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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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Cruzcampo Gran Reserva

Hello everyone,

 

Today I bring you another beer from my travels through Spain. A good example of a Spanish take on the Germanic ‘Bock’ style lager. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bock

Check out Cruzcampo Gran Reserva’s cool website here: http://www.cruzcampogranreserva.com/

 

Beer: Cruzcampo Gran Reserva

Brewery: Grupo Cruzcampo, Heineken Espana, Spain

Cruzcampo Gran Reserva - Spain - smooth Spanish lager strong flavour semi bitter semi malt some dark chocolate notes - 6o4 abv - 7 () 10

Impressions: This was a smooth darker Spanish lager. A light bitterness is well married to a sweet (light) dark chocolate malt. Medium to low carbonation.

ABV: 6.4%

Score: 7 / 10 (Good)

Verdict: I was a bit let down by this beer. I had high hopes for a rich chocolate malt married to a decent amount of bitterness. The high ABV makes one think it will have quite a bit of punch. Unfortunately it has these qualities to a lighter extent. Overall a good beer though that could use a bit more body and depth.

 

Adlerbrau Cerveza Especial

Today I bring you a beer from my recent journey to Barcelona, Spain. I can’t find much on the internet about this beer, but maybe a Spanish reader out there could help me out? Purchased for 29 cents (Euro) from a local market.

Beer: Adlerbrau Cerveza Especial

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

Adlerbrau 5o4 abv 29p decently smooth lager  light bitter refreshing not great a after taste great value corn 6o5()

Impressions: This is a smooth lager that is light in the way of flavour. Light also in the body, and bitterness. Refreshing. Medium to low carbonation. Light corn and cereal flavours, with a somewhat unpalatable after taste.

ABV: 5.4%

Score: 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Verdict: Not a great lager, but not bad one either. Refreshing and light, but with a bitter aftertaste. For the price (and the ABV), it’s a pretty good alternative for those on a budget.

LIVE UPDATE: Castillo de San Lorenzo Rioja Reserva 2007

Hello all,

Today I bring you a delicious red wine from the Rioja wine region in Spain. Purchased from Tesco for £6 down from £12.

Described by Tesco as:

“Richly flavoured and spicy, this classic Rioja combines ripe plum and dried fruit characters with cinnamon and vanilla.”

Wine: Castillo de San Lorenzo Rioja Reserva, 2007

Grape: Graciano and Tempranillo

Vineyard: Criadores, Spain

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Impressions: This is a very smooth deep red wine. Lightly dry, with little to no tannin. Soft fruit notes hit your mouth right away, with a sweeter raisin in the foreground followed by a deep grape. Notes of vanilla and caramel hide in the background. Cinnamon finish. Medium body.

ABV: 12.5%

Score: 8.75 / 10 (Very Excellent to Ambrosia)

Verdict: I really enjoyed this wine. Again, falls into the easy drinking category. I’m partial to wines that fall in the dry zone with a hint of sweetness (found in the caramel and vanilla notes). The initial flavour in the mouth is excellent, and the finishing notes are excellent. Smooth, medium bodied, and well worth a try at either price. Bargain. Buy one.

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LIVE UPDATE – El Pinsapo Gran Seleccion Rioja 2010

RIGHT NOW I am enjoying a bottle of El Pinsapo Gran Seleccion Rioja from 2010, served at a perfect 17*C. Currently available at Tesco for £4.99 (Half Price, they say).

Wine: El Pinsapo Gran Seleccion, Rioja, 2010

Vineyard: Garcia Carrion, Spain

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Impressions:  This is a velvety smooth wine, with and equally soft flavour. Very dry but with little tannin puckering mouthfeel. Very light notes of grape are followed by a light alcohol after taste. Update: After having the bottle open for 1 hour+, the smoothness of the wine has decreased. A much more potent alcohol feel is prevalent, with a sharper, drier, more pungent taste. Not as nice.

ABV: 13.5%

Score: 7.25 / 10 (Good  to Very Good8 / 10 (Excellent)

Verdict: Addendum: As per the tasting notes above, this wine has seemingly lost some of it’s smooth qualities after being opened for around 2 hours (uncorked/lidded) and thus, the score has suffered. Still an enjoyable wine however. This wine is definitely an easy drinking wine. It’s so soft that it could definitely be marked down on its subtle fruit notes, but the value for money here at this (half) price point more than make up for that. For someone who isn’t a connoisseur, I’m sure this will be highly enjoyable.

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SPAIN: Let’s revisit España

My first post on Spanish beer (https://pilsnerpilgrim.wordpress.com/2012/11/08/yo-no-hablo-espanol/) was on the delectable Legado de Yuste.

Today I bring you THREE more Spanish beers to drool over!:

Beer #1: Alhambra Export

Brewery: Mahou-San Miguel, Spain

Alhambra - Spain - smooth Spanish lager very refreshing low bitterness medium carbonation weak taste - 6o25 () 10

Impressions: This is a smooth lager, with low bitterness (and flavour). However, very refreshing, and the medium carbonation keeps it lively.

ABV: 4.6%

Score: 6.25 / 10 (Low Average to Average)

Verdict: There isn’t much to say about this. Little in the way of hops/cereal bitterness or flavour in general. However, it is refreshing and inoffensive  so it gets an average.

Beer #2: A.K.Damm

Brewery: Damm, Barcelona, Spain

AKDamm - Spain - very smooth Spanish lager medium carbonation light bitter taste with notes of coffee and caramel very refreshing 4o8 abv - 8o25 () 10.K-1

Impressions: This was a very smooth lager. An interesting marrying of bitter coffee and sweet caramel/vanilla notes, accompanying a light hops bitterness. Medium carbonation keeps it refreshing.

ABV: 4.8%

Score: 8.25 / 10 (Excellent to Very Excellent)

Verdict: I was highly surprised by the lager. The combination of two of my favourites flavours (bitter coffee and sweet caramel/vanilla) bumped this beer well above the typical lager mark. Rich in flavour, though still very light and refreshing, I highly enjoyed it. Try one.

Beer #3: Cruzcampo

Brewery: Heineken, Spain

Cruzcampo - Spain - smooth Spanish lager medium carbonation mild taste slight bitter finish refreshing but pedestrian - 4o8 abv - 6o25 () 10

Impressions: Another smooth Spanish lager, with medium carbonation. Like Alhambra, it has a mild taste with a light bitter finish.

ABV: 4.8%

Score: 6.25 / 10 (Low Average to Average)

Verdict: Another refreshing, light lager. Mild and drinkable, which was quite nice on the hot Spanish nights! (Man in background also enjoyed a few cervezas).

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