The final drink of this years advent calendar is Weird Beard’s Black Christmas. A cranberry stout at 4.5%. I can’t really tell the cranberries but you can taste the hops! I’m also getting a little bit of chocolate. It’s a rather pleasant stout. I’d happily have more.
Well this advent calendar was rather fun. I don’t think I’ll get a selection of Christmas beers next year as they tended to be rather similar. I’m lucky that apart from the one that clearly was off before it got to me that none of the beers were bad. Have a good Christmas and we will be back in the New Year.
And here is the latest in the line of Christmas beers, Bob Sleigh by Bishop Nick. A premium ale at 5.1% (not sure whats so premium about it). This might just be me transitioning back off of nights but I’m not feeling this one. No real smell and nothing much to the flavour. It doesn’t taste bad, just not really any discerning flavour. Which is a shame as I seem to recall having a Bishop Nick Porter earlier on this month and it being good.
On the plus side the Nier Automata demo on PSN is pretty cool. It’s a character action game (Bayonetta, DMC) with some bullet hell elements. As with all character action games, I’m rubbish at it but it was really fun. Now to try and get through all my current games so I can play the original before this is released in March.
Christmas Ale by Allendale. That’s what I have this morning (last night shift of the calendar). Looks like, smells like and tastes like an ale. Its perfectly drinkable but there is nothing really of note about this beer. A little bit of a tang in the taste. There is some hops to the smell. The only thing above average is that its 7%. Again, nothing wrong with it, just nothing stands out.
Today’s drink is Red Nose Reinbeer by Cotleigh Brewery. Self described as “copper coloured and richly flavoured” and sitting at 5%. Not sure why the reindeer is making that face, this tastes fine. It has a fairly muted smell compared to a lot of the beers I’ve had recently, only giving off a rather mild fruity smell. Taste wise, the fruits are there but not in the way of a proper fruit beer. More in a “we’re hanging out round the back and you’ll see us at the bar occasionally” kind of way. A little sharpness to it but nothing that will bother you. A nice relaxed ale.
Tonight we visit Santa’s Darkside. Which involves a trip to “premium strength dark brown coloured beer” town (as the label notes). This seems to be part way between a normal dark ale and a porter. The smell is more hops than the taste is. The taste has a sharpness to it that seems to be fading the more I drink. Some light chocolate flavouring lead to the porter comment earlier. There is also a tartness to the aftertaste that almost dries your tongue out. Very little carbonation make it fairly easy to drink as well, even if the aftereffects will confuse you slightly.
Up next is Very Bad Elf. A pale amber ale at 7.5%. The smell seems super familiar and I’m not sure which other beer it reminds me of. Though that might be the hopps in the smell. It’s surprisingly light and drinkable for 7.5%. The hoppyness is also the main bulk of the taste for me. There are some other tastes but none of them stand out enough for me to place. All in all, not a bad beer.
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.