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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.

Badger – Tanglefoot – Hall and Woodhouse III

Hey all,

Today I bring you another beer from the delectable Badger brewery.

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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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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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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Forester’s Pear Cider

Today I bring you a fairly generic, widely available pear cider, at a local boozery near you!

Cider: Forester’s Pear Cider

Brewery: Aston Manor, Aston, England

Aston manor Foresters - smooth pear cider medium to sweet mild pear flavour not too artificial but refreshing medium carbonation - 4o5 abv - 6o75 () 10

Impressions: This is a smooth pear cider, with a medium sweetness.  A mild pear flavour,  refreshing. Medium carbonation.

ABV: 4.5%

Score: 6.75 / 10 (Average to Good)

Verdict: This is a pretty decent perry. Not too sickly sweet like a lot of perries out there, but still quite sweet and slippery. Light pear flavour, not too artificial like some larger brands out there (you know the pear drop taste), which is refreshing. Worth a try.

Brut Chaumet – Sparkling Perry

Hello all,

Today I bring you a sparkling perry (Pear Cider: from LIDL. I can’t recall how much it was, but it must have been sub £2.

Cider: Brut Chaumet Sparkling Perry

Brewery: Matthew Clark Cider, Halewood International Ltd, England

Med high carb sweet but not sickly slippery on the tongue alkali light pear 5o5 abv

Impressions: This has medium to high carbonation, keeping the cider lively. Sweet, but not very sweet, like many perries. Slippery on the tongue, it slides down quite easily. Light pear/apple notes with a light finish.

ABV: 5.5%

Score: 7.5 / 10 (Very Good)

Verdict: This was surprisingly good. Most perries to me are overpowering in either their sweetness or their pear flavour. This was a very light, refreshing drink. For the price, a bargain for a bit of fun. This would be perfect on a hot summer day, at a BBQ, with a few bottles keeping cold on ice.

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!

Badger – Blandford Flyer – Hall and Woodhouse I

Hello all! Today I bring you my first bottled ale from the well established Hall and Woodhouse Brewery. With origins dating back to 1760, this brew house has a lot to live up to. Fortunately for them, they have brought out a large range of attractive, reasonably priced ales that both captured my visual and oral interest!

The bottles are visually appealing with clear, vivid art, highlighting the unusual names they pick for their ales. On the back of each bottle is a small snippet about each beer, with tasting notes, nose, sweetness/bitterness factors and enough information to fill your boots. I like this idea and makes ales more accessible to the casual or new-to-ale drinker.

These beers all hail from the aforementioned brewery in Blandford forum, in Dorset, England.

Beer #1: Blandford Flyer

Badger Blandford Flyer - England - very smooth ale very sweet with low fiery Ginger very little cereal or hops low bitterness medium low carbonation - 5o2 abv - 6o75 () 10

Impressions: This is an intriguing beer that, as the bottle would suggest, has a very smooth sweet ginger flavour throughout. The ginger is slightly fiery with a very light hops bitterness in the background. Medium to low carbonation makes this ale resemble the more mass produced ginger beers.

ABV: 5.2%

Score: 6.75 / 10 (Average to Good)

Verdict: An interesting ale with a twist. Normal ginger beers tend to feel like ginger with lager, however, this marries ginger and ale quite nicely. The beer is let down by being almost too mild. It’s stuck between being a good ale and a good ginger beer, and unfortunately doesn’t quite live up to either. A nice unique ale that is worth a try if you want something different.


Initial impressions on the Badger line of ales:

From the above you can see that they have done fairly well. This ginger beer gives us something fairly unique from the crowd, which gives me hope that their more regular line of ales with not fall on this middle ground.

Looking forward to more from the Badger den…

Erdinger Hefe Weissbier – Mmm

Today I bring you one of my favourite, mass produced, globally available, wheat beers.

From their website: “At the world’s largest wheat beer brewery, tradition and progress go hand in hand”,    “The beginnings of Erdinger Weissbräu date back to 1886, the year in which construction of a wheat beer brewery in Erding was first officially recorded. After several changes in ownership, the General Manager at the time, Franz Brombach, bought the brewery in 1935 and re-named it Erdinger Weissbräu on December 27, 1949.”

The Beer: Erdinger Hefe Weissbier

Brewery: Erdinger Weissbräu, Germany

Impressions: This is a very smooth wheat beer. From the picture, you can see the medium to high carbonation, that results in a nice, rich head, with an effervescent body. Sweet notes of caramel, vanilla, and apricot marry nicely with the wheat and cereal flavours.

ABV: 5.3%

Score: 8.5 / 10 (Very Excellent)

Verdict: This is a delicious beer. Again, I’m partial to sweeter, stronger beers and this ticks both those boxes (somewhat). Smooth, flavourful, and lively, this is a beer that will please. That said, wheat beers are distinct from their barley brother in that the cereal taste is significantly heightened. This may please some, but it is definitely a curve ball. A delicious curve ball that deserves a buy. Very excellent.

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