Fitzroy Somerset, 1st Baron Raglan would have been proud, as we at Inkerman Ales are proud.
A dark and rich beer, Lord Raglan epitomises the classic Porters style originating from London. This beer compliments foods of a similar nature. Here at Inkerman Ales we highly recommend trying it with a Steak and Ale pie, a nice rabbit stew or, for those of a more discerning palate, how about roast pheasant… could have been a particular fancy of the man himself.
So who was Lord Raglan?
FitzRoy Somerset, 1st Baron Raglan (1788-1855) was the youngest son of Henry Somerset, 5th Duke of Beaufort, and Elizabeth Boscawen. After successes in the battles of Porto in May 1809, Talavera in July 1809 and the Battle of Bussaco in September 1810 as a part of the Peninsular Wars with France, Raglan was appointed military secretary to the Duke of Wellington. He fought alongside him in further battles against the French, gaining further promotion to the role of Lieutenant Colonel after distinguishing himself at the Storming of Badajoz for his bravery in battle. His role in the Hundred Days and Battle of Waterloo led to his right arm being amputated and he led a decade-long political career as the Tory MP for Truro.
Raglan held the position of General of the British troops in the Crimean War, his joint command of Anglo-French forces with General Jacques St. Arnaud led to the Allied victory at the Battle of Alma. This was followed by the famous victory at the Battle of Inkerman, where the allied forces were outnumbered by over 5:1 but still managed to beat back the Russian Army. For this, Raglan was awarded the position of Field Marshal and Ottoman Empire Order of the Medjidie, 1st Class.
However, it was Raglan’s fateful decision to call for the Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of the Balaclava and the blame he received from the British press for significant losses at the Siege of Sevastopol for which he will be remembered, he died a mere month after Sevastopol, suffering from both dysentery and depression.
Sweetman, J. (2010). Raglan. [Barnsley: Pen & Sword Military] pp. 233-244