Alhambra Mezquita – The Review

mezI was bought this as a birthday present from a mate of mine who has visited Lunya in Manchester. Apparently it’s a restaurant and bar, but, more importantly for me, it also has a shop, so foodies and ‘drinkies’ alike can take home a small slice/drop of Spain.

I was lucky enough to be given a few bottles, all of which I’ll probably review them at some point, but today I’ll start with this abbey-style offering [yes, it’s not just Belgium that has abbeys!]. It is described as “Ideal for high quality beer lovers” – so let’s test that!

Vital Stats:

  • 7.2% ABV
  • Brewed in Cordoba, Spain
  • Superior red ale style
  • Comes in 330ml bottles

Look Darker than I expected. A bright, chestnut colour. Glassy and clear with a loose head. Looks delicious enough! 7/10

Aroma Well it practically jumped out the bottle; oaky dryness and dried wheat mix with subtle fruits and a hint of hops. Didn’t distinguish itself as terribly exciting, but it certainly had power. 7/10

Taste Very much led by the malts. You get the dry huskiness mingling with nutty flavours, which makes me think it was oak aged, but I can’t find any info to back this up… Anyway, there’s a light caramel note, leading into a bit of raisin and a touch of spice. There’s also a buttered toast element going on, so plenty to appreciate. Despite its refreshing, fizzy mouthfeel, there’s no mistaking its high alcohol content with the brandy-like warmth of it. Very long finish, which is groovy. 8/10

Value It was a present for me, so should get 10/10, but I’ve seen it online for £2.09. Especially for a beer of this strength, that’s not bloody bad. For the experience, too, it’s pretty good. 8/10

Session Obviously it was never really brewed to be a session ale, in fact they recommend it to be drunk in winter, or, if in summer, as a long drink. I couldn’t manage more than one of these in succession. It’s a heavy taste, which, when combined with the very long finish, makes it one to savour toward the end of the night. The high alcohol took its toll quickly too! 4/10

In summary, this is well worth a go for those that like barrel-aged beers, or big, higher-alcohol beverages, but not one with mass appeal ‘to try at all costs’. It has a lot more depth than some I’ve had, although there’s plenty of comparable bottles [some Innis and Gunn beers, McEwan’s Export to name a couple] if you can’t find this one.

Final score: 70/100

Shameless plug

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Now i think its safe to assume that if your reading my blog that your fond of beer and as a result know what Untappd is. if you don’t its a social network for those who like beer, basically you say what beer you drank, where you drank it and how you would rate. usually with a stupid photo, of the last one may just be me. so if you’d like to hear my ramblings about some other beers feel free to join me.

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Why?

rexfeatures_2975065avSo today someone sent me an interesting article concerning weatherspoons, well i say interesting, what i really mean is strange because lets be honest there is nothing interesting about weatherspoons, if weatherspoons was to have its own colour it would be egg shell white, we all know its white but there desperately trying to be “cool” and “edgy” so they invent this whole new colour just because.

so the article in question was in vice and it was about a women who wants to visit every single weatherspoons in the country, i mean how much do you not wish to meet this women, i think my personal idea of hell would be having dinner with this women in a weatherpoons, eating their bland currys that have been microwaved to within an inch of its life.

so i decided to write about this because honestly it has some beautiful and truly wonderful quotes.

There’s a unique atmosphere in Wetherspoons on weekday mornings. Without music or the bustle of a busy evening, the pub I’m in feels remarkably still, the silence only broken by the occasional plod of pint glass on table.

yeah the atmosphere of desperation.

“Well, I’m retired now,” Mags explains, “which is good, because this is basically a full-time job. But before I retired I was a personal secretary, and I organised trips for my bosses, so I suppose that helps. To make a trip worthwhile, I need to visit at least seven Wetherspoons.”

“At first we’d go on holiday, and wherever we went we’d look for Wetherspoons pubs,” she says. “But then we turned it round – we looked to see where the Wetherspoons pubs were and hooked the holiday around that.”

i think i’ll stick to lanzorette personally

Now i admire Mags eccentric nature, i’d like to think i’m very similiar but honestly the way Vice have written this they make her out to be some kind of hero, Vice you better than that, personally i smell some advertising money from weatherspoons because this is a puff piece if i ever saw one.

if you’d like to read the puff piece yourself, you can here

Beavertown 8 ball rye IPA – the review

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Well after a rather rough 2015 I am starting to get myself back out there and out of the rut i’ve been in, and one of the easiest way to do that is place an increased emphasis on the page, this page was originally started as a means to make me try new beers and in 2015 i failed to that.so with that little introduction out of the way lets get down to the review.

Vital statistics:

  • Rye IPA
  • 6.2% APV
  • Brewed in the London, UK

Looks:

It was golden brown with a huge voluminous white head. not much to comment on.

8/10

Aroma:

Smells fantastic, I don’t know how many of you have had the pleasure of rye bread, I know its huge in Germany and Australia but in the uk its not very well known , well I grew fond of it while I was in Australia and would often enjoy it toasted for breakfast and when I smell this beer it instantly takes me back to those mornings in Australia. Im doing a first here, i’m giving this a perfect score.

10/10

Taste:

Sadly the taste will fail to live up to those lofty heights, that is to say this is a fine tasting beer, its very dry, short lived on the tongue with a slightly bitter note on the back of the tongue with a surprisingly sweet taste on the front of the tongue. A surprisingly refreshing beer.

8/10

Value:

This isn’t a cheap pint and beaver town would never claim to be a brewer to serve that market. Its all about what you want from a beer, if you want something powerful that your likely to only have a couple then this is a fine beer, if your looking to drink yourself stupid then you wont like this.

7/10

Session:

This is a high APV beer and normally they don’t session well but this is a truly wonderful experience, saying that i enjoyed it is one thing but this beer was high on alcohol and high on flavour. i enjoyed a couple of these but i don’t think I could have the third.

6/10

in conclusion this is a fine beer that i will definitely have again, it looked amazing smelt like a gift from the gods, tasted brilliant and i felt was worth every penny. sadly i cant drink more than two of them but to have this as a occasional treat is fine by me.

78/100

 

Listening to bowie space oddity bought from Brewdog Liverpool.

Oranjeboom: The review

The danger of the beer enthusiast at Christmas is that you get more beer than you can drink, although I hate the word in enthusiast because who isn’t one at five o’clock on a Friday when they’ve just finished the work week. So not only do my parents and family get me really weird beers but they also seem to get me weird beers from far away lands. This is how I got this particular beer, it hails from the Netherlands and as far as I can tell is not currently available for purchase in the uk. So let’s get into this pilsner from the land of orange.

 

Vital statistics:

 

  • Brewed in the Netherlands
  • 5% APV
  • pilsner
  • comes in 500ml can

 

 

Looks:

It was golden brown; I hope it has a texture like some. If you don’t get that reference, we cant be friends. It had a massive volumous head that struggled to be contained by the glass. Somewhat lively in the glass, this is going to score quite highly from me.

8/10

 

Aroma:

That aroma that we have come to expect from pilsners is all present, it also has that distive dutch larger smell, if your wondering what that is pick up a heinikein or Amstel,they all smell the same. I personally think it’s the water in the Netherlands.

6/10

 

Taste:

Now these dutch beers normally do it for me, they usually make my tongue dance and pulse, sadly though this one is not doing it for me in any way. Its somehow bitter and sweet at the same time and it makes it very sickly, this coupled with the high alcohol level just puts me off this.

2/10

 

Value:

I have no idea how much this was and im too afraid to ask because it was a Christmas present, I’m going to apply some simple logic to it and ask if I would buy this in the pub? The answer to that one is no, if I had a choice of beers this one would rank rather low on the list of drinks I would want to drink.

3/10

 

Session:

That sickly sweet taste ruins the whole experience, its present though out that drink and as a result this beer does not session well.

2/10

 

in conclusion this beer started out so promising thanks to its solid looks and aroma, sadly it was not to last though because it all goes down hill, as the taste which is the biggest factor let this beer down in a big way. This lack of taste would sadly affect both the value and session scores insuring that I cant recommend this beer.

 

42/100

 

Black cab stout: The review

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so i continue with my exploration of “craft beers” you can easily buy in your local supermarket, i personally think this is important because for most people this is how they will be introduced to something other than mass market larger, its the wife test, you can say “hey babe”, i fancy trying a couple of these bottles, this is the easiest way for people to be exposed to what we would call real ales. soon i shall run out of these beers, which i personally think is a shame, its one of my pet peeves, that although the supermarkets in the UK do support real ales they don’t switch out the variety very often, meaning that they just become part of the range like fosters or another glass of mediocrity that can be easily purchased. i hope to when I’m finish to publish a something like “my supermarket beer guide”, sadly this beer wouldn’t make my must have list.

Vital stats:

Look:

it was as black as my ex girlfriends heart, as Black as the nights sky, it was so black i felt it sucking in my very soul, it had no head to speak of and was something closer to pepsi or coke

4

Aroma:

Nothing.

1

Taste:

it was very malty and by very malty i mean maltyyyyyy, it also tasted a little over proofed in that the alcohol could clearly be tasted throughout. very off putting.

2

Value:

can be brought in my local Morrisons at a fairly cheap price, although its cheap sadly the off putting taste means that i don’t consider it value for money.

2

Session

i currently have another bottle of this beer sitting in the fridge but i don’t want to drink it, there you have people, i have alcohol that i don’t wish to drink and i think thats all you need to know.

1

this was a largely disappointing beer, it looked poor, had zero aroma, a lacklustre taste that just didn’t want me trying  second, not much to say here avoid were ever possible.

20/100

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International Women’s Day

i was contemplating doing a piece on international women but having a penis means that my machinations on women history will often go unnoticed, so here i give you an actually women, and as a result is far more qualified to talk about the plight of women. this coupled with the fact that its both well written and insight means its gets the bailey thumbs up.

The Thirsty Wench

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So today is International Women’s Day. Although it’s something we should be doing all year-round anyways, this day in particular allows us to look at and honour all of the females that are extremely important to us and have been, in their own amazing ways, making a hell of a dent in things.

For the beer world…there’s still some work to do. But we know that. We’re getting better. We’re getting so significantly, amazingly better, but we still have some work to do. And not just on women. People of colour, LGBT folk…quite a lot of groups that are feeling pretty marginalized. These are all pretty damn key demographics. I recognize that there’s no outright way to advertise to each of these groups without coming off as a MASSIVE generalizing asshat, but in the meantime little things, sponsoring marches, pouring beer at events held by a female game developer…

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