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Brief Hiatus – To Italy!

Hello all,

Tomorrow (or really late tonight) I’m off to Italy for a short city break. The bad news is there won’t be posts for a few days. The good news is I should hopefully have more Italian beers to review!

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Have a great long weekend ūüôā

–Grim

Concha Y Toro – Firemark Tempranillo Bonarda, 2012

Hello wine lovers,

Today I bring you another from a recent red wine spree. This is an Argentinian offer utilising the Spanish native Tempranillo grape (blended with other red grapes not listed). This can be bought for around £6 at Tesco.

Wine: Firemark Tempranillo Bonarda, 2012

Vineyard: Concha Y Toro, Argentina

Grape: Tempranillo / Red Grape Blend

Very smooth dry wine light tannin on the tongue bitter grape un appetising nose easy drinking 6 () 10
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Impressions: This was a fairly smooth red wine. Dry, with a puckering light tannin on the tongue. Bitter grapes within and an unappetising finish. The nose of this wine is very alcoholic.

ABV: 12%

Score: 6.25 / 10 (Low Average to Average)

Verdict: Long story short, I was not a great fan of this one. The bitterness of the grape, dryness of the tannin, and sharpness of the nose left this as a squarely pedestrian wine. Still fairly easy drinking in its lighter body. Better options on offer for less.
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Foster’s Gold

Hello all,

Today I bring you another ubiquitous beer, Foster’s. However, this is not their usual offering of bland, unpalatable lager, this is their ‘premium version’.¬†Spoiler:¬†also bland and only slightly palatable.

Beer: Foster’s Gold

Brewery: Royal (Heineken, UK)

Fosters Gold - Australia - smooth lager with a creamy light bitterness weak bread flavour refreshing medium carbonation - 4o8 abv - 6() 10
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Impressions:¬†This was a smooth light lager. A very light bitterness with a creamy, ‘off-corn’ bread flavour. Not as strong as the usual weird Foster’s flavour. Medium carbonation, and refreshing.

ABV: 4.8%

Score: 6 / 10 (Low Average)

 

Verdict: Better than the standard Foster’s. That isn’t saying much really considering the original Foster’s is one of the few beers I actively avoid. This isn’t a much better option, especially considering the raise in price. Avoid.

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Wychwood – Wytchcraft Ale

Hello again,

Third in my series of Wychwood beers, today I bring you it’s namesake ale.¬†http://www.wychwood.co.uk/

Beer: Wychcraft

Brewery: Wychwood (Marstons), England

Wychwood's Wychcraft - mild blonde slightly acidic refreshing lager 7 o5 () 10

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Impressions:
 This is a smooth, light ale (bordering on lager like freshness). Light in colour but not lacking in bitter hops. Refreshing cereal notes with a lingering bitterness mixed with a nice citrus backing. Light in body. Medium to low carbonation.

ABV: 4.5%

Score: 7.25 / 10 (Good to Very Good)

Verdict: This is a nice light ale that has a good amount of bitterness. The lower ABV of this beer counts slightly against it as it has a very light body that could use a kick (but could also count toward it on a hot summer day). Well worth a try.

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TIL: Wil Wheaton!

TIL: Wil Wheaton brews his own beer! http://devilsgatebrewing.com/

+1 Respect.

–Grim
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Wychwood – Snake’s Bite

Hello all,

Today I bring you my first, shall I say, hybrid beer. A unique offering from the Legendary Wychwood Brewery (http://www.wychwood.co.uk/), a mix between Lager and Cider, this one certainly intrigues.

Beer:¬†Snake’s Bite

Brewery: Wychwood (Marstons), England

Wychwood Snake's bite - England - very smooth ale with very sweet apple notes married with light cereal beer notes very odd fruit beer confusing medium low carbonation - 4o2 abv - 6o5 () 10
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Impressions: This is a very smooth cider / beer combination. However, it is very sweet. Strong apple notes are blended with light cereal hops and bitterness. Medium to low carbonation.

ABV: 4.2%

Score: 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Verdict:¬†This is an odd one. It’s beer.. but.. but it’s cider. And a very sweet one at that. It wasn’t bad. But it wasn’t great. Definitely different and definitely worth a try if you enjoy Belgian style fruit beers. Weird.

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Belle-Vue Gueuze

Goedendag beer drinkers,

 

Today I bring you a beer that just does not sit well with me, which seems to be the trend with many other beer drinkers. That said, the extreme sweetness of the beer seems to appeal to the women in my office.

‘Gueuze’, a type of Belgian lager that blends 1 and 2 year old Lambic beers. A Lambic itself is a type of beer that is brewed using wild yeast, rather than brewers yeast, which creates an¬†unmistakably¬†distinct flavour.

Beer: Belle-Vue Gueuze

Brewery: Belle-Vue (InBev), Belgium

Belle-Vue - Belgium - smooth very odd lager notes of cherry and corn sweet medium carbonation tastes like pez and Flintstones vitamins - 5o5 abv - 5o5 () 10

Impressions: This was a smooth lager with an immense amount of weirdness. Strong, very sweet cherry flavours permeate the beer, blended with an unmistakable fresh corn. Low bitterness. Medium carbonation.

ABV: 5.5%

Score: 5.5 / 10 (Below Average)

Verdict: I did not like this beer. It’s not terribly bad, but it just doesn’t have the qualities I look for in a beer. Ridiculously sweet in an obnoxious way, it’s like a blend between PEZ candy, Flintstones Vitamins, and Beer. Unfortunately it’s more the first two and less the latter. Not for me, and definitely an acquired taste.

Published Beers To-date

As per the title, here are all of my published reviews to-date:

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Beer

Adnams, England:

  • The Bitter – 3.7% –¬†6.25 / 10 (Low¬†Average¬†to¬†Average)
  • Broadside (Cask) – 4.7% –¬†7.5 / 10 (Very Good)
  • Ghost Ship – 4.5% –¬†8 / 10 (Excellent)

Affligem, Belgium:

  • Blond – 6.8% –¬†8¬†/ 10 (Excellent)
  • Dubbel – 7% –¬†7.75 / 10 (Very Good¬†to¬†Excellent)

Alexander Keith’s, Labatt, AB InBev, Canada:

  • India Pale Ale (Nova Scotia style Pale Ale in the States) – 5% –¬†6.5 / 10 (Average)

Anheuser-Busch, InBev, Brazil:

  • Brahma – 4.3% –¬†4 / 10 (Awful)

Asahi, Japan:

  • Asahi Black –¬†5% –¬†6.5 / 10 (Average)

Athenian Brewery S.A., Athens, Greece:

  • Alfa – 5% –¬†6.5 / 10 (Average)

Backyard Brewhouse, Walsall, England:

  • Bad Santa – 6.8% –¬†8 / 10¬†(Excellent)

Badger (Hall and Woodhouse), Dorset, England:

  • Blandford Flyer – 5.2% – 6.75 / 10 (Average¬†to¬†Good)
  • England’s Own – 4.6% – 6.75 / 10 (Average¬†to¬†Good)
  • Fursty Ferret – 4.4% –¬†7.25 / 10 (Good¬†to¬†Very Good)
  • Hopping Hare – 4.4% –¬†7.25 / 10 (Good¬†to¬†Very Good)
  • Golden Champion – 5% – 8 / 10 (Excellent)
  • Golden Glory – 4.5% –¬†7.5 / 10 (Very Good)
  • Poacher’s Choice – 5.7% –¬†6.5 / 10 (Average)
  • Tanglefoot – 5% –¬†7.25 / 10 (Good¬†to¬†Very Good)

Banks’s, Wolverhampton, England:

  • Lion’s Roar – 3.8% –¬†6.5 / 10 (Average)

Beowulf, Forest of Mercia, Staffordshire, England:

  • Finn’s Hall Porter –¬†4.7% –¬†7.75 / 10 (Very Good¬†to¬†Excellent)

Black Sheep, Mashum, Yorkshire, England:

  • Best Bitter – 3.8% –¬†7 / 10 (Good)
  • Golden Sheep – 4.7% – 7 / 10 (Good)
  • Riggwelter – 5.7% – 7.75 / 10 (Very Good¬†to¬†Excellent)

Blue Moon Brewing Co., Molson Coors, Montreal, Canada:

  • Blue Moon (Rickard’s White) – 5.4% – 7 / 10 (Good)

Boddingtons, InBev, UK:

  • Boddingtons Draught Bitter – 3.5% –¬†6.25 / 10 (Low Average¬†to¬†Average)

Brew Dog, Scotland:

  • Punk IPA – 5.6% – 8.25 / 10 (Excellent¬†to¬†Very Excellent)

Burton Bridge Brewery, Burton-Upon-Trent, England:

  • Bramble Stout – 5% –¬†8.25 / 10 (Excellent¬†to¬†Very Excellent)
  • Golden Delicious – 3.5% –¬†6.5 / 10 (Average)

Brakspear, England:

  • Double Drop Bitter – 3.4% –¬†6.25 / 10¬†(Low¬†Average¬†to¬†Average)

Caledonian (Heineken), Scotland:

  • Flying Dutchman Junibier – 4.3% – 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Castle Rock, Nottingham, England:

  • Red Start – 4.3% – 6 / 10 (Low¬†Average)

Damm, Barcelona, Spain:

  • A.K.Damm –¬†4.8% –¬†8.25 / 10 (Excellent¬†to¬†Very Excellent)

Erdinger Weissbräu, Germany:

  • Erdinger Hefe Weissbier – 5.3% – 8.5 / 10 (Very Excellent)

FEMSA Cerveja Brasil, Brazil:

  • Xingu Black Beer – 4.6% –¬†7.5 / 10 (Very Good)

FIX, Athens, Greece:

  • FIX Hellas – 5% – 7.25 / 10 (Good¬†to¬†Very Good)

Greene King/Tolly Cobold, England/Wales:

  • Phoenix – 4.2% –¬†7.5¬†/ 10 (Very Good)

Grupo Cervezas Alhambra (Grupo Mahou-San Miguel – Carlsberg), Spain:

  • Adlerbrau Cerveza Especial – 5.4% –¬†6.5 / 10 (Average)
  • Alhambra Export –¬†4.6% –¬†6.25 / 10¬†(Low¬†Average¬†to¬†Average)

Grupo Cruzcampo (Heineken Espana), Spain:

  • Cruzcampo –¬†4.8% –¬†6.25 / 10¬†(Low¬†Average¬†to¬†Average)
  • Cruzcampo Gran Reserva – 7 / 10 (Good)
  • Legado de Yuste – 6.5% –¬†7.5¬†/ 10 (Very Good)

Guinness, Dublin, Ireland:

  • Guinness Foreign Extra – 7.5% –¬†8 / 10 (Excellent)

Hardy’s and Hansons, England:

  • Rocking Rudolph – 4.2% –¬†6.5 / 10 (Average)

Heineken, Italy:

  • Birra Morreti Original – 4.6% –¬†6.5 / 10 (Average)

Innis & Gunn Brewery, Scotland:

  • Innis and Gunn Original – 6.6% –¬†9.25 / 10 (Ambrosia of the Gods)
  • Innis and Gunn Rum Finish / Rum Cask – 7.4% –¬†9.5 / 10 (Ambrosia of the Gods)

Ringnes AS Brewery, Oslo, Norway:

  • Ringnes Pilsener – 4.5% – 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Ringwood (Marston’s), England:

  • Best Bitter –¬†3.5% –¬†6 / 10 (Low¬†Average)
  • Boondoggle –¬†4.2% –¬†6.5 / 10 (Average)

S.A. Fischer, Athens, Greece:

  • Fischer – 5% – 7.25 / 10 (Good¬†to¬†Very Good)

SABMiller, Rome, Italy:

  • Peroni Nastro Azzuro – 5.1% –¬†7 / 10 (Good)

Sapporo, Japan:

  • Sapporo Premium Lager –¬†4.7% –¬†6.5 / 10 (Average)

Stella Artois, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Belgium:

  • Stella Artois – 4.8% – 6.5 / 10 (Average)
  • Stella Artois Black – 4.9% – 7.25 / 10 (Good¬†to¬†Very Good)

St Peter’s Brewery, Suffolk, England:

  • St Peter’s Golden Ale – 4.7% – 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Titanic Brewery, Stoke-on-Trent, England:

  • Fit-Out – 4.5% –¬†7 / 10 (Good)

Warwickshire Beer Co., Cubbington, England:

  • Rugby Ball Stitcher IPA – 5% –¬†6.75 / 10 (Average¬†to¬†Good)

Wells Young’s Brewing Company, England:

  • Banana Bread Beer – 5.2% –¬†7.5 / 10 (Very¬†Good)
  • Waggle Dance – 5% –¬†7.75 / 10 (Very¬†Good¬†to¬†Excellent)

Wood’s Brewery, England:

  • Parish Bitter – 4% – 6 / 10 (Low¬†Average)
  • Pot O’ Gold – 4.4% – 6.75 / 10 (Average¬†to¬†Good)
  • Shropshire Lass – 4.1% – 6 / 10 (Low¬†Average)

Wychwood (Marstons), England:

  • Hobgoblin – 5.2% – 7.5 / 10 (Very Good)
  • Snake’s Bite – 4.2% – 6.5 / 10 (Average)
  • Wychcraft – 4.5% – 7.25 / 10 (Good¬†to¬†Very Good)

Wye Valley, England:

  • Dorothy Goodbody’s Wholesome Stout – 4.6% –¬†7.25 / 10 ¬† (Good¬†to¬†Very¬†Good)

Wylam Brewery, Wylam, England:

  • Godhead –¬†4.3% –¬†7.5 / 10 (Very Good)

Vale Brewing Company, England:

  • 5 Gold Rings – 4.8% – 6.75 / 10 (Average¬†to¬†Good)

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Cider

Aston Manor, Aston, England:

  • Amber Harvest – 5% –¬†6.25 / 10 (Low¬†Average¬†to¬†Average)
  • Forester‚Äôs Pear Cider – 4.5% –¬†6.75 / 10 (Average¬†to¬†Good)

Magners, Ireland:

  • Magners Spiced Apple and Honey Cider – 4% –¬†8 / 10 (Excellent)

Matthew Clark Cider, Halewood International Ltd, England:

  • Blackthorn – 4.7% –¬†6.5 / 10 (Average)
  • Brut Chaumet Sparkling Perry – 5.5% –¬†7.5 / 10 (Very¬†Good)

Stella Artois, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Belgium:

  • Cidre¬†– 4.5% –¬†7.5 / 10 (Very Good)
  • Cidre Pear – 4.5% –¬†7.5 / 10 (Very Good)

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Vodka

Vikingfjord, Oslo, Norway:

  • Vikingfjord – 40% – 8 / 10 (Excellent)

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Whisky

Old Pulteney, Wick, Scotland:

  • Single Malt, 12 Year Old – 40% –¬†7 / 10 (Good)

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Wine

Amanti del Vino, Puglia, Spain:

  • Primitivo Salento, 2008 – 13% – 8 / 10 (Excellent)

Baturrica, Spain:

  • Gran Reserva, 2006 – 13% –¬†8.25 / 10 (Excellent¬†to¬†Very Excellent)

Casillero Del Diablo, Concha Y Toro, Chile:

  • Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva, 2011 – 13.5% – 8.5 / 10 (Very Excellent)

Cono Sur, Chile:

  • Isla Negra,¬†Cabernet Sauvignon,¬†Reserva, 2011 – 12% – 7.5 / 10¬†(Very Good)

Criadores, Spain:

  • Castillo de San Lorenzo Rioja Reserva, 2007 – 12.5% –¬†8.75 / 10 (Very Excellent¬†to¬†Ambrosia)

Garcia Carrion, Spain:

  • El Pinsapo Gran Seleccion, Rioja, 2010 – 13.5% –¬†7.25 / 10 (Good ¬†to¬†Very Good)

Grandes Vinos y Vinetos, Carinena, Spain:

  • Marques de Carano Gran Reserva, 2005 – 12.5% – 6 / 10 (Low¬†Average)
  • Marques de Carano Gran Reserva, 2009 – 12.5% –¬†8.5 /10 (¬†Very¬†Excellent)

LIDL, Italy:

  • Chianti¬†D.O.C.G., 2011 –¬†13% –¬†7.25 / 10 (Good¬†to¬†Very Good)

Saam Mountain, Paarla, South Africa:

  • Carbernet Sauvignon, 2011 – 14% – 8.25 / 10 (Excellent¬†to¬†Very Excellent)

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Cruzcampo Gran Reserva

Hello everyone,

 

Today I bring you another beer from my travels through Spain. A good example of a Spanish take on the Germanic ‘Bock’ style lager.¬†http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bock

Check out Cruzcampo Gran Reserva’s cool website here:¬†http://www.cruzcampogranreserva.com/

 

Beer: Cruzcampo Gran Reserva

Brewery: Grupo Cruzcampo, Heineken Espana, Spain

Cruzcampo Gran Reserva - Spain - smooth Spanish lager strong flavour semi bitter semi malt some dark chocolate notes - 6o4 abv - 7 () 10

Impressions: This was a smooth darker Spanish lager. A light bitterness is well married to a sweet (light) dark chocolate malt. Medium to low carbonation.

ABV: 6.4%

Score: 7 / 10 (Good)

Verdict: I was a bit let down by this beer. I had high hopes for a rich chocolate malt married to a decent amount of bitterness. The high ABV makes one think it will have quite a bit of punch. Unfortunately it has these qualities to a lighter extent. Overall a good beer though that could use a bit more body and depth.

 

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