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Badger – Golden Glory – Hall and Woodhouse II

Hey all,

Today I bring you another beer from the delectable Badger brewery. Offering up some of the most unique, widely available, beers on the market today. What I love about this brewery is the tasting notes they provide on the bottle, because they are usually spot on. Except for England’s Own, which for me had an unmistakable taste of grass.

This one however, doesn’t disappoint.

Beer: Golden Glory

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

Badger Golden Glory - Dorset, England - very smooth lager pretending to be an ale very fruity strong peach notes semi sweet very refreshing medium low carbonation - 4o5 abv - 7o5 () 10
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Impressions: This was a very smooth lager, pretending to be an ale. Immediately hitting your mouth is a very fruity flavour. Strong peach notes,  semi sweet, with a light background bitterness. Very refreshing, with a medium to low carbonation.

ABV: 4.5%

Score: 7.5 / 10 (Very Good)

Verdict: This is a unique one. Light, refreshing, and lively, this is reminiscent of  some of the Belgian fruit beers. Strong peach flavours (as clearly stated on the bottle header) dominate. Luckily I love peach. If this had a bit more of a kick, the score could have been higher. Definitely worth a try, especially if you’re not really into beer but would like to give beer a try.

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Primitivo Salento, Amanti del Vino, 2008

Today I bring you a fine wine from the Puglia (Apulia) wine region in Italy. This wine was from our local steakhouse here in Lichfield, Not only was the service impeccable, the decor was interesting, and the food was excellent. This bottle of wine was priced up at £25.50, being described as:

“Grown in rich black soil this wine has superb deep fruit concentration.”

I haven’t been able to find a comparable bottle on the internet to price up in comparison, however, the 2011 vintage seems to retail at £6.99 per bottle. I’ll assume the 2008 year is more expensive (as restaurants usually triple the retail bottle price).

Wine: Primitivo Salento, 2008

Grape: Primitivo

Vineyard: Amanti del Vino, Puglia, Italy


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Impressions: This was a tangy, yet smooth deep red wine. Oddly effervescent on the tongue, dry with little tannin. Slightly smoky, with a sharp, almost spicy finish.

ABV: 13%

Score: 8 / 10 (Excellent)

Verdict: This was an interesting wine. It’s easy drinking, with a light dryness. The ‘effervescence’ makes this a lively wine, with an overall tangy flavour. The mark is both helped and hindered by this. Unique to me, but perhaps a trait of these wines known to those in the know. Anyway, worth a try, as it complemented my rib eye steak beautifully.

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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:

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.


Wylam – Godhead

Today I bring you an interesting ale from a recently established brewery known as Wylam (originating in Wylam, England). This brewery produces small batches of truly unique ales (look up their ale Dognobbler).

Beer: Godhead

Brewery: Wylam Brewery, Wylam, England

Wylams Godhead - England - smooth refreshing ale very floral and strong citrus notes low carbonation definitely grows on you - 4o3 abv - 7o5 () 10

Impressions: This is a smooth refreshing ale. Unique freshness of wood and flowers permeate this beer followed by strong citrus hops. Low carbonation lends to easy sip-ability.

ABV: 4.3%

Score: 7.5 / 10 (Very Good)

Verdict: This truly unique ale is apparently the result of the brew-master actually going out and picking pine and spruce tree shoots. Blended with a strong hops this ale definitely fills your tongue with flavours. I noted that the beer became more likeable as your mouth got used to the initial shock of forest. The next time a tap says ‘scared evergreen forest ale‘ I will take it for its word! If only a higher ABV, this could be excellent. Definitely worth a try!

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