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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 Champion – Hall and Woodhouse VI

Hello Pilgrims,

Today I bring you one of the Badger Ales I’m more partial to, as it hits many of the qualities I look for in an ale. Check out the Badger range of beers here:

Beer: Golden Champion

Brewery: Badger, Hall and Woodhouse, Dorset, England

Badger Golden Champion - Dorset, England - very smooth ale with bitter fruity hops sweet vanilla and caramel notes clean finish medium low carbonation delicious - 5 abv - 8 () 10
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Impressions: This is a very smooth ale with a nice bitterness. A fruity hops note is in the foreground with sweet vanilla and caramel notes leading to a clean finish. Medium to low carbonation leads to a nice blend between ale and lager drink-ability.

ABV: 5%

Score: 8 / 10 (Excellent)

Verdict: I like this beer. I have had it quite a few times now. The majority of times have been filled with delicious taste and enjoyment. Unfortunately my last exposure to this beer wasn’t too positive (perhaps an off bottle, these things do happen). However, on the whole, a nice semisweet beer that ticks many of my boxes. A decent ABV to give the beer body and kick, flavours that blend and complement the bitterness, and a drink-ability that has brought me back more than once. Highly recommended.

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Check out my other reviews of Badger ales here!

LIVE UPDATE: Casillero Del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2011

Hey all, today I bring you another reduced price Tesco offer (£5, down from £8), Casillero Del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2011. A vineyard I’ve been familiar with for many years which (from my experience) produce excellent wines. “The beautiful vineyards of Casillero del Diablo are home to some of the finest wines in the world. But few outsiders know the dark secret that lies beneath them. For the locals say that in the depths of the cellar lives the Devil himself. A tale so infamous, they named the wine Casillero del Diablo, the Devil’s Cellar.”

Wine: Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2011

Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon

Vineyard: Casillero Del Diablo, Concha Y Toro, Chile

B - Castillera del diablo cab sauv 2011 reserva very smooth dry tannin puckering sharp at front with a buttery smooth finish med body 13o5 abv 8o5 () 10
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Impressions: This was a very smooth dry, red wine. The first thing that hits your mouth is a light-to-medium tannin, drying your tongue, followed by smooth, dark fruits (grape). A buttery smooth finish to the medium bodied wine.

ABV: 13.5%

Score: 8.5 / 10 (Very Excellent)

Verdict: Another easy drinking red wine. Quite a bit more tannin than other reds I’ve reviewed, but well within the acceptable limits of ‘easy drinking’. Medium bodied with the usual ‘dark fruits’ (ie. grape), but with minimal bitterness or strong after taste that often follows dry wines. At only £5, definitely good value and worth a try.

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WINE: Saam Mountain Paarl Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Today I bring you a bottle of red from South Africa, the Saam Cabernet Sauvignon 2011. Again, I do not profess to be a connoisseur of wines, but I know what I like and what I don’t! This was at a work conference dinner (ie. free), but a quick google search shows this wine from around £7 – £10.

Their description: “Saam is Afrikaans for ‘together’. The name captures the true essence of the team and their attitude towards viticulture at Eensaamheid Farm.  Located at the foot of Perdeberg Mountain range, Saam Mountain Vineyards is a new South African venture that unites winemaking and farming. The area is known locally as the Mountain of Horses after the wild mountain zebra, the Quagga, used to roam there.  Saam Mountain Vineyards forms under a group of 40 South African wine growers, spanning the premium growing areas from Paarl to the Durbanville Hills. The vineyards produce, on average, less than 7 tonnes per hectare – around half the average yields of other wineries of this scale, ensuring that quality of fruit and intensity of flavour is naturally at the heart of Saam Mountain’s wines.  This is a deep purple Cabernet, with a black berry and plummy nose.  The intensity of the fruit is carried onto the palate where it fills one’s mouth with juicy tannins, ripe, dark, fruit and hints of vanilla.  The aftertaste is long and fruity.”

Wine: Saam Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011

Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon

Vineyard: Saam Mountain Paarl, South Africa

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Impressions: This is a very smooth deep red wine. Dry, but not overly tanniny. Little in the way of puckering/mouth dryness. Very soft and medium to light body, with notes of grape and black current.

ABV: 14%

Score: 8.25 / 10 (Excellent to Very Excellent)

Verdict: I thoroughly enjoyed this wine. One, because it was free. But 2), it was very smooth. Again, I say I normally like wines with a bit more depth and body, but this really was an easy drinking wine. With a price ranging from £7 – £10, this seems like good value as well. At 14%, it has a good amount of body, kick, flavour, and drinkability to make most happy. Try it.
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BREW DOG – a post Punk apocalyptic mother fu*ker of a craft brewery

(^Their words) Today I bring you my first taste of the highly acclaimed Brew Dog Brewery. A brewery that attempts to set itself as far away from contemporary breweries. From producing the some of the highest ABV beers in the world (The End of History, 55%), to uniquely flavoured beers well outside the norm.

Beer #1: Punk IPA

Brewery: Brew Dog, Scotland

Ipa 5-6 abv very smooth floral earthy citrus medium bitter sweet peach apricot 8 () 10.jpg.jpg

Impressions: This India pale ale is very smooth with strong flavours abound. Strong floral, earthy notes blend with bitter citrus hops. An overall medium bitterness covers the soft, sweet peach / apricot notes. Medium carbonation.

ABV: 5.6%

Score: 8.25 / 10 (Excellent to Very Excellent)

Verdict: This is a very unique beer. Very complex with many layers of flavour. This may be off putting to some, however, as a beer to be sipped, not glugged, it’s a beer to truly appreciate. Slightly too floral for my tastes, but I can appreciate how all the flavours work together. Definitely worth a try.

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