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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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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.

The Vale – 5 Golden Rings

Just a quick update today on one of the many Christmas ales available throughout the holiday season.

Beer: 5 Gold Rings

Brewery: Vale Brewing Company.

Interesting fact: this brewery is located in Brill, Buckinghamshire, which was the inspiration for the town Bree, in the Lord of the Rings.

5 rings bitter sweet caramel tangy citrus bitter hops strong cereal notes bready 6o75 () 10.jpg

Apologies for the blurry/overexposed picture!

Impressions: This ale was a fairly standard pint consisting of a smooth, creamy body (see picture) with a bitter sweet caramel tone. The sweetness melds into a tangy citrus hops with strong bread/cereal notes, and light bitterness.

ABV: 4.8%

Score: 6.75 / 10 (Average to Good)

Verdict: A nice Christmas pint with a full body, soft hops notes and a smooth finish. Enjoyable but not remarkable.

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