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TIL: Wil Wheaton!

TIL: Wil Wheaton brews his own beer!

+1 Respect.

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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.

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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Burton Bridge Brewery – Better Beers Abound

Hey all! The Burton Bridge Brewery happens to be a brewery I pass by on my way to work everyday.. and I just so happened to have sampled a few of their beers in the past! So today I bring you one Stout and one Golden Ale. Both beers are brewed in England, locally, at the BBB.

This brewery (and surrounding area breweries) has quite an interesting history that you can read about here:

On to the beers!

Beer # 1: Bramble Stout

Impressions: This is a very smooth, proper dark stout. A deep, rich texture complements the semi sweet, complex flavours in this beer. Dark chocolate and milk chocolate blended with a touch of coffee creates a warming, satisfying stout. Low carbonation, poured with a nice rich head.

ABV: 5%

Score: 8.25 / 10 (Excellent to Very Excellent)

Verdict: A very, very nice stout. Sweet and strong. If you enjoy stout, sweeter beers, or even have a sweet tooth for chocolate, this beer will not fail you. The sweet Yin to the well known stout Guinness’s Yang. Definitely worth a buy, and will probably bring you back for another.

Beer #2: Golden Delicious

Impressions: This beer starts with a sharp first impression. The sharp tang mellows to a creamy, light bitter smoothness. A light taste of cereals that are refreshing and somewhat satisfying. Low carbonation with a nice rich head.

ABV: 3.8%

Score: 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Verdict: A nice beer with a creamy, smooth texture. Goes down well and wouldn’t really offend anyone. A low ABV leaves this beer with little punch, and little in the way of standing out from the crowd. Buy a pint over Carling and its ilk.

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