Thursday, 24 December 2009

A very local beer

My local brewery is Robinsons. They pretty much dominate the local pub scene and have won numerous accolades for the winter beer 'Old Tom'.
They've also brewed a Chocolate Porter for the new Marks and Spencers range of beers, which Pete Brown has had some involvement with.

I broke into this last night.

It pours as a dark brown and seems to me to be far too light to be a Porter. Doesn't look 'chocolately', more a muddy look than anything. The aroma is one which you might expect to get from sticking your nose into a jar of instant hot chocolate. Not necessarily a bad thing of cours.e
The cocoa is also heavy on the taste with very little else getting a look in.
It's a perfectly drinkable beer and like the BeerNut the person who I drank it with loved it. However its far too thin to be a winter warmer and I expected a tad more flavour for my 6%.

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Chistmas Beer

I've been looking forward to Christmas for the simple reason that a nascent interest in beer offers a distinct change from my usual seasonal practice of gulping bottles of Stella Artois (the beer of choice for parties held by friends of the family).

However, i've been a bit dissapointed. With regards to the 'seasonal' beers i've found in pubs, all of them seem to have nothing seasonal with regards to the taste of the beer. Tandleman has already pointed this out here. As I tried my first sip of the Hydes seasonal I felt almost cheated.

All hope is not lost however. There is a local-ish (worth the trip for a burgeoning beer geek like myself) off licence which stocks a plethora of beers i haven't tried.
So for the next few days i've stocked up with a few bottles of festive cheer, while hoping to expand my beery horizons at the same time.

Unlike Pencil and Spoon, i've not put a great deal of thought into the beer for Christmas Day itself but I have procured and intend to drink the following.

Youngs Chocolate Stout.
Goose Island IPA. (perhaps to go with the Christmas dinner.
Jever Pils
Robinsons Old Tom
Sam Smiths Taddy Porter and Winter Welcome
Anchor's Christmas Ale

A good selection for the relatively unexperienced drinker? The Jever and IPA aren't seasonal but I thought a bit of variety would be best.

Monday, 21 December 2009

Beer Amateur

For the last 12 months i've gradually become more interested in beer.

Whereas I was once quite content to sup Carling or John Smiths, i've seen my taste and horizons expand. I'm still however, very much of an amateur.

Compared to some bloggers, I seem to have a poorly developed palate and many specific terms contiunue to mystify me.

Anyway, here goes nothing.