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  • mal 27 Mar 2013 22:41:47 22,787 posts
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    Jenning's Sneck Lifter is available almost everywhere and pretty drinkable. And just down the road there's Timothy Taylor's Landlord, which is a pale ale rather than a person. And across the border, Robinson's Old Tom is rather special, and increasingly available these days.

    Someone else will have to cover the rest of the country, but that's the best of the commonly available North West stuff. Thought to be honest I'll drink anything from Black Sheep, Theakstones, Holt's, and probably other breweries I can't bring to mind at the moment.

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  • X201 27 Mar 2013 22:42:11 15,684 posts
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    Brains Stout and Tesco own brand Porter are nice.
  • mal 27 Mar 2013 22:57:58 22,787 posts
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    If the Tesco Porter's anything like the Asda version it's brewed by Shepherd's Neame (even supplied in the same bottles with the same bottle tops) and is to my palate probably their most drinkable brew.

    And yeah, anything Brains for me. Wales = Brains.

    Edit: Deleted random text from the other thread. Not sure what happened there exactly.

    Edited by mal at 23:17:30 27-03-2013

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  • Psychotext 27 Mar 2013 23:00:41 54,791 posts
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    I tried one of the black sheep ales. Didn't really do it for me. Will have to have a look around for others.
  • mal 27 Mar 2013 23:21:10 22,787 posts
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    Their plain Black Sheep Ale and their Square Ale are pretty representative of the style of beer round there, and I'd dare say if you don't find those drinable, you won't enjoy Sneck Lifter. But Landlord and Old Tom are a different kettle of fish so still worth trying IMO.

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  • JuanKerr 28 Mar 2013 08:04:29 36,416 posts
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    Waitrose is probably your best bet for decent stuff that you probably won't find in the other supermarkets - you can get hold of some Thornbridge in there, so definitely worth trying a Jaipur or Kipling if paler beers are your thing.

    Thwaite's Old Dan is really nice if you're after something a bit darker/fruitier. Worthington White Shield (should be able to get this most places) is a classic IPA.

    Whereabouts do you live, Psychtext?
  • Vortex808 28 Mar 2013 09:42:44 7,453 posts
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    JuanKerr wrote:

    Thwaite's Old Dan is really nice if you're after something a bit darker/fruitier.
    I second this. I have bought many bottles of it. It's quite potent too.

    Our Tesco's and Morrisons have quite a reasonable selection and I have worked my way through most of what's available over the years. It's nice to notice something I've never tried before though, but that seems to require specialist shops more often these days.
  • Vortex808 30 Mar 2013 00:51:58 7,453 posts
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    Well i managed to find a few new beers today.

    First up was an Ebulum elderberry black ale. As it suggests it was a fruity number allegedly started by welsh druids. At 6.5% with elderberry & bogmyrtle I reckon after a few of these I'd either be seeing god, or invoking his name over the porcelain expressway.

    It was quite pleasant with a fruity, almost wine-like finish, but definitely very drinkable.

    Next up was an orkney porter from 2011. It's 9% so fairly potent for its 330ml. Very dark beer, but goes down well. Well worth a try.

    Edited by Vortex808 at 00:54:46 30-03-2013
  • kentmonkey 30 Mar 2013 10:12:28 20,863 posts
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    I really like Doom Bar (and DaddyDoomBar on this very site works for the brewery) and Early Bird (a Kentish ale) but they're both quite expensive in the supermarkets at 2+ a bottle. I know it's not 'that' expensive but it still adds up to a hefty chunk of the grocery bill if you want a few bottles.

    Is there anywhere online that you can get this type of beer from fairly cheap for a box/crate? It's probably already been discussed in this thread but as I hardly drink, I've not ventured in here before.
  • Jono62 30 Mar 2013 10:38:45 14,253 posts
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    The brewery has its own shop:

    http://www.sharpsbrewery.co.uk/shop/

    Doesn't look cheap though.
  • kentmonkey 30 Mar 2013 10:43:01 20,863 posts
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    No, it's really not. I can't believe how expensive they are on there.
  • robthehermit 30 Mar 2013 11:04:45 4,245 posts
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    You could try Majestic.

    http://www.majestic.co.uk/find/category-is-Beer,+Spirits+and+Soft+Drinks/category-is-Beer+and+Cider/category-is-Bitter+and+Ale

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  • Psychotext 30 Mar 2013 18:40:43 54,791 posts
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    JuanKerr wrote:
    Whereabouts do you live, Psychtext?
    South Wales (Brainsland)
  • Psychotext 3 Apr 2013 00:12:03 54,791 posts
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    Finally, a winner!

    Robinsons' Old Tom. Delicious. I could see myself going back to that one again and again. But for now, more to try... gotta catch em all.
  • andytheadequate 3 Apr 2013 00:30:47 8,318 posts
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    Old Tom is pretty special. Old Tom, Riggwelter and Old Peculiar are my three favourite ales. Anyone got any recommendations for other dark ones?
  • Psychotext 3 Apr 2013 02:01:25 54,791 posts
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    I tried Three Floyd's Dark Lord a couple of weeks back, that was lovely.
  • Megapocalypse 6 Apr 2013 21:13:48 5,491 posts
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    Just found a bar selling Sambrooks Powerhouse; like a pint of smooth coffee. :D
  • infoxicated 6 Apr 2013 22:19:16 1,215 posts
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    Heh!

    I had a Batemans Mocha on Monday and that's just how it felt to me, too. So I had three more.

    Maybe not quite as awesome as a Titanic Cappuccino, but not far off it. :)
  • Jono62 6 Apr 2013 22:22:47 14,253 posts
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    Try a Dark Star Espresso Stout if you like coffee style ales. It's lovely.
  • Megapocalypse 6 Apr 2013 22:25:11 5,491 posts
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    I love Dark Star but don't see it that much. :(
  • Megapocalypse 6 Apr 2013 22:28:12 5,491 posts
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    .

    Edited by Megapocalypse at 09:10:31 07-04-2013
  • Psychotext 19 Apr 2013 00:54:46 54,791 posts
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    Just found this site quite by accident: http://beeradvocate.com/lists/top

    Might have to try a few of those top rated ones.
  • Benno 19 Apr 2013 13:01:52 10,207 posts
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    So do many people home brew beer here?

    My batch of woodfordes wherry is tasting lush!
  • Sunno 19 Apr 2013 13:16:51 156 posts
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    Yes for old tom! Not the easiest thing to find, but in the 3 for 5 at Asda means stocking up when ever i can get there.
  • JuanKerr 19 Apr 2013 13:19:51 36,416 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    Just found this site quite by accident: http://beeradvocate.com/lists/top

    Might have to try a few of those top rated ones.
    Those lists are always a bit ridiculous - just full of high ABV double IPAs and Imperial stouts. Bigger = better apparently. Bollocks.
  • Psychotext 19 Apr 2013 14:10:36 54,791 posts
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    :D
  • robthehermit 30 Apr 2013 09:20:10 4,245 posts
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    So I visited the Sharps brewery shop yesterday. As it was my birthday, Mrs Hermit let me spend a bit more than she normally would, and I left the shop 68 lighter. Got myself 4 bottles of Doom Bar, 8 of Sharps Special and 3 each of Spiced Red, Honey Spice, Quadrupel Ale and Dubbel Coffee Stout. I started getting my beer together while the chap behind the counter was getting me a box. He came back with one, looked at the counter and in a great homage to Jaws said "I think we're going to need a bigger box"

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  • JuanKerr 30 Apr 2013 10:03:01 36,416 posts
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    Tasty sounding beers there (apart from Doom Bar which I swear is getting increasingly duller the more widespread it becomes - I blame Molson Coors).

    Popped into M&S over the weekend and they've got a small, but very interesting selection of beers these days. They do a 'single hop' range brewed by Andnams, Meantime, Crouch Vale, etc and they've in proper pint bottles.

    Tried the Brewers Gold one by Crouch Vale and it was bloody nice (it is just a rebranded bottle of their own version, but still).

    Edited by JuanKerr at 10:03:24 30-04-2013
  • Vortex808 2 May 2013 20:57:34 7,453 posts
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    Rightio, after the second night of painting a newly re-plastered room, and it nearly being the end of the week, I have decided I deserve a beer.

    An Alechemy Cockleroy black IPA. It might just be me being tired, and thirsty, but it is certainly hitting the spot.

    At 4.8% I expect to be suitably, and deservedly, relaxed soon.
  • Vortex808 3 May 2013 21:13:05 7,453 posts
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    Oocha rascal. Trying an Inveralmond brewery 'Blackfriar' for the first time.

    A 7% dark beer. I think rich & full bodied would describe it. It's certainly potent, that's for sure. After a few of these I'd expect to be slurring mildly fairly quickly.

    Nice tasting, but having a slightly lower % abv would definitely improve it imo. You can notice the extra alcohol content in the taste more than in other beers such as Thwaite's rather pleasant 'old dan'.
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