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Thread: Beer of the Week (w/e 25th August 2013)

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    Roving RAT ROBCamra's Avatar
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    Default Beer of the Week (w/e 25th August 2013)

    Hopefully I'll grab a couple of pints of the real stuff in The Baum on the Saturday before this one runs out.

    Thuck Phat: Blue Monkey Ape Ale
    Aqualung: O' Hanlon's Brewer's Special Reserve
    Real Ale Ray: Moorhouses's Pure Witch
    Mobyduck: Darkstar Hylder Blonde
    Bucking Fastard: Buxton American Rye
    Wittenden: Goacher's Special House Ale
    hondo: Alechemy Brewery X-366 Burst
    Oggwyn Trench: Hand Drawn Monkey Pale Ale
    aleandhearty: Marble Ginger
    london calling: Veseley IPA
    ROBCamra: Penpont Surfer's Pale Ale
    Last edited by ROBCamra; 30-08-2013 at 14:58.
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    Whoops - defeated by technology. Again.

    Try again:
    Oakham Bishops Farewell
    Abbeydale Profundity
    Downton Honey Blonde
    Atomic Planet
    Dr Morton Angler Management
    Salopian Requiem Stout
    Acorn Sybilla IPA
    Blue Monkey Ape Ale

    The Requiem Stout and Sybilla IPA were excellent but BOTW goes to the crack cocaine of the real ale world, Blue Monkey Ape Ale.
    Last edited by Thuck Phat; 25-08-2013 at 19:06.

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    Some nice beers tried this week :-

    Jenning's Cocker Hoop 4.0%
    Adnam's Topaz 4.0%
    Rebellion Blonde 4.3%
    Cairngorm Trade Winds 4.3%
    East London Brewing Co Nightwatchman 4.5%
    Adnam's Ghost Ship 4.5%
    Harviestoun Schiehallion 4.8%
    Brewster's Calamity Jane 4.8%
    Brodie's Hackney Red 6.1%
    Twickenham Daisy Cutter 6.1%
    O' Hanlon's Brewer's Special Reserve 12.9%

    The choice is between Adnam's Ghost Ship at a refreshing £1.99 in the Chingford King's Ford and the O' Hanlon's Brewer's Special Reserve at a stonking £5 in the Leyton King WIlliam IV. Ghost Ship is an Adnam's beer that tastes like a Brodie's beer, but with just a hint of the Adnam's malty flavour. It must be all down to the hops used.

    However, the winner has to be the headbanging O' Hanlon's brew.
    I wasn't aware that O' Hanlons went in for this sort of Left Field thing, but looking them up on Ratebeer I realised that earlier in the year I had a strong dark Chilli flavoured beer by them called Diablo which I enjoyed immensely.

    The Special Reserve is a barley wine that tastes to me like it has been aged in a rum barrel. The rum flavour takes the edge off the inherent sweetness making it dangerously drinkable.

    If you think this is a silly drink because of it's strength then consider two of the Mikkeler beers that were on keykeg, an 18% Black Imperial Stout and an 18.9% American Style Barley Wine. I believe these were £6 a pint.

    BOTW O' Hanlon's Brewer's Special Reserve
    Last edited by Aqualung; 25-08-2013 at 20:42.

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    Moorhouses's - Pure Witch

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    Out saving pubs and enjoying it.


    Darkstar Hophead
    Darkstar American Pale Ale
    Darkstar Hylder Blonde
    Aylesbury Chaos theory
    Vale Red Kite
    Wild Weather Ales Big Muddy
    Wild Weather Ales Little Wind
    Wild Weather Ales Stormbringer
    Sharps Cornish Pilsner
    Andwells Red IPA
    Blacksheep Best Bitter
    Exmoor Fox
    Butcombe Bitter

    All of the Wild Weather Ales were excellent, not tried a bad beer from them yet.
    But BOTW is Darkstar Hylder Blonde I guess its either to your taste or not (Elderflower) but I could drink gallons of it and as it happens I did.
    Last edited by Mobyduck; 26-08-2013 at 07:45.
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    Another modest week.

    Mc Mullens -- Country Bitter
    Buxton -- American Rye
    Caledonian -- Golden XPA
    Timothy Taylor -- Landlord
    Buntingford -- Highwayman

    The stand out pint and thereby BOTW was Buxton American Rye well kept in The Pelt Trader,Cannon Street.
    "Good people drink good beer" Hunter S Thompson

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    Interesting week for me:Kent micros old and new.
    Tonbridge-Rustic 4%ABV.A solid mid brown best bitter using the unusual Epic hop and Fuggles imported from Alsace.Taken at The Poet, Matfield (formerly Standing's Cross)
    Goacher's -Special House Ale 3.8% ABV. Hoppier than before, resinous and earthy. In pluperfect condition at the Dering Arms, Pluckley.
    Hop Fuzz-Old American Pale Ale 4.2%ABV Golden ale.Grapefruit hops (an experimental US cultivar) from a new (to me) micro. On gravity at Biddenden Tractor Fest.

    Whitstable-East India Pale Ale4.1% ABV Barley straw, nettley hops. On one tasting, a contemporary classic.At Biddenden as before.

    All good, if varied, beers, but The Goacher's was, on the day, outstanding . Goacher's House Ale, my BOTW.
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    Alechemy Brewery > X-366 Burst
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    Decent week for me , with a few beers from new to me Breweries

    Black Jack - New Deck
    Empire - Hops in Action
    Elland - Goldrush
    Hand Drawn Monkey - Pale Ale
    Ascot - Aureole
    Corvedale - Dark and Delicious
    Oakhams - Endless Summer
    Black Jack - Gold Coast
    Harwich Town - Ganges
    By the Horns - Bobby on the Wheat
    Ossett - Silver Link
    Lymestone - Stonecutter

    BOTW Hand Drawn Monkey - Pale Ale
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    A very sociable week and pretty decent from a variety point of view. Unfortunately, quite a few underwhelming beers in the list.

    Five Towns - Corridor of Uncertainty.
    Mallinnsons - Mount Pleasant Mild.
    Downton - Quadhop.
    Flying Fox - Slightly Foxed.
    Marble - Ginger.
    Oakham - Bishops Farewell.
    Whim - Flower Power.
    Glentworth - Lightyear.
    Acorn - Forester.
    Grafters - Harvest Moon.
    Fernandes - Nelson IPA.
    Liverpool Organic - Kitty Wilkinson (Choc & Vanilla Stout).
    Thornbridge - Hopton.
    Peak Ales - Swift Nick.
    Wincle - Wincle Waller.

    Enjoyed the Kitty Wilkinson, but wouldn't want to stay on it all night. Ginger wouldn't have been my first choice of Marble beer, but for sheer depth of flavour it took some beating. Very good.
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