Looking forward to baron rating Shepherd Neame Spitfire Gold in a can

A parcel arrived today from the good people at Shepherd Neame, this is a canned version of their fairly new bottled ale "Spitfire Gold", brewed to commemorate 75 years since the Battle of Britain:

Shepherd Neame Brewery
  • Spitfire Gold - 4.3% golden ale, smooth sweet malt base built upon with Challenger hops for bitterness. The well-balanced brew also incorporates Centennial and Saaz hops for aroma, with notes of tropical fruits, citrus and pine
Look out for baron ratings for this beer soon, and a big thank you to  John Humphreys from Shepherd Neame for sending it through for a baron rating!

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Pork Scratching Showdown #3

spicy & hairy - the double cooked ones are true craft!
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Wychwood Dr Thirsty's No.4

Not bottle conditioned
Wychwood Dr Thirsty's No.4 [baron rating 3/5] - 4.1% gold ale,grassy mild sweet citrus smell,lemony peppery taste,peppery bitter finish

Looking forward to baron rating all these Ales By Mail ales

Ales By Mail has really delivered the goods this week, which was particularly well timed as during my last 'Baron Rating' audio reviews evening with Chris we ran out of new beers to review! A nice weighty box arrived today in perfect condition thanks to UK Mail and this is what was inside:


Magic Rock Brewing
  • Cannonball - 7.4% India Pale Ale
  • Dark Arts - 6% Surreal Stout
  • High Wire - 5.5% West Coast Pale Ale
  • High Wire Grapefruit - 5.5% Grapefruit Pale Ale
  • Rapture - 4.6% Red Hop Ale
  • Salty Kiss - 4.1% Gooseberry Gose | Lightly sour, fruity and refreshing

Roosters Brewery
  • Baby-Faced Assassin [baron rating 5/5] - 6.1% India Pale Ale, brewed with 100% Citra hops that create aromas of mango, apricot, grapefruit & mandarin orange, along with a lasting, juicy, tropical fruit bitterness
  • Fort Smith [baron rating 5/5] - 5% American Pale Ale, brewed using a blend of four hops from the USA (Amarillo, Chinook, Citra & Crystal) to create tropical and passion fruit aromas and a lasting, bitter finish
  • Yankee [baron rating 4/5] - 4.3% Original Pale Ale, light and easy-drinking, showcases the floral and citrus fruit aromas of the Cascade hop projected against a backdrop of soft Yorkshire water and golden promise pale malt

Wild Beer Co.
  • Bibble - 4.2% Pale Ale+Mosaic+Amarillo, Bibble means to drink regularly in old Somerset dialect
  • Madness IPA - 6.8% an insane amount of hops, give a tropical punchbowl of aromas and wave after wave of tropical and citrus fruits flood over your tongue
Wimbledon Brewery
  • Bravo - 5.5% American Pale Ale, straw coloured, pronounced blackcurrant and tangerine aroma, crisp fruity palete,refreshing bitter bite finish
  • Quartermaine IPA - 6.2% English IPA, the spicy floral character of English hops fills the aroma, introducing the rich malt palete. This combines with a crisp bite of hop bitterness to finish this classic English IPA
  • Tower SPA - 5% fruit, floral spicy and orange aroma, full, rounded palete, satifying bittersweet finish

Look out for 'baron ratings' of these beers soon, and a big thank you to Paul from Ales By Mail for sending these through to me!

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BrewDog Albino Squid Assassin

Not can conditioned
BrewDog Albino Squid Assassin [baron rating 5/5] - 7.4% ruby ale,candied fruits smell,rich sweet candied fruits bitter taste,dry rye finish
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Thank you to Chris for bringing this round for a baron rating!

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Samuel Adams Blonde Ambition

Not bottle conditioned
Samuel Adams Blonde Ambition [baron rating 3/5] - 4.5% gold ale,herbal fruity smell,creamy sweet crisp apple taste,mild sharp apple finish
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Duvel Tripel Hop 2016

Bottle conditioned with perfect carbonation
Duvel Tripel Hop 2016 [baron rating 5/5] - 9.5% gold beer,floral smoked cheese smell,peppery lime meringue pie taste,peppery fruity finish
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Thank you to Rupert from R&R Teamwork for sending this through for a baron rating!

Looking forward to baron rating Adnams Triple Knot ale




Adnams seem to walk a fine line between brewing traditional regular ales and some more stronger (and dare I say more interesting) beers. The one that arrived today falls firmly into the latter category, a 10% Belguim Tripel in a cute looking swing-top touting 330ml bottle:


Adnams Brewery
  • Triple Knot - 10% Tripel 2015, inspired by the strong Tripel Ales brewed in Belgium, matured for six months and is full of floral, orange, honey, and biscuit notes
Look out for a baron rating for this Adnams ale soon, and a big thank you to Fergus (@Adnams) for sending it through to me!

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Red Star Weissbier

Bottle conditioned with perfect carbonation
Red Star Weissbier [baron rating 3/5] - 5.3% hazy gold beer,banana bubblegum smell,creamy banana but bit dull taste,slight sour lime finish
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Thank you to  Ian from Holborn Ales for handing this over for a baron rating!

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Looking forward to baron rating Duvel Tripel Hop 2016

The samples have been drying up at Baron Towers with last week's baron rating night being almost the last of them. Luckily R&R Teamwork surprised me this week by sending through a bottle of the brand new Tripel Hop 2016:

So new the hop doesn't even have a name!

Duvel Moortgat Brewery
  • Duvel [baron rating 5/5] - 8.5% strong Belgian golden ale
  • Duvel Tripel Hop 2016 - 9.5% strong golden ale brewed with experimental hop #291, adding notes of fresh citrus, black pepper, lavender and roses to our traditional Duvel brew 
Look out for 'baron ratings' of these beers soon, and a big thank you to Rupert from R&R Teamwork for sending these through to me!

Anarchy Xmas Chaos

Not bottle conditioned
Anarchy Xmas Chaos [baron rating 2/5] - 4.3% ruby ale,stewed raisin smell,fruity mild peppermint taste,clean medicinal menthol finish
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Thank you to Paul Kruzycki from Ales By Mail for sending me their Craft Beer Advent Calendar 2015.

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Badger Firkin Fox

Not bottle conditioned
Badger Firkin Fox [baron rating 3/5] - 4.6% amber ale,fleshy nectarine smell,sweet brown bread spicy taste,slightly watery finish
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Thank you to @Badgerales from Hall & Woodhouse for sending this through for a baron rating!

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Pork Scratching Showdown #2

Three great choices for scratchings
Listen to what Chris and the Baron have to say about a selection of traditional pork scratchings sent through for review

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Thank you to Black Country Snacks (@bcscratchings) and Freshers Foods (@FreshersFoods) for sending them through for a baron rating!

Badger Leaping Legend

Not bottle conditioned
Badger Leaping Legend [baron rating 4/5] - 4.8% copper ale,lime citrus smell,cereal zingy citrus peppery taste,bitter lime finish
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Thank you to @Badgerales from Hall & Woodhouse for sending this through for a baron rating!

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Dark Star Revelation

Not can conditioned
Dark Star Revelation [baron rating 5/5] - 5.7% copper ale,resin sweet tropical smell,candied tropical fruit taste,fruity piney bitter finish
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Hafod Big Red

Not can conditioned
Hafod Big Red [baron rating 2/5] - 5.5% amber ale,slight candied smell,earthy mild sweet candied fruit taste,dry sweetish finish