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Blackthorn Cider

Hello cider drinkers,

Today I bring you another ubiquitous cider widely available in any supermarket. There are two versions of this, the more palatable 4.7% (this) and the higher strength 6% version typical geared toward students.

Cider: Blackthorn

Brewery: Matthew Clark Cider, Shepton Mallet, England

Blackthorn Cider - medium carbonated sweet cider mild apple flavour low abv 4o7 - 6o5 () 10
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Impressions: This was a semi-sweet apple cider. Altogether mild in apple flavour with little in the way of additional notes. Medium carbonation.

ABV: 4.7%

Score: 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Verdict: As with many mass market ciders, this is very drinkable. It does nothing to excite, but also nothing to offend. It’s cheap, refreshing, and can do the job. Much better alternatives out there.

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Adnams – Broadside

Today I bring you another from the Adnams Brewery (see previous ales ;

Beer: Broadside

Brewery: Adnams, Southwold, England

Adnams Broadside - England - very smooth ruby ale creamy light hops taste smooth bitter after taste mixed fruits notes 4o7 abv - 7o5 () 10

Impressions: This was a very smooth ruby ale. Creamy light hops taste with a smooth bitter after taste. Mixed fruits notes within. Low carbonation with a creamy head.

ABV: 4.7%

Score: 7.5 / 10 (Very Good)

Verdict: This is another impressive ale from Adnams. With a nice depth of fruit notes, a creamy head, and smooth body, this is definitely an enjoyable ale. Marked down for the lower ABV and resultant lower body. That said, a stronger 6.3% ABV version of this is available in bottle, which I will definitely have to try if I find it.

Beowulf – Forest of Mercia – Finn’s Hall Porter

Today I bring you another ale available around Christmas time (try Wetherspoon’s).

Beer: Finn’s Hall Porter

Brewery: Beowulf, Forest of Mercia, Staffordshire, England

Beowulf Finns Hall - Staffordshire England - very smooth porter ale sweet milk chocolate with subtle bitter dark chocolate notes low carbonation - 4o7 abv - 7o75 () 10

Impressions: This is a very smooth porter ale, with sweet milk chocolate note. Subtle dark chocolate notes hide within the malt bringing a nice smooth bitterness. Low carbonation.

ABV: 4.7%

Score: 7.75 / 10 (Very Good to Excellent)

Verdict: This was a pleasant surprise. Too often you’ll get a porter/stout with pedestrian malt notes that taste of chalk. This was a full bodied sweeter ale, with very pleasant marrying of bitter and sweet. A decent ABV gives the beer a little kick, and the low carbonation leaves it an easy drinking pint. Recommended, try one!

Bah Bah Black Sheep

Today I bring you two ales from up Yorkshire. Check out their surprisingly elegant website here ( for more info about their beers.

Beer #1: Riggwelter

Brewery: Black Sheep, Mashum, Yorkshire, England

Black Sheep Riggwelter - Yorkshire England - very smooth dark ale malty with bitter sweet chocolate notes low carbonation - 5o7 abv - 7o75 () 10

Impressions: This is a very smooth dark ale. Strong malt with bitter sweet chocolate notes. Low carbonation.

ABV: 5.7%

Score: 7.75 / 10 (Very Good to Excellent)

Verdict: This is a very nice strong ale. The strong flavours present are typical of a beer like this, but this is done well. The high ABV lends to the nice kick, but a little more body would have put this into the Excellent category.

Beer #2: Golden Sheep

Brewery: Black Sheep, England

Black Sheep Golden Sheep - England - smooth dark ale dark roasted hops notes creamy finish fairly bitter after taste medium low carbonation - 4o7 abv - 7 () 10

Impressions: This is a smooth light ale with bitter hops notes to the front. This is followed by a creamy cereal finish, with a  fairly bitter after taste with a light body.  Medium to low carbonation.

ABV: 4.7%

Score: 7 / 10 (Good)

Verdict: This is a nice, light ale. A good amount of bitterness blended with creamy, soft cereal notes. The lower ABV and light body leave a little more to be desired, but still worth a try.

JAPAN – Watashi wa bīru ga daisukidesu 私はビールが大好きです


Today I bring you two imports from the land of the rising sun.

Beer #1: Asahi Black

Brewery: Asahi, Japan

Asahi Black 5 abv Japan smooth dark lager soft chocolate malty notes refreshing light bitterness pedestrian 6 () 10.jpg

Impressions: This was a very smooth dark lager with mild, soft chocolate malt notes. Very refreshing for a darker beer, but almost too light in taste and body. Medium carbonation.

ABV: 5%

Score: 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Verdict: For a lager, this brings it’s maltiness to the table, but beside that it’s a fairly standard beer. No real stand out features, but it’s easy drinking and non-offensive.

Beer #2: Sapporo Premium Lager

Brewery: Sapporo, Japan

Sapporo - Japan - smooth Japanese lager refreshing light hops taste slight bitterness notes of vanilla - 4o7 abv - 7 () 10

Impressions: This is also a smooth, refreshing lager. Very light hops / cereal bitterness with a very faint hint of vanilla in the background. Medium to high carbonation.

ABV: 4.7%

Score: 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Verdict: This, like the beer above, brings nothing remarkable to the table. It’s light, refreshing, and taste of good quality. But it borders on the bland and mundane, hence the average score.

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Beer:  St Peter’s Golden Ale

Brewery: St Peter’s Brewery, Suffolk, England


Impressions: A neat pint served in an old school oval bottle. The beer itself is fairly average, a smooth light ale. Semi sharp rose notes merry with light bitter hops and cereal notes. Medium carbonation lends an uplifting character to the ale.

ABV: 4.7%

Score: 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Verdict: A nice ale, enjoyable enough. Light and refreshing, but nothing unique. An interesting bottle however.

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