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  • Psychotext 12 Dec 2013 13:49:21 54,301 posts
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    Usually a good bet, and thanks.

    I'm also tempted to grab one of these (or similar) for festive alery:

    Tasting Glasses

    Edited by Psychotext at 13:49:57 12-12-2013
  • Psychotext 12 Dec 2013 16:37:30 54,301 posts
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    What the shit is this?

    http://www.alesbymail.co.uk/shop/christmas-ideas/brewdog-tokyo

    Kinda tempted to try that xmas day, then sleep instead of eat. ;)
  • Psychotext 13 Dec 2013 00:58:21 54,301 posts
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    Well, that's about 110 knocked out on ale for this Christmas. That's before I visit my local supermarket to round out the selection.

    Hic!
  • Bremenacht 18 Dec 2013 12:23:53 18,458 posts
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    The end of Trappist beer is nigh?

    Guess they'll just change the rules, if it comes to it.
  • JuanKerr 18 Dec 2013 12:36:23 36,280 posts
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    Blimey. Not really a fan of Trappist beer, but it would be a shame if it died out.

    Nice to see comments sections are still populated by utter morons:

    "Utterly, utterly FANTASTIC beer they make in Belgium. Compare and contrast with the detergent flavoured rancid effluent of Fosters, Carling, Carslberg, Grolsch, 'Budweiser' etc that's pumped out of the vast Northampton mega refineries, and weep."

    What about the other 1,100 or so breweries in the UK? Do they all pump out effluent too?

    He's also overlooked the fact that a lot of this 'effluent' is produced by AB InBev, which has its headquarters in ... Belgium.

    Edited by JuanKerr at 12:38:58 18-12-2013
  • THFourteen 18 Dec 2013 13:15:12 33,604 posts
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    Mmmmm Fosters.
  • Psychotext 18 Dec 2013 15:07:37 54,301 posts
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    Had a good run lately. I'd say a good two thirds of the beers I've been trying have been lovely.
  • JuanKerr 18 Dec 2013 15:17:23 36,280 posts
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    Anything in particular?
  • askew 18 Dec 2013 15:29:09 12,323 posts
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    Here's one not to try: Wychwood's Bah Humbug. Bleurgh.
  • imamazed 18 Dec 2013 15:34:01 5,705 posts
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    Had a rather lovely pint (or three) of Karma Citra at my local real ale pub the other night. Heartily reccomended if you like that sort of thing. Not too sweet with enough depth, yet still with vibrant zest.
  • Psychotext 18 Dec 2013 18:20:23 54,301 posts
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    Goddamnit, looks like my order isn't going to be here until after I go away. Thanks a bunch Harviestoun Brewery and APC couriers. Am really pissed off about that because there were some good ones I wanted to try on my friends.

    :(

    @JuanKerr: I couldn't say off hand. I don't put dates into my spreadsheet so I have no idea what I had when. I haev an empty bottle of Pen-Lon Brewery's Ramnesia near me, that was nice. Also Fuller's London Porter.
  • Vortex808 18 Dec 2013 18:30:12 7,212 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    Goddamnit, looks like my order isn't going to be here until after I go away. Thanks a bunch Harviestoun Brewery and APC couriers. Am really pissed off about that because there were some good ones I wanted to try on my friends.

    Oh dear. On the upside, at least that means more for you! ;-)

    I really like quite a few of Harviestouns brews, so it shouldn't be a chore.
  • Psychotext 18 Dec 2013 19:05:33 54,301 posts
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    Wouldn't be so bad, but they smashed up the first delivery, told me about it late (apparently they found out from the couriers), and then promised me the replacement for today. :(
  • JuanKerr 18 Dec 2013 22:20:46 36,280 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    Also Fuller's London Porter.
    Bloody love that stuff.
  • Vortex808 21 Dec 2013 17:37:54 7,212 posts
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    Had a few pints on the works xmas do yesterday. Pick of the bunch was a greene king 1799 porter, next was a pint of 'edinburgh no3'. With a festive Rockin' Robin' close behind. This was all in a fine establishment who know how to look after their beers.

    Things degenerated in a weatherspoons later where i had an america IPA which tasted pretty grim. Again I shall blame weatherspoons rather than the brewer for it not being overly nice.
  • muttler 21 Dec 2013 18:07:05 4,062 posts
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    I'm looking forward to the East Devon Camra Winter Ale Festival in Exeter on Jan 10th. Last year was awesome. Its only 3 entry, plus 2 for a Camra festival glass which you keep after. Will be going with a group of mates, but if anyone here wants to come down I've got a spare room.
  • Vortex808 24 Dec 2013 22:07:08 7,212 posts
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    Oh man. Cracked an O6 porter from Otley brewing co. A 6.6% monster it is a perfect xmas beer. Mildly spicy, very tasty and with a warming kick.

    One of the most pleasant beers I've drunk in quite a while.

    Chasing it with a lighter Harviestoun Schiehallion.

    Did you get you delivery from them in time in the end Psychotext?
  • Vortex808 24 Dec 2013 23:08:45 7,212 posts
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    A pint of Reindeer Droppings 'for santa' 4.7% from Ridgeway brewing. Brewed for the US apparently, but a most pleasant English amber ale.

    Part of that might be due to the potent porter from earlier talking.
  • SpaceDave3000 25 Dec 2013 02:11:00 78,262 posts
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    Developing a taste for Great Lakes Christmas Ale, it's stronger than a tin of Tennants and it's brewed in the US. And fuck me if I'm not trousered by the third bottle.

    +1 / Like / Tweet this post

  • BeardedGamerUK 25 Dec 2013 02:18:26 1,463 posts
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    Tonight I had a bottle each of Bombadier, Bishops Finger and Banana Bread Beer :) later today after I wake up it will be Beermageddon :D
  • Vortex808 27 Dec 2013 20:47:58 7,212 posts
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    A bottle of Radgie Gadgie bitter from Mordue brewery on xmas day, it was rather nice. Also had yet another Midnight Sun porter from Willims Bros.

    Porters really seem to be hitting the spot for me just now. Not sure if it's the weather, or time of year or what.
  • oakie007 27 Dec 2013 21:39:41 220 posts
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    Had a pint of good stuffing today.....'twas fun asking the barmaid for it ;) then followed by a pint or two of rockin Rudolph, both great ales
  • Psychotext 2 Jan 2014 15:20:12 54,301 posts
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    Yay...so the fucking tossers at APC sent my parcel back to Harviestoun. What a shower of clowns.

    Smashed, then late, then returned. Wankers.

    Harviestoun could have the best ale in the world but I sure as hell wont be ordering from them again if they continue to use APC.
  • Vortex808 2 Jan 2014 16:14:28 7,212 posts
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    Nightmare. Sorry to hear that.

    It'll be scant consolation, but APC were shit for me too last year when my wife got me vouchers for an online ale site. I ended up having to go and pick them up from their depot myself in the end.

    Not a patch on DPD.
  • Syrette 4 Jan 2014 15:08:28 43,595 posts
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    Thieves stole 50k worth of rare BrewDog bottles from Ales By Mail's warehouse. Despicable.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-25594482

    Thieves have stolen 16,000 of bottles of "rare" beer worth nearly 50,000 from a warehouse in Essex.

    The beers, made by Aberdeenshire brewer BrewDog, were stolen from Ales by Mail, in Radford Way, Billericay.

    The varieties taken were Moshi Moshi 15, Interstellar, Hobo Pop and Brixton Porter which are only available online or from specialist wholesalers.

    They were stolen between midnight and 02:00 GMT on Monday and driven away in a lorry.

    Insp Mark Rayner, of Essex Police, said: "All the boxes and bottles, regardless of flavour or type, have the BrewDog label on them so would be easily identifiable.

    "We want to hear from anyone who has been offered any of these beers for sale or from anyone who has information about the burglary or any attempts to sell the bottles."

    Paul Kruzycki, managing director of Ales by Mail, said he was "gutted" at the burglary and would offer a cash reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the thieves.

    "I've spent three or four years building up this business from nothing," he said.

    "The people who have done this are the scum of the earth with no regard for people's livelihoods and it just sickens me."

    Mr Kruzycki said CCTV pictures showed up to 10 men loading the bottles on to a lorry which was driven off towards Billericay High Street.

    "It was so heavily laden it could barely get round the corner," he added.

    He said the beers stolen were prototype brews, selling for about 3 a bottle, and could not easily be sold on.

    "Only the BrewDog beers were taken while others nearby were untouched, so I don't know if they were targeted or the thieves just missed the others," he said.

  • mal 4 Jan 2014 17:50:42 22,605 posts
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    Had a few seasonal bottled tipples over the festive period, all from Morrisons. Captain Christmas from Hardy's and Hanson's (aka Greene King these days) is a decent enough reddish bitter with no discernable christmassy connection other than the label.

    Batemans Rosey Nosey is their traditional christmas beer and also a little plain by my tastes these days, but being Bateman's even their standard stuff is notable, so no complaints from me.

    But if I was wishing for more spice in my brew then perhaps Bateman's Christmas Eve is a rare misstep from the brewer. The spices in question seemed to be star anise and maybe a little cloves, which is an odd combination for beer, though I guess it's meant to remind you of mulled wine. It's still drinkable, but a bit of a waste.

    The only non-bottled beer I've had this season is the odd pint of Lees, which is a fairly standard spinnered pint (think Boddingtons, but with a bit more flavour), so nothing remarkable other than the official glass which features for finger grooves and a thumb groove, which is a delight to scull from.

    Cubby didn't know how to turn off sigs!

  • Psychotext 4 Jan 2014 21:09:31 54,301 posts
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    Just drinking a Black Cat by Moorhouse Brewery. Delicious.

    Tasting notes (from myBreweryTap's beer club notes) say: Dark refreshing beer with a distinct chocolate malt flavour and a smooth hoppy finish.
  • Vortex808 6 Jan 2014 14:54:29 7,212 posts
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    I managed to find a bar in the nearest city that sells quite a lot of Belgian brews at the weekend when out catching up with a few friends before the end of the holidays. I will be venturing back there again soon.

    I think someone on here mentioned trying a Guldendrak something or other once, so spotting one of them on the board of fare, I had to give it a go towards the end of the evening.

    At 10%, it was a bit too heavy duty and not overly pleasant, unlike the couple of other brews I had sampled beforehand.
  • Bremenacht 6 Jan 2014 14:57:12 18,458 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    Just drinking a Black Cat by Moorhouse Brewery. Delicious.

    Tasting notes (from myBreweryTap's beer club notes) say: Dark refreshing beer with a distinct chocolate malt flavour and a smooth hoppy finish.
    Oh I love that stuff. Really nice. Not as heavy as it looks.
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