Otley – O6 Porter

Otley - O6 Porter

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.

BrewDog – IPA is Dead, Motueka

BrewDog - IPA is Dead Motueka

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.

The Kernel – Pale Ale ABC

Kernel Pale Ale ABCI’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!