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  1. #291
    Join Date
    Jul 2007



    Blonde Tom

    6.0% abv

    " ... a fruity taste with a spicy clove tang."


    Slight smell of warm spices, like a warm pub with a real log fire on a cold evening.

    Amber colour, fine head over about three quarters of the glass, very few bubbles.

    Tangy scent. Smells like fruit salad, heavy on the oranges with a hint of banana, but slightly corrosive. Tastes ... kinda icky. Bonfire toffee, getting on for black treacle, but not sweet. There's a hint of ... something people add to some meals that I don't much like. That could be cloves.

    Not good. Do not recommend.
    When I was fifteen, my father thought I knew nothing. When I was twenty-five, I was amazed by how little he thought I'd learned in such a long time.

  2. #292
    Join Date
    Jul 2007



    Yorkshire Sparkle

    4.0% abv

    "Clear and bright with refreshing grapefruit flavours and hints of tropical fruits."


    Fruity scent, yes. Three-quarters covered with thin head, moderately bubbly, quite pale, almost like champagne but slightly amber. Tangy first taste, then smooths out to a very mellow finish. Hmm ... more like good, fresh oatmeal bread than grapefruit, but I held that mouthful too long and now I've got the grapefruit taste alright. Very pleasant if you swallow the sip straight away, but the grapefruit's a bit much if you hold it. Certainly at least drinkable. I think it's party-worthy.


    While I'm here, the Peculiar Pale Ale is really nice on draught, but as they don't have it in bottles I haven't reviewed it.

    Here's the list so far:



    Adnams Spindrift (5.0%)
    Badger England's Gold (4.6%)
    Badger Fursty Ferret (4.4%)
    Badger Poacher's Choice (5.7%)
    Black Sheep Golden Ale (4.2%)
    Black Sheep Riggwelter (5.7%)
    Daleside Morocco Ale (5.5%)
    Fuller's ESB (5.9%)
    Greene King Suffolk Springer (6.0%)
    Ilkley Black (3.7%)
    Jennings Cumberland Ale (4.7%)
    Kelham Island Pale Rider (5.2%)
    Old Crafty Hen (6.5%)
    Pauwel Kwak (8.4%)
    Ridley's Old Bob (5.1%)
    Sharp's Doom Bar (4.3%)
    Springhead Leveller (4.8%)
    Theakston Pale Ale (4.5%)
    Thwaites Liberation (4.9%)
    Thwaites Wainwright (4.1%)
    Wold Top Wold Gold (4.8%)

    Will get for parties:

    Badger First Call (4.0%)
    Badger Daring Diver (4.7%)
    Badger Firkin Fox (4.6%)
    Badger Golden Champion (5.0%)
    Badger Golden Glory (4.5%)
    Batemans Victory Ale (6.0%)
    Black Sheep Golden Sheep Ale (4.7%)
    Black Sheep Monty Python's Holy <s>Gr</s>ail (4.7%)
    Black Sheep Velo (4.2%)
    Blue Moon (5.4%)
    Brains S.A. Gold (4.7%)
    Daleside Ripon Jewel (5.8%)
    Everards Dark Ale (5.0%)
    Fuller's Golden Pride (8.5%)
    Fuller's Honey Dew (5.0%)
    Innis & Gunn Original (6.6%)
    Jennings Westmorland Ale (4.0%)
    Joseph Holt Humdinger (4.1%)
    Morland Old Hoppy Hen (4.2%)
    Ringwood Fortyniner (4.9%)
    Robinsons Iron Maiden Trooper (4.7%)
    Theakston Lightfoot (4.1%)
    Thwaites Chestnut Dancer (3.7%)
    Thwaites Double Century (5.2%)
    Thwaites Lancaster Bomber (4.4%)
    Thwaites Old Dan (7.4%)
    Treboom Yorkshire Sparkle (4.0%)
    Wychwood Piledriver (4.3%)
    Wyre Piddle Piddle in the Hole (4.0%)

    Will get for beer-tasting parties because they're unique and fairly good:

    Badger Blandford Fly (5.2%)
    Cains Fine Raisin Beer (5.0%)
    Crabbie's Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer (4.0%)
    Robinsons Old Tom (8.5%)


    Badger Firkin Fox (4.6%)
    Badger First Gold (4.0%)
    Badger Hopping Hare (4.4%)
    Badger Tanglefoot (5.0%)
    Batemans Dark Lord (5.0%)
    Bernard Dark (5.1%)
    Black Sheep Imperial Russian (8.5%)
    Black Sheep Yorkshire Square (5.0%)
    Brains The Rev. James (4.5%)
    Burton Union India Pale Ale (5.9%)
    Chimay Pres Trappistes Chimay Red (7.0%)
    Cropton Yorkshire Warrior (4.4%)
    Daleside Monkey Wrench (5.3%)
    Erdinger Dunkel (5.6%)
    Everards Tiger (4.5%)
    Fuller's London Porter (5.4%)
    Hambleton Ales Taylor's Tipple (4.5%)
    Hawkshead Brodie's Prime (4.9%)
    J.W.Lees Brewer's Dark (3.5%)
    Jennings Sneck Lifter (5.1%)
    Little Valley Ginger Pale Ale (4.0%)
    Mordue Brewery Radgie Gadgie (4.8%)
    Morland Old Speckled Hen (5.2%)
    Natural Brewing Co. Irresistible Premium Ale (4.3%)
    Nick Stafford's Stud (4.3%)
    Ringwood Old Thumper (5.6%)
    Saltaire Triple Chocoholic (4.8%)
    Shepherd Neame Late Red (4.5%)
    St Peter's Brewery Suffolk Blonde (4.7%)
    Thwaites Very Nutty Black (3.9%)
    Titanic American Red Ale (4.5%)
    Wadworth 6X (4.3%)
    Wells Bombardier Burning Gold (4.7%)
    Wold Top Angler's Reward (4.0%)
    Worthington's White Shield (5.6%)
    York Brewery York Minster Ale (4.2%)

    Not good:

    Black Sheep Amber Ale (4.5%)
    Cropton Yorkshire Moors (4.6%)
    Heather Ale Ltd Fraoch (5.0%)
    Hook Norton Hooky Gold (4.2%)
    J.W.Lees The Governor (4.1%)
    Joseph Holt Maplemoon (4.8%)
    Joseph Holt Two Hoots (4.2%)
    Kopparbergs Frank's Alcoholic Root Beer (4.0%)
    McMullen Hertford Castle (5.0%)
    Morland Old Golden Hen (4.1%)
    Nick Stafford's Stallion (4.2%)
    Ruddles County (4.7%)
    Rudgate Jorvik (4.6%)
    Shepherd Neame Gentleman Jack (5.0%)
    Shepherd Neame Spitfire (4.5%)
    Tesco simply Golden Ale (4.5%)
    Titanic Golden Ale (4.5%)
    Wold Top Against The Grain (4.5%)
    Wolf Battle of Britain (3.9%)
    York Brewery Yorkshire Terrier (4.2%)

    Not good at all:

    Black Sheep All Creatures Bright & Beautiful (4.0%)
    Bowland Brewery Cromwell Stout (4.5%)
    Duchy Originals Organic Select Ale (6.2%)
    Oakham Ales Scarlet Macaw (4.8%)
    Robinsons Blonde Tom (6.0%)
    St Peter's Organic Ale (4.5%)
    York Brewery Centurion's Ghost Ale (5.4%)

    Down the sink, it was that bad:

    Tesco simple Dark Ale (4.5%)
    Thwaites Tavern Porter (4.7%)
    Hofbru KaltenHausen Edelweiss (5.5%)
    Nick Stafford's Nightmare (5.0%)



    Kopparberg Alcohol-free pear cider
    Old Mout Passionfruit & apple (4.0%)
    Rekorderlig Premium strawberry-lime cider (4.0%)
    Stella Artois Cidre (4.5%)


    Brothers Strawberry mixed pear cider (4.0%)
    Henry Westons Medium dry (6.5%)
    Henry Westons Medium sweet (4.5%)
    Kopparberg Pear (4.5%)
    Kopparberg with Raspberries (4.0%)
    Kopparberg Premium cider with strawberry & lime (4.0%)
    Rekorderlig Premium apple & blackcurrant cider (4.0%)
    Rekorderlig Premium mango-raspberry cider (4.0%)
    Stella Artois Cidre Pear (4.5%)
    Waitrose Vintage English Cider (7.3%)


    Kopparberg With Mixed Fruit (4.0%)


    Aspall Perronelle's Blush / blackberry liqueur (5.4%)
    Gaymers Pear cider with berry fruits (4.0%)
    Henney's From Valley apple-sweet cider (5.7%)
    Magners Pear and Ginger (4.0%)
    Rekorderlig Premium passion fruit cider (4.0%)
    Rekorderlig Premium wild berries cider (4.0%)
    Waitrose low alcohol cider (<1%)

    Not good:

    Rekorderlig Premium pear cider (4.5%)
    Stella Artois Cidre raspberry cider (4.0%)

    Not good at all:

    Magners Spiced apple & rhubarb (4.0%)
    Waitrose Vintage English Perry (8%)

    When I was fifteen, my father thought I knew nothing. When I was twenty-five, I was amazed by how little he thought I'd learned in such a long time.

  3. #293
    Join Date
    Jul 2007


    Black Sheep


    4.1% abv

    3 hopped red rye ale.


    Hoppy ... herby scent. Not Herbie, herby.

    Looks brown while pouring but kind of sirop de framboises purple-brown in the glass. Smooth head slowly fading away. Bubbling lightly. Strong scent reminiscent of ... oregano and fennel.

    *sip* Kinda rough on the mouth. *swig* Yikes. It's alright at first then it goes sour, then it goes bitter. *glug*glug*glug* Alright, it's not so bad if you drink it fast. The trick is not to let it spend time in your mouth. Still got a dried cabbage aftertaste to it.

    That's going on the "not good" list. *urp* Eww. Par'n me.
    When I was fifteen, my father thought I knew nothing. When I was twenty-five, I was amazed by how little he thought I'd learned in such a long time.

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