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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 – 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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Adnams – Broadside

Today I bring you another from the Adnams Brewery (see previous ales ;

Beer: Broadside

Brewery: Adnams, Southwold, England

Adnams Broadside - England - very smooth ruby ale creamy light hops taste smooth bitter after taste mixed fruits notes 4o7 abv - 7o5 () 10

Impressions: This was a very smooth ruby ale. Creamy light hops taste with a smooth bitter after taste. Mixed fruits notes within. Low carbonation with a creamy head.

ABV: 4.7%

Score: 7.5 / 10 (Very Good)

Verdict: This is another impressive ale from Adnams. With a nice depth of fruit notes, a creamy head, and smooth body, this is definitely an enjoyable ale. Marked down for the lower ABV and resultant lower body. That said, a stronger 6.3% ABV version of this is available in bottle, which I will definitely have to try if I find it.

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.

Happy Easter! LIVE UPDATE: Isla Negra Reserva 2011

Happy Easter Y’all!

Today I offer a live update of another Tesco ‘half price’ wine offer: Isla Negra Reserva 2011 (£5 down from £10).

Wine: Isla Negra Reserva, 2011

Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon

Vineyard: Cono Sur, Chile

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Impressions: This was another very smooth dry, red wine from Chile. Very mild, with a light body. The dryness hits your mouth with a light amount of tannin, but again is quite mild. Almost refreshing in lightness, with light grape flavour.

ABV: 12%

Score: 7.5 / 10 (Very Good)

Verdict: Again, another easy drinking red wine from Chile. A light amount of tannin hits your mouth, but still an ‘easy drinking’ wine. Light bodied with light grape flavours.  Presumably lighter due to the lower ABV. At only £5, worth a try, but I would have liked a bit more body. Still very good value.
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Stella Artois Compendium

Today I bring you 2 beers and 2 ciders from the Stella Artois family. Started from a brewery dating back to 1366, “Stella Artois was launched initially as a seasonal beer for the Christmas holiday market. First sold in Canada, it was such a commercial success that it became available all year round, and, apart from the duration of the Second World War, has been produced ever since.”


Beer #1: Stella Artois

Brewery: Stella Artois, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Belgium

Stella Artois - apparently called wife beater in England - highly carbonated light flavour mildly bitter - not as good as the Canadian version - 6o75 [] 10

Impressions: This is a very smooth lager, with medium bitter hops notes, and little else. Medium to high carbonation (in this bottle) makes this lager very lively, but is also quite refreshing.

ABV: 4.8%

Score: 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Verdict: A fairly standard lager. Refreshing with a decent amount of bitterness, but no real outstanding qualities. In England this is apparently called ‘Wife Beater’.. not really sure why. In Canada it is sold at 5.2%, so it has more kick and is overall a better beer.


Beer #2: Stella Artois Black

Brewery: Stella Artois, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Belgium

Stella Artois Black - Belgium - cold smooth ale very refreshing light hops flavour less bitter than normal but cleaner finish medium carbonation - 7o25 () 10

Impressions: This was an even smoother version of Stella. Very refreshing with a light bitter hops. Less in the way of bitterness than the original (above), but with a much cleaner body and finish. Medium carbonation.

ABV: 4.9%

Score: 7.25 / 10 (Good to Very Good)

Verdict: This has a slightly higher ABV than above, but oppositely, is a much cleaner beer. Very smooth. Not much in the way of stand out flavours, but very refreshing. Pleasingly served very cold. Worth a try.


Cider #1: Cidre

Brewery: Stella Artois, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Belgium

Stella Artois Cidre - Belgium - very smooth mild cider 4o5 abv mild semi sweet apples create a warm mouth feel medium carbonation - 7o5 () 10

Impressions: A very smooth, full bodied cider. Mild in strength, but a strong apple flavour throughout. Clean, semi sweet apples, with a warm mouth feel. Medium carbonation.

ABV: 4.5%

Score: 7.5 / 10 (Very Good)

Verdict: This was an enjoyable cider. Much better than I had anticipated from a large beer brewery! Slightly low on the ABV leaves a bit of punch to be desired, but it’s very smooth and easy drinking. Definitely worth a try.


Cider #2: Cidre Pear

Brewery: Stella Artois, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Belgium

Stella Pear Cidre - Belgium - very smooth pear cider not too sweet notes of vanilla nice sharpness medium low carbonation - 4o5 abv - 7o5 () 10

Impressions: As above, a very smooth cider. Strong pear notes, but not too sweet. Notes of vanilla blend in the background. Medium to low carbonation mix with a slight sharpness, creating a tangy lively cider.

ABV: 4.5%

Score: 7.5 / 10 (Very Good)

Verdict: Again, a surprise from the Belgians. I’m not usually a fan of ‘Perrys’ as they are often sickly sweet. This was a nice blend of warm, but also sharp, pear notes with an acceptable amount of sweetness. Again (as above), a higher ABV would have given the whole package a better kick, but as is, this is an easy drinking cider and would be perfect on a hot summer day.


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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