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Xingu Black Beer

Hello Lager drinkers,

Following on with my Brazil theme, today I bring you a beer that is actually palatable (re: Brahma is awful). Check out their awesome website here:

I have great respect for this brewery as they’re trying to bring awareness to the masses and are allied with rainforest protection campaigns.

Beer: Xingu Black Beer

Brewery: FEMSA Cerveja Brasil, Brazil

Xingu Black Beer - Brazilian Stout - very smooth dark and sweet lightly carbonated heavy literally creamy flavour low Abv 4o6% - 7o5% () 10

Impressions: This was a very smooth dark lager. Heavy and sweet with dark roasted malt notes. A blend of creamy and bitterness throughout. Low carbonation.

ABV: 4.6%

Score: 7.5 / 10 (Very Good)

Verdict:  I really enjoyed this beer. Very dense and packed with malt and sweetness, it really hit the spot. If only the ABV were a bit higher to give it a little kick, as it was just a tad on the mild side. Otherwise, definitely worth a try for stout and lager fans alike.

Banks’s Lion’s Roar

Hello ale fans,

Today I bring you an ale from the ubiquitous Banks’s brewery. Typical of these brewers are creamy, low ABV ales, which is exactly where this one falls. Check out their beautiful website here:


Beer: Lion’s Roar

Brewery: Banks’s, Wolverhampton, England

Banks Lion's Roar - England - smooth ale mild hops bitterness semi cereal flavour creamy aftertaste low carbonation - 3o8 abv - 6o5 () 10

Impressions: This was a smooth, creamy ale. A nice rich head to the pint, with low carbonation. Very mild bitterness with low hops hidden in the cereal notes. A nice creamy follow through and after taste.

ABV: 3.8%

Score: 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Verdict: This beer has many qualities that I look for in an ale. Creamy, smooth, easy drinking. But that’s where it stops. It needs more bitterness, more flavour in general. The low ABV drags this beer down further as it lacks any real punch and leaves it a bit on the watery side. That said, amongst the low ABV ales, this is very pleasant and will do the job if that is what you’re after.

Bah Bah Black Sheep – ‘Best Bitter’

Hello World!

Following on from my original Black Sheep post:,
I bring you another from the Black Sheep family.


Beer: Best Bitter

Brewery: Black Sheep, Mashum, Yorkshire, England

Black Sheep - The Station - fairly bitter creamy very smooth odd after taste of cream or butter weird but nice unfortunately served warm 7 o5 () 10
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Impressions: This is a light bitter, creamy, and very smooth ale. Mild, and soft malt notes. Followed by an after taste of cream or butter. Low carbonation.

ABV: 3.8%

Score: 7 / 10 (Good)

Verdict: This was a nice ale. For what it is, it does it’s job well. A low ABV beer, that’s soft and easy drinking. Very smooth and creamy, and one that is enjoyably filling.

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Ball Stitcher IPA

Hello to everyone,

Today I bring you a pint from my local near work. Check out the Warwickshire Brewery (simple) website here

Beer: Rugby Ball Stitcher IPA

Brewery: Warwickshire, Cubbington, England

Ball Stitcher IPA - Warwickshire, England - very smooth ale nicely hopped fairly bitter slight malt flavour medium low carbonation - 5 abv - 6o75 () 10
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Impressions: This was a very smooth ale. Nicely hopped, with a decent amount of bitterness. Slightly sweet malt notes hid in the background of the bitterness. Low carbonation, with a creamy head.

ABV: 5%

Score: 6.75 / 10 (Average to Good)

Verdict: A fairly nice ale here. I believe this is available in 2 cask strengths, 4.5% and 5% ABV. Luckily I had the higher strength version, as the beer had just about the right amount of kick. Any less and the flavour definitely would have suffered. Nothing outstanding here, but easy drinking, a nice bitterness, and a slight sweetness keeping it palatable.
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Backyard Brewhouse – Bad Santa Stout

Today I bring you a delicious little number from the recently established Backyard Brewhouse brewery!

Founded in 2008, this microbrewery produces a wide range of beers, from the generic Bitters and IPAs, to seasonal brews such as ‘Summer’ and ‘Kris Kringle’.

I wish I could review ‘Lionheart’ for you today, as it’s St. George’s Day (Happy SGD!), however, I have only had the pleasure of reviewing ‘Bad Santa’, and it was a pleasure.

Beer: Bad Santa

Brewery: Backyard Brewhouse, Walsall, England

Bad santa 6o8 abv very smooth chalky creamy sweet stout caramel and vanilla nice bitterness woth lingering sweet heavy 8() 10.jpg
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Impressions: This was a very smooth, creamy stout.  Sweetness immediately hits your tongue with notes of caramel and vanilla. This is followed through by a chalky, medium to low bitterness. There is a lingering sweetness in the full bodied stout, as the low carbonation makes this beer easily sippable.

ABV: 6.8%

Score: 8 / 10 (Excellent)

Verdict: This was a pleasant surprise, having never heard of the brewery. Many of these limited edition Christmas ales have been generic, nothing-special ales, however, this was good. Very good. Some might say excellent. A very well put together stout, with a well balanced sweetness and bitter profile. The high ABV gives it a nice kick and it is overall a really enjoyable experience. Too bad this may never come around again.

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Guinness Surger – Real Pints at Home

Hey all,

Just a quick update on this brilliant product I’ve found. The Guinness Surger, currently at 15% off!

Guinness Surger – Case of 24 x 520ml cans with FREE GUINNESS SURGER (for pub quality Guinness)

I have yet to officially review the Guinness draft/can, but I did review Guinness Foreign Extra which you can read here:

I digress, the Guinness Surger seems like an amazing alternative to the nitrogenated widget cans. I’m sure we’ve all had a case of Guinness pint cans where it’s been hit or miss in terms of body or flavour (as the cans can sometimes be watery and lacking in the nitrogen department).

These surge cans however, are activated by sonic pulses which emanate from the surger base. I’ve had a pint of this in a local and I must say, it was pretty darn good.

Not only does this serve up delicious creamy Guinness, but it will make a great conversation piece (and make all your mates jealous!)

Check out the Surger here, and read the reviewers who give it on average 4.6 / 5!

Guinness Surger – Case of 24 x 520ml cans with FREE GUINNESS SURGER (for pub quality Guinness)

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.

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.

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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