Aroma – Strong caramel and dark malt, slightly sweet smelling also.
Appearance – Deep brown in colour with a small off-white head.
Flavour – Caramel, slight nuttiness, and a background sweetness.
Mouthfeel – A medium-light body and a sharp carbonic bite on the tounge.
Overall – A fairly pleasant brown ale.
Would I buy more? – It’s ok, not the best beer I’ve ever had, but I might buy the odd one if I see it again.
Following the Christmas break I’ve managed to get a bit behind on the beerbods again! This is one I should have had 3 or 4 weeks ago, (I was just waiting for the real cold weather to settle in).
Aroma – Hints of roast coffee and chocolate were the predominant aromas that came through after first opening, but after a couple of minutes most of the aroma had disappeared to be honest leaving just the smallest hint of roasted malt.
Appearance – Deep and dark, with hints of red when put in front of the light. Not really much head formation.
Flavour – Roasted coffee, chocolate, toffee, nuts and biscuit throughout. It’s interesting and complex and really makes up for the slightly disappointing aroma.
Mouthfeel – Medium-light and with slight carbonation.
Overall – A really nice and drinkable porter.
Would I buy more? – I really quite like this one, so yes I’d definitely grab hold of some more for the cold evenings.
This is my third bottle of the IPA is Dead series, hailing from New Zealand – Motueka.
Aroma – There’s a really strong piney resin nose to this one, coupled with a light hint of grapefruit.
Appearance – Deep orange, with a slightly off white head and just a little bit hazy.
Flavour – Much like the aroma, it’s got a real piney deep flavour with a background hint of grapefruit and citrus. It’s also slightly sweet, but not enough to leave a bad feeling in your mouth.
Mouthfeel – Medium bodied with slight carbonation – just enough for it to sparkle on the tongue.
Overall – This is really quite a pleasant IPA, strong, hoppy and flavourful.
Would I buy more? – Yes, I do believe I would if BrewDog ever make some more.
I’ve been looking forward to this one for a little while… Not only is this from one of my favourite of the London microbreweries (The Kernel), it’s also a collaboration brew with some members of my homebrew club (London Amateur Brewers), made with all Eastern European hops – aurora, bobek and celeia.
Aroma – Pine, resin and a slight hint of sweet tropical fruit.
Appearance – Light golden in colour and with a creamy white head that persisted throughout.
Flavour – Interesting. Similar pine and resin notes to the aroma, but not overpowering – quite similar to some of the IPA’s you get from The Kernel, but slightly more subdued. Finishes clean and dry.
Mouthfeel – Medium/light bodied, slight carbonation, and leaves and nice fizz in the mouth.
Would I buy more? – I would love to, but I think they may all be gone already!
Another week, another beer from the BeerBods. This time up it’s something a bit different – a heather beer!
Aroma – Starts off (when cool) with an earthy and peaty aroma, but as it wams up it develops more of a sweet character and the maltiness comes through.
Appearance – Golden, crystal clear and with a soft white head that persisted well.
Flavour – The predominant flavours I got off of this were a jam like sweetness followed by a slightly spicy ginger note – it’s ok, not unpleasant, but it’s not normally the sort of thing I’d go for. You also get a malty sweetness in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel – Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. There’s a slight carbonic bite in the finish (following that malty sweetness down).
Overall – I’m a bit mixed on this one. It’s got some interesting flavours going on in there, but I found it real hard going from about half-way down the glass due to the slight spiciness.
Would I buy more? – Not too sure to be honest… It’s nice, but it’s not one I’d go out and look for.
This is the first beer from the second beerbods box (that arrived the other day). I’ve had one or two beers from Bath Ales in the past – I can’t remember which ones, but I do remember the we’re rather good, so I was quite looking forward to this one!
Aroma – Malty, rich and malty, with hints of biscuit and toast.
Appearance – Deep nutty brown in colour and very clear. Upon initial opening it was quite lively and started fizzing out of the bottle, but that soon died away didn’t really leave much of a head after the pour.
Flavour – Much like the aroma, it’s rich and malty with hints of chocolate, biscuit and vanilla finished with a slightly hoppy bitterness.
Mouthfeel – Medium bodied but smooth drinking with a really light carbonation.
Overall – A really enjoyable dark bitter. Great for the cold evenings settling in.
Would I buy more? – Yup, this ones’s lovely!
I found this one in the shop at the Eden Project whilst on holiday a few weeks back and as I’m a bit of a St. Austell fan I’ve been looking forward to this since I got home! I’m glad to report that it doesn’t disappoint!
Aroma – Sweet sweet strawberries dominate the smell of this one – that’s all I noticed. To be honest it does smell a little artificial (due to the strength of the strawberry aroma), but it is a very nice smell.
Appearance – Light golden in colour and slightly hazy. There was a small head on first pour, but that soon disappeared.
Flavour – A light maltyness and strawberries, lots and lots of strawberries. The sweetness is quite odd (i’m not normally a fruit beer drinker) but I like it.
Mouthfeel – Fairly light bodied and with a low carbonation.
Overall – I like it! It’s a sweet, fruity, thirst quenching lager. I’ll keep my eyes open for this one next summer!
Would I buy more? – Oh yes.
Hmmm, I fancied a nice IPA tonight so i’m breaking out another one of the BrewDog IPA is Dead beers. This time it’s the North American hop, HBC.
Aroma – Soft pine/resin and slight hints of citrus and malt.
Appearance – Much like the Challenger, golden orange in colour and slightly hazy. Nice white head formation.
Flavour – Pine and resin matching the aroma, but followed up with a complex fruity character.
Mouthfeel – Medium body and carbonation. Smooth drinking with a great dry finish.
Overall – Much nicer than the Challenger, it’s a more balanced and rounded beer, and a good showcase for the HBC hops.
Would I buy more? – I could quite happily drink this one again, it’s not the best IPA i’ve ever had, but it is nice.
I’m getting a bit behind on the BeerBods…
This is #4, Saison Dupont. I’ve really been looking forward to this one as I’ve only ever had one other saison before (which I really enjoyed) and this is supposed to be the one that all other saison’s are judged by. Here we go…
Aroma – Complex. Cloves, spiciness, malt, a hint of fruit and a bit yeasty – very interesting.
Appearance – Hazy; pale gold in colour, with a creamy white head.
Flavour – Light fruits, banana, cloves, pepper and spiciness. Quite tart.
Mouthfeel – Light bodied, with moderate carbonation. Dry and crisp – this really helps the flavours shine.
Overall – Very drinkable and delicious. It lived up to the expectations.
Would I buy more? – Yes, yes, yes.
Week three of BeerBods – this one’s much better than last weeks!
Aroma – Light malt sweetness, and fruity hoppy smells zinging off of this one.
Appearance – Light golden in colour and brilliantly clear. There’s wasn’t much of a head on it when I poured it out, and that soon disappeared.
Flavour – Sweet, but subtle maltyness, moderately bitter and finishes fairly dry.
Mouthfeel – Quite light bodied, but smooth and enjoyable.
Overall – A nice light blonde ale. Would be a great one to introduce people to good beer with.
Would I buy more? – I do think I would, it’s really quite nice – this would be a great session beer.