View Full Version : Beer of the Week (w/e 5th January 2014)

02-01-2014, 08:04
hondo: Oakham JHB
Mobyduck: Thornbridge Topaz
Wittenden: Gadds Green Hop Ale
Aqualung: Kernel LBA Stout
Real Ale Ray: Redemption Hotspur
Bucking Fastard: Elland Celebration Porter
london calling: Orkney Dark Island
Thuck Phat: Timothy Taylor Landlord
aleandhearty: Ossett Galaxy
PaulOfHorsham: Windsor & Eton Parklife
ROBCamra: Abbeydale White Christmas

03-01-2014, 13:08
Oakham ales - jhb

05-01-2014, 08:03
A somewhat mixed week.
Windsor and Eton Canberra
Oakham Edgars Bazaar
Thornbridge Topaz
Crouch Vale Amarillo
Brodies London Fields Pale
Hewitts D'arf Wit (a black Wheat beer)!
Ascot Ally Cat
Ascot Posh Pooch
Ascot Hope and Glory
Staffordshire Snowmans Meltdown (bottle)
Staffordshire Elf Service (bottle)
Courage Best
Darkstar Hophead

Best of the bunch,Thornbridge Topaz enjoyed in The Rake (http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/55175/).
With plenty more Hophead to follow today. :cheers:

05-01-2014, 08:49
No pub this week:best of the bottles-Gadds Green hop Ale.East Kent Goldings at their best.Who needs yank hops!

05-01-2014, 11:41
A good week, ones marked "*" were excellent.

Hopcraft Permanent Revolution 3.7%*
Adnam's Gunhill 4.0%
Brodie's London Fields Pale 4.0%
O'Hanlon's Dry Stout 4.2%
Bradfield Farmers Belgian Blue 4.9%*
Brodie's Old Street Pale 5.0%*
Brentwood Five Gold Rings 5.0%
ELB East India Spice 5.3%
Adnams / Pretty Things Jack D'Or 6.0%
London Fields Black Frost Stout 6.0%*
Brodie's Kentish Town Brown 6.3%*
Adnam's / Sixpoint Righteous Ale 6.3%
Kernel LBA Stout 7.0%*
London Fields American Black Ale 7.0%*
London Fields Weizen Dopple Bock (Keykeg) 7.5%
London Fields First Born Barley Wine (Keykeg) 9.0%*

The winner is the Kernel LBA Stout as tried in the Cock Tavern Hackney at £4.80 (I think!). This is a new brewery for me as apparently they don't do much cask. For a 7% stout it was amazingly drinkable. The Bradfield Belgian Blue is worth a mention as it appeared to be a Bilberry flavoured beer with a head that was a pale mauve in colour. It sounds hideous but was superb!

BOTW Kernel LBA Stout

Real Ale Ray
05-01-2014, 17:07
Redemption - Hotspur

Bucking Fastard
05-01-2014, 18:14
Needed a rest after the excesses.

Elland -- Celebration Porter
Tillingbourne -- Hop Troll

BOTW goes to Elland Celebration Porter brewed by the folk from Elland at Thwaites in a collaberation,probably for 'spoons given it was taken in The George,Croydon.Same recipe as the 1872 Porter,using excess brewing capacity at Thwaites. Best beer out of Blackburn for a long time,very drinkable at 6.5%.

Next week drifting through MK,decent ale often a challenge there.

london calling
05-01-2014, 20:56
Still one of my favourite beers and tastes as good today as when I first drank it.
Orkney -Dark Island in the Eagle .just off the City rd. £4.10 a pint and I didn't say (I only want to buy a pint not the pub)

Thuck Phat
06-01-2014, 08:04
A couple of highlights:
Daleside Blonde
Blue Monkey King Kong Merrily on High
Oakham Bishops Farewell
TT Landlord

The King Kong was very good but BOTW was Timothy Taylor Landlord drunk in The Boltmakers (http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/40834/) at Keighly.

06-01-2014, 11:43
Blue Monkey King Kong Merrily on High

Hahaha!! That made me laugh out loud. Surely one of the best xmas beer names for some time..?

06-01-2014, 12:08
Hahaha!! That made me laugh out loud. Surely one of the best xmas beer names for some time..?

My personal favourite is Storm brewery Looks Like Rain Dear.

06-01-2014, 13:14
A fairly quiet week, due to family commitments over the holiday period.

Shiny - Rat Trap.
Welbeck Abbey - Henrietta.
Ilkley - Lotus IPA.
Nine Standards - Silver Standard.
Ossett - Galaxy.
Fernandes - Columbus.
Rudgate - York Chocolate Stout.

Normally, I'd expect the Lotus to romp home, but it was on curiously subdued form when I tried it on NYE. Similarly, previous BOTW Rat Trap didn't seem quite at its best either, so Galaxy gets the nod.

06-01-2014, 20:17
Windsor & Eton 'Parklife (https://www.webrew.co.uk/main/shop/parklife/)' is a good hoppy pale ale. This is the brewer's contribution to the increasingly common low ABV, but full of hops style (it's only 3.2%) and its up to their usual high standard.

10-01-2014, 10:59
Abbeydale White Christmas tried in The Museum (http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/43214/) in Sheffield.

An often overlooked beer house in the city centre.