Art Brew AB6 (4.6%)

Art Brew’s AB6 is a double dry hopped Pale Ale.
The bottle doesn’t tell me which hops have been used and I’m not going to try and guess.
Instead I’ll simply tell you that this light golden beer with its light fluffy head has a rich and round shortcake and honey malt that creates a super backbone onto which the hops, whatever they are, cling.
There’s freshly picked steely garden herbs, mown lawns, nettle tea, sherbet lemons, lime zest and just a hint of Seville orange marmalade.
All this makes for a super sharp and crisp beer with an incredibly long dry bitter finish.

Source: Art Brew

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Brouwerij De Molen Sun & Moon (10%)

Brewed in collaboration with Tempest, who I love dearly, this Umami Imperial Stout is absolutely superb, even if I can’t find any of the Umami ingredients at all.
You see Sun & Moon has been brewed with Shitake mushrooms, Miso Light and Dark and salted seaweed, but nine of that is anywhere to be found and yet the beer is absolutely superb.
Pouring a deep blackhole black with a thick and creamy cappuccino head, the aroma is prune and putty and chocolate coffee beans.
Taking a swig you find a beer that is thick and rich and chewy, the malting heavy with treacle tart and toffee, honey, pecan pie and chocolate sauce.
There’s a splash of espresso as well, just before the hops give you a lick of tobacco and nettle tea, lemon zest and satsuma peel.
In the finish there’s a hint of salty ozone and maybe just a trace of earthy marmite and mushroom, but it’s so subtle that I can’t be sure I’m imagining it because I know that it should be there.
And yet this is an excellent Imperial Stout whether you can find the extra bits or not.

Source: Ales By Mail

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Shindigger Brewing Co. Everything’s Peachy (4.2%)

A Session IPA brewed with peaches, this is round and fruity and refreshing.
Everything’s Peachy pours a pale gold with a fluffy white head and smells of tinned peaches in syrup, it’s a homely and inviting smell and it draws you down into the beer where you find that the peaches wander around in the background adding a fleshy fruity underbelly to the caramel and honey, shortcake and bagels of the malting and the sharp spiky green hedgerow leafiness, lemon zest zing and orange marmalade of the hops.
All this makes for a satisfyingly easy drinking beer with a soft fruity finish.

Source: EeBria

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Crafty Devil Brewing Co. Tax Man (8.5%)

This here is a decent Double IPA packed with everything you could want from the style.
It pours a peachy gold with a fluffy head and has a big damp aroma of resinous redwoods, pine needles and dewy hedgerows.
That gloopy resin continues into the flavour, glueing the beer to you and sticking everything together, the chewy caramel and bagel, honey and biscuits of the malts creating a solid base while the great big hop hit smacks you with marmalade and nettles, rolling tobacco, lemon sherbet and steely herbal leaves all niftily bound by that thick satisfying woody glob.

Source: Ales By Mail

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Haand Bryggeriet Death By Disco (10%)

Min kjære Haand, vil du være kjæresten min?
Death By Disco is a Blueberry Stout and it is immensely good, pouring a deep dark purple brown, the aroma is freshly squished blueberries and dark chocolate.
It’s a sexy and seductive and it entices you down into its deep dark depths where you find a soft and round, chewy malt base that’s all malt loaf and honey, pumpernickel, brunost, toasted wholemeal bread and Bamse Mums.
The hops add some much needed sharpness and a little bitter slap of grapefruit zest and dandelion leaves.
And all the while the blueberries build, they’re rich and juicy, plump and fruity and, alongside the malting make the beer feel like a well made bagel under a dollop of vanilla ice cream.
Yes, I want Haand to be my girlfriend.

Source: Imperial Beer Club

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