Monthly Archives: January 2016

Clearwater Brewery – Dark Night

Clearwater Brewery – Dark Night 5.2%

Clearwater Brewery – Dark Night

This is a dark chestnut – ruby coloured ale, described as a full bodied strong ale. It has prune and molasses aroma notes with hints of aged wood.
 
The taste is rich in malts, with coffee notes, going into a toasted malt and hop bitterness. This is a good winter ale, with winter plum and prune flavours. An excellent stronger ale from this North Devon Brewery based in Bideford.

Given my 5* rating

Clearwater Brewing

Williams Brothers Brewing – March of the Penguins

Williams Brothers Brewing Co. – March of the Penguins Stout 4.9%

Williams Brothers Brewing – March of the Penguins

This is a dark brown coloured ale, with good malty aromas
It has a sweet malty taste with smokey, toasted malt notes and a background hop bitter note.
A Good ale for the winter season, if you like the darker, sweeter ales.
 
Williams Borthers are based at the New Alloa Brewery in Scotland, producing a good range of interesting ales. Check them out.
 

Penpont Brewery – Silent Knight

Penpont Brewery – Silent Knight 7.2%

Penpont Brewery – Silent Knight

This is a golden amber strong ale, with good malty aroma with toffee notes. It has a strong warming flavour of malts, toffee and hop bitterness reminiscent of the lighter coloured barley wines. It is a good warming winter and Christmas ale from this Cornish Brewer based near Launceston. This gets my 5* rating but watch the strength.

Gold Label Barley Wine

Aheuser Bosch InBev – Gold label 7.5% (Orig. Whitbread Gold Label)

Barley wines were produced by most breweries historically, with Ind Coupe’s – Barley Wine and Whitbread’s darker coloured ale – Final Selection. Gold Label is a lighter coloured barley wine originally launched by Whitbread in the mid 1960s, possibly aimed at the female market. It remains as one of the few barley wines still available; although it has less orangey citrus bitterness in the present day version. It is now produced by the InBev combine, Whitbread having long since exited the brewing business.
 
Gold label is a dark golden orange coloured ale, with an orange/ yellow head and a malty aroma. It has a malt taste with little of the orange pith bitterness of the original version and lacks the more complex tastes of ales such as the Belgian Trappist beers, or British craft ales of similar strength.
 

Bateman’s Brewery – Rosey Nosey

Bateman’s Brewery – Rosey Nosey 4.7%

Bateman’s Brewery – Nosey Rosey

This is a chestnut coloured ale with warming fruit and toffee aromas.
It has a rich malty taste with a balance of hop bitterness making this a good seasonal ale.
 
This is a good Christmas ale from this independent brewery in Lincolnshire.
 

Red Cat Brewing – Tomcat Premium Ale

Red Cat Brewing – Tomcat Premium Ale 4.7%

Red Cat Brewing – Tomcat Premium Ale

This is a golden ale with a fine sparkle and a warming resinous hop aroma of freshly bruised hops. It has a hoppy taste with grapefruit notes and a lasting bitterness.
 
This is an interesting Autumn ale with harvest-time taste and aroma.
Another good offering from this Hampshire brewery.