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13-08-2010, 07:50
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This is the (neatly lined-up) aftermath of a beer night (http://pencilandspoon.blogspot.com/search/label/Beer%20Night) from a few months ago (plus a bottle opener, it seems - I guess this was to add artistic effect, or something). I won’t go through every beer we had as the picture should do the hard work for me. Instead I’ll just tell you about the best ones.

Kernel Brewery (http://www.thekernelbrewery.com/) Export Stout 1890 (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/the-kernel-export-stout-london-1890/126190/85632/) was the most handsome beer of the evening, a charcoal black and a creamy head. It’s smooth in the mouth, smoky, roasty and delicious – another Kernel cracker.

De Hemel’s Nieuw Ligt Grand Cru 2005 (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/de-hemel-nieuw-ligt-grand-cru/29028/) was a real playground of flavours: fruity, boozy, vanilla, pepper, plums, raisins, banana bread and rum. It was fantastically interesting.

AleSmith Speedway Stout (http://alesmith.com/year-round-brews/speedway-stout/) was thick, dark and sexy, filled with loads of coffee and chocolate, a real tongue coating dark-beer-lover’s dreams. A wow beer (only bettered by the bourbon-barrel-aged version which is double wow).

Russian River Damnation 23 (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/russian-river-damnation-batch-23-46-oak-aged/74510/) was another wow beer (cool label blurb too). An oak-aged tripel with so much going on it had three of us talking about it for the duration of the bottle: lots of apricots, pineapple, honey, huge vanilla oak presence which I really liked, stewed apple, roasted oranges, toasted nuts; very smooth bodied, a drying bitterness. It’s the oak that makes this and gives it something cheeky and playful, although there's nothing subtle about it being there. Where can I get more?

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We threw a few wild cards in there and some duds too. Surprisingly Utenos (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/887/2808) did pretty well, unlike the Brodies Mint Choc Chip Stout (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/brodies-mint-chip-stout/121330/) which we had high hopes for – it neither tasted like chocolate nor mint and was disappointing (if you call a beer by that name then it has to taste ridiculous for it to work, if you ask me. See Saltaire’s Triple Chocoholic (http://www.saltairebrewery.co.uk/html/cask_ales.html)).

This lot was demolished between three of us. We did the usual scoring which you can sort of see below. There was a slight theme to this night of 'good beer and shit beer', although that was only very loosely followed...

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