Themed Beer Tastings

Beer Tasting Theme - Stouts is all about the taste. Find the beer you want to taste by searching through our comprehensive archive, and should we not have a beer you expect, just let us know and we will do our best to taste it. Just email Sophie Donovan.


Broughton Ales Scottish Oatmeal Stout

Broughton Ales Scottish Oatmeal Stout
65A somewhat thin ruby beer, not as smooth as it could be.

Hampshire Laughing Leprechaun

Hampshire Laughing Leprechaun
75Clean and tasty but a little thin for its strength.

Harvey's Bicentenary Stout Recommended - Winner

Harvey's Bicentenary Stout
80A bold, demanding beer for the Battle of Trafalgar commemorations. An acquired taste.

Harvey's Imperial Extra Double Stout Editors Choice - Winner

Harvey's Imperial Extra Double Stout
88Splendid re-creation of the imperial Russian stout style in a corked bottle. Not for the fainthearted or the novice.

Mauldons Black Adder Recommended - Winner

Mauldons Black Adder
83A garnet-coloured brew that is far too quaffable for its strength. More of a strong mild than a true stout.

O'Hanlon's Port Stout

O'Hanlon's Port Stout
78A fine, dry and bitter, ruby-brown stout with a fruitiness that is not quite what you'd expect from a beer laced with port.

Ventnor Brewery Oyster Stout

Ventnor Brewery Oyster Stout
70An unusual twist on the stout theme, but lacks a little carbonation.

Wells & Youngs Double Chocolate Stout

Wells & Youngs Double Chocolate Stout
73A touch light in the body for its strength and not as thick and luxurious as the packaging promises. Quite a bitter stout on the whole.

Wickwar Mr Perrett's

Wickwar Mr Perrett's
78A smooth, flavoursome stout. Full bodied and good value.

Wychwood Blackwych

Wychwood Blackwych
70A nicely balanced beer sadly spoiled by light pervading the clear glass bottle.

Wye Valley Dorothy Goodbody's Wholesome Stout Recommended - Winner

Wye Valley Dorothy Goodbody's Wholesome Stout
80An uncompromisingly bitter and roasted stout. A good alternative to Guinness, now that the latter is not conditioned in the bottle.

Top of the chocs (Beer & Chocolate)
Ben McFarland gets all gooey at a beer and chocolate tasting

A salt on the senses (Beer & Seafood)
Beer can make a great accompaniment to salty seafood. Ben McFarland reports

Pale and Interesting
Our panel of experts give you their take on what to munch with pale ale.

A taste of Danish
For any beer aficionado, a visit to Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark is a must. Andrew Marshall reports

Parisian style
Adrian Tierney-Jones scouts out the best beers and the best bars in the French capital

Toronto the good
Canada is a major player in the beer revolution that is sweeping North America. Robert Hughey seeks out the beer venues in its largest city.

Little big city
Laurent Mousson watches beer worlds collide (gently) in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland.

Everything you need to know about... malt
In the latest in his series on the ingredients of beer Nigel Huddleston looks at the role of malted barley

Everything you need to know about cask conditioning
In the latest in our series Nigel Huddleston looks at the role of the cask in production

Everything you need to know about cereals
In the latest in our series Nigel Huddleston considers grains other than barley that can be used in beer

The Baltics - Baltic blitz
The Eastern European countries of Lithuania, Estonia, Poland and Latvia are still producing some exciting beers. Adrian Tierney-Jones reports

The Baltics - Eurostars
Adrian Tierney-Jones gives us the low down on some exciting Baltic countries producing excellent beers.

USA: The American revolution
What the heck is going on with craft beer in the USA and who is responsible? George Lenker gives us the low-down.

Italy & Spain: A brave new world
Italy and Spain might be best known for wine, or for cold lagers suitable for quenching a Mediterranean thirst, but there's a lot more going on. Adrian Tierney-Jones reports.

Japan: Big in Japan
Matthew Knott gets to grips with the beer scene in Japan.

East Anglia: Full of Eastern promise
East Anglia has emerged from the shadow of one large brewer and is producing some of Britain's most exciting beers. Andrew Burnyeat reports

Border brews (Cumbria and Northumberland)
Adrian Tierney-Jones discovers the beers of England's most northerly counties, Cumbria and Northumberland

Northern exposure
Prosaic images of England's north west – rain, flat caps, black pudding, Vimto, hot-pot, meat-and-potato pies – are easy to bring to mind but are evidence of lazy thinking. Exploration of the nort...

The beers of Eire
Iorwerth Griffiths explains that there's more to Ireland than stout.

No ordinary Smith
Zak Avery goes behind the scenes at Samuel Smith's, Britain's most clandestine brewery.

Black Magic
Roger Protz travels to St James's Gate Brewery in Dublin to celebrate the iconic brand's 250th birthday.

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