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Gun Brewery (Heathfield, England) Small Batch Smoky Pale - 4.5%
"Smoked beer, after a Bavarian recipe"
Near white frothy head stayed on a hazy golden body.
Minimal aroma of yeast & tobacco.
Medium to thin body. Sharp, tingly on the tongue & prickly but clean on the back.
Not much to this one, tastes like a traditional English Bitter. Leaves a good long tang on back.
Nothing offensive - just an easy drinking Pale


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Orbit Beers London (Walworth, England) Nico - 4.8%
"Our take on the traditional beers of Cologne. Light, crisp and fragrant."
Thin, off white head soon left a cover on a translucent, light golden, finely carbonated body.
Sweet, fruity & floral aroma.
Medium bodied, clean on the palate. Tingles across the tongue.
Light fruity flavours, hints of malt & a long, tangy aft.
Decent Kölsch


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Sierra Nevada Brewing Company (California USA) Hop Hunter - 6.2%
"Hop Hunter IPA harnesses the complex flavors of just-picked hops through an all-new method of steam distilling wet hops before they even leave the fields."
Thin, frothy white head soon left a cover on a hazy golden body.
Tropical fruits aroma.
Medium body. Clean & crisp. Prickly down the throat. Dry on the aft. Very light.
Bitter hoppy tastes of grapefruit, pith, lemon & pine.
Good one but I'd love to taste this one fresher


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Brouwerij de Molen (Bodegraven, Netherlands) De Molen / Yards Fire, Flood & Plague - 9.9%
"Official Philly Beer Week beer brewed with Tom Kehoe of Yards. Porter brewed with licorice and hopped with Amarillo and Galena."
Minimal beige head soon left a skim on a near black, still body.
Rich aroma of malts & oats.
Medium to full bodied. Sharp. No carbonation. Oily & dry on the aft.
Bitter/Sweet tastes. Very malty with espresso, bitterness, plum, berries, demerara - slightly vinous.
As ever - Excellent from de Molen!


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Great Divide Brewing Company (Colorado USA) Claymore Scotch Ale - 7.7%
"Named for a medieval Scottish sword, Claymore Scotch ale is a tribute to the legendary "Wee Heavy" beers of Scotland."
Minimal beige head immediately left flotsam on a dark brown still body.
Rich aroma of dark fruits, demerara, & some dark spirits.
Thick, almost chewy texture. Leaves a clean prickly feel on the back.
To the fore this is sweet, syrup, brown sugar, slightly malty, dark fruits & hints of malt. This gradually changes over the tongue to tangy back with apricot, grape & an almost barrel aged aft.
I've had a few beers from Great Divide & I've not been disappointed.
Excellent & as a Scotch Ale this has to be Recommended!



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Oskar Blues (Colorado, USA) Deviant Dale’s - 8%
"This beer is intended to be a sensory assault for hop lovers."
Off white frothy head stayed well on an auburn coloured, still body.
Bitter aroma of rye, hops & dry citrus.
Medium bodied, smooth on the palate. Feels soft on the tongue.
Bitter/Sweet flavours of citrus, malt, grapefruit, pine, hops, pith, caramel & malt.


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Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck (Emelgem, Belgium) Kasteel Donker - 11%
"Kasteelbier is a dark, artisanal beer, soft and mild, full and creamy. It can age for many, many years"
Creamy beige head stayed well on a still, dark brown body.
Dark fruits, demerara sugar & spice aroma.
Thick bodied, creamy mouth feel, minimal carbonation, so smooth.
Sweet, sugary tastes to the fore with blackberry, brown sugar & blackcurrant followed by a back of lighter fruits, peach & cherry. Very long fruity aft.
What an Excellent Belgian Strong Ale


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Weird Beard (Ealing, England) Double Perle - 8.6%
"Our 100th brew Double Perle. An 8.6% version of our Milk Coffee Stout."
Thick creamy light brown head stayed impeccably on a still black body. This looks like a solid mass.
Roast, malt, coffee & dark fruit aroma.
So thick & creamy. I'm going to get a knife & fork! Smooth, minimal carbonation. Perfect texture.
Coffee, malt, dark sugar, cream, sweet fruits & more coffee.
If you like sweeter stouts you'll love this.
Amazing Beer - Recommended


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Brouwerij Bosteels (AB-InBev) (Buggenhout, Belgium) Tripel Karmeliet - 8.4%
"First brewed 1996; claimed to be based on a recipe from 1679 which used wheat, oat and barley."
Brilliant white, fluffy head stayed well on a finely effervescent, hazy lemon coloured body.
Belgian yeast, lemon, citrus & a generally fruity aroma. Dry on the aft.
Bitter/Sweet tastes. Dull to the fore with floral, banana, vanilla and a yeasty backdrop followed by a long zesty bitter back with hints of lemon.
Is this better than Westmalle Tripel..........
Excellent & Recommended



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Wychwood Brewery (Witney, England) Hobgoblin - 5.2%
"Brewed at Marston's. Michael Jackson 500 Classic Brews"
Overpouredfrothy sandy coloured head stayed on a dark oak coloured still body.
Medium body. Creamy on the palate. Cloying.
Malt, plum & demerara sugar aroma.
Dark fruit, malt, sugar & grape with hints of smoke.
The best thing about this was the artwork on the box!
Not for me!

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