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    Default Beer of the Week (w/e 25 September 2011)

    trainman: Wentworth Chilli Choc Stout
    Wittenden: Orkney Dark Island
    PaulOfHorsham: Magic Rock High Wire
    Thuck Phat: Oakham Bishops Farewell
    aleandhearty: Tyne Bank - Southern Star (New Zealand IPA)
    ROBCamra: Tyne Bank - Southern Star (New Zealand IPA)
    Oggwyn Trench: Brown Cow - Mell-Sheaf Gold
    Al 10000: Nottingham Extra Pale Ale
    Bucking Fastard: Mordue Autumn Tyne
    Pubsignman: Yeovil Lynx Wildcat
    Alesonly: Three Castles Knights Porter
    RogerB: Keltek King
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    Intrigued by John McGraw's description, at Craft Beer Co, of Magic Rock's Curious being 'one of the best beers I've ever tried', I was delighted to find it at the same venue on Friday night, very nice too. I then traded up to High Wire from the same brewery and, after signing over the deeds to the house, managed a second pint. I don't want to consider the relative price that a&h paid in Wakey last week.

    My botw, though, goes to a style which I occasionally enjoy as a counterbalance to that hoppy fruity style and, indeed, was supped in halves next to pints of Hophead in Croydon's Green Dragon yesterday - Wentworth (I think) Chilli Choc Stout - slowly warming and rather splendid.

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    We enjoyed our first Saturday afternoon in the pub for ages-Carpenters Arms, Windsor-no work,kids out, just eating ,drinking and conversation.Good beer choice:the three I tried were OrkneyDark Island,Itchen Valley Godfathers, and a wild card, Mordue Newcastle Coffee Porter.All good stuff.St Austell's new Trelawneys tasted, found it dull. My BOTW-Orkney Dark Island, a lovely dark friuty christmas pudding of an old ale, witha tantalising hint of the unknown sourness of late autumn.
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    I've decided to join in this week as, coincidentally, I've also had a pint of Magic Rock High Wire and enjoyed it immensely. The Southampton Arms is somewhat cheaper (though rather gloomier) than Craft, especially for the stronger ales.
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    Nothing as exciting as Magic Rock to sample this week sadly.

    Joshua Tetley Nags Head
    Crouch Vale Summer Breeze
    Triple fff Moondance
    St Austell Tribute
    St Peters Ruby Red Ale
    Oakham Bishops Farewell

    All these were in good condition and the Moondance was especially quaffable but BOTW goes to the outstanding Oakham Bishops Farewell in The White Horse, Welton.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trainman View Post
    I don't want to consider the relative price that a&h paid in Wakey last week.

    ...a counterbalance to that hoppy fruity style and
    I could be cruel here, but I won't!

    I hear what you're saying about counterbalance. I'm a confirmed hophead, but after so many pale beers I have to switch to a stout or porter. Usually, that dark roast malt hit is wonderful.


    Quote Originally Posted by Wittenden View Post
    St Austell's new Trelawneys tasted, found it dull.
    Glad it's not just me, I was very disappointed. Could hardly believe it was from the same people who produce Proper Job and Black Prince.
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    Apart from an enjoyable leisurely session with Mr & Mrs ROBCamra, yesterday afternoon, at Todmorden Beer Festival, it's been a fairly quiet week. This weeks offerings:

    Leeds - Yorkshire Gold.
    Leeds - Midnight Bell.
    Derwent - Blonde.
    Angus Ales - Mashie Niblick.
    Kirby Lonsdale - Monumental.
    Boggart Hole - Rum Porter.
    Tyne Bank - Southern Star (New Zealand IPA)
    Box Steam - Derail Ale IPA.
    Tryst - Raj IPA.
    Red Willow - Ageless Double IPA.

    Easy Winner was the Tyne Bank, which had lovely grapefruit and gooseberry flavours from the NZ hops. Rather disappointing were some of the big hitting IPA's, which didn't deliver the flavour you'd expect for their strength, or were rather mawkish.
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    Decent day yesterday even the couple of pre-match pints of London Pride out of a plastic glass tasted pretty good

    Elland - Digit-ale
    Brown Cow - Mell-Sheaf Gold
    Empire - Jonah
    Cairngorm - Sheepshaggers Gold
    Salamander - Winklepicker
    Ramsbury - Chalk Stream

    BOTW Brown Cow - Mell-Sheaf Gold
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    I have had quite a few good beers this week mainly on a session around Nottingham city centre.

    Nottingham - Rock bitter
    Everards - Tiger bitter
    Sharpes - Doom Bar
    Marstons - Pedigree
    Oldershaws - Regal Blonde
    Nottingham - Extra Pale Ale
    Castle Rock - Harvest Pale
    Blue Monkey BG Sips

    All of these beers were very nice but my beer of the week goes to Nottingham Extra Pale Ale tried in the Trip to Jerusalem.

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    After last weeks Man Drinks Lager shock-horror,normal service was resumed on a slow cruise through Milton Keynes.There was a fair amount of average real ales around,but it was good to see some autumn ales making an appearance and BOTW goes to Mordue Autumn Tyne served in good nick in The Red Lion,Fenny Stratford.

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