New Releases

New releases

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New Releases

2009-09-25

Full Sail Session Black

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

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.

Ochakovo Premium

Ochakovo Premium
78A Russian lager with unusual flavours that don't quite come together.

Ochakovo Premium Black

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.

St Austell Smugglers Vintage Ale
Tastingbeers.com Recommended - Winner

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 ...

Williams Brothers 80/-

Williams Brothers 80/-
79A well-rounded, ruby ale, a welcomingly autumnal beer in both colour and taste.

Williams Brothers Birds & Bees
Tastingbeers.com Editors Choice - Winner

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

Williams Brothers Ceilidh
80Tasty, if rather nutty, straw-coloured Scottish lager, thankfully resisting the urge to go citrus.

Williams Brothers IPA

Williams Brothers IPA
79A very decent IPA served in a smart, tempting bottle.

2009-07-31

BrewDog How to Disappear Completely

BrewDog How to Disappear Completely
78A brave attempt to pack the extravagant hop character found in strong American beers into a session bitter. It's an interesting idea, and certainly showcases the wonders of hops, but without the alcoh...

BrewDog Trashy Blonde

BrewDog Trashy Blonde
78The bitterness in the finish is a just a little harsh but otherwise this is an impressive, golden beer with plenty of body and, as you'd expect from Brew Dog, no shortage of taste.

Brouwerij Slaapmutske Slaapmutske Bruin

Brouwerij Slaapmutske Slaapmutske Bruin
78Not the most complex of Belgian browns but well made and enjoyable. Fairly bitter in the finish for the style.

Brouwerij Slaapmutske Slaapmutske Tripel

Brouwerij Slaapmutske Slaapmutske Tripel
78A clean, efficient, golden tripel that is rather delicate and drinks all too easily for its strength.

Harviestoun Ola Dubh Special Reserve 40 Years Old
Tastingbeers.com Editors Choice - Winner

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.

Harviestoun Old Dubh 18

Harviestoun Old Dubh 18
81Another great offering from the Ola Dubh range. Harviestoun's Old Engine Oil has been aged this time in 18-year-old whisky casks.

Sharp's 3

Sharp's 3
81Despite the unpromising aroma, this is a very refreshing, golden beer, especially for the strength. The tartness is an excellent foil for the sweetness of the malt.

Sharp's Gentle Jane

Sharp's Gentle Jane
81A Belgium-inspired ‘Cornish sour ale', brewed with mixed yeast cultures. Blonde an effervescent, with nods towards Orval, it makes a welcome change from the typical British golden ale. A great aperi...

2009-05-29

BrewDog Zeitgeist

BrewDog Zeitgeist
78A black lager that drinks like a crisp, clean stout and is likely to be of more appeal to stout drinkers than lager buyers.

Coopers Vintage Ale 2008

Coopers Vintage Ale 2008
78This beer is still young, and should grow old gracefully in the next few years. At the moment, it's just too far up the solvent end for my liking.

Fuller's Gales HSB

Fuller's Gales HSB
74A full-flavoured, nicely balanced, deep amber-red beer, perhaps not quite as sweet as in the days when it was brewed at Gale's in Horndean.

Lefébvre Hopus

Lefébvre Hopus
75A golden ale, hoppy by name and nature, but too strong for its own good. 8.5% ABV says the label and it tastes every bit of it.

Marston's Pedigree

Marston's Pedigree
79A successful bottled recreation of a classic draught ale. It lacks the fullness of body of the cask original but it's a pleasant drink.

Roman Adriaen Brouwer Dark Gold

Roman Adriaen Brouwer Dark Gold
77An easy-drinking, tasty, Belgian ruby ale, in which the generous natural condition makes all the difference to the drinkability.

Sharp's Chalky's Bark

Sharp's Chalky's Bark
81A well-balanced and rather subtle ginger beer, with the spice most evident in the glow it leaves in the finish. Smooth and quaffable.

Sharp's Single Brew Reserve 2008

Sharp's Single Brew Reserve 2008
83Pleasant and clean, with various levels of flavour, but it's a bit thin and understated overall.

Sharp's Special

Sharp's Special
83In contrast to some of the pasteurised beers in this tasting, the lightness of texture and the ‘wildness' of taste of this bottle conditioned amber ale are rather exciting. Full, fresh and satisfyin...

West St. Mungo

West St. Mungo
80A really impressive golden, Scottish lager. Naturally carbonated and packed with flavour.

Windsor Castle Sadler's Thin Ice

Windsor Castle Sadler's Thin Ice
74A refreshing and tasty, pale golden beer from Worcestershire.

Wye Valley Morgan Centenary Ale

Wye Valley Morgan Centenary Ale
75A straight down the middle, bottle-conditioned beer, with no real highlight features yet an excellent balance throughout. The freshness and fullness of flavour make it very enjoyable. Brewed to mark t...

2009-03-27

Belhaven Belhaven Best

Belhaven Belhaven Best
53An amber-coloured, widget beer in a can, thin, dull and lifeless. I wish I could be more positive but there's really not much to commend.

Brasserie Caulier Bon Secours Blonde

Brasserie Caulier Bon Secours Blonde
76A chunky, golden Belgian ale that is too woolly and alcoholic to be very enjoyable.

Cerveza Patagonia Patagonia

Cerveza Patagonia Patagonia
66Lager brewers do not normally favour such a strong diacetyl note, but it may be what this Argentinian brewery is trying for. If you like toffee, then you'll be happy with this golden beer. Interesting...

Daas Daas White

Daas Daas White
78A refreshing but not very complex witbier.

Haand Bryggeriet Ardenne Blond

Haand Bryggeriet Ardenne Blond
82Fresh and quaffable, despite its strength.

Haand Bryggeriet Odin's Tipple

Haand Bryggeriet Odin's Tipple
69A potent, near-black beer from an enterprising Norwegian microbrewery, with enough warmth to keep out a polar winter.

Les Brasseurs De Gayant La Biere du Demon

Les Brasseurs De Gayant La Biere du Demon
72A strong-tasting, golden beer that has plenty of punch but doesn't really deliver in character. The palate dries rather quickly, preventing a true roundness of flavour.

Les Brasseurs De Gayant La Goudale

Les Brasseurs De Gayant La Goudale
78On this evidence, an enjoyable but not particularly complex beer. It's basically sweet and then gets more bitter, but my earlier tastings of this strong, golden French ale have shown up more of an app...

Namibian Brewery Windhoek Lager

Namibian Brewery Windhoek Lager
70The finish of this Namibian lager is a bit lightweight, but this would be an enjoyable, refreshing beer if it wasn't for the oxidation.

Saltaire Hazelnut Coffee Porter

Saltaire Hazelnut Coffee Porter
79This bright amber-red beer is loaded with flavour for its strength, but seems a bit too contrived and artificial. Saltaire's beers are terrific but this is not one of their best.

Windsor Castle Sadler's Mud City Stout

Windsor Castle Sadler's Mud City Stout
76A West Midlands beer incorporating raw cocoa powder and vanilla, delivering interesting flavours and a great texture.

Windsor Castle SADLER'S WORCESTER SORCERER

Windsor Castle SADLER'S WORCESTER SORCERER
60I tried this golden beer a few months ago and the flavours were quite different, with more of a deeper malt character and a floral freshness. Hope this was just a rogue sample.

2009-01-30

Blue Moon

Blue Moon
76A somewhat tired and rather dull, Belgian-inspired wheat beer from the USA.

Daas Blonde

Daas Blonde
74A fresh and clean tasting, pale yellow Belgian ale, but it lacks the depth to keep you interested for long.

Eisenbahn Weizenbier

Eisenbahn Weizenbier
75Not the subtlest of weissbiers, but there's absolutely nothing wrong with it either.

Fuller's Vintage Ale 2008
Tastingbeers.com Editors Choice - Winner

Fuller's Vintage Ale 2008
81As classy as ever, but perhaps not the most complex of Vintage Ales for a few years. It'll be interesting to re-taste in a year or two's time.

Haand Bryggeriet Norwegian Wood
Tastingbeers.com Recommended - Winner

Haand Bryggeriet Norwegian Wood
82Described as a ‘traditional Norwegian smoked ale with juniper berries'. I get the smoke – which thankfully is well kept in check – but the juniper passes me by completely. An impressive beer.

Harviestoun Ola Dubh Special Reserve 12 Years Old
Tastingbeers.com Recommended - Winner

Harviestoun Ola Dubh Special Reserve 12 Years Old
82Dark malt flavours are prominent in this first of three versions of Ola Dubh (‘black oil').

Hook Norton Hooky Gold

Hook Norton Hooky Gold
78A good value, full-flavoured yet nicely balanced golden ale that includes American Willamette hops.

Locher Vollmond

Locher Vollmond
72A crisp and tasty, organic lager that is only brewed on nights with a full moon.

Purity Mad Goose

Purity Mad Goose
79This bright golden ale is a clean showcase for American hops, with both Cascade and Willamette used for aroma. Good, fun, modern packaging, too.

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