Gran Riserva Rossa

Peroni – Gran Riserva Rossa 5.2%

Peroni – Gran Riserva Rosso

This as a new ale from Peroni, adding to its Gran Riserva range. It is a red chestnut colour and a toffee vanilla aroma. The taste is malty but not a barley wine taste like the Malto Doppio, with a bitter hop finish. A pleasant strong ale.

This is brewed by Perino, now owned by Japanese Brewers Asahi Breweries.


Downton Brewery – Solstice 4.6%

Downton Brewery – Solstice

This is darker chestnut coloured ale with a malty sweet aroma. The taste is sweet with barley wine warming notes. It has a bitter follow-on and finish, although not particularly citrus-y.

This is a good bitter type ale from this Wiltshire brewery.

The brewery tasting notes say this premium ale is brewed with dark roasted malts and an array of hop flavours. It gives biscuity malt flavours with a citrus hot bitterness.

This is a bottle conditioned ale.

Downton Brewery

Scorcher IPA

Brooklyn Brewery – Scorcher IPA 4.5%

Brooklyn -Scorcher IPA

This is a golden coloured ale with an aroma of fresh green hops and resin notes. It has a strong hopped bitterness, with green wood notes, running through to the aftertaste.

This IPA is not as strong as some and its well hopped bitterness avoids excessive citrus notes. It is described by the brewery as a session IPA. This is a stable mate of the excellent lager from Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Brewery

Hen’s Tooth

Morland Brewery – Hen’s Tooth 6.5%

Morland Brewery – Hen’s Tooth

This is a strong ale from the home of Old Speckled Hen. It is chestnut coloured with a strong rich aroma of malts. It has a good balance of rich and strong malty sweetness and hop bitterness, of a good English ale, albeit a strong ale.

This is a good strong ale, without the bitter sweet liquorice taste found in some darker strong ales. Morland Ales are now owned and brewed by Greene King.

Morland Ales

Otter Ale

Otter Brewery – Otter Ale 4.5%

This Devon ale is chestnut coloured with a malt aroma, with toffee. It has a good blend of a malty sweet and hop bitter taste, with a bitter follow-on.

This is a good ale in the style of an English bitter ale. It pleasantly lacks any hint of citrus-grapefruit, making a good drinkable ale.

Otter Brewery in Honiton, close to the River Otter, in Otter country.

Delirium tremens

Brouwerij Huyghe – Delirium Tremens 8.5%

This is a golden ale is pleasant and friendly aromatic. It has a sharp taste but with a warming finish of a strong Belgian white beer.

This is a Belgian Trippel fermented doppio malto (double malt) ale.

It is brewed by Br. L Huyghe, Brouwerij Huyghe Brusselsestw, Melle, Belgium.

Branoc Traditional Ale

Branscombe Vale Brewery – Branoc Traditional Ale 3.8%
This is supposedly a traditional ale, yet follows the unfortunate modern trend for bottle conditioned, so beware when you open the bottle.

This is a dark golden ale, with a light malty toffee aroma. It has a hop and citrus bitter taste, with a hint of malt.

Not really an English ale and a little disappointing.

Hoppy Christmas Festive IPA

Brewdog – Hoppy Christmas Festive IPA 7.2%

This is a lighter chestnut coloured ale with a strong hop and citrus and tropical fruit aroma. The taste has a very smooth sweet start, created by it’s high strength, rapidly followed by an aromatic strong hop bitterness, with a long hop aftertaste.The smooth sweet taste comes from the high strength at 7.2% putting it in the barley wine category but with the high hop content of a typical IPA.It is brewed with 100% Simcoe hopsBrewdog