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Thread: Beer of the Week (w/e 20th December 2015)

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    Default Beer of the Week (w/e 20th December 2015)

    Mobyduck: Elgoods CXXX
    Wittenden: Old Dairy Snow Top
    Aqualung: Bad Seed India Pale Ale
    london calling: Queens Head Stout
    aleandhearty: Fernandes Centaur
    Thuck Phat: Towcester Mill Brewery Black Fire
    Bucking Fastard: Malt IPA
    ROBCamra: Freewheelin' All Sorts Blonde
    Last edited by ROBCamra; 30-12-2015 at 13:07.
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    Another quiet week

    Darkstar Hophead
    Firebrand Cross Pacific Pale Ale
    Oakham Citra
    Fullers Olivers Island
    Elgoods CXXX

    Normally the Oakham Citra would take the spoils but the CXXX was excellent , unusually for me a brown bitter(not boring) with English hops , but it was very flavoursome, well balanced and conditioned, enjoyed in the Antelope.
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    Larkins Traditional-3.4%abv:Earthy and toffeeish, grand, if served a bit too cold.
    Shepherd Neame Christmas Ale-5%abv:Odd slate grey colour,some undefined spice.Thin and dry. Not to my taste.
    Dark Star Hophead-3.8% abv:On good form, a decent pale ale.
    Old Dairy Snow Top-6% abv:A grand fruity but austere dark 'un. Blackstrap and liquorice . A proper seasonal,not a Christmas special. 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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    A good week for me before at least two not so good weeks :-

    Holden's Black Country Mild 3.7%*
    Long Man Long Blonde 3.8%*
    Sadler's Mellow Yellow 4.1%
    Welton's Snow Lay Roundabout 4.2%
    Oakham Citra 4.2%*
    Batham's Best 4.3%
    Celt Experience Lost Antlers 4.4%*
    Portobello American Pale Ale 4.8%
    Brodie's Black APA 5.0%*
    Derby Mercia IPA 5.0%
    Backyard Marynka IPA 5.0%*
    Hardknott Dark Matter 5.0%*
    Everard's Nutcracker 5.0%
    Banks's Driftwood 5.0%
    Holden's Special 5.1%*
    Brodie's Jamaican Stout 5.4%*
    Celt Experience Bleddyn 1075 5.6%*
    Old Dairy Snow Top 6.0%*
    Backyard Bad Santa 6.8%*
    Bad Seed India Pale Ale 7.0%*
    Brodie's Superior London Porter 7.?%*
    Sarah Hughes Snowflake 8.0%*

    Plenty of good ones here, the clip for the Superior London Porter is an old one prior to the "Park Bench" tax on beers over 7.5% and said 7.8%. I can't believe they would still be brewing it to that strength. It was Superior whatever the ABV!
    The award goes to the Bad Seed India Pale Ale as tried at Fuggles Beer Café in Tunbridge Wells for four quid. It's brewed with lots of New World hops so won't appeal to all but it is extremely drinkable for a 7.0% beer. I don't recall seeing this brewery before let alone trying one of their beers but a little digging revealed that they have mainly concentrated on bottles.

    BOTW Bad Seed India Pale Ale

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    Here are some I tried early this week
    weird beard -duke of dank *
    ripple steam -bitter
    ripple steam -farmhouse ale
    magic rock -common ground *
    siren -counting vampires *
    wibblers -choc porter
    Gloucester -blackberry porter
    wasn't much between the starred beers but I did enjoy
    queens head-stout 4.7 brewed downstairs at the Queens head kingscross.

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    Quiet-ish week for me.

    Fernandes - Malt Shovel Mild.*
    Gadds - Dark Conspiracy.
    Fernandes - Centaur.*
    Revolutions - Fireworks.
    Empire - Indiaman.
    Titanic - Plum Porter.*
    Trinity Brewing Co. - Legacy.
    Ossett - Snake Mocha Stout.
    Abbeydale - Brimstone.

    The Centaur and Plum Porter were both fresh as a daisy and utterly delicious, but as the PP got my BOTW a couple of weeks ago, I'll give it to the Centaur. Yet another pale, hoppy brew from Fernandes, based on Centennial(?). Would easily have passed the three pint test if time hadn't been against us.
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    It's between Blue Monkey King Kong Merrily and Towcester Mill Black Fire.

    The King Kong Merrily is like a dialled up 99 Red Baboons, dark and Christmassy but with enough bitterness to maintain the interest. A Christmas beer worth finding at 4.5%.
    The Black Fire is badged as a black IPA at 5.2% and, as with every black IPA I've tried, if I was drinking it blindfold I'd have labelled it a porter. Labels don't really matter though when the beer is this good.

    BOTW Towcester Mill Brewery - Black Fire tried at the brewery tap.

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    Big Week

    Hop Stuff -- Fusilier
    Truman -- Zephyr
    Windsor & Eton -- Guardsman
    East London Brewery -- Three Kings
    St Austell -- Tribute
    Magic Rock -- Hire Wire *
    Roosters -- Yankee
    Malt -- IPA *
    Haresfoot -- Wild Boy Exotic Pale Ale
    Tring -- Ridgeway
    Oakham -- Citra
    Brentwood -- Berry Christmas *
    Timothy Taylor -- Landlord *
    Red Squirrel -- Mr Squirrel
    Maldon -- Silver Surfer *
    Oakham -- Frozen Stiff
    Fullers -- Seafarers

    BOTW was Malt IPA a new brewery to me.Dispite the name this was a very well rounded IPA with very decent hop content and the only strong option from the Red Lion,Marsworth.

    Next week a long session in The Old Fountain which normally throws up some excellent contenders.
    "Good people drink good beer" Hunter S Thompson

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    Freewheelin' All Sorts Blonde another new brewery to me and another very good 3.8% session beer.

    Tried several times in The Baum.
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