Today we have Suruga Bay From Baird brewery standing at 8.5%. I knew I had another one from Baird but didnt expect to pick it the next day. This beer is going down so fast. Its very tasty, leaves a super hoppy bitter aftertaste that demands you have another glug. Its somehow got a thickness to it that remains smooth. The aroma is super hops, fresh citrus, zest and a little malt. The taste is malty, fruity, hoppy and then bitter, in that order. The alcohol strength is very well hidden but you are aware of it. Quite a complex feat this beer is.
On the left we have Rising sun pale ale from Baird brewery standing at 5.5%. This is actually quite a heavy pale ale, which maybe why I am enjoying it so much. The aroma is bready, yeasty and hoppy. Taste is medium bitter, with only a hint of sweetness, a light citrus, hops and bread dough. Everything is light but well balanced. A nice medium carbonation is present too, which it really needs, i think if this was too smooth it would be forgotten quite easily. Aftertaste to very clean and dry. I really like this beer. Heavy and light in one.
On the right we have Blackhook from Redhook brewery standing at 5.2%. This one could be short and sweet. Its called porter and its not lying. It is the most blueprint standard porter you could ever imagine. So it is nice and well balanced. But also nothing amazing. But i would have another one as it is by no means bad at all. Aroma is dark dark fruits, coffee and dusty dark chocolate. Taste is the same. Medium body that it is not too oily. Gentle carbonation. With a nice chocolately finish that doesnt out stay its welcome.
This time we have The Merry Elf from St Peters. I couldn’t see a specific style on the bottle so its ale at 4.5%. There’s a light aroma of fruit to this drink but it doesn’t make it in to the taste. In fact, not much makes it to the taste. Its surprisingly light given the dark colour. I was expecting something more in line with a stout from the look but its easy to drink. The bottle is actually oval shaped so it feels more old timey. Not sure why my brain thinks that. So overall, inoffensive and easy to drink.
This evenings beer is Northern Monk’s Festive Star Xmas Mocha Porter. I’ve mentioned before that I really like Porters, so for this one to be different to the average Porter is quite nice. I’m still sort of blocked up with a cold but the smell is kind of coffee but not really. Its hard to describe. The taste certainly has a chocolate to it. I’m guessing this is where more of the mocha comes in. I’m not a coffee person in the slightest so I can’t tell if these are delicate coffee flavours or something completely different. But I do know I like it. This review probably hasn’t been helped by spending most of the afternoon in Brewdog Soho trying lots of their different beers.
Vichtennaar is its name, brewed by Verhaeghe, standing at 5.1%, quite the mouth full. This is a strange sour beer that only works in sips rather than gulps. Sips bring alcohol, sweet, sour, oak and fruits. Any more and the sour turns to a vinegar like taste. Which I looked up and it seems to be a thing that it should do. Some people like that I guess.
The primary aroma is actually more of a balsamic note, with some hard to find tart fruit, cherry and yeast hints in there somewhere. The texture is light, glides around, watery and also has very low carbonation. But I can say that this beer is somehow nice, complex and something I have never had before.
Today we have Jingle Fells by Hawkshead Brewery. A ruby red ale at 4.5%. The main component to this beer is definitely spice. In both smell and the taste. The spice stays around in the aftertaste as well, which lingers for way longer than a lot of beers. There’s not much else to this but its a nice beer.
Its happened. It’s a repeat! I had this beer as my Dec 24th beer last year. Mary Christmas by Ilkley Brewery. Not much to be said that I didn’t say last time. A nice spiced amber ale. The spice wears off fairly quickly but its still nice. The difference from last year is I hadn’t just watched Rogue One. And it was good. Oddly, I was expecting to enjoy the Star Wars fanservice but I enjoyed it far more when it was on its own path.
This is one of the most simple beers I have ever had, yet I can find no wrong with it. Here we have Witkap pater stimulo from Slaghmuylder brewery standing at 6%. There’s not much aroma to it. Just yeast and citrus. The taste is a little sweet, a little bitter, a little watery, a little yeasty with a dash of fruits. Texture is also watery and very low carbonation indeed. And yet I am enjoying this beer.
Its like water flavoured with beer but I mean that in a good way.
This lil monster caught me off guard. Upon first sip before I got to think of anything the strength hit me, wow, 9.5% huh. That strength belongs to Golden monkey from Victory brewery. I really like this beer while drinking it, it is strong while not as harsh as you would expect, spices kick in and it has a sweetness mixed in to balance it out. The aftertaste on the other hand it basically alcohol and medicine, but doesnt cling or hand around for long so its not bad. Aroma beyond the alcohol strength is yeast and a small small note of fruits. When I opened and poured this beer it had very active carbonation, but that seriously mellowed out after a few minutes, as I think a high carbonation would have been to busy with the rest this beer has to offer. Actually I’ll say something I have never said before for a beer, it has a salty taste to it. Really like how simple, fun and satisfying this beer is.
Its a morning beer update so that must mean I’m inbetween night shifts. Today’s drink is Christmas On The Beach by Fyne Ales. It’s a south pacific lager at 5.2%. My nose is still blocked so I can’t get much of the smell. Taste wise, there is a light hoppy taste to it. I can’t seem to find the kiwi the bottle mentions in the taste but that’s probably me. Though as I drink more, there is a twang of sharpness to the aftertaste. Not heavily carbonated for a lager as well, which is nice. While nothing special, its a nice, drinkable beer. Though I’m not sure I’d want to spend Christmas on a beach in the UK, it would be bloody freezing.