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Wychwood – Wytchcraft Ale

Hello again,

Third in my series of Wychwood beers, today I bring you it’s namesake ale.

Beer: Wychcraft

Brewery: Wychwood (Marstons), England

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

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 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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Badger – Golden Glory – Hall and Woodhouse II

Hey all,

Today I bring you another beer from the delectable Badger brewery. Offering up some of the most unique, widely available, beers on the market today. What I love about this brewery is the tasting notes they provide on the bottle, because they are usually spot on. Except for England’s Own, which for me had an unmistakable taste of grass.

This one however, doesn’t disappoint.

Beer: Golden Glory

Brewery: Badger (Hall and Woodhouse), Dorset, England

Badger Golden Glory - Dorset, England - very smooth lager pretending to be an ale very fruity strong peach notes semi sweet very refreshing medium low carbonation - 4o5 abv - 7o5 () 10
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Impressions: This was a very smooth lager, pretending to be an ale. Immediately hitting your mouth is a very fruity flavour. Strong peach notes,  semi sweet, with a light background bitterness. Very refreshing, with a medium to low carbonation.

ABV: 4.5%

Score: 7.5 / 10 (Very Good)

Verdict: This is a unique one. Light, refreshing, and lively, this is reminiscent of  some of the Belgian fruit beers. Strong peach flavours (as clearly stated on the bottle header) dominate. Luckily I love peach. If this had a bit more of a kick, the score could have been higher. Definitely worth a try, especially if you’re not really into beer but would like to give beer a try.

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Adnams – Ghost Ship

Hey all, today I bring you a lovely little number from the Adnams Brewery. A brewery that produces unique and interesting seasonal beers, Adnams also has a fairly large regular line up of ales as well.

Beer: Ghost Ship

Brewery: Adnams, Southwold, England

Adnams Ghost Ship uk 4o5 abv smooth pale ale sharp citrus hops notes with a soft bitterness malt background 7o5 () 10 (1)

Impressions: This was a very smooth pale ale (quite dark for a pale ale). You’re first hit with sharp citrus hops, followed by a soft bitterness. A light sweet malty background is present amongst strong floral notes. Low carbonation.

ABV: 4.5%

Score: 8 / 10 (Excellent)

Verdict: This was a good introduction to the Adnams line of ales. Smooth and easily drinkable, with a nice bitter hit from the hops. A higher ABV would have bumped this to a higher score as a little bit more kick would have been welcomed. Probably one for those than enjoy lighter ales with strong hops. (Hops, and bitterness in general, is a taste that grows on you. The more you drink it, the more you’ll enjoy it). That said, this is a very deep ale, that is both refreshing and delicious. Try it.

Forester’s Pear Cider

Today I bring you a fairly generic, widely available pear cider, at a local boozery near you!

Cider: Forester’s Pear Cider

Brewery: Aston Manor, Aston, England

Aston manor Foresters - smooth pear cider medium to sweet mild pear flavour not too artificial but refreshing medium carbonation - 4o5 abv - 6o75 () 10

Impressions: This is a smooth pear cider, with a medium sweetness.  A mild pear flavour,  refreshing. Medium carbonation.

ABV: 4.5%

Score: 6.75 / 10 (Average to Good)

Verdict: This is a pretty decent perry. Not too sickly sweet like a lot of perries out there, but still quite sweet and slippery. Light pear flavour, not too artificial like some larger brands out there (you know the pear drop taste), which is refreshing. Worth a try.

Stella Artois Compendium

Today I bring you 2 beers and 2 ciders from the Stella Artois family. Started from a brewery dating back to 1366, “Stella Artois was launched initially as a seasonal beer for the Christmas holiday market. First sold in Canada, it was such a commercial success that it became available all year round, and, apart from the duration of the Second World War, has been produced ever since.”


Beer #1: Stella Artois

Brewery: Stella Artois, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Belgium

Stella Artois - apparently called wife beater in England - highly carbonated light flavour mildly bitter - not as good as the Canadian version - 6o75 [] 10

Impressions: This is a very smooth lager, with medium bitter hops notes, and little else. Medium to high carbonation (in this bottle) makes this lager very lively, but is also quite refreshing.

ABV: 4.8%

Score: 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Verdict: A fairly standard lager. Refreshing with a decent amount of bitterness, but no real outstanding qualities. In England this is apparently called ‘Wife Beater’.. not really sure why. In Canada it is sold at 5.2%, so it has more kick and is overall a better beer.


Beer #2: Stella Artois Black

Brewery: Stella Artois, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Belgium

Stella Artois Black - Belgium - cold smooth ale very refreshing light hops flavour less bitter than normal but cleaner finish medium carbonation - 7o25 () 10

Impressions: This was an even smoother version of Stella. Very refreshing with a light bitter hops. Less in the way of bitterness than the original (above), but with a much cleaner body and finish. Medium carbonation.

ABV: 4.9%

Score: 7.25 / 10 (Good to Very Good)

Verdict: This has a slightly higher ABV than above, but oppositely, is a much cleaner beer. Very smooth. Not much in the way of stand out flavours, but very refreshing. Pleasingly served very cold. Worth a try.


Cider #1: Cidre

Brewery: Stella Artois, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Belgium

Stella Artois Cidre - Belgium - very smooth mild cider 4o5 abv mild semi sweet apples create a warm mouth feel medium carbonation - 7o5 () 10

Impressions: A very smooth, full bodied cider. Mild in strength, but a strong apple flavour throughout. Clean, semi sweet apples, with a warm mouth feel. Medium carbonation.

ABV: 4.5%

Score: 7.5 / 10 (Very Good)

Verdict: This was an enjoyable cider. Much better than I had anticipated from a large beer brewery! Slightly low on the ABV leaves a bit of punch to be desired, but it’s very smooth and easy drinking. Definitely worth a try.


Cider #2: Cidre Pear

Brewery: Stella Artois, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Belgium

Stella Pear Cidre - Belgium - very smooth pear cider not too sweet notes of vanilla nice sharpness medium low carbonation - 4o5 abv - 7o5 () 10

Impressions: As above, a very smooth cider. Strong pear notes, but not too sweet. Notes of vanilla blend in the background. Medium to low carbonation mix with a slight sharpness, creating a tangy lively cider.

ABV: 4.5%

Score: 7.5 / 10 (Very Good)

Verdict: Again, a surprise from the Belgians. I’m not usually a fan of ‘Perrys’ as they are often sickly sweet. This was a nice blend of warm, but also sharp, pear notes with an acceptable amount of sweetness. Again (as above), a higher ABV would have given the whole package a better kick, but as is, this is an easy drinking cider and would be perfect on a hot summer day.


Norwegian Charm

Howdy All!

Well I’m back after a short hiatus caused by work, Christmas, and adding more beers to my archive! With over 200 still left to Blog I had better start pumping more of these bad boys out.

Today I bring you however, two drinks from my recent work related trip to Oslo, Norway. Oslo is the largest city in Norway at ~1.4 million people in the metropolis (small for a capital by western standards). The city itself is beautiful and modern, sprawling across the ‘Oslofjord’, or inlet from the near by North sea and Kattegat sea. Interestingly, ‘fjord’ in Norwegian doesn’t necessarily refer to the glacier-geological formation, but refers in a general sense to different waterways. Oslo as a bustling city was bright and beautiful, full of life and friendly people. As a tourist destination however, I was a bit disappointed. Having been to Greece and Egypt (the two nations with the most famous mythologies), I had high hopes for Oslo to display with pride its history and folklore. Unfortunately, the city itself is too modern and lacks the medieval charm that cities like Prague possess, or the historical/mythological in-your-face tourism that Cairo has. All in all, it is a city where I would happily live, but probably not return to as a tourist.

Anyway, on to the drinks!

IMG_20130118_142845A view looking across the famous Vigelandsparken Statue park in the centre of Oslo.

Beer: Ringnes Pilsener

Brewery: Ringnes AS brewery, Oslo, Norway

Ringnes - Norway - very smooth pilsner buttery notes at the front with a cereal maise finish a light chalky bitterness with medium high carbonation 6o5 () 10.jpg.jpg.jpg

Impressions: This was a very smooth, cold pint, served in a run down old pub in the downtown Oslo area. This ‘pilsener’ has buttery soft notes when it initially hits your tongue, followed by cereal hops and maize notes that end in a light chalky bitterness. A very average beer with medium to high carbonation that is very drinkable, but nothing special.

ABV: 4.5%

Score: 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Verdict: A very middle ground beer that tickles the throat and sates the thirst. Probably nicer on a hot summers day.

..and now to announce my very first Vodka post!

Vodka: Vikingfjord

Check out their cool website here:

Check out their ‘ FAQ’ where people can ask the brewery some truly random questions..

Vikingfjord - Vodka - Norway 40abv - very smooth vodka sweet notes hit you first mellow followed by a soft burn very little nose 8o5 () 10 .jpg

Impressions: This was drank neat at room temperature. The vodka was very smooth with sweet notes that hit your tongue first. A soft mellow sweetness that leads to a soft burn at the back of the throat. The nose in this glass is very minimal.

ABV: 40%

Score: 8 / 10 (Excellent)

Verdict: This being my first documented vodka, I have probably been very generous in the scoring. I also don’t generally drink vodka neat, so this was an interesting experience. Be that as it may, it was smooth, had a pleasant taste, and had very little harshness/unpleasant burn. At £9 for a litre from the Oslo duty free, this was one killer value for money drink.

Titanic Brewery – Fit out

In light of the recent flooding across the UK I thought I would comment on the Titanic Brewery.

Titanic beers are quite prevalent in England, seen in pubs from ever present bars like Wetherspoons to the little local pubs that pride themselves on real ales. I’ve tried quite a few of their ales, but today I bring you just the one:

Beer: Fit-out

Brewery: Titanic Brewery, Stoke-on-Trent, England

This ale was apparently brewed specifically for the Wetherspoons Ale Festival, 2011, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s ‘fitting-out’. Unfortunately, my dear reader, that means it will be incredibly difficult for you to replicate this drinking enjoyment.

Impressions: This is a smooth, well hopsed ale. The hops provide a nice, sharp, citrus bitterness, complemented by mild orange notes. The low carbonation provides a creamy richness, and a nice smooth head (as seen in the picture above). A cloudy beer, with a nice body.

ABV: 4.5%

Score: 7 / 10 (Good)

Verdict: This is a nice, strongly hopsed bitter, that is complemented by smooth, creaminess. Not to everyone’s taste,  as the bitterness from the hops may well overpower those with a palate not used to beers such as this, or pilsners. I found this an enjoyable experience, that still left a little to be desired, as the bitterness was slightly sharp and could be refined. Though you can’t complain at that price, eh!

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