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Thread: Beer of the Week (w/e 30th November 2014)

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    Roving RAT ROBCamra's Avatar
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    Default Beer of the Week (w/e 30th November 2014)

    Wittenden: Larkins Traditional
    Bucking Fastard: Crouch Vale Brewers Gold
    Mobyduck: Longdog Lamplight Porter
    aleandhearty: Red Squirrel Redwood American IPA
    Real Ale Ray: Lymestone Stone Cutter
    Aqualung: Batham's XXX
    Thuck Phat: Everards Old Original
    oldboots: Saltaire Dark Matter
    ROBCamra: Sky's Edge Citra Smash
    london calling: Magic Rock BA Dark Arts
    Last edited by ROBCamra; 08-12-2014 at 19:16.
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    This Space For Hire Wittenden's Avatar
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    Larkin about
    Larkins-Traditional 3.4%abv:A toffeeish autumnal classic.
    Larkins-Porter 5.2% abv-Hints of greatness, but sour notes predominating.Taken off during the session. Disappointing, as it was the first time I'd tried this eagerly awaited beer for a long time.
    Larkins Traditional, my BOTW.
    "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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    Waterborne Beer Inspector Bucking Fastard's Avatar
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    Not much variety but decent quantity.

    Goddards -- Scrum Diggety
    York -- Guzzler
    Crouch Vale -- Brewers Gold * >>3PT

    BOTW goes to Crouch Vale Brewers Gold in very fine form on a long session in The Pride of Spitalfields .Easy to forget what a great session pint this is.

    Next week only limited opportunites for beer,the lull before the pre Christmas storm.
    "Good people drink good beer" Hunter S Thompson

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    Out saving pubs and enjoying it.


    Another short list this week,
    Darkstar Hophead
    Darkstar American Pale Ale
    Longdog Lamplight Porter
    Brewdog Punk IPA (bottle)
    Courage Directors

    BOTW goes to a rare example of a good Hampshire brewed beer, Longdog Lamplight Porter
    "Everybody's got to believe in something. I believe I'll have another beer."

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    A decent week for me based on a crawl of Baildon, Saltaire and Shipley. Some great beers and three new pubs to boot.

    Dr Mortons - Cheese Restrainer.
    Bridestones - Smoked Porter.*
    Bingley - Thirst Brew.
    Saltaire - Winter Ale.
    Fullers - ESB.
    Oakham JHB.*
    Saltaire - Celebration Ale.*
    Saltaire - Pride.
    Riverhead - Liquorice Stout.*
    Saltaire - Amarillo Gold.*
    Red Squirrel - Redwood American IPA.*
    Ossett - Treacle Stout.
    Beavertown - Bone King Double IPA.*

    Only a cigarette paper between the Amarillo and the Redwood, but the latter was on superb from at The Hop, Saltaire.
    'And where he supped the past lived still. And where he sipped the glass brimmed full' John Barleycorn, Carol Ann Duffy.

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    Lymestone - Stone Cutter

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    Not a bad week with another visit to the Black Country :-

    Holden's Black Country Bitter 3.8%*
    Twickenham Grandstand 3.8%*
    Red Squirrel Milk Stout 4.0%*
    Banks & Taylor Turkey’s Trauma 4.3%
    Moorhouse's Ice Witch 4.3%
    Rebel Penryn Pale 4.3%
    Red Squirrel Black Squirrel Lager (Keg) 4.5%
    Wild Card King Of Hearts Pale 4.5%*
    East London Brewing Company Nightwatchman 4.5%*
    Elephant School Peasant's Revolt 4.6%*
    Rudgate Rudolph's Ruin 4.6%
    Adnam's Wild Hop 4.8%*
    Exmood Xmas 5.0%
    Red Squirrel A Winter's Tail 5.0%
    Titanic Festive Thirty Five 5.0%*
    Twickenham Decade 5.0%
    Holden's Special 5.1%
    Itchen Valley Russian Winter 5.3%
    Wadworth's Full Sail Wassail 6.0%
    Batham's XXX 6.3%*
    Holden's Old Ale 7.2%*

    The winner is a beer I've been trying to get to drink for the best part of forty years, and that's Batham's XXX. I hit the jackpot as all three Batham's pubs visited were selling it at £3.20. I was surprised to find it was not black but slightly darker than their Best. It's on the sweet side but not so much to make it unpleasant to drink. It sailed through the four pints in three different pubs test.

    BOTW Batham's XXX

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    A very quiet week:
    Everards Old Original*
    Oakham Bishops Farewell*

    BOTW Everards Old Original was, at 5.2% rich and malty but with just enough bitterness, a perfect pint for a damp and chilly autumn day.

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    Quality rather than quantity this week

    Saltaire - Dark Matter
    Baildon - Auburn Flame
    Saltaire - South Island Pale
    Magic Rock - Rapture
    Rat - White Rat
    Ossett - Big Red
    Leeds - Pale

    and still a hard choice but the Saltaire - Dark Matter just wins.

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    Roving RAT ROBCamra's Avatar
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    A bit of Deja Vu here for me.

    I'm going to vote for the same beer for the 2nd time this month.

    After trying it in Riverside Inn I voted it BOTW week ending 2nd November.

    On the back of that I got Jamie to get some on the bar at The Baum.

    It was marvellous again!!!!

    At 6.5% and drinking like a 4% it STILL passed the 3 pint test on a Tuesday night.
    A pub is for life not just for Christmas

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