Wadworth Swordfish

 

On as a guest beer in my local http://www.suninn-hooknorton.co.uk

I was quite excited by the promise of rum but have to say felt a bit let down. I guess you have to be careful with the flavours of the spirits in your beers but I was hoping for a bit more.

Got some caramel, sweetness and some maltyness.

It’s okay, but won’t be my first choice.

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Young’s Double Chocolate Stout

 

Got this in my Christmas stocking this year in a fancy tube box with a branded pint glass.

It has very very subtle chocolate tones and smells a little like burnt chocolate (I used to live near a Kraft factory so I know the smell)

Pours dark as you would expect with a minimal head that doesn’t live for long.

I was underwhelmed by the chocolate in the taste. I felt it was more coffee like to be honest. Tasted a bit like the old school Guinness you can still get. I definitely get coffee overtones (just hit me).

Overall it’s okay. I would pick this over Guinness I think, and I have been a big fan of Arthur’s classic for many years. This just seems to have a bit more depth in it.

Good beer. Was underwhelmed to start but it grew on me.

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Watermill ‘A winters tail’

 

I’ve saved this all year for today. This was going to be my Christmas Day beer so had to be good.

I bought it from the Watermill inn up in the lake districts. Shows I do have some will power to not open it before.

Anyway, pours quite dark, chocolatey. Head was quick to vanish.

Little or no aroma really.

Tastes pretty smooth and a bit thick, almost treacly. I get a bit of Christmas spice from it, probably cinnamon and orange.

Nice. Would be nice in front of a roaring fire on a cold wet night. Yummy.

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Robinsons Unicorn

 

My local shop stocked these as part of their 2 for £3 promotion. Well worth a flutter.

Nice dark pour and a frothy head but generally a standard pint of bitter. No great tastes, just the usual hoppiness and bitterness.

Not massively amazing bit no nasty tastes and could quite happily drink more of these. At £1.50 a bottle. Probably wouldn’t be first choice on draught though.

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Batemans Combined Harvest

 

Interesting I thought as I looked at the promise of multi grain beer. What a treat.

The bottle has a rather busy label, and offers 4.7% in its 500ml bottle.

Pours nice. Has a thick looking head and a lovely dark golden colour. Almost burnt caramel colour.

If I’m honest, not a great deal of depth in the smell (although I could be a little bunged up)

BUT. The taste. Oh my word what a surprise. I delightfully light but complex sensation. There is no bitterness, no tang, somewhat malty. I think it’s a little bit fruit loafy. There is something in there that’s not normally in a beer and its thrown me a bit of a curve ball. It oils be bread, but it feels more like a sweet. Not sure.

Either way, this is now my favourite beer. Outright. And I’m sorry as I live in hook norton and I feel like I’m being a traitor to my local brewery, but sorry. It’s bloody lovely.

10/10.

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