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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: http://www.xingubeer.com/site/

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.

Bah Bah Black Sheep – ‘Best Bitter’

Hello World!

Following on from my original Black Sheep post: https://pilsnerpilgrim.wordpress.com/2013/03/17/bah-bah-black-sheep/,
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 http://www.warwickshirebeer.co.uk/

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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Badger – Tanglefoot – Hall and Woodhouse III

Hey all,

Today I bring you another beer from the delectable Badger brewery.   https://pilsnerpilgrim.wordpress.com/2013/02/06/hall-and-woodhouse-brewery-badger-ales-part-i/

Beer: Tanglefoot

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

Badger's Tanglefoot - Dorset, England - very smooth straw coloured ale sweet malt and caramel flavours notes of pear medium to mild bitterness creamy finish medium to low carbonation 5 abv 7o25 () 10
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Impressions: This was a very smooth, straw coloured ale. Sweet malt and caramel flavours at the forefront, with notes of soft pear hiding at the back. A medium to mild hops bitterness throughout, leads to a creamy finish and after taste. Medium to low carbonation.

ABV: 5%

Score: 7.25 / 10 (Good to Very Good)

Verdict: Tanglefoot was a nice light ale. The blend of sweet and bitter was definitely appetising, but the overall body left a bit desired. Perhaps a touch more hops would have really set this one apart. But as it stands, still a really enjoyable, easy drinking ale. Maybe not one for those that stay away from the sweet stuff.

 

 

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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. http://adnams.co.uk/category/beer/our-beers/current-beers/

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.

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.

Which Witch is Which Wychwood – A Hobgoblin Special

Hello all,

Today I bring you the first of many beers from the Legendary Wychwood Brewery.  Check out their wicked website here:

http://www.wychwood.co.uk/#/home//hobgoblin/home

I recommend a play around!

Beer: Hobgoblin

Brewery: Wychwood (Marstons), England

Wychwood's Hobgoblin - dark chocolate flavour smooth lightly carbonated smooth 7 o5 () 10

Impressions: This is a very smooth dark ruby ale. Strong malt and and bitter-sweet dark chocolate notes to the front. A refreshing hops bitterness lingers among the hidden dark fruits. Medium to low carbonation.

ABV: 5.2%

Score: 7.5 / 10 (Very Good)

Verdict: This is an ale that has often been a repeat buy of mine. Not the highest ranking beer, but it has enough flavour to satisfy. This  complemented by a light and refreshing quality will keep you coming back for more. Easy drinking and enjoyable. Mmm.

 

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

Konichiwa!

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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