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Tasting Session Report No. 009

We had a brilliant Tasting Session this month. Everyone was on form, we had an excellent time, some knowledge was imparted and we drank some great beers!

Thanks to everyone who came, I had an absolute blast!

On to the beer!

As we had some newbies in the group, we went through 'how to taste beer like a pro™,' before officially talking beer. We had a menu of three different brews with just the general theme of 'Dark and Brooding.'

Here's what ya missed;

Wild Beer Millionaire

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Wild Beer – Millionaire 4.7%

Aroma: Chocolate, caramel, biscuit, almond, red fruit, smoke.

Flavour: chocolate, smoke, biscuit malt, salty, caramel, peanut.

Palate: light body, slick, creamy.

This Beer is still a good-un. It's been around a little while now, so chances are you've had a chance to try this. It a really good, straight up, flavoured milk stout essentially. Kinda thin on the body, but you expect that for the ABV. Super full of flavour considering it comes in at under 5%, so you can drink a few of these with out issue! I think we all enjoyed this, but mostly felt the same, that it needed a bit more of the saltiness to come through. As a group we also prefer the stronger beers, so we figured this was a great winter warming up beer!

to ol maccacino messiah brew bristol

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To Ol – Mochaccino Messiah 7.0%

Aroma: Caramel, chocolate, coffee, nuts, herbal, green, pine.

Flavour: Coffee, chocolate, herbal, earthy.

Palate: Sweet & bitter, astringent.

This beer completely split the group. We reckoned that, rather than coffee, it would be more accurate to call it a cascara beer (flavour-wise,) as the coffee flavour was super green and 'plant-y.' Personally, this wasn't my favourite, but it was deemed the best of the three by some others! Definitely one to try, maybe between two or three of you!

buxton rain shadow brew bristol

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Buxton – Rain Shadow 12.2% (Single Barrel)

Aroma: Chocolate, coffee, roasty, red fruit, leather, vanilla, wood , whiskey.

Flavour: Chocolate, coffee, red fruit, spice, umami.

Palate: Rich and slick.

We've had various iterations of this in the shop before, and it's always good. Super heavy, dark, little bit of dryness, and it carried the booze well. My only suggestion would be to buy now, and keep a bottle for a year. I think it'll be even better then!

After this we all chipped in and bought a bottle of Port Brewing's Older Viscosity. We have had this before on our tasting sessions, and I am certain we'll have it again. Despite the price tag, it's worth every penny. Strong, yes, but super smooth. Just the right balance of creamy and boozy, bitter and sweet. I still maintain it's one of my favourite beers of all time, and I can highly recommend you splash out for a bottle to share at Christmas.

 

Tryanuary – Week 4

It's our fourth and final #tryanuary extravaganza this week! I do hope you've all been enjoying your month of trying new things. Not only have we introduced you to 9 new beers, breweries or beer styles thus far, we have chatted about the brewing and bar scene in Bristol, not to mention the concept behind tryanuary itself.

I don't have much more to add to all that this week except to urge to to continue to try new things in the world of beer. Don't get stuck in one style, or only drinking one brewery. If you think keg beer is oh so wrong, give it a try. If you look down your nose at canned beer; give. It. A. Try.

There's so much more to beer than you may have thought at first, from Geuze to California Common, or from Triple IPA to Imperial Russian Stout, there will be something out there for you!

Week 4

wild beer madness ipa

Wild Beer – Madness IPA

BREWERY:

Wild Beer are local-ish. They're based over in Shepton Mallet-ish. Basically out in the wilds of Somerset. Surprisingly, I'm sure, they make 'wild beer.' They use wild yeast, that's their speciality, and they do an awful lot of crazy stuff. Although they also have a more moderate core range too. They've recently opened up their own bar in Cheltenham, which is surely worth a visit, although I'm yet to get over there myself yet.

BEER STYLE:

This is an IPA which we went over in one of the previous weeks. India Pale Ale. Light, hoppy and pretty darned punchy.

In reality it's not a particularly big challenge of a beer this, style wise. But this suggestion is more about trying the brewery, and branching out in to their more Wild beers. This one is a good starting point, being more of their more 'straight' beers.

TASTING NOTES:

Aroma: Grapefruit, pine, biscuit, citrus, peach, mango

Taste: Orange, peach, pine, pineapple, grapefruit, caramel

Palate: Balanced, good bitterness

Overall; A well executed straight up IPA with a good hoppy punch.

ABV: 6.8%

ML: 330

£: 3.20

jolly pumpkin luciernaga

Jolly Pumpkin - Luciérnaga

BREWERY:

These guys make crazy beer, and having had a looksee at their website, it seems they may also be equally crazy. Which is certainly not criticism!

While I advise taking a look about their website for info, the American brewery makes weird and quirky beers. Many, if not all, are barrel aged. We have a selection of Belgian style barrel aged soured beers (not Lambics) and barrel aged saisons in stock. All of which look fascinating, and the one I've actually tried so far, I was blown away by.

BEER STYLE:

So, Jolly Pumpkin don't really assign their beers a specific style according to the BJCP guidelines, or whatever. Ratebeer has the Luciernaga down as a Belgian Ale. This is pretty ambiguous seeing as in the new BJCP guide there are 6 sub categories for Belgian Ale or Strong Belgian Ale, and a a further four for Trappist (Which doesn't have to be Belgian, and is most definitely different, but the styles; Dubble, Tripel etc are often replicated without the provenance of being Trappist.)

Rather than assign this beer a style that I think is correct, and run the risk of being wrong, I'm just going to state that it's pale, with the fruity-spicy traits of Belgian yeast, some grainy sweet malt flavour, and some fruit aroma.

This is also claimed to be in the Grand Cru tradition, which mostly means it's a limited run, a special version, or a higher quality version. With respects to beer, think more complex primarily.

TASTING NOTES:

This beer is spiced with coriander and grains of paradise.

Aroma: Citrus, funky, earthy, floral, orange, coriander

Taste: Coriander, wheaty, white wine, grainy, funk,

Palate: Tart, dry, sour and hoppy

Overall; A pretty complex, lightly tart or sour Belgian style blond or golden ale with spices and all the god stuff.

ABV: 6.5%

ML: ~750

£: 18.75

kernel imperial brown stout

The Kernel – Imperial Brown Stout

BREWERY:

I have a lot of respect for The Kernel. Although I've not visited their brewery, they give the impression they're all about the beer. Screw fancy labels, gimmicks and fireworks. They make good beer, packaged honestly, with annoyingly short use by dates on them to ensure that the beer is in the best condition when it's drunk. Their no nonsense website give a tiny bio to that effect, and little to no information about them or their beer otherwise. It's almost as if they want you to drink the beer before making up your own mind. Novel eh?

BEER STYLE:

Imperial Brown Stout.

One of The Kernel's things is using historical recipes. This is such a one. Essentially it is a forerunner to the Imperial Russian Stout (Russian Imperial Stout?) It's still black in colour, but is a little more easy going on the tongue, more rounded and a bit softer flavour-wise.

TASTING NOTES:

Aroma: Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, tobacco, ash, plum, liquorice, caramel, pine

Taste: Roasty, hint of sweetness, chocolate, coffee, toffee, vanilla, red fruit

Palate: Medium body, creamy, oily

Overall; An excellent version of an Imperial Stout, which is made super easy drinking due to the creamy texture and complex taste. Somewhat dangerous at the ABV!

ABV: 9.9%

ML: 330

£: 6.00

We're offering you these three beers, if you buy 'em together, for an impressive 15% off the usual price, £23.76 for the lot. You'll be able to try three new beers or beer styles at a beautiful Tryanuary discount.

All four weeks worth of special offers will be available (subject to availability) until the end of the month.

Get involved using the #Tryanuary tag! Photograph your beers, tweet them, facebook them. Tell people you're trying something new, let them know what you think (even if you hate it! At least your giving something new a chance huh?) Get us in on the conversation using @Brew_Bristol on twitter, or post something to our facebook page.