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This month our themed tasting is Barley Wine
Full Sail Session Black
75A garnet-brown lager with enjoyable flavours on the whole and decent balance, but it would be a lot better if it were a little fresher.
Greene King Suffolk Springer
78A big-flavoured, ruby beer, but perhaps the fruit cake notes are a bit over the top. According to the label, a ‘springer' is a racehorse whose odds dramatically shorten just before a race.
78A Russian lager with unusual flavours that don't quite come together.
Ochakovo Premium Black
77A deep ruby, Russian lager that is mellow and easy to drink. There are no striking flavours but instead a good mix of dark malt notes.
Williams Brothers 80/-
79A well-rounded, ruby ale, a welcomingly autumnal beer in both colour and taste.
Williams Brothers Birds & Bees
80A tasty deviation from the citrus golden ale theme: this one is honeyed and moreish, even though elderflowers and lemon zest are added.
Williams Brothers Ceilidh
80Tasty, if rather nutty, straw-coloured Scottish lager, thankfully resisting the urge to go citrus.
Williams Brothers IPA
79A very decent IPA served in a smart, tempting bottle.
St Austell Smugglers Vintage Ale
80A blend of a dark ale and an oak-aged barley wine, with coriander thrown in for good measure. The finish is perhaps a bit too oaky and dry, and a little more sweetness throughout would probably be of ...
Harviestoun Ola Dubh Special Reserve 40 Years Old
83The dark ale and whisky features combine really well, with both aspects discernible but complementary. More complex than the Ola Dubh 18.