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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.

Badger – Fursty Ferret – Hall and Woodhouse VIII

Hello beer people!


Moving right along in the Badger series, today I bring you:

Beer: Fursty Ferret

Brewery: Badger, Hall and Woodhouse, Dorset, England

Badger - Fursty Ferret - smooth and creamy bitter low hops bitterness light caramel and malt sweet mild flavour hint of bitter after taste - 7o25 () 10
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Impressions: A smooth and creamy tasting ale.  A very light hops bitterness is complemented by light caramel and sweet malt notes. Very mild and light body, with a light bitter after taste. Low carbonation.

ABV: 4.4%

Score: 7.25 / 10 (Good to Very Good)

Verdict: This was a nice beer that brought some nice flavours together. Nice. Slightly sweet and very easy drinking, this is definitely a lighter ale. A higher ABV would have been welcome, however, as is, an enjoyable ale that I’ll probably pick up again when I’m in the mood for something lighter.

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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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Boddingtons Draught Bitter

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Today I bring you the ubiquitous Manchester bitter. “The Cream of Manchester” is found in cask form, in can form (with a nitrogen widget), and in export form (which is much better at a higher ABV).

Beer: Boddingtons Draught Bitter

Brewery: Boddingtons, InBev, UK

Boddingtons Draught Bitter - 3o5% very smooth creamy light mild flavour watery slightly sweet 6 () 10

Impressions: This is a very smooth creamy light ale. A very mild flavour, slightly sweet. Very low bitterness. Almost watery. Low carbonation.

ABV: 3.5%

Score: 6.25 / 10 (Low Average to Average)

Verdict: A fairly standard mass produced ale. Light, creamy head (due to the widget carbonation), and very easy drinking. Not offensive in anyway, but that be because there is little in the way of flavour. The sweetness takes my vote slightly higher. Not special, but better than commercial lagers.


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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!

Welcome to Davy Jones’ Locker

Ahoy everyone! Today I bring you a one off beer crafted for the Wetherspoons Real Ale beer festival, 2010.


Beer: Flying Dutchman Junibier

Brewery: Caledonian (Heineken), Scotland

Flying Dutchman - Scotland - smooth maple flavour lightly carbonated but poorly executed was warm - 6o5 () 10 b


Impressions: This is a smooth ale, that was unfortunately served warm. With that in mind, there were soft maple notes amongst the malt and gentle bitterness. Low carbonation.

ABV: 4.3%

Score: 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Verdict: This was presumably brewed with juniper berries, though I didn’t get any scent or taste of it. Again, served warm (and this isn’t me just being Canadian). Perhaps if it was served cooled/chilled, it would have made it smoother and more enjoyable. At any rate, it gets an average. I’d like to try it again at proper temperature though. The idea of juniper intrigues me.

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