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    Decent week for me, boosted by a flying visit to London. Came across a couple of breweries and a handful of beers I'd not tried before. This week's contenders:

    Old Bear - Goldilocks.
    Sam Smiths - OBB.
    Fernandes - Simcoe.
    Ossett - Northern Lights.
    Goose Eye - Over & Stout.
    Partners - Tabatha.
    Liverpool Organic - Jade.
    Oldershaw - Grantham Dark MILD.
    Whittlebury - Golden Vale.
    Nottingham - Rock MILD.
    Brains Craft - Gold Coaster.
    Red Squirrel - Hopfest.
    Windsor & Eton - Conqueror.
    ELB - Nightwatchman.
    Harveys - Sussex BB.
    Sambrook's - Pale Ale.
    Roosters - Wild Mule.
    Saltaire - Blackthroat IPA.
    Roosters - Cream.

    An easy winner this week. The Red Squirrel Hopfest was on fine form at The Tabard, W4, on Friday night.
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    Another good week for me :-

    Hook Norton Hooky Gold 4.1%
    Milestone Loxley Ale 4.2%
    East London Brewing Co Nightwatchman 4.5%
    Turner's Ruby Mild 4.6%
    Woodforde's Nelson's Revenge 4.6%
    Mauldon's Blackberry Porter 4.8%
    East London Brewing Co Jamboree 4.8%
    Ringwood Fortyniner 4.9%
    Cotleigh Osprey 5.0%
    Dark Star Festival Ale 5.0%
    Windsor and Eton Conqueror Black IPA 5.0%
    Brodie's Old Street Pale 5.0%
    Brodie's Mosaic Pale 5.0%
    Welton's Old Harry 5.2%
    Marston's Old Empire 5.7%
    Welton's Persian Princess 6.0%
    London Fields Shoreditch Triangle 6.0%
    Brodie's Dalston Black (Keykeg) 7.0%
    Brodie's Big Mofo Stout (Keykeg) 10.5%

    There are four contenders Comqueror Black IPA, Persian Princess (a coffee flavoured porter), the Shoreditch Triangle (a strong red ale) and the Big Mofo Stout. The W&E Black IPA gets it, as much because I really like this type of beer than anything else. This was £2.45 in the Rayner's Lane Village Inn Spoons.

    BOTW Windsor and Eton Conqueror Black IPA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aqualung View Post
    BOTW Windsor and Eton Conqueror Black IPA
    My No.2 this week. Definitely one of the better Black IPAs out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aleandhearty View Post
    My No.2 this week. Definitely one of the better Black IPAs out there.
    Quite enjoyed this one, but didn't really understand the concept:if it's black it should be rich and comforting, not a glass of hop tea!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wittenden View Post
    Quite enjoyed this one, but didn't really understand the concept:if it's black it should be rich and comforting, not a glass of hop tea!
    To me variety is the important thing. that's entirely the point of the Black IPAs in that they are more like a dry stout than a porter.

    The Welton's Persian Princess I tried last Saturday tasted like it was a short measure that had been topped up from a bottle of Camp Coffee. I enjoyed it a lot, but I'm not sure about the three pint test! The clip calls it a Coffee Porter but Perfect Pint calls is a stout. It's definitely not a "normal" pint.

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    Welbeck Abbey Henrietta Grande tried in The Baum (where else?).

    Light and hoppy, but definitely not a hop bomb, very pleasant.

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