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Published Beers To-date

As per the title, here are all of my published reviews to-date:

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Beer

Adnams, England:

  • The Bitter – 3.7% – 6.25 / 10 (Low Average to Average)
  • Broadside (Cask) – 4.7% – 7.5 / 10 (Very Good)
  • Ghost Ship – 4.5% – 8 / 10 (Excellent)

Affligem, Belgium:

  • Blond – 6.8% – 8 / 10 (Excellent)
  • Dubbel – 7% – 7.75 / 10 (Very Good to Excellent)

Alexander Keith’s, Labatt, AB InBev, Canada:

  • India Pale Ale (Nova Scotia style Pale Ale in the States) – 5% – 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Anheuser-Busch, InBev, Brazil:

  • Brahma – 4.3% – 4 / 10 (Awful)

Asahi, Japan:

  • Asahi Black – 5% – 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Athenian Brewery S.A., Athens, Greece:

  • Alfa – 5% – 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Backyard Brewhouse, Walsall, England:

  • Bad Santa – 6.8% – 8 / 10 (Excellent)

Badger (Hall and Woodhouse), Dorset, England:

  • Blandford Flyer – 5.2% – 6.75 / 10 (Average to Good)
  • England’s Own – 4.6% – 6.75 / 10 (Average to Good)
  • Fursty Ferret – 4.4% – 7.25 / 10 (Good to Very Good)
  • Hopping Hare – 4.4% – 7.25 / 10 (Good to Very Good)
  • Golden Champion – 5% – 8 / 10 (Excellent)
  • Golden Glory – 4.5% – 7.5 / 10 (Very Good)
  • Poacher’s Choice – 5.7% – 6.5 / 10 (Average)
  • Tanglefoot – 5% – 7.25 / 10 (Good to Very Good)

Banks’s, Wolverhampton, England:

  • Lion’s Roar – 3.8% – 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Beowulf, Forest of Mercia, Staffordshire, England:

  • Finn’s Hall Porter – 4.7% – 7.75 / 10 (Very Good to Excellent)

Black Sheep, Mashum, Yorkshire, England:

  • Best Bitter – 3.8% – 7 / 10 (Good)
  • Golden Sheep – 4.7% – 7 / 10 (Good)
  • Riggwelter – 5.7% – 7.75 / 10 (Very Good to Excellent)

Blue Moon Brewing Co., Molson Coors, Montreal, Canada:

  • Blue Moon (Rickard’s White) – 5.4% – 7 / 10 (Good)

Boddingtons, InBev, UK:

  • Boddingtons Draught Bitter – 3.5% – 6.25 / 10 (Low Average to Average)

Brew Dog, Scotland:

  • Punk IPA – 5.6% – 8.25 / 10 (Excellent to Very Excellent)

Burton Bridge Brewery, Burton-Upon-Trent, England:

  • Bramble Stout – 5% – 8.25 / 10 (Excellent to Very Excellent)
  • Golden Delicious – 3.5% – 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Brakspear, England:

  • Double Drop Bitter – 3.4% – 6.25 / 10 (Low Average to Average)

Caledonian (Heineken), Scotland:

  • Flying Dutchman Junibier – 4.3% – 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Castle Rock, Nottingham, England:

  • Red Start – 4.3% – 6 / 10 (Low Average)

Damm, Barcelona, Spain:

  • A.K.Damm – 4.8% – 8.25 / 10 (Excellent to Very Excellent)

Erdinger Weissbräu, Germany:

  • Erdinger Hefe Weissbier – 5.3% – 8.5 / 10 (Very Excellent)

FEMSA Cerveja Brasil, Brazil:

  • Xingu Black Beer – 4.6% – 7.5 / 10 (Very Good)

FIX, Athens, Greece:

  • FIX Hellas – 5% – 7.25 / 10 (Good to Very Good)

Greene King/Tolly Cobold, England/Wales:

  • Phoenix – 4.2% – 7.5 / 10 (Very Good)

Grupo Cervezas Alhambra (Grupo Mahou-San Miguel – Carlsberg), Spain:

  • Adlerbrau Cerveza Especial – 5.4% – 6.5 / 10 (Average)
  • Alhambra Export – 4.6% – 6.25 / 10 (Low Average to Average)

Grupo Cruzcampo (Heineken Espana), Spain:

  • Cruzcampo – 4.8% – 6.25 / 10 (Low Average to Average)
  • Cruzcampo Gran Reserva – 7 / 10 (Good)
  • Legado de Yuste – 6.5% – 7.5 / 10 (Very Good)

Guinness, Dublin, Ireland:

  • Guinness Foreign Extra – 7.5% – 8 / 10 (Excellent)

Hardy’s and Hansons, England:

  • Rocking Rudolph – 4.2% – 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Heineken, Italy:

  • Birra Morreti Original – 4.6% – 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Innis & Gunn Brewery, Scotland:

  • Innis and Gunn Original – 6.6% – 9.25 / 10 (Ambrosia of the Gods)
  • Innis and Gunn Rum Finish / Rum Cask – 7.4% – 9.5 / 10 (Ambrosia of the Gods)

Ringnes AS Brewery, Oslo, Norway:

  • Ringnes Pilsener – 4.5% – 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Ringwood (Marston’s), England:

  • Best Bitter – 3.5% – 6 / 10 (Low Average)
  • Boondoggle – 4.2% – 6.5 / 10 (Average)

S.A. Fischer, Athens, Greece:

  • Fischer – 5% – 7.25 / 10 (Good to Very Good)

SABMiller, Rome, Italy:

  • Peroni Nastro Azzuro – 5.1% – 7 / 10 (Good)

Sapporo, Japan:

  • Sapporo Premium Lager – 4.7% – 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Stella Artois, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Belgium:

  • Stella Artois – 4.8% – 6.5 / 10 (Average)
  • Stella Artois Black – 4.9% – 7.25 / 10 (Good to Very Good)

St Peter’s Brewery, Suffolk, England:

  • St Peter’s Golden Ale – 4.7% – 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Titanic Brewery, Stoke-on-Trent, England:

  • Fit-Out – 4.5% – 7 / 10 (Good)

Warwickshire Beer Co., Cubbington, England:

  • Rugby Ball Stitcher IPA – 5% – 6.75 / 10 (Average to Good)

Wells Young’s Brewing Company, England:

  • Banana Bread Beer – 5.2% – 7.5 / 10 (Very Good)
  • Waggle Dance – 5% – 7.75 / 10 (Very Good to Excellent)

Wood’s Brewery, England:

  • Parish Bitter – 4% – 6 / 10 (Low Average)
  • Pot O’ Gold – 4.4% – 6.75 / 10 (Average to Good)
  • Shropshire Lass – 4.1% – 6 / 10 (Low Average)

Wychwood (Marstons), England:

  • Hobgoblin – 5.2% – 7.5 / 10 (Very Good)
  • Snake’s Bite – 4.2% – 6.5 / 10 (Average)
  • Wychcraft – 4.5% – 7.25 / 10 (Good to Very Good)

Wye Valley, England:

  • Dorothy Goodbody’s Wholesome Stout – 4.6% – 7.25 / 10   (Good to Very Good)

Wylam Brewery, Wylam, England:

  • Godhead – 4.3% – 7.5 / 10 (Very Good)

Vale Brewing Company, England:

  • 5 Gold Rings – 4.8% – 6.75 / 10 (Average to Good)

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Cider

Aston Manor, Aston, England:

  • Amber Harvest – 5% – 6.25 / 10 (Low Average to Average)
  • Forester’s Pear Cider – 4.5% – 6.75 / 10 (Average to Good)

Magners, Ireland:

  • Magners Spiced Apple and Honey Cider – 4% – 8 / 10 (Excellent)

Matthew Clark Cider, Halewood International Ltd, England:

  • Blackthorn – 4.7% – 6.5 / 10 (Average)
  • Brut Chaumet Sparkling Perry – 5.5% – 7.5 / 10 (Very Good)

Stella Artois, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Belgium:

  • Cidre – 4.5% – 7.5 / 10 (Very Good)
  • Cidre Pear – 4.5% – 7.5 / 10 (Very Good)

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Vodka

Vikingfjord, Oslo, Norway:

  • Vikingfjord – 40% – 8 / 10 (Excellent)

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Whisky

Old Pulteney, Wick, Scotland:

  • Single Malt, 12 Year Old – 40% – 7 / 10 (Good)

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Wine

Amanti del Vino, Puglia, Spain:

  • Primitivo Salento, 2008 – 13% – 8 / 10 (Excellent)

Baturrica, Spain:

  • Gran Reserva, 2006 – 13% – 8.25 / 10 (Excellent to Very Excellent)

Casillero Del Diablo, Concha Y Toro, Chile:

  • Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva, 2011 – 13.5% – 8.5 / 10 (Very Excellent)

Cono Sur, Chile:

  • Isla Negra, Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserva, 2011 – 12% – 7.5 / 10 (Very Good)

Criadores, Spain:

  • Castillo de San Lorenzo Rioja Reserva, 2007 – 12.5% – 8.75 / 10 (Very Excellent to Ambrosia)

Garcia Carrion, Spain:

  • El Pinsapo Gran Seleccion, Rioja, 2010 – 13.5% – 7.25 / 10 (Good  to Very Good)

Grandes Vinos y Vinetos, Carinena, Spain:

  • Marques de Carano Gran Reserva, 2005 – 12.5% – 6 / 10 (Low Average)
  • Marques de Carano Gran Reserva, 2009 – 12.5% – 8.5 /10 ( Very Excellent)

LIDL, Italy:

  • Chianti D.O.C.G., 2011 – 13% – 7.25 / 10 (Good to Very Good)

Saam Mountain, Paarla, South Africa:

  • Carbernet Sauvignon, 2011 – 14% – 8.25 / 10 (Excellent to Very Excellent)

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LIVE UPDATE: Old Pulteney Single Malt 12 Year Old Whisky

Today I bring you a recent Tesco purchase (£24, down from £31), Old Pulteney Single Malt 12 Year Old Whisky.

A quick Wikipedia synopsis: ”

The Old Pulteney Distillery is a malt whisky production and aging facility in the Pulteneytown area of WickCaithness, in the Highland area of Scotland. The distillery produces the Old Pulteney single-malt whisky at a number of ages and has a visitor centre in Huddart Street.

The distillery was established in 1826 AD in the name of Sir William Pulteney (who died in 1805), and for whom Pulteneytown is named. The distillery is the most northerly on the Scottish mainland and was quite inaccessible, except by sea, when established. Barley was brought in by sea, and the whisky was shipped out the same way. Many of the distillery workers were also employed as fishermen. The herring fishing industry is no longer part of daily life in Wick but the distillery continues to operate, producing a Highland single-malt with a reputation as one of the finest available. Characteristics of the whisky are attributed to exposure to sea air during maturation.”

http://www.oldpulteney.com/

Whisky: Single Malt, 12 Year Old

Distillery: Old Pulteney, Wick, Scotland

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Impressions: Without water: Quite a strong, smooth charred bitterness. Light caramel and wood, followed by a strong saltiness. With water: Strong caramel nose. Sweet caramel start with a strong, smooth, and very salty finish with a fair amount of finishing burn.

ABV: 40%

Score: 7.25 / 10 (Good to Very Good)

Verdict: This is a nice smooth whisky, with light caramel notes. For me, there is a nice, but almost too strong salty flavour. My tastes are much more geared toward sweeter / smokier whiskies, and this one misses the ‘great’ mark for me. Nice, but probably not a repeat buy for me, though if you enjoy a saltier ‘taste of the sea side’ drink, this might be a great buy for you!

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.

BREW DOG – a post Punk apocalyptic mother fu*ker of a craft brewery

(^Their words) Today I bring you my first taste of the highly acclaimed Brew Dog Brewery. A brewery that attempts to set itself as far away from contemporary breweries. From producing the some of the highest ABV beers in the world (The End of History, 55%), to uniquely flavoured beers well outside the norm.

http://www.brewdog.com/

Beer #1: Punk IPA

Brewery: Brew Dog, Scotland

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Impressions: This India pale ale is very smooth with strong flavours abound. Strong floral, earthy notes blend with bitter citrus hops. An overall medium bitterness covers the soft, sweet peach / apricot notes. Medium carbonation.

ABV: 5.6%

Score: 8.25 / 10 (Excellent to Very Excellent)

Verdict: This is a very unique beer. Very complex with many layers of flavour. This may be off putting to some, however, as a beer to be sipped, not glugged, it’s a beer to truly appreciate. Slightly too floral for my tastes, but I can appreciate how all the flavours work together. Definitely worth a try.

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