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05

Dec

Evil Twin brewing - Even More Jesus

Heavenly.

My first taste of Evil Twin and I’m very impressed.

Deep smooth chocolate. Roasted coffee, winter fruits. Highly evident of 12% alcohol. None of the flavours overpower the other. Just a brilliant beer.

Recommended

YM

23

May

4 Pines Stout

I’m not sure what makes a beer certified for space, but this one claims to be. It pours a lovely rich black colour, with no head and just a slight lacing around the edge of the glass. There’s roasted cocoa and hints of caramel, but sadly the body is just slightly on the watery side. Thats really my only dislike about this otherwise very decent offering from 4 Pines brewing. Keep up the good work guys.

JG

19

Apr

Guinness

What more can one say about this magical drop, it just doesn’t get any better or fresher than from where it all began, in Ireland. To be honest, it tastes just that little bit more creamier and that little bit fresher.

21

Aug

Cervesa Del Montseny Negra

The last of our Spanish craft beers, this one comes from a relatively new brewery located in the Montseny area, formed only in 2007. The website, ccm.cat tells of a story where a group of friends, sick of drinking the local Spanish beers decided to get together and open up a brewery that produced beers they wanted to drink, and what they hoped others would like too. Their current line up has 7 to choose from, and we were lucky enough to get our hands on the Negra, at the little craft beer shop in San Sebastian I have been raving on about for the last few beers or so.

There is some interesting content on their website, especially the page dedicated to beer as a health drink. I’m not too sure what medical advice they are receiving, but I’m quite sure US, UK, or Australian doctors would not be recommending beer to younger people to help reduce obesity, or even to the elderly to help with hydration. I’m quite certain they would recommend water instead. Whatever the case, it would be great to try the other beers they produce, so if I find any more, I’ll be sure to snap them up.

While the weather may not have been perfect for the beer, as it was scorching outside in Lisbon, it was a pleasant experience, that helped me understand a little bit more about the Spanish culture, and their taste preferences too. The beer smelt great, just like an Irish stout, as it is designed to. There is heaps of roasted coffee, malt and an underlying cocoa backbone, that makes it smell a bit on the sweeter side, but pleasant nonetheless.

To taste, the Negra gives off the impression that it’s a mix between a stout and a lager, or just a very sweet stout. Essentially, the stout characteristics are there, but there’s something else too, that gives the beer a slightly strange aftertaste, that some would not find pleasant.

Needless to say, it was refreshing, and though the flavours weren’t quite there yet, its an impressive beer for a brewery that has only been in operation for 5 years. Keep up the good work lads!

Bought for €2.10 from La Boutique de la Cerveza.

JG

Cervesa Del Montseny Negra

The last of our Spanish craft beers, this one comes from a relatively new brewery located in the Montseny area, formed only in 2007. The website, ccm.cat tells of a story where a group of friends, sick of drinking the local Spanish beers decided to get together and open up a brewery that produced beers they wanted to drink, and what they hoped others would like too. Their current line up has 7 to choose from, and we were lucky enough to get our hands on the Negra, at the little craft beer shop in San Sebastian I have been raving on about for the last few beers or so.

There is some interesting content on their website, especially the page dedicated to beer as a health drink. I’m not too sure what medical advice they are receiving, but I’m quite sure US, UK, or Australian doctors would not be recommending beer to younger people to help reduce obesity, or even to the elderly to help with hydration. I’m quite certain they would recommend water instead. Whatever the case, it would be great to try the other beers they produce, so if I find any more, I’ll be sure to snap them up.

While the weather may not have been perfect for the beer, as it was scorching outside in Lisbon, it was a pleasant experience, that helped me understand a little bit more about the Spanish culture, and their taste preferences too. The beer smelt great, just like an Irish stout, as it is designed to. There is heaps of roasted coffee, malt and an underlying cocoa backbone, that makes it smell a bit on the sweeter side, but pleasant nonetheless.

To taste, the Negra gives off the impression that it’s a mix between a stout and a lager, or just a very sweet stout. Essentially, the stout characteristics are there, but there’s something else too, that gives the beer a slightly strange aftertaste, that some would not find pleasant.

Needless to say, it was refreshing, and though the flavours weren’t quite there yet, its an impressive beer for a brewery that has only been in operation for 5 years. Keep up the good work lads!

Bought for €2.10 from La Boutique de la Cerveza.

JG

19

Aug

Rosita Negra

After having a long break from beer during our time in Spain, we took an overnight train to Lisbon arriving just after 7am last Sunday morning. Portugal, as most of you my be aware of is famous for their port wine. Its so cheap too! On our first day, we bought a bottle of late vintage port for €10, which was awesome. There even happened to be vintage wine from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s that were all less than €10 a bottle.

It was great to finally get back into beer the next night, after a long day at the beach. We still had a few Spanish craft beers left over from our haul in San Sebastian, and whilst cooking dinner with a few new friends, we decided to open up some beers and share them around.

The history of Rosita started in Tarragona, a small Spanish town, just south of Barcelona. The history of the name stems from the name of the daughter born to Jaume and Nuria, and whilst this brewery has been around for some time now, they are now starting to branch out into craft beer, which is great if you live in Spain, because it is really hard to find any decent beer.

The Rosita Negra tastes like a watered down porter. There is a hint of coffee and chocolate, as well as a bit of smokiness that lingers after every sip. It’s a shame that there just isn’t enough roasted malt, and the beer tastes too watery as well. It smells really tasty, and I fear that this aided in my initial thoughts of “oh my god, a good Spanish craft beer”. Sadly, it was not the case. I think we shall have to keep experimenting with the beers until we find something decent.

Bought from La Boutique de la Cerveza for €2.45

JG

Rosita Negra

After having a long break from beer during our time in Spain, we took an overnight train to Lisbon arriving just after 7am last Sunday morning. Portugal, as most of you my be aware of is famous for their port wine. Its so cheap too! On our first day, we bought a bottle of late vintage port for €10, which was awesome. There even happened to be vintage wine from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s that were all less than €10 a bottle.

It was great to finally get back into beer the next night, after a long day at the beach. We still had a few Spanish craft beers left over from our haul in San Sebastian, and whilst cooking dinner with a few new friends, we decided to open up some beers and share them around.

The history of Rosita started in Tarragona, a small Spanish town, just south of Barcelona. The history of the name stems from the name of the daughter born to Jaume and Nuria, and whilst this brewery has been around for some time now, they are now starting to branch out into craft beer, which is great if you live in Spain, because it is really hard to find any decent beer.

The Rosita Negra tastes like a watered down porter. There is a hint of coffee and chocolate, as well as a bit of smokiness that lingers after every sip. It’s a shame that there just isn’t enough roasted malt, and the beer tastes too watery as well. It smells really tasty, and I fear that this aided in my initial thoughts of “oh my god, a good Spanish craft beer”. Sadly, it was not the case. I think we shall have to keep experimenting with the beers until we find something decent.

Bought from La Boutique de la Cerveza for €2.45

JG

19

Jul

Brewdog Tactical Nuclear Penguin

Whilst in Edinburgh one must visit destination for every craft beer enthusiast is the Brewdog craft beer bar just near the Edinburgh castle. After extensively touring the castle late yesterday afternoon, YM and I decided that a visit to Brewdog was in order, as it had been quite a long day travelling from Loch Lomond in the morning.

Brewdog have been at the forefront of pushing beers to out of this world ABVs, and at one stage, back in ‘09, the Tactical Nuclear Penguin held the record for having the worlds highest ABV. That record is now well above the 40% mark, but to be honest, when your start entering that sort of territory, a few percent makes the smallest of differences.

We had been told back in Liverpool to see if Brewdog Edinburgh would offer shots, and after a couple of 2/3 pints, we were well on our way and asked the bartender the price for  a shot. After replying £5, how could you resist? This beer retails back in Aus for $150, so approximately $7.50 for a shot is an absolute bargain!

The beers poured a clear brown colour with absolutely no head whatsoever. The aroma is very rich, with dark fruit, roasted malts, toffee and massive amounts of alcohol. This is by far the strongest beer I’ve ever tried, and you can really smell the alcohol emanating from the beer.

The flavour is exactly the same of the smell, except for the smokiness of the beer. The alcohol really stands out, and there are lots of roasted malts, dark fruits and chocolate. The beer feels only medium bodied, but has a seriously oily mouthfeel, with zero carbonation. You can really taste the scotch flavours that have been imparted into the beer by ageing it for quite some time in used barrels.

It’s an interesting beer, and for that I’m glad I got to try it, but there’s something about that is just a bit off.

You can buy a shot (30ml) for £5 from Brewdog.

JG

Brewdog Tactical Nuclear Penguin

Whilst in Edinburgh one must visit destination for every craft beer enthusiast is the Brewdog craft beer bar just near the Edinburgh castle. After extensively touring the castle late yesterday afternoon, YM and I decided that a visit to Brewdog was in order, as it had been quite a long day travelling from Loch Lomond in the morning.

Brewdog have been at the forefront of pushing beers to out of this world ABVs, and at one stage, back in ‘09, the Tactical Nuclear Penguin held the record for having the worlds highest ABV. That record is now well above the 40% mark, but to be honest, when your start entering that sort of territory, a few percent makes the smallest of differences.

We had been told back in Liverpool to see if Brewdog Edinburgh would offer shots, and after a couple of 2/3 pints, we were well on our way and asked the bartender the price for a shot. After replying £5, how could you resist? This beer retails back in Aus for $150, so approximately $7.50 for a shot is an absolute bargain!

The beers poured a clear brown colour with absolutely no head whatsoever. The aroma is very rich, with dark fruit, roasted malts, toffee and massive amounts of alcohol. This is by far the strongest beer I’ve ever tried, and you can really smell the alcohol emanating from the beer.

The flavour is exactly the same of the smell, except for the smokiness of the beer. The alcohol really stands out, and there are lots of roasted malts, dark fruits and chocolate. The beer feels only medium bodied, but has a seriously oily mouthfeel, with zero carbonation. You can really taste the scotch flavours that have been imparted into the beer by ageing it for quite some time in used barrels.

It’s an interesting beer, and for that I’m glad I got to try it, but there’s something about that is just a bit off.

You can buy a shot (30ml) for £5 from Brewdog.

JG