Bunker Brew Co

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William Bros – Midnight Sun Porter – 5.2%

From William Bros Brewing in Scotland, comes Midnight Sun Porter at 5.2% a ‘Rich, dark and spicy porter’. Fragrant and creamy. Aromatic like a dark IPA with hints of vanilla, coffee, ginger and chocolate (without the intensity of an equivalent stout). No burnt toffee or malt tastes here, just consistent and smooth all the way. This is really good porter, it literally glows fruity chocolate aroma at every step. Carbonation is average to high, mouthfeel is thick and tasty. Overall, this beer is fresh, intense and classic. A pretty amazing beer from Scotland.

Midnight Sun Porter

William Bros – Midnight Sun Porter

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Verzet – Super NoAH – 4.9%

Verzet – Super NoAH at 4.9%. No doubt a proud Belgian beer ‘No American Hops (NoAH)’. A fragrant yeasty & cider like aroma, delicate full blonde appearance. Bubbly carbonation, hideously bitter. Excellent head retention. full bodied & full of fruity yeasty goodness on the aftertaste with hints of herb and esters. A little bit dry on the finish too. I quite liked this one.

Verzet Super NoAH

Verzet Super NoAH

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Marston’s – Owd Rodger – 7.4%.

Marston’s Brewery presents Owd Rodger at 7.4%. A big, sweet, malty tramp of a beer. Virtually no aroma, other than a blast of generic sweet maltiness on de-capping. A surprisingly dark beer albeit with a good head retention, the overall taste is really quite sweet, pretty much an aspiring Barley Wine without the associated body and mouth feel. A very smooth ale with a rich fruity and slightly boozy aftertaste. Indulgent, but on an afterthought,  I think someone forgot to add the bittering hops in this batch. It does grow on you with time, but not a very memorable ale.

Marston's - Owd Rodger

Marston’s – Owd Rodger

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Coniston Brewing Co – Special Oatmeal Stout – 4.5%

From the Coniston Brewing Co comes Special Oatmeal Stout at 4.5%. ‘From the brewer of the champion beer of Britain 1998 & 2012’. A semi decent average, but unexciting stout, with a slightly toffee and burnt malt in the aroma. Perhaps a bit watery tasting for an oatmeal stout, and certainly not strong enough for my liking. Pretty boring really.

Special Oatmeal Stout

Coniston Brewing Co – Special Oatmeal Stout

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Marble Brewery – Brew 900 – 9.0%

The Marble Brewery from Manchester presents a ‘Bottle conditioned beer produced to Belgian standards’ in the guise of Brew 900. This beer was virtually aroma-less on de-capping other than a slightly generic whiff of malt and grass hops. Surprisingly clear pour for the style, with a few flecks of yeast. Brilliant to see bottle conditioning. As expected, massive carbonation for the style and an amazingly creamy head with superb retention. The beer aftertaste has only a small hint of bittering. The spicy yeasty taste also features somewhat and adds to a full bodied ale. The alcohol is perfectly masked in the style. Overall a slightly sweet beer which is hardly bitter at all. Great attempt at the Belgian style.

Marble Brewery Brew 900

Marble Brewery Brew 900

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Brewdog – Cocoa Psycho Russian Imperial Stout – 10.0%

Brewdog presents a ‘Russian Imperial Stout’– Cocoa psycho at 10.0%. De-capping gives a great chocolate cocoa aroma blast. From what I know of strong stout, head retention is usually quite low to non existent. This one is no exception, however the initial generated head is almost black, which goes perfectly in hand with this dark monster. The mouth-feel is chewy and luxurious, the taste is  something quite amazing: extremely bitter and fruity with intense chocolate presence. The cocoa nib & hop presence adds to a pleasant bittering that almost puckers the cheeks. A wonderful beer with a warming, yet not overwhelming alcohol presence. Stupendously indulgent and enjoyable. Nice one Brewdog!

Brewdog - Cocoa Psycho Imperial Stout

Brewdog – Cocoa Psycho Imperial Stout