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Cotleigh Brewery – Old Buzzard Dark Ale

Cotleigh Brewery – Old Buzzard Dark Ale 4.8%

Old Buzzard Dark Ale
Cotleigh Brewery – Old Buzzard Dark Ale

This is a dark chestnut brown coloured with a sweet malt aroma. It has a sweet malt taste with chocolate notes and a hop bitter finish.

A very god dark ale I give it my 5*
This is brewed in Wiveliscombe in Somerset.

Cheddar Ales – Gorge Best Bitter

Cheddar Ales – Gorge Best Bitter 4.0%

Cheddar Ales - Gorge Best Bitter
Cheddar Ales – Gorge Best Bitter

This is the Best Bitter ale from Cheddar Ales brewed in Cheddar, Somerset. It is an Amber coloured ale with a malty aroma. The ale has a hop bitter taste with strong grapefruit notes.  Challenger bittering hops, related to Northdown and Northern Brewer, add the citrus grapefruit taste. Compare to their ever popular Potholer Bitter.

Cheddar Ales

Madrigal Brewery – Severed Hand N Devon Porter

Madrigal Craft Brewery – Severed Hand North Devon Porter 4%

This is a dark brown ale with a coffee aroma. It is a dry porter ale, with a black coffee taste and a hint of smokiness and blackcurrent. This ale lacks the warming winter fruit taste of stronger porters, which makes it more drinkable as a session beer for the darker ale drinker.
This is produced as a live ale, so needs to be cooled and poured carefully to avoid the sediment.
 
Madrigal Craft Brewery – label

Madrigal Craft Brewery is a new brewer based in the old coach house of Lynmouth Manor, Lynmouth North Devon. The brewery is a small batch artisan brewer producing a range of ales. Their beers are not fined, relying on natural deposition of the yeast fines.

Tintagel Brewery – Cornwall’s Pride

Tintagel Brewery – Cornwall’s Pride 4.0%

Tintagel Brewery - Cornwall's Pride
Tintagel Brewery – Cornwall’s Pride
This is a chestnut coloured ale, with a malt aroma. The taste is sweet with good malty notes.
An excellent ale and session beer, with a lighter bitter finish.
A really good English ale. 5*
Tintagel Brewery is a microbrewery in north Cornwall, near the town of Tintagel and its famous Tintagel Castle, allegedly the castle of King Arthur!
The beers from this brewery needless to say have Arthurian names!

Otter Brewery – Cupids Otter

Otter Brewery – Cupids Otter 5.0%

Otter Brewery - Cupids Otter
Otter Brewery – Cupids Otter

This is a chestnut red coloured ale with good malt aromas. It has a rich toasted malt taste with toffee sweetness notes and a following hop bitter finish.

Otter Brewery is based near Honiton in the Blackdown Hills in east Devon. Named after the local river bank mammals in the area!

Cotleigh Brewery – Long Eared Owl

Cotleigh Brewery – Long Eared Owl 4.9%

Cotleigh Brewery - Long Eared Owl
Cotleigh Brewery – Long Eared Owl

This is a chestnut coloured ale, with a good malt and hop aroma balance. It has a rich hop and malt taste of a good English bitter.

This is another of Somerset’s Cotleigh Brewery bird themed ales, which if you are looking for a traditional bitter ale with good malt and hop balance this is a good choice.

Arbor Ales – Breakfast Stout

Arbor Ales – Breakfast Stout 7.4%

I came across this ale in Bristol and I have to say it is the first time an ale has almost had me reaching for a soup spoon, in fact one  wouldn’t  be that surprised if it was ladled from a soup terrine on the bar, rather than a beer pump. I have tried some unusual ales tasting of cappuccino or custard creams, strong barley wines and Trappist dark ales but this stout is in a class of its own.
Arbor Ales – Breakfast Stout 7.4%
It is a very dark ale with a thick chocolate brown head, which leaves the glass coloured as you drink. It has rich aromas of chocolate, coffee and toasted malts. The taste is sweet for a stout, compared to the usual dry Irish style, moving to rich espresso coffee taste, with vanilla, toffee and chocolate. Breakfast Stout is an experience not just a dark stout ale.

Arbor Ales is a micro brewery based in Bristol.

Black Knight Bitter

Black Knight Bitter 5%

Black Knight Bitter

This home brewed bitter is based on a recipe by Dave Line, who was the master of home brewing. It is a chestnut ale with a biscuity and toasted malt aroma. It has an smooth sweet taste with a light bitter follow-on from the traditional Goldings and Fuggles hops and small amount of black malt.
 

 

This is a good chestnut ale with a pleasant toasted malty flavour idea as a autumn or winter bitter. 

Exmoor Ales – Exmoor Beast

Exmoor Ales – Exmoor Beast 6.6%

Exmoor Ales – Exmoor Beast

This is a strong dark copper ale from Exmoor Ales in Wiveliscombe Somerset. It has malt and rich plum aroma notes. The taste has rich ripe plum-prune notes, with toffee and a following sharp hop moving to bitterness.

The is a very drinkable strong ales of the range from this Somerset Brewery, which would go well with vintage Somerset Farmhouse Cheddar but not to be underestimated in strength,