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    Default Beer of the Week (w/e 21st February 2016)

    Bucking Fastard: Vale Gravitas
    Mobyduck: Gloucester Priory Pale
    Wittenden: Old Dairy Copper Top
    Aqualung: Six Bells Dark Angel
    london calling: Bad Seed Session IPA
    Thuck Phat: Blue Monkey Infinity
    aleandhearty: Salopian Golden Thread
    Komakino: Malt the Brewery Starry Nights
    Real Ale Ray: Cronx Nektar
    oldboots: Harrogate Kursaal Imperial Stout
    ROBCamra: Dark Star Hophead DRY
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    Very decent week

    St Austell -- Tribute
    Hackney -- New Zealand Pale Ale
    Brodies -- Azacca *
    Hackney -- American Pale Ale
    Peerless -- Triple Blonde *
    Five Points -- Pale
    Maldon -- Oscar Wilde MILD *
    Frog Island -- Natterjack
    Otley -- 05 Hop Angeles
    Volden -- Porter *
    Southwark -- Rukin' Red *
    Whitstable -- Pale Ale
    Oakham -- Inferno*
    Fullers -- Bengal Lancer *
    Windsor& Eton -- Zinzan's Drop*
    Loose Cannon -- Abingdon Bridge *
    Wuindsor& Eton -- Tree Tops
    Chiltern -- Double Fifty
    Vale -- Gravitas *
    Kingstone -- Premium Stout


    Some great ale on the crawl around Walthamstow with RAR and Mrs Ale,but BOTW goes to Vale Gravitas on top form in The Hop Pole,Aylesbury which just slipped down a treat.

    Next week end month sessions with first visit to Tapping the Admiral ,so good chance of a quality BOTW.
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    A fair selection this week.
    Quantock Nightjar
    Arundel Castle
    Gloucester Priory Pale
    Darkstar Hophead
    Darkstar American Pale Ale
    Skinners Betty Stogs
    Greene King Yardbird
    Orkney Raven
    Samuel Smiths OBB
    Signature Brew Session
    Celt Experience Dark Age Mild
    Moncada Notting Hill Pale
    Marble Chocolate
    Longman APA
    Wadsworth Dirty Rucker (BABOTW)
    Oakham Citra
    Tap East Coffee in the Morning

    Some good and some dire, but the BOTW was Gloucester Priory Pale, an easy drinking 3.7% beer, extremely fruity and hoppy.
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    Kent and East Sussex:after last week's drought, a better day on Saturday.
    FILO Brewery-Bourne Blonde 4% abv.Crisp,pale hoppy bitter.Grassy.I liked its description as a "light ale".
    Romney Marsh-Best Bitter.4%abv. Robust caramel best:ripe fruit.Again, I can't fault the description.
    Tonbridge-Rustic 4%abv(badged as Hoockers Hooch, house beer)Fruity dark bitter:lacking condition.These three taken at The Globe
    Dark Star-American Pale Ale 4.7% abv.Lentenly austere pale ale.A salad of bitter herbs.This would have benefited from being drunk outdoors on a warm summer's evening.
    Old Dairy-Copper Top 4.1%abv.Really approachable dark bitter.Farmyard hops,succulent malt.Taken at The Milk House and my BOTW.
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    A good week for me :-

    Brentwood Blond 3.8%*
    Adnam's Prop Hop 4.0%
    Adnam's Mosaic 4.1%*
    Quantock Wills Neck 4.3%
    Oakleaf Pompey Royal 4.5%
    Wadworth / Nausta Lapland Red Ale 4.5%
    Titanic White Star 4.5%
    Red White Duck 4.8%
    Adnam's IPA 4.8%*
    Mobberley Galena Stout 4.8%*
    Titanic Plum Porter 4.9%*
    Brodie's Californian 5.0%*
    Dorset Midnight Blinder 5.0%
    Hop Back Summer Lightning 5.0%
    Brodie's Black APA 5.0%*
    Jennings Snecklifter 5.1%
    Phipps Gold Star 5.2%*
    Slater's Haka 5.2%*
    Brodie's Jamaican Stout 5.4%*
    Red Kangaroo 5.4%
    Springhead Roaring Meg 5.5%*
    Six Bells Dark Angel 5.6%*
    Lymestone The Abominable Stoneman 7.0%*


    The winner is the Six Bells Dark Angel (£3.30) as tried at this Joules pub in Newcastle-Under-Lyme which turned out to be an excellent town. I would call it a strong dry Coffee Stout, it has very little sweetness considering the ABV. Honourable mention must go to all three Brodie's beers and the Abominable Stoneman.


    BOTW Six Bells Dark Angel

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    Some pretty good beers and some pretty poor.
    POOR
    listers -limehouse porter
    paradigm -strong and dark
    crafty devil-mikey rayer
    crafty devil-safe as milk
    crafty devil -straight out of canton
    wishbone -gumption
    black edge -cascade pale
    one mile end -black ipa
    GOOD
    celt -cerridwen
    celt -horse cranium
    hopcraft -temple of love
    waen -mellowdrama
    bad seed-session ipa BOTW

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    An interesting week with some decent stuff:

    Phipps NBC IPA*
    Loose Cannon Abingdon Bridge*
    Windsor & Eton Zinzan's Drop*
    W & E Tree Tops
    Brandon Slippery Jack
    Vale Gravitas*
    Kingstone Premium Stout*
    Oakham Bishops Farewell*
    Blue Monkey Infinity*

    Several contenders there, especially the Vale Gravitas but BOTW was Blue Monkey Infinity. Excellent.

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    Good week for me, with several rhubarb infused beers, tried over the weekend, at Wakefield Rhubarb Festival.

    Fernandes - Rhubarb & Custard.
    Shiny - Pail.*
    Great Heck - Dave.*
    Great Heck - Proverbs 31:7.
    Ossett - Columbia Creek.
    Fernandes - Ale to the Tsar.
    Ossett / Brass Castle - Rampart. (keg)
    Hamelsworde - Dame Ruby Rhubarb.
    Rat - White Rat.
    Magic Rock - Rhubarbarella (Rhubarb Braggot)*# (keg)
    Neepsend - Blonde.
    Salopian - Golden Thread.*
    Rat - Cheating Rat.
    Rat - Smoked Rat.*
    Bad Co - Love over Gold.*
    Imperial -Hop Bomb.
    Imperial - Stout Wi' Nowt Taken Out.

    # A braggot is a a beer/mead hybrid,where honey is used to replace some of the fermentable sugars.

    Quite hard to choose this week. The Golden Thread, Love over Gold and Smoked Rat were all excellent and the Rhubarbarella was surprisingly enjoyable (and strong at 7%!). For sheer drinkability, the Salopian just shades it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by london calling View Post
    POOR
    listers -limehouse porter
    paradigm -strong and dark
    crafty devil-mikey rayer
    crafty devil-safe as milk
    crafty devil -straight out of canton
    wishbone -gumption
    black edge -cascade pale
    one mile end -black ipa
    Apart from Black Edge, I've not heard of any of those. Maybe just as well, from what you're saying.
    '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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    Up and down week for me. A few local revisits on a 'Magical Mystery Tour' with a mate midweek, as well as finishing off Windsor Central on Friday, then the real ale wilderness of Langley on Sunday (as well as a visit to The Lynchpin!). Did have an excellent pint of Windsor & Eton Knight of the Garter (3.8%) at The Boatman in Windsor, however, the winner for me was a local brew, with Malt the Brewery's Starry Nights (4.0%). Dark in colour, but fruity as hell, and sessionable, this was a great start to our Wednesday night adventures - as sampled at The Nags Head.
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