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Thread: Beer of the Week (w/e 23rd February 2014)

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    Roving RAT ROBCamra's Avatar
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    Default Beer of the Week (w/e 23rd February 2014)

    london calling: Revolutions Kids in America
    Mobyduck: Dark Star Revelation
    Thuck Phat: Fullers ESB
    Real Ale Ray: Brimstage Scarecrow
    Bucking Fastard: Titanic Plum Porter
    Aqualung: Hopcraft Simcoe Plus
    hondo: Loch Lomond Bonnie n Blonde
    oldboots: Elland Maximum Darkness
    aleandhearty: Magic Rock High Wire
    ROBCamra: Mantle Rock Steady
    PaulOfHorsham: Brodies Amarilla
    Last edited by ROBCamra; 01-03-2014 at 13:48.
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    Up London last night but no great beer was encountered.All decent but I somehow felt disappointed. Did get a beer from the in-house nano brewery at Hops and Glory Essex Rd so that made the trip well wicked.
    best 3 were pale hoppy ones
    Kings Evolution-northern lights
    Tiny Rebel -billabong
    and the best was
    Revolution-Kids in America
    cheers john

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    Junction 5, M3 , well fairly close.


    Quiet in the week but some decent beer found in Reading on Saturday.
    Hook Norton -Hooky 3.5%
    Darkstar - Hophead 3.8%
    XT - 2 4.2%
    Courage Best 4%
    Hopcraft - Permanent Revolution 3.8%
    Hopcraft - Cruxshadow 4.9%
    Hopcraft-The Black Nag 5.5% (specially brewed for the Nags Head 7th anniversary,and apparently the only cask in existence. A smoked black IPA)
    Steel City - Unholy Trinity 6.6%
    Binghams - Coffee Stout 5%
    Siren Craft - Undercurrent 4.5%
    Darkstar - RevalationBOTW.
    "Everybody's got to believe in something. I believe I'll have another beer."

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    A reasonable week:

    Hop Back - Back Row
    Oakham - Citra
    Oakham - Bishops Farewell
    XT - XT 5
    Titanic - Plum Porter
    Fullers - ESB

    Every one of those is a contender but BOTW goes to Fullers ESB due to the speed with which it passed the 3 pint test. Not bad for 5.5%.

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    Brimstage - Scarecrow

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    Waterborne Beer Inspector Bucking Fastard's Avatar
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    Good week for me,with some fine brews.

    Fullers -- ESB (3PT)
    Oakham -- Citra
    XT -- XT5
    Titanic -- Plum Porter
    Portobello -- American Pale Ale
    Portobello -- VPA
    Dark Star -- American Pale Ale

    BOTW goes to Titanic Plum Porter in the terrific Black Lion.I never thought I would utter the words excellent ale and Leighton Buzzard in the same sentence.

    Next week end of month drinking including a trip down Leather Lane to Craft Beer Co.Could be awesome,more likely messy.
    "Good people drink good beer" Hunter S Thompson

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    This Space For Hire Wittenden's Avatar
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    Weald of Kent


    Could do better:
    Three beers, none scoring more than 3.5, though no stinkers, so no award given.
    Rother Valley-Level Best 4% abv. Tired, slightly hazy
    Harveys-Sussex Best Bitter 4%abv.Best of the bunch,not so unimpeacheable this time.
    Shepherd Neame Whitstable Bay Pale Ale-3.9%abv. Pleasantly hoppy,but followed by metallic tang.
    "At that moment I would have given a kingdom, not for champagne or hock and soda, or hot coffee but for a glass of beer" Marquess Curzon of Kedlestone, Viceroy of India.

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    A smaller selection this week with only one indifferent beer from Cottage, a brewery who seem to have completely lost the plot.

    Hopcraft Tidy Bitter 4.0%
    Cottage Duchess 4.2%
    Sambrook's Pumphouse Pale Ale 4.2%
    Brentwood Gold 4.3%
    Prescott Track Record 4.4%
    Brodie's American Brown 4.8%
    Hopcraft Reign Of Terror 4.8%
    Wobbly Welder 4.8%
    Brodie's Old Street Pale 5.0%
    Hopcraft Simcoe Plus 5.4%
    Caledonian / Tyler King Oatmeal Stout 5.5%
    Black Flag White Cross IPA 5.7%
    Time and Tide Calista IPA 6.1%
    Gloucester Black Simcoe 6.2%
    Mikkeller It's Alive Mango (Keykeg) 8.0%
    Mikkeller Black 18 (Keykeg) 18.0%

    The award has to go to Hopcraft for their Simcoe Plus, possibly not one for the brown beer brigade but an absolute classic of the type and the Old Street was in good form this week!

    BOTW Hopcraft Simcoe Plus
    Last edited by Aqualung; 24-02-2014 at 00:58.

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    Loch Lomond - Bonnie n Blonde
    Last edited by hondo; 24-02-2014 at 09:40.
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    Theakstons - XB
    Pennine - Amber Necker
    Black Sheep - Big Horn
    Kelham Island - Tin Can Avenger
    Rebel Brewing - Penryn Pale Ale
    Bristol Beer Co - Bitter Kiwi
    Naylors - Magnum
    Ilkley - Gold
    Elland - Maximum Darkness
    Roosters - Yankee
    Ridgeside - Desert Aire
    Rudgate - Ruby Mild
    Kirkstall - Dissolution IPA
    Draught Bass
    Revolutions - Pretender Blonde

    Easy choice this week Elland - Maximum Darkness, tasted like a de-tuned Elland 1872 porter from "Saint" Dave Sanders.

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    We may find the bravest men?
    A sure test, an easy test:
    Those that drink beer are the best

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