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Thread: Beer of the Week (w/e 12th February 2017)

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    Roving RAT ROBCamra's Avatar
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    Default Beer of the Week (w/e 12th February 2017)

    Mobyduck: Big Smoke Mothership
    Bucking Fastard: St Austell Cousin Jack
    Wittenden: Rother Valley Wealden Bitter
    Aqualung: Portobello Stiff Lip
    Thuck Phat: Northern Monk New World IPA
    aleandhearty: Five Towns Blackout
    oldboots: Tapp'd Rodeo
    london calling: Dark Star Hophead Mosiac
    Komakino: Dow Bridge Praetorian Porter
    Real Ale Ray: Melwood High Time
    ROBCamra: Hooded Ram Mosaic
    Last edited by ROBCamra; 26-02-2017 at 17:10.
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    Still about Mobyduck's Avatar
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    Out saving pubs and enjoying it.


    Not much to choose from,
    Butcombe Bitter
    Wadworth Dirty Rucker
    Red Cat Scratch
    Purity Pure Gold
    Robinsons Dizzy Blonde
    Hogs Back Farnham White
    Big Smoke Mothership

    The clear winner is Big Smoke Mothership
    "Everybody's got to believe in something. I believe I'll have another beer."

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    A poor week.

    Taking part in a pub quiz in a McMullens house meant drinking some Country Bitter and AK ,the only other ale taken and by default BOTW, was St Austell Cousin Jack in OK condition in the Rose& Crown,Longburton

    Next week ,more scratching about.
    "Good people drink good beer" Hunter S Thompson

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    This Space For Hire Wittenden's Avatar
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    Goacher's-House Ale 3.8%abv:Peppery rather than earthy.
    Rother Valley-Wealden Bitter 3.7%abv:Walnut dark:bitter chocolate.
    Gadds'-Dark Conspiracy 4.9%abv: a lovely dark dry porter.
    Old Dairy-Snow Top 6%abv: Dark winter fruit.Somewhat overshadowed by the Dark Conspiracy.
    Although the Dark Conspiracy was rated higher,I've accorded it BOTW fairly recently. A very close second and BOTW is Wealden Bitter from Rother Valley, a clean tasting spicy and chocolatey session bitter from a long established but unassuming local micro.Taken at Bell & Jorrocks
    Last edited by Wittenden; 12-02-2017 at 23:02.
    "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 few days in Teesside and a visit to deepest Dorset gave this :-

    Rudgate Brass Monkeys 3.8%
    Saltaire Pride 3.9%
    Pennine Ruby Rose 4.0%
    North Yorkshire Archbishop Lee’s Ruby 4.0%
    Rudgate Charlotte's Web 4.3%
    Rooster's Yankee 4.3%
    Lancaster Black 4.5%
    Bad Seed Azacca Pale 4.5%
    Piddle Mad Hare 4.7%
    Mordue Radgie Gadgie 4.8%
    Titanic Plum Porter 4.9%
    Vibrant Forest Black Forest Porter 4.9%
    Stonehenge Old Smokey 5.0%
    Lytham Bengali 5.0%
    Hop Back Summer Lightning 5.0%
    Grainstore 1050 5.0%
    Piddle Slasher 5.1%
    Roundhill Dark Ale 5.2%
    Rudgate Stars and Stripes 5.2%
    Windsor & Eton Uprising White Riot (keg) 5.3%
    Springhead Roaring Meg 5.5%
    Big Lamp Embers 5.5%
    Portobello Stiff Lip 5.5%
    Wild Weather Shepherd's Warning 5.6%
    Marston's Old Empire 5.7%
    Thornbridge Jaipur IPA 5.9%

    The Jaipur tried in Middlesborough and Chingford is an obvious choice but I've nominated it at least once before so it's Portobello Stiff Lip (£2.49) one of the Spoons mini London fest beers and excellent at the E4 King's Ford.

    BOTW Portobello Stiff Lip

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    Another painfully quiet week.

    BOTW Northern Monk New World IPA (can)

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    Decent week for me, for a change.

    Saltaire - Decennium.*
    Brew York - Viking DNA.
    Dark Star - Partridge.
    North Riding - Zweihander.
    Brewsters - Hop A DoodleDo.
    Foxfield - Short Fall.
    Kelham Island - Vincent Black Lightning.
    Roosters - Distant Sun.
    Mallinsons - Chinook.
    Fernandes - Firebrand.
    Fernandes - Centaur.
    Roosters - High Tea.*
    Rudgate - Brew 28.*
    North Riding - Aussie Pale.*
    Townhouse - Styrian Pale.*
    Salopian - Lemon Dream.
    Timothy Taylor - Dark Mild.
    Five Towns - Blackout.*
    Chin Chin - Simcoe City.

    Hard to choose between Decennium and Blackout, but the latter, a big, satisfying 8.8% stout, just shades it.
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    A bit of a mix and avoiding the obvious dark beer for once it's Tapp'd - Rodeo a much underestimated brewery IMHO. Pun of the week to Rat Brewery once again.

    Roosters - Throwback
    Leeds - Pale
    Blackjack - Double Bluff
    Amstel - Lager
    Sharps - Atlantic
    Gt Yorkshire - ? (labelled as a house beer)
    Darkstar - Hophead Mosaic
    Kirkstall - Pale Ale
    Rat - The Great Ratsby
    Heinekin - John Smiths Cask
    Sonnet 43 - Seraphim
    Red Willow - Stateless
    Gt Yorkshire - Chocolate Orange
    Tapp'd - Rodeo
    Brass Castle - Malton Amber
    Dark Wave - Altered State
    Elland - 1872 Porter
    Theakstons - Best Bitter
    Northallerton - Gun Dog Bitter
    Theakstons - XB Bitter
    Black Sheep - Bitter
    Theakstons - Masham Four & Twenty
    Black Sheep - Brian
    Roosters - All Star

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    good beers again this week
    pig and porter -dance first stout
    redemption -Yakima valley
    by the horns -hop air balloon
    torrside -west of the sun
    torrside -test for echo
    waen -nutty boys
    heavy industry-collaborator
    twisted barrel -beast of the midlands mild
    easy peasy BOTW
    Darkstar-hophead mosiac

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    This is not an exit Komakino's Avatar
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    Like some of you, slim pickings last week...

    Saltaire South Island Pale (3.5%)
    Atomic Strike (3.7%)
    London House Skinhead Reggae (3.8%) (a Marston's rebadge)
    Purity Mad Goose (4.2%)
    Ringwood Boondoggle (4.2%) (bottle)
    XT Experiment One (4.2%)*
    Potbelly Beijing Black (4.4%)
    XT 17 (4.5%)
    Animal Kiwi (4.8%)
    Dow Bridge Praetorian Porter (5.0%)*
    Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (5.6%) (bottle)

    Little to stand out, despite the fanciful names XT threw at me on my Saturday morning visit to their brewery, the Experimental brew notwithstanding. Yet again, the Bafta winner is a dark beer (so what - sue me) - the Dow Bridge, enjoyed at Rugby's small and cosy Squirrel.

    BOTW: Dow Bridge Praetorian Porter
    "Breakneck speed we drown ten pints of bitter"

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