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    Robinsons

    Blonde Tom

    6.0% abv

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

    *fsshhp*

    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.

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    Treboom

    Yorkshire Sparkle

    4.0% abv

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

    *shf*

    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:

    Beers:

    Good:

    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%)

    Drinkable:

    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 Pères 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%)
    Hofbräu KaltenHausen Edelweiss (5.5%)
    Nick Stafford's Nightmare (5.0%)

    Ciders:

    Good:

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

    Party:

    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%)

    Interesting:

    Kopparberg With Mixed Fruit (4.0%)

    Drinkable:

    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%)

    Plughole:
    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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    Black Sheep

    Reaper

    4.1% abv

    3 hopped red rye ale.

    *FSHK!*

    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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    Morland

    Old Mullen Hen

    5.0% abv

    "A rich, warming winter ale with cinnamon, orange and subtle clove characters."

    *fssh*

    Brown in the pour, deep chestnut red-brown in the glass, with a respectable layer of fine head, disappearing fast. Slightly bubbly. Smells warm and fresh, kind of citrusy. Tastes like Glühwein then a bit sour. Slight pithy aftertaste. Pretty much the same drinking a big mouthful.

    Drinkable.
    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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    Old Mout Cider

    Kiwi & Lime

    4.0% abv

    *fshk*

    Smell of kiwi fruit. Clear, almost colourless. Looks like tonic water. Bubbling energetically, like jumping out of the glass. Smells of fruit salad, the kind you might get at a cheap chain pub that's mostly sugar syrup. Tastes kind of like it too, plus fizzy.

    Well, that's pretty straightforward. Yeah, it's pleasant. It's certainly drinkable. It's good enough for a party but would it add anything to a party? Is anyone really going to be glad they found this on the drinks table?

    Oh well. Party rank. Why not?
    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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    Stella Artois

    Cidre peach

    4.0% abv

    *shhf*

    Smells like rotting fruit. Pours pink, goes reddish amber in the glass. Lightly bubbling, no head. Now smells a little more like peach iced tea. Tastes like ... sour peach iced tea without the tea. It's slightly bitter at first, then goes sour.

    Not terrible, but not good.
    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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    Peroni

    Doppio Malto gran riserva

    6.6% abv

    Si, beve la birra Italiana oggi.

    *shhhhhf*

    Peee-yeewww. That's a smell.

    Pours yellow, amber in the glass, full head that's disappeared while I typed this. Bubbling quite a bit. Smells kind of rank. Give it a few seconds ...

    Alright. That's better. Head's completely gone. Smell's much improved. It's gone from "just opened a compost bin that was never cleaned out" to "brushed against the hedge on the way out of the meadow."

    Tastes ... rich and smooth, kind of a healthy salad at the start with a sweeter finish. Aftertaste's ... kind of tangy-sweet and kind of herby.

    Mostly, this has reminded me how good Italian food is. It's a good beer. You may want to open and pour it in a well-ventilated area then bring it to your guests, but this is at least good enough for a party. Do watch out for the 6.6% abv though. The 330ml bottle of this is 2.178 cl of ethanol compared to 1.893 cl in a pint of 4.0% abv, so it'd be easy to overdo it.
    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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    Yorkshire Brewery Yorkshire Blackout (5.0% abv): good.
    Ilkley Brewery oatmeal stout (5.0% abv): also good but kind of heavy.

    Robinsons / Iron Maiden

    Trooper / Hallowed

    6.0% abv

    *ffffff*

    Dark chestnut colour, coarse head that's already gone, bubbling moderately and smelling of strawberries.

    Tastes smooth at first, then a bit of a bonfire toffee note, then *pow* bleaugh. Nah. Not good. Do not like.
    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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    Moorhouse's

    Blond Witch

    4.5% abv

    "A premium, light, refreshing ale with a sweet citrus dry finish."

    *pfsht*

    Light amber colour. Thin head of medium bubbles. Bubbling lightly. Head starting to clear now. Smells ... kind of floral, somewhere between tangy and sweet.

    Kind of a fruit salad sort of taste. Pretty good. Not overstrong in any way, not wussing out fo tasting of anything. Got quite an aftertaste, though. Not liking the aftertaste, which is a shame because it started out rather well.
    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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    Brasserie Goudale (Arques, France)

    La Goudale

    7.2% abv

    "Bière blonde à l'Ancienne"

    *fshf*

    Light brown in the pour, amber in the glass, smooth head, bubbling moderately. Smells ... hmm ... foody.

    Pleasant e- Quite strong. Make that strong strong. Whoo. Tastes of ... maybe caramelised sweet potato slices ... for the first couple of seconds, then that 7.2% abv kicks in. It's kind of like a whisky and soda once that gets to you.

    It's good but it's a good job it only comes in a 33cl bottle and you don't want to try to down a gallon of this stuff on a dare. Crikey.
    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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