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    Quote Originally Posted by Mobyduck View Post
    Did have an excellent Vault City sour last autumn, Gooseberry and Elderflower in The Jolly Fisherman, I had more than one but it was competing with possibly even better beer so didn't get a mention in my review.
    Sounds like Vault City specialise in sours.I had a very pleasant strawberry sour in here but the take out bottle of their Pineapple & Habernero Sour just didn't work out with my hot curry takeaway after a crawl around Stratford.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rpadam View Post
    Sad to see U-Roy, pioneering Jamaican reggae artist, go a couple of days ago...
    Yes, shame, I only really knew his work with Toots & The Maytals though.

    On a slightly different note.

    I played Bob Dylan's Jokerman last night which features Mark Knopfler.

    What I was surprised to notice is that Sly & Robbie were the rhythm section on it. I didn't know that.

    No wonder it sounds reggae ish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sheffield hatter View Post
    I suppose this means they didn't make any effort to take the stones out, then.
    Maybe the stones would give greater flavour? Peach kernels amplify the fruit's flavour.

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    Currently drinking Moor Smoked Lager.jpg going splendidly well with my Cajun Chicken, only a kiddie can, I now wish I'd got a couple more . (Pun intended). 7.5/10
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    And now, The Kernel Export India Porter.jpg, 330 ml bottle, pours jet black with little or no head, but a small head forms 20 seconds or so later. There is some roast coffee and chocolate base flavour but not overly strong and then there is a pleasant (to me) piney citrus hop flavour, enough to notice but not in your face. Apparently the ABV and hops change per batch, I don't know what the hops here are but the ABV on this one is 6.1% and its so very,very good. 9.5/10
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    Quote Originally Posted by Komakino View Post
    A delivery of stouts and porters from Beercraft in late Jan / early Feb included 3 of Tiny Rebel's Stay Puft Imperial Stout variants which I decided to give a try to tonight. I thought about calling my venue K's Bar, but I was reminded of this place in Dunstable I'd visited approaching five years ago, so thought better of it.

    Tiny Rebel Stay Puft Imperial Irish Coffee Marshmallow Porter (9.0%)
    The beer from this kiddie can poured rather flat with no head, and had a light nose of coffee with a residual hint of marshmallow. A subtle coffee mouthfeel was dampened by the marshmallow, the aftertaste solely boozy coffee. Probably the most drinkable of the three.

    Tiny Rebel Stay Puft Imperial Honey Glazed Ham Marshmallow Porter (9.0%)
    Wasn't sure what to expect with this one. If anything, I was expecting perhaps a hint of ham – "Imperial Stay Puft poured over honey glazed ham" the can stated. Poured with a faint head which soon died down, but what was most noticeable was the smell which initially seemed artificial but soon gave way to something of a whiff of strong bacon crisps – my other half was continually carping about the smell until I'd finally seen it off. An aftertaste of honey-glazed ham and no hint of marshmallow that I could discern. A novelty, and likely a 'seemed like a good idea at the time' job, but probably more a contender for Bloody Awful Beer of the Week.

    Tiny Rebel Stay Puft Imperial Mint Chocolate Marshmallow Porter (9.0%)
    The most effervescent of the three, this had a strong After Eights / Bendick's mints flavour – both in mouthfeel and aftertaste, over-powering anything else. Glad I ended on this and not the Honey Glazed Ham version as at least this one acted as a kind of palate-cleanser to finish the night off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sheffield hatter View Post
    Well, here's a bit of an oddity that I picked up at Beer Central two weeks ago and hadn't quite summoned up the courage to drink it until now. Yes, it's a sour beer. Vault City Brewing Sloe Gin Sour 8.6%, to be precise. It comes in a heavyweight 375ml bottle with a big dent in the bottom - so a half-size wine bottle, in effect. Topped with a crown cap, although it looks like it would take a cork. It took a bit of an effort to lever the cap off, and it came with a bit of a hiss but fortunately no rush of foam. Any head in the glass rapidly dissipated, leaving a very strange looking opaque liquid the colour of a bruised strawberry, with a few bubbles continuing to rise to break gently on the surface.

    Ingredients include sloes, of course, plus juniper, citrus zest and coriander in addition to the usual barley malt, wheat, hops and yeast. The malt is very well hidden, it's got to be said, and the hops are struggling against all the other stuff going on. This is only a moderately sour beer, tasting mostly of a gin and tonic with about six slices of lemon floating in the glass. There's a background of hedgerow fruit, but would I have identified sloe rather than damson or even blackberry? The blurb on the bottle describes the sloe as a berry, but in fact this is a drupe, the fruit of the blackthorn, which is a member of the Prunus genus, so related to damsons and plums. I suppose this means they didn't make any effort to take the stones out, then.

    An interesting experiment, which I'm in no hurry to repeat. Not just because it's quite pricey - at £7.95 it converts to £2.47 per unit of alcohol, and bearing in mind that it's not exactly quaffable, you would do better buying a bottle of gin and liquidising half a kilo of plums if you just wanted to get loaded on a plummy drink. I've now had three sour beers in the last three months, so I think I'm going to have a little rest.
    Whilst in Dundee in the summer I met 2 brewers from 71 brewery who shared the brewery with Vault.One produced a bottle from his bag and offered me it.It was a Vault sour which I polititly declined as I had had one of there beers at a Brewdog pub. Once bitten twice shy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by london calling View Post
    I think Tiny Rebel are losing the plot.
    Lost, more like it!

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    North Riding Brewery Toffee Porter 4.5%. This 50cl bottle cost £3.45 from Beer Central. It poured with a big fluffy head and the smell of bonfire toffee. Initial flavour was dominated by chocolate but the subtle toffee soon came through. I didn't see the words "Bottle Conditioned" in very small letters on the label until long after I had finished pouring, but the beer seemed to thrive on this rather slap-dash approach, and I didn't notice any sediment. Described by the brewery as follows: "Big robust porter using a double mash technique and demerara sugar, using six malts and English hops. Full bodied with a toffee aftertaste." A very good beer, one of the best I've had in recent weeks.

    Coniston Old Man Ale 4.8%. Described as a "classic ale", whatever that means - is it a premium bitter? Another one with "Bottle Conditioned" in very small letters on the label, but something seemed to have gone wrong with the secondary fermentation, as there was not much in the way of head retention and the beer was a bit too gassy. The label also helpfully advises "Best served at 58°F in a straight pint glass at the Black Bull Inn, Coniston, Cumbria". I've had this beer a few times in that and similar circumstances, but this bottled version was nothing like. It wasn't off, or cloudy, but the flavour was hidden by the carbon dioxide as far as I was concerned. Maybe it was a little warm, though in my opinion 58°F (just below 15°C) is maybe a little warm anyway. This one cost me £1.75 from Booths supermarket in Settle last time I was in the Yorkshire Dales. (The label identifies the bottling plant as being Beer Counter Ltd in Oxfordshire, and it should have been imported to the USA by Shelton Brothers, Belchertown, MA. Best before date was April 2022.)

    Third beer last night was Fullers ESB 5.9%. I've long been a fan of Fullers 1845, which I don't think I've ever seen on a hand pump; the bottled version is excellent. But this was ESB, which is not bottle conditioned, though it might have been better if it had been. I'll sometimes drink ESB when in a Fullers pub, but I can't remember having it previously in bottled form. On hand pump it's 5.5%, and the last time I had one in the Parcel Yard at Kings Cross Station it cost over £5 for a pint; the bottled version is 5.9% and cost £1.50 from Waitrose (in a "buy five mixed beers for £7.50" deal before Christmas). Unfortunately it tasted like it was cheap and substandard. The blurb gives me to understand that the "unique blend of Northdown, Challenger, Target and Goldings hops balances the rich, malty notes for a smooth, full bodied beer bursting with marmalade fruitiness throughout". Hops? Marmalade? I was only getting a slightly sweet cardboardy flavour, dominated by the fizziness of the CO2. Maybe I've got Covid-19.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sheffield hatter View Post
    North Riding Brewery Toffee Porter 4.5%. This 50cl bottle cost £3.45 from Beer Central. It poured with a big fluffy head and the smell of bonfire toffee. Initial flavour was dominated by chocolate but the subtle toffee soon came through. I didn't see the words "Bottle Conditioned" in very small letters on the label until long after I had finished pouring, but the beer seemed to thrive on this rather slap-dash approach, and I didn't notice any sediment. Described by the brewery as follows: "Big robust porter using a double mash technique and demerara sugar, using six malts and English hops. Full bodied with a toffee aftertaste." A very good beer, one of the best I've had in recent weeks.

    Coniston Old Man Ale 4.8%. Described as a "classic ale", whatever that means - is it a premium bitter? Another one with "Bottle Conditioned" in very small letters on the label, but something seemed to have gone wrong with the secondary fermentation, as there was not much in the way of head retention and the beer was a bit too gassy. The label also helpfully advises "Best served at 58°F in a straight pint glass at the Black Bull Inn, Coniston, Cumbria". I've had this beer a few times in that and similar circumstances, but this bottled version was nothing like. It wasn't off, or cloudy, but the flavour was hidden by the carbon dioxide as far as I was concerned. Maybe it was a little warm, though in my opinion 58°F (just below 15°C) is maybe a little warm anyway. This one cost me £1.75 from Booths supermarket in Settle last time I was in the Yorkshire Dales. (The label identifies the bottling plant as being Beer Counter Ltd in Oxfordshire, and it should have been imported to the USA by Shelton Brothers, Belchertown, MA. Best before date was April 2022.)

    Third beer last night was Fullers ESB 5.9%. I've long been a fan of Fullers 1845, which I don't think I've ever seen on a hand pump; the bottled version is excellent. But this was ESB, which is not bottle conditioned, though it might have been better if it had been. I'll sometimes drink ESB when in a Fullers pub, but I can't remember having it previously in bottled form. On hand pump it's 5.5%, and the last time I had one in the Parcel Yard at Kings Cross Station it cost over £5 for a pint; the bottled version is 5.9% and cost £1.50 from Waitrose (in a "buy five mixed beers for £7.50" deal before Christmas). Unfortunately it tasted like it was cheap and substandard. The blurb gives me to understand that the "unique blend of Northdown, Challenger, Target and Goldings hops balances the rich, malty notes for a smooth, full bodied beer bursting with marmalade fruitiness throughout". Hops? Marmalade? I was only getting a slightly sweet cardboardy flavour, dominated by the fizziness of the CO2. Maybe I've got Covid-19.
    Re the ESB , try nos 7 on this list.
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