Boss Brave

Not can conditioned
Boss Brave [baron rating 2/5] - 5.5% amber ale,candied toffee fruity smell,candied sweet stewed fruits taste,sweet fruity finish

Looking forward to baron rating Clay Brow Nano ales

I've been tweeting with "big niz"over the past few months knowing only that he's local and does what appeared to be some home brewing.

After further conversations and investigation I found out that he's been home brewing for over a decade and was approved to be able to supply his Clay Brow Nano Brewery beers for wholesale back in May this year, he's currently brewing with a half barrel setup.

So far his outlet is the wonderful CatHop Beers in Rainford but he's looking for more chances to get his bottles into the hands of beers lovers. He offered to drop some samples off at my house, which was extremely kind of him, here is what was left for Chris & I to baron rate:

Consistent branding and all bottle conditioned
Clay Brow Nano Brewery
  • Eclipse - 5.4% oatmeal stout, a smooth velvety texture with hints of toasted oats & chocolate
  • Mr P's - 5.7% coffee & milk stout, blended with seven different malts and infused with cold-brewed Guatemalan coffee beans
  • Mrs P's - 6% black IPA, a dark, hoppy IPA hopped with Centennial, Mosaic & Vic Secret
  • Parkin's - 4.5% pale ale, a copper-coloured pale ale hopped with Challenger & East Kent Goldings British hops
Thank you to Neil from Clay Brow Nano Brewery for handing these over for a baron rating!

Buy Clay Brow ales from CatHop Beers

Wychwood Ripsaw

Not bottle conditioned
Wychwood Ripsaw [baron rating 3/5] - 4.2% dark amber ale,maple syrup smell,earthy roast burnt bittersweet taste,long malty sweetish finish
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Wychwood Dunkel Fester

Not bottle conditioned
Wychwood Dunkel Fester [baron rating 1/5] - 4.4% black ale,coffee smell,smooth dark chocolate coffee taste,metallic nasty acidic finish
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Williams Bros Stravaigin

Not bottle conditioned
Williams Bros Stravaigin [baron rating 4/5] - 6.4% cloudy gold ale,honey tart smell,oily honey orange mild tart taste,long citrus finish
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Thank you to @WilliamsBrewery from Williams Bros. for sending this through for a 'baron rating'!

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Baron on Tour: CatHop Beers

It was a lovely crisp sunny day today so what better to do than visit a fairly new local beer shop over in nearby Rainford. CatHop Beers are based in the Inglenook Farm complex, off the Rainford Bypass.

Run by newly-weds Neil & Sam, they opened the shop in August 2017 and have been enjoying a growing customer base. Mainly concentrating on local and north west beers they venture up to Cumbria, down to Macclesfield and across to North Wales, Manchester & Derbyshire to collect their stock.

Their selection is excellent, including breweries such as Marble, Cloudwater, Tiny Rebel, Red Willow,  and many others. There were loads of beers there that I've not 'baron rated' yet so I expect I'll be visiting from time to time. They are the only stockists of Clay Brow ales, and are always looking out for new and exciting beers to stock.

So why the name CatHop? Well, they are definitely cat lovers, with photos of their cats stuck to the side of the till and various other cat references dotted around the shop. Originally planned to be called HopCat until they found that name was already claimed by a US company so a quick swap of the words and they were sorted.

They are currently open Thursday to Sunday (11am-6pm Thursday/Friday, 11am-5pm Saturday/Sunday), with the rest of the week reserved for driving around collecting beers, and hopefully some well earned time off too. I'm really looking forward to seeing how this beer shop develops, their current range is excellent and they are two of the nicest people you could meet!

Find them on Facebook (cathopbeers), or follow them on Twitter (@cathopbeers) & Instagram (cathopbeers)

Lost Industry Black Licorice Gose

Bottle conditioned with perfect carbonation
Lost Industry Black Licorice Gose [baron rating 4/5] - 3.9% black ale,tart licorice smell,bright tart taste,fast fading finish
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Tarn Hows Blueberry & Vanilla Stout

Not bottle conditioned
Tarn Hows Blueberry & Vanilla Stout [baron rating 5/5] - 5% black ale,fruity vanilla smell,slick fruity choc taste,velvety vanilla finish
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Thank you to Chris for bringing this round for a baron rating!

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Shepherd Neame Barley Wine 2014 (aged)

Bottle conditioned with perfect carbonation
Shepherd Neame Barley Wine 2014 (aged) [baron rating 4/5] - 10% dark amber ale,strawberry smell,burnt sour fruit taste,long caramel finish
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Fuller's Vintage Ale 2013 (aged)

Bottle conditioned with perfect carbonation
Fuller's Vintage Ale 2013 (aged) [baron rating 5/5] - 8.5% amber ale,earthy stewed fruit smell,rich sherry trifle taste,long fruity finish
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Harviestoun Ola Dubh 30 (aged)

Bottle conditioned with dull carbonation
Harviestoun Ola Dubh 30 (aged) [baron rating 5/5] - 11.3% black ale,vineous dark choc smell,oily bitter choc taste,fruity warm boozy finish
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Thank you to @HarviestounBrew from Harviestoun for handing this over for a baron rating!

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Williams Bros Caesar Augustus can

Not can conditioned
Williams Bros Caesar Augustus can [baron rating 3/5] - 4% pale gold ale,grassy smell,light citrus bittersweet taste,herbal dry grassy finish
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Shepherd Neame Cinque

Not bottle conditioned
Shepherd Neame Cinque [baron rating 3/5] - 5% gold beer,very mild smell,mild sweet grassy lemon taste,soft bitter finish
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Thank you to Benedict from Shepherd Neame for sending this through for a baron rating!

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Williams Bros Double Joker IPA can

Not can conditioned
Williams Bros Double Joker IPA can [baron rating 5/5] - 8.3% copper ale,orange solventy smell,peppery resinous taste,long chili spicy finish
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Williams Bros Joker IPA can

Not can conditioned
Williams Bros Joker IPA can [baron rating 3/5] - 5% gold ale,menthol green hop smell,subdued zingy lacking taste,menthol bitter finish
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Williams Bros Perfect Storm

Not bottle conditioned
Williams Bros Perfect Storm [baron rating 3/5] - 4.5% gold ale,apricot mandarin smell,peppery fruit bread bitter taste,fruity apricot finish
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Thank you to @WilliamsBrewery from Williams Bros. for sending this through for a 'baron rating'!

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