Firstly apologies that the blog hasn't been updated in a while. You know how it is fending off wild alpacas and things.
This is an attempt at basically writing up a report of our various tasting sessions that are run here in the shop. If you're unable to make it, are currently feeling the pinch or simply don't like people, this'll give you a chance to get an idea of what some of our beers taste like, and what I, and my venerable Tasting Session and Home Brew Club attendees think of the beers.
So, this report is from what I've dubbed a three course beer meal. The idea was to put together three beers that would represent the three courses of a, y'know, meal. It's not rocket science.
We started off with fairly low ABV Pale Ale, which was actually gluten free too. Then we moved on to an Amber and rounded things off with a pretty strong Scotch Ale.
For those who don't know, for tasting sessions, I usually pick beers I've never tried before. Thus, when it comes to tasting notes, I pull 'em from the net. This usually leaves room for hilarity and nonsense. I try and assimilate a wide variety of notes about each aspect of the beer, and some stupid ones too. All genuine notes made by the good people who use ratebeer and untappd. My favourite is a toss up between 'tastes like gravel' and 'smells like cobwebs.'
To Øl – Reperationsbajer 5.8%
Aroma: Citrus, pine, orange, spice, grapefruit
Flavour: Lime, grapefruit, citrus, pine
Palate: Bitter, balanced
This was our first course. It was super bitter with a hell of a lot of flavour. The aroma was great. As with everything in this session, sadly, or not, I can't decide, we found the tasting notes bang on. To Øl is a regular on our tasting sessions and rarely lets us down. Especially as a gluten free beer I was pretty blown away. All round, we liked this one and would certainly recommend.
Evil Twin – Hop Flood 7.0%
Aroma: Dark fruit, wood, date, honey,
Flavour: Sweet malt, dank, red fruit, caramel, date, honey,
Palate: Medium body, bitter finish, sticky
This brew was not what I was expecting what so ever. I was anticipating a kind of regular Amber, mellow, loads of soft caramel and biscuit. What I got was an explosion of harsh, yet balanced, boozy aroma with a metric f**k tonne of every heavy flavour assaulting my taste buds. It was astoundingly good. Tastes a whole load stronger than it's 7% and smells even stronger than that! Honestly, it's such a damn good beer! Again the tasting notes were spot on, including that stickiness!
Tempest – Old Parochial 10.0%
Aroma: Candy, sweet malt, chocolate, woody, vanilla, red fruit
Flavour: Honey, caramel, butterscotch, molasses, toast, coffee
Palate: Oily, thick, boozy, creamy
Well, well, well. I do happen to like me a Scotch Ale. I think this was my favourite of the three, but I'll admit I believe the others preferred the other two in equal measures, although they all got the thumbs up. This was exactly what you would expect from a Scotch Ale, big, boozy and super flavoursome. You can taste that 10%, it's warming and beautiful. Ever so beautiful. You can take this apart in layers and get every one of those flavours and aromas listed.
I can recommend each of these beers! Although perhaps don't drink the Old Parochial straight after the Hop Flood. Those became a little over powering flavour wise one after the other. Definitely worth a try, all three!