Magic Rock Brewing Co. Half Cut (8%)

What a marvellous thing this is.
A thing of marvellosity in fact.
It’s my new word for Magic Rock.
They embody marvellosity, from their beautiful presentation to their extraordinarily good beer, they simply drip style and class with a good dose of cool tongue in cheek humour.
Half Cut is a Double IPA in a pint can and so Half Cut is what I’ll probably be by the end of it, and and I simply can’t wait as it pours a bright gold with a foaming head of fun.
Everything here is marvellously balanced, balanced with marvellosity, from the malt bill that includes naked oats, adding a smooth creamy underbelly to the experience of soft caramel shortcake and salted honey pop corn, to the tongue twizzling smack of pin sharp hops – T90 HBC438 and Denali, and CryHops in the form of Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe and Amarillo – that hit you with super fresh penny fruit sweets, sherbet lemons, orange marmalade, rolling tobacco, a little bit of resinous goo and a slap of fresh herbal leaves, while the yeast brings a lovely kiss of lightly spiced apricot to the party.
All this goodness is pushed gently forward by the boozy backbone that’s never burning, but instead sexily warm and inviting, leading you to lip puckering Half Cut oblivion.
Magic Rock have Marvellosity.

Source: Cotteridge Wines

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Lost & Grounded Brewers Ltd. Running With Sceptres (5.2%)

A few weeks ago I said that I was getting rather bored with writing about Lagers as they are all so very similar.
Sceptres is a Lagered beer that appears to have been attacked by Citra as there’s a great big hit of fizzy lemon and lime in both the aroma and the flavour.
Initially it nearly knocks everything else out, but slowly the malting comes into its own, building a solid backbone of caramel wafers, honey and brioche while a little light spice works its way up from the yeast through the creamy finish.
All in all, rather pleasant.

Source: Hippo Beers

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The Night Milk Stout Turned Evil

It had been a hot summer’s day and the evening was turning muggy and close.
The food was eaten, the kids were in bed and I’d had a couple of beers while catching up on emails and Twitter feeds.
And as the night drew in and darkness descended I decided that it was Stout time.
I love a Stout to end the evening and I’d got a couple of Milk Stouts in my fridge ready to go.
I brought them in and opened the first one expecting a rich creamy treat, but the beer had other ideas.

Campervan Brewery Mutiny On The Bounty (4.2%)

I’m afraid that whether or not this has got roasted coconut added to it, it’s so flat that the lactose makes Mutiny On The Bounty feel thin and weedy and unpleasantly oily.
Sure there’s a bit of chocolate and a splash of coffee, and there might even be some prunes and a dab of honey, but all of the stuff that ought to make this beer good and drinkable pale into insignificance against the way that this beer feels through being as flat as dish water.
Maybe it’s just this bottle.
Oh, and as for the coconut, it’s nowhere to be found.

Source: Hippo Beers

Galway Bay Brewery Buried At Sea (4.5%)

This is wrong in a completely different way.
Galway Bay’s Milk Stout is far too gassy, making the beer too fizzy, too full of air.
The fizz is alright in and of itself, but there’s just not enough body, the beer is simply not stout enough, and so everything becomes airy and insignificant.
Supposedly brewed with chocolate, the malt body may as well be what is giving that particular flavour as there’s nothing to suggest this extra addition to the recipe.
You also find some biscuits and a touch of honey, and there’s even a hint of green herbal shrubbery from the hops, but everything is far too thin and then made sickly sweet by the oily buttery lactose that pops up in the finish.
Nope.

Source: EeBria

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Belching Beaver Brewery Orange Vanilla IPA (6.9%)

Brewed with natural orange and vanilla flavours, this is Belching Beaver’s take one an orange ice lolly, or popsicle as those pesky Americans say on the bottle, and it works really well.
It’s a beer that’s packed with fun, from the fresh cream and fruit salad aroma and the frothy white head to the glowing golden orange colour, it’s a beer to really enjoy.
There are some “proper” beer things going on in here as well, so don’t worry that this is all about flavourings, because you’ll find a solid custard donut, honey biscuit and spun sugar malt body and a big fresh blast of lemon zest and fresh herbal leaves, tangerine and passion fruit from the Citra and Mosaic hops.
But all the while there’s a deliciously soft and rich vanilla creaminess and a slow building orange cordial sweetness that leaves the finish smooth and sparkling.
Lovely stuff.

Source: Hippo Beers

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Weird Beard Brew Co. Follow The Worms (8.5%)

This is a slightly confusing beer.
Confusing because it is absolutely lovely and yet doesn’t really give you the stuff it advertises.
You see, this is an Agave and Chilli Stout and it is a delicious and immensely satisfying beer, but all the way through it I struggled to find any agave or chilli.
The aroma is packed with honey and molasses and the beer sits a heavy mahogany brown in my glass.
Taking a swig you find molasses in the flavour too, along with digestive biscuits, rum and raisin chocolate, black coffee, candy canes and honey from the malts and a big hit of herbal hedgerows, hazel and nettle tea from the hops.
There’s also a very good boozy brandy warmth as you head toward the finish, but I’m struggling to find any chilli heat and the agave might be there with a subtle water melon sweetness, or it might just exist in my head because I’m told that I should find it.
Ah, but then right at the end, after working my way down the bottle and thinking that everything was over a tiny chilli prickle develops, just adding a pinch of spice to the end of the beer.
Lovely, slightly confusing, stuff.

Source: Cotteridge Wines

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