Following The Ale Thread Page 105

  • Thorbz 31 Dec 2017 20:00:13 193 posts
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    I'm jealous, I've got work tomorrow, so I'm currently drinking a homebrewed ordinary bitter at an eye-watering 3.6% ABV. It's actually pretty good, but I'd rather be supping a nice strong Belgian brew.
  • Psychotext 31 Dec 2017 20:22:15 64,738 posts
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    It's brewdog Tokyo. Perhaps too strong... But so be it!
  • Psychotext 31 Dec 2017 20:24:34 64,738 posts
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    16.5% btw
  • mal 31 Dec 2017 21:30:57 29,326 posts
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    Got a Derbyshire pale ale (using new zealand hops) cooling off at the moment, but I'll probably have polished that off come midnight. Currently I'm planning a Batemans Victory to coincide with the change of year.
  • mal 31 Dec 2017 21:32:09 29,326 posts
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    The Victory is a mere 6%, but given I've not yet started drinking tonight, that sounds like a sensible strong to me.
  • Vortex808 31 Dec 2017 21:54:17 13,069 posts
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    Just cracked my first beer. A novelty for me to start drinking so late on Hogmanay, but things change as life moves on.

    Starting with a Lucky Jack Grapefruit edition. 4.7%

    Refreshing.
  • mal 31 Dec 2017 22:06:31 29,326 posts
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    Grapefruit? Grapefruit!? Get out!
  • Vortex808 31 Dec 2017 23:13:55 13,069 posts
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    On a sour beer now if that helps?
  • Vortex808 1 Jan 2018 01:29:34 13,069 posts
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    On a kona brewing Hanalei Island IPA now.

    That Glenfarclas 25 year old was totally worth keeping for the bells† tonight.

    Sadly, I'd really rather like a full bottle of it now, so will have to start saving/justifying it to myself. :)
  • mal 1 Jan 2018 03:43:36 29,326 posts
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    I don't think I've ever knowing drunk a sour beer, but if that floats your boat it's fine by me.

    The pale ale was an overhopped mess like the worst IPA unfortunately, but the Victory was the old dependable.
  • Psychotext 1 Jan 2018 13:51:48 64,738 posts
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    Missus hates beers, but there are a couple of sours she goes for (complete lack of hop taste makes the difference).
  • mrharvest 1 Jan 2018 17:56:55 5,586 posts
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    I had some Brewdog Jet Black Heart at the local. Tasty as always. They serve it a bit too cold though. Maybe I should have a half of something else and a pint of the stout at the same time, so it'll have time to adequately warm up...
  • Dougs 12 Jan 2018 23:43:25 88,270 posts
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    If anyone else is doing dry January, Brewdog's Nanny State is about the best I've found. Really quite nice.
  • Vortex808 13 Jan 2018 00:33:41 13,069 posts
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    Aye, it's magic. Very close to the real thing.
  • Dougs 13 Jan 2018 06:38:01 88,270 posts
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    Although I do appear to have woken up with a hangover. :-/

    And another thing, it's more expensive than actual booze. Why am I doing this again?
  • Deleted user 13 January 2018 07:53:08
    @Dougs Nanny State isn't alcohol free. It's low alcohol. Iirc it's 0.9% alcohol. I've looked at it, but don't touch it for that reason.

    Alcohol free that i isn't bad includes Erdinger Bavaria Holland and amazingly Budwieser.
  • Deleted user 13 January 2018 08:06:50
    I don't recall correctly. It's 0.5% and not 0.9%.

    I still don't touch it though for that reason as it could get me drunk these days. I only touch 0.0% or less that 0.05%. When i tried to quit a few years back, I made the mistake of looking for low alcohol drinks after a while and they led me back to alcohol.

    These days, I hardly ever touch even the alcohol free stuff as I don't miss it much. Had a couple of Budwiesers over the Christmas and that was it. I've actually thought I'd felt the effects drinking Becks Blue in the past and had to check it was the right one. I'm a total lightweight. But am I ever glad to no longer have hangovers.

    Well done on cutting back for a month :)
  • Dougs 13 Jan 2018 08:34:37 88,270 posts
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    Yeah, I knew it wasn't alcohol free. But good enough for me. Becks Blue is my other go to beer. Didn't get on with Bavaria much, San Miguel is vile. Apparently Kitburger is good.

    It's habitual really (especially on a Friday night...), but also as I like a savoury drink that isn't tea! I like the taste of beer. /Shrug. Yet to find a decent wine though.
  • Deleted user 13 January 2018 08:43:57
    It was habit for me too.

    Quite liked ginger beer for the bite when I was quitting. Sainsbury alcohol free sparkling white wine isn't too bad. Asda's rose was okay ish. Nothing was all that convincing though. Never tried kitburger.
  • TheHammerite 13 Jan 2018 09:53:04 3,117 posts
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    Thoughts on Bass ale?

    I thought it was lovely from a bottle but disappointing from a can.
  • wobbly_Bob 3 Feb 2018 16:13:50 4,879 posts
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    Tomorrow after the arcade we are going to a Belgium pub just off Covant Garden on Dury Lane called Lowlander. It has nearly 300 beers apparently! They do 6 1/3 pints on for £18! Come to pappa Belgium beers! There's one called Delirium Tremens that I especially want to try.
  • askew 3 Feb 2018 16:20:48 18,644 posts
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    Thatís a tasty beer. They do a festive version of it, which is a little fruitier.
  • Vortex808 3 Feb 2018 17:14:54 13,069 posts
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    DT is nice. Can be got from Tesco these days too. At least my lical one's had it for a while.

    Can't go wrong with Belian beers, although some guldendrak's leave me a bit cold. Too potent.
  • mal 3 Feb 2018 17:25:05 29,326 posts
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    TheHammerite wrote:
    Thoughts on Bass ale?

    I thought it was lovely from a bottle but disappointing from a can.
    Bass No. 1 on tap used to be relatively easy to find going back about ten years or so, and that was a great session bitter. I've had it bottled, but never gone for it canned. I can't really drink any bitter canned to be honest, although that may only be due to a bad experience with boddingtons back in the day.
  • Baihu1983 3 Feb 2018 17:33:47 10,809 posts
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    A Gin post but anyone who lives in Lincoln keep an eye out for Lincoln Gin coming soon.

    One of my mates owns it and is starting a new career venture (already owns Buntys Cakes).


    Anyways like Doombar myself
  • wobbly_Bob 3 Feb 2018 19:07:05 4,879 posts
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    Vortex808 wrote:
    DT is nice. Can be got from Tesco these days too. At least my lical one's had it for a while.

    Can't go wrong with Belian beers, although some guldendrak's leave me a bit cold. Too potent.
    Ah good to know it will be easy to get should I like it.
  • Vortex808 3 Feb 2018 21:31:33 13,069 posts
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    It's a tasty drop bob, I'm sure you'll dig it.
  • blimeyguvnor87 4 Feb 2018 15:22:16 429 posts
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    My first time posting on this thread but Iím very much into ales.

    Just visited a local pub - owned by Dark Star brewery - and they had a Cocoa Nut Porter. Iím not sure I need to explain but Cocoa and Hazlenut, it was around 6-7% and three pints combined with a roast dinner has made Sunday even better!
  • mal 4 Feb 2018 17:49:35 29,326 posts
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    Ooh, I like my porter, and also am not inpartial to cocoa or hazelnuts, and I know the former two and the latter two definitely go together, so I assume the triumvirate is successful as well. I'll have to keep a look out for that.
  • blimeyguvnor87 4 Feb 2018 17:52:30 429 posts
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    Oh definitely do! Safe to say Iíll be back this week before itís gone.

    I did try a Rum Coffee Porter, as a fan of all teee individually, the mix wasnít for me!

    They do have a lovely selection that changes often from keg to cask and bottled. And amazing food to go with.

    Weíve only been in the town for 6 months or so, but safe to say that place has been frequently visited since we arrived!
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