Hawkshead Brewery Brodie’s Prime (4.9%)

Some time ago I wrote about how good Brodie’s Prime Export is, and finally I have the chance to drink and write about the regular version of this fine Porter.
Pouring a mahogany brown with just a lick of bubbles for a head, the smell is chocolate, coffee and caramel.
This is a beer relying on its malting for all its heart and soul, and it doesn’t disappoint.
You’ll find lashings of treacle tart and chocolate, coffee and honey and a hint of rum and raisin.
It’s round and chewy and satisfying, and just to top all this goodness off and to stop it becoming too sweet and sickly there’s a fine hit of hedgerow greenery, redwood resin and lemon zest from the hops, adding some much needed bitterness to the pudding warmth of the finish.

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Redemption Brewing Co. Hopspur (4.5%)

Redemption’s Amber Ale is a solid malt bodied delight.
Packed with biscuits, toffee and a little treacle tart, the beer pours a bright amber with a little creamy head and smells of orchard fruit and caramel.
As well as the aforementioned malt body you also find a sharp and tingly serving of hazel and nettles, chamomile tea, lemon zest and mown lawns from the hopping, and this leads you to the brown sugar tempered crisp, bitterness of the finish.

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Marble Brewery Murk Du Soleil (9%)

A collaboration with Hop Burns & Black, this Double IPA is a, “New Zealand take on a New England IPA,” and it’s very good indeed.
It pours a slightly hazy pale gold and has a smell that gets right up your nose with its tropical fruit punch.
There’s a rich creamy malt body, smooth from the hefty addition of oats, you’ll find shortcrust pastry, Rich Tea biscuits, honey and caramel, and over it lots and lots of hoppy goodness.
Mango and kiwi, lime leaves, a touch of chive, orange marmalade and lemon sherbet before a good hit of chest warming alcohol drives you into the long bitter finish.

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Redemption Brewing Co. Fellowship (5.1%)

I wrote about this beer three years ago when I had a bad bottle and then a week or two ago I had another disappointing experience.
But third time lucky, this bottle is so very good that I have to write about it again to set the record straight, and I would suggest that sometimes things go a little bit wrong, and sometimes it’s worth persevering.
Fellowship is a chocolate rich Porter loaded with digestive biscuits, toffee and prunes.
There’s a lovely red fruit aroma and the beer sits a deep mahogany in my glass.
Around the rich malting you also get a slap of hedgerow greenery and a lick of aniseed from the hops while the beer feels smooth and creamy, leading you into the salted caramel ice cream of the finish.
Lovey stuff.

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Beavertown Brewery Spresso(9%)

Brewed in collaboration with Caravan Coffee Roasters, this Imperial Coffee Stout is an absolute monster.
It’s one of those beers that’ll get you pissed and then not let you sleep, making your heart race while your brains scramble, it’s an absolutely terrifyingly brilliant beer.
Pouring an impenetrable inky black, the smell is fresh and woody coffee and bitter chocolate, and taking a swig the beer feels thick and creamy, with a rich beef stock background hum.
The malting is fathoms deep, dragging you down into a dark world of treacle and chocolate, figs, honey and molasses, and the hopping brings some orange marmalade, thistles and nettles, they’re pithy and dry and delicious.
And all the while the coffee builds, heavy with woody tobacco, coal tar soap, plums and cherry stones that is driven along by a chest warming whisky heat.
Spresso is superb.

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