So here we are at the final beer from me for this years glorious advent calendar. And what a creepy one it is. Here we have Padrino from Edge brewering standing at 6.9%. A strong and delicious porter. Even if it was after five doom bars, christmas dinner and a gin and tonic, this was still a very welcome drink. Was pleasantly suprised at the mellow coffee but robust chocolate aroma’s, with some hints of dark fruits. The taste invloves a mixture of vanilla, chocolate, maltiness, darker fruits and a lining of sweetness. Texture is super smooth and not clingy at all. While the aftertaste is sweet and rich, encouraging you to drink more. A nice beer of finish with.
Thank you one and all for visiting and seeing my daily rambles over beers. Hope you had a Merry Christmas and bring on the new year.
Here we have Achel from Trappist brewery (with a much longer name) standing at 9%. Its a Trappist, the hideous label says its a trappist. And its smells and tastes like a trappist. Was sipping this between games of Yahtzee and cards so this review wont be so in depth. Was pleasant but nothing new and did exactly what it said on the tin.
Merry Christmas everyone!
So today’s beer is Mary Christmas from The Ilkley Brewery Co. A spiced amber ale at 4.7%. When you first taste this one, you can really notice the spice. Sadly that drops away as you progress and only really remains in the after taste. Without the spice it tastes like a regular amber ale. There is nothing really noteworthy about the smell either.
With this entry, that’s the end of my Advent Calendar. It’s been really good fun trying lots of different beers. I’m also rather lucky that I didn’t pick anything that tasted horrible. I might have gotten a few bland ones but none that I thought would be better used to clean the toilet with.
Hope everyone has a good Christmas and New Year. No doubt Scott’s and mine will be filled with beer.
Tonight we have Anarchy Brew Co’s Straight Jacket, a pale ale at 3.6%. The smell is hopps, not a surprise as the label states “BIG AMERICAN HOPS!”. The taste is quite clean with a lingering after taste that isn’t unwelcome. I wish I had more to say about this beer, it is perfectly pleasent, but my brain was clearly more drawn to the Rick and Morty season 2 finale.
This afternoon here we have Special extra export stout from De dolle brewery standing at 9%. This is earlier than normal today as I’m going back up north for christmas later on. So I kinda had this with a late breakfast with waffles. The aroma is alcohol, coffee, dark chocolate and raisins. When pouring it was very lively and frothy, but it mellowed out quickly and the head just disappeared. Thankfully the carbonation is present but not intrusive. The taste is actually red wine like, with chocolate, coffee, dark sugar, alcoholic strength, dark fruits, begins spicy then becomes bitter. Aftertaste carries on the bitterness but doesn’t go to overboard, I wouldn’t say this is smooth or clingy either. Pleasantly complex and balanced. Plus I’m interested in the refermented bit.
Here we have Revelry from Bishop Nick at 4.5%. The smell of this one did a real transformation. It started off like Cornish scrumpy cider which changed through to hopps. Or maybe i’m just losing the plot. It’s stated as a golden ale on the bottle so I was kind of expecting something average and light. I was pleasently surprised when this wasn’t the case. The taste also changed after the first few gulps. What started as an impressivly sour smack lead to a calmer though still sour hoppy taste. It’s one of the few i’ve noticed over the course of the calendar to have a lot of sediment in it (though I probably just poured it poorly).
The label talks about the different kinds of hopps used. While it does taste hoppy the fruit flavours of the Rakau (passionfruit) and British Archer (citrus) hopps just didn’t come across for me. So overall, its an enjoyable beer but not essential to seek out.
This is Monsieur Rock from Greenbrew brewery standing at 6.6%.
Even more so when I later found out that it was actually Meantime brewery. Who are kings of bland (purely in my opinion of course). Taste is lightly fruity with light spice and the rest gets blocked by the high carbonation. Aroma is yeast. Aftertaste isn’t to bad though, lightly bitter and clean. I’m done with this one 🙂
This one took me by suprise. This one is Blanche de Bruxelles from Lefebvre brewery standing at 4.5%. From pouring it, which is one of the palest beers I can think of ever having, I really expected to by smacked by a sour taste. Only to get an extremely mellow taste. To which I am having so much trouble trying to figure out just what I can taste. After a proper think I want to say it is appley, hints of orange and peach, but unbelievably lightly. The aroma is soapy with a smidgen of citrus.This is rare for me but the carbonation is fun, soft and completely unintrusive. The texture shares these qualities. The aftertaste is somehow not watery or unpleasant, it is a little sharp then very clean, lightly crisp even.
As uneventful as this is, I think I’m a little bit smitten with this lil white beer.
Sambrook’s Brewery’s Powerhouse Porter at 4.9%. Not sure about the powerhouse in the name as it tastes like a normal porter to me. Again, thats not a bad thing as I do like me a porter. You have your standard porter tastes, so there is a bit of coffee, a hint of chocolate. A good all round beer.
I remember getting this one just to torture myself I’m sure. Just on the off chance that I might have had a dodgy rye beer or two, but nope rye just doesn’t seem to be my kinda thing for beers. Thankfully another fear I had, the raspberry part, isn’t too sour. The aroma is raspberries, tarte raspberries, sour dough and yeast. The taste is rather tarte, short, punchy, a little watery and it does actually taste of raspberries, unlike many fruit beers of the past. I’m also glad that it doesnt make me think of juice but actually a beer, unlike many fruit beers of the past. Aftertaste is watery and clean. A very thin beer with very low carbonation. This has been Red raspberry rye from Buxton brewery standing at 4.9%. I will not be having it again.