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    Rother Valley-Boadicea Ale 4.5%abv.A goldenish well rounded best bitter.Boadicea, a hedge hop is notable for being resistant to aphids, (which are a major problem in hop growing), thereby reducing the environmental impact of the crop.
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    Bit of variety:

    TT Landlord
    Green Duck Dakota*
    Purity Longhorn IPA (keg)
    Everards Old Original*
    Ossett Excelsius*

    Really enjoyed the Dakota but it was pipped by BOTW Ossett Excelsius. A 5.2%, beautifully balanced, pale ale with British malt and cascade hops creating a very smooth, easily drinkable and moreishly bitter belter.
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    Daventry,Brentford and Croydon

    Timothy Taylor -- Landlord (>3PT)
    Vale -- Red Kite *
    North Cotswold -- Hung,Drawn and Portered
    Mad Squirrel -- Illuminate
    Oakham -- Citra *
    Tiny Rebel -- Voodoo People Oatmeal Stout
    Brew York -- Haze of Thunder
    Five Points -- Railway Porter *
    Laines --Darkling Stout
    Titanic --Plum Porter
    Oakham -- Green Devil IPA
    Oakham -- Bishops Farewell *
    Beavertown -- Gamma Ray (keg)

    BOTW goes,not for the first time ,to Five Points Railway Porter on top form in The Express Tavern.

    Next week a few days in Glasgow,virgin territory and could get heavy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bucking Fastard View Post

    Next week a few days in Glasgow,virgin territory and could get heavy
    hehehe, very good...

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    Dark Star Hophead
    Dark Star Revelation*
    Fullers London Pride
    Ilkley Olicana*
    Titanic Plum Porter
    Timothy Taylor Landlord
    XT 22
    Mallisons Nelson Sauvin
    Saltaire Citra*
    Oakham Citra*
    Oakham JHB*
    Beartown Kahoona
    Goffs Cheltenham Gold*
    Three Acre Hazy Pale
    Manchester Tara Stout*

    This weeks BOTW is Ilkley Olicana a beer that got better and better the further down the glass I got, showing (to me) UK hops can be very interesting as well as tasty. Much enjoyed in
    The Harp.
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    Managed to get to the pub twice, this week, so things really are looking up!

    North Riding - US Session Pale.*
    Chin Chin - Rising Storm.
    Stancill - Jarryl.
    Five Towns - Blue, Blue, Electric Blue.*
    Nailmaker - Cardinal Sin.
    Acorn - Gorlovka.*
    Nailmaker - Yorkshire Bitter.
    Empire - Blonde.
    Titanic - Plum Porter.
    Rat - White Rat.

    BOTW goes to an old favourite, taken in the Anvil Arms, Darton. As an aside, does anyone else think that Plum Porter has become sweeter of late? I know it's always been a bit of a Marmite beer, but the dry finish, to counter the fruity taste, seemed to be lacking, when I tried it on Friday. Hope it's not a classic case of bean-counters interfering with the recipe.
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    Not a brilliant week, my fault for exploring the pubs of Fulham:

    Adnams - Ghost Ship (c)**
    Beavertown - Neck Oil (k)
    Brewhouse - Tramshed (c)**
    Camden - Pale (k)
    Dark Star - Hophead (c)**
    Eternal - Northern Monk (c)**
    Five Points - Best (c)**
    Five Points - XPA (c)**
    Guinness - Guinness (k)
    Hammerton - N1 (c)
    Long Man - Best Bitter (c)
    Moor Brewing - Hoppiness (c)
    St. Austell - Proper Job (c)**
    Sambrook's - Wandle (c)
    Something Forgotten Craft - Tasted of Fish (c)
    Thornbridge - Jaipur (c)**
    Timothy Taylor - Landlord (c)*

    BOTW goes to Leigh on Sea - Gettin' Figgy With It (c) at The Cock Tavern

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    Quote Originally Posted by aleandhearty View Post
    As an aside, does anyone else think that Plum Porter has become sweeter of late? I know it's always been a bit of a Marmite beer, but the dry finish, to counter the fruity taste, seemed to be lacking, when I tried it on Friday. Hope it's not a classic case of bean-counters interfering with the recipe.
    My last two tasting have been in the same 'spoons in Croydon and certainly were less than perfect but that could always be sloppy work in the cellar.Next time I'm in and around Stoke will be a better place to see whether someone has been mucking about with the brew.I hope not.
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    Got out a little bit more last week (Oxfordshire) and actually managed to get some reviews done . Cask unless stated:

    Everards Golden Hop (3.5%)
    Tring Side Pocket For A Toad (3.6%)
    Dark Star Hophead (3.8%)
    Camden Pale Ale (4.0%) (k)
    Siren Midnight Merriment (4.0%)*
    Oakham Citra (4.2%)
    XT 3 (4.2%)
    Rudgate Ruby Mild (4.4%)*
    Nene Valley Egyptian Cream (4.5%) (c)
    Siren Pastel Pils (4.8%) (k)
    Little Ox Winterlust (4.9%) (c)*
    Moor Beer Stout (5.0%) (c)
    Oxford (formerly Shotover) Oxford Porter (5.0%)
    To ├śl Red Eye Stout (5.0%) (b)
    Sori Hypothermia (5.1%) (b)
    Arbor The Devil Made Me Brew It (5.5%) (c)
    Little Ox Dark & Seedy (5.5%) (c)
    Dogma Quasar Black IPA (6.0%) (c)*
    New Bristol Old Fashioned Stout (7.0%) (c)
    Williams Brothers Profanity Stout (7.0%) (c)
    Arbor Boomchocolaca (8.0%) (c)

    Home drinking was bit of a muchness really, with only the local Little Ox brews doing anything to stand out from the pack. I fell on good fortune when a Friday night visit to my local saw a four-ale line-up of XT 3, Oakham Citra, Rudgate Mild and Siren Midnight Merriment and it seemed rude not to give each of them a go. All in superb shape, but being a sucker for a dark beer this week's BOTW ended up being a toss-up between the Rudgate and Siren. Mild isn't a style I tend to see in these parts that often and it certainly travelled well, but despite its proximity, the winner had the robustness of a stout, without too-high an ABV and a hint of caramel in the mouthfeel:

    BOTW: Siren Midnight Merriment
    "Breakneck speed we drown ten pints of bitter"

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