Samuel Smith’s – Nut Brown Ale

Samuel Smith's - Nut Brown Ale

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.

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.

Fraoch – Heather Ale

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.

Brasserie Dupont – Saison Dupont

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.

Wye Valley – Dorothy Goodbody’s Golden Ale

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.

Cotswold Brewing Company – Cotswold Lager

Beer #2 from the BeerBods is a lager!  Not my favourite type of beer (by a long shot) but we’ll give this one a go…

Aroma – Only very slightly malty, a slight fruit note to it too. There’s not really a lot to it to be honest.

Appearance – Clear and very very pale straw in colour. The white head died off about 20 seconds after pouring…

Flavour – Crisp, dry, sweet and pleasantly bitter.

Mouthfeel – Light bodied with a most definite carbonic bite on the tongue.

Overall – A cold, light, refreshing lager.

Would I buy more? – Probably not. Not really my kind of beer to be honest, but quite a nice light lager…

Black Isle Brewery – Yellowhammer

So this is the first beer from the BeerBods case I got delivered the other week.  I have to say that this is a good first beer!  Nice and refreshing. 🙂

Aroma – Slightly hoppy and grassy, with a touch of citrus.

Appearance – Light straw colour, brilliantly clear, with a nice bright white head that lasted well.

Flavour – Matching the aroma, it has a light, hoppy, grassy taste. This is matched with a delicate malty flavour that’s slightly biscuity. It’s also quite dry, making it quite drinkable.

Mouthfeel – Medium-light bodied and quite well carbonated. The carbonation gives it a quite harsh bitterness, but it doesn’t distract too much from the flavour.

Overall – A light, refreshing blonde ale that’s really quite drinkable.

Would I buy more? – I would have to say yes.  It’s definitely one for a warm summers afternoon.