Rocky Head Bam!

Bottle conditioned with perfect carbonation
Rocky Head Bam! [baron rating 4/5] - 7% gold ale,peach custard smell,balanced syrupy fleshy fruits taste,dry peppery gingery finish
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Thank you to Paul Kruzycki from Ales By Mail for sending this through for a baron rating!

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Looking forward to baron rating these The Ale Room beers

The Ale Room recently sent a handful of their new supplies to Baron Towers, from two breweries that I've not tried before, Nobby's from Northamptonshire and Bexar County from Peterborough:



Middle bottle doesn't even have a name!
Bexar County Brewery
  • Falcon IPA - 7.7% true American IPA. Well balanced but hoppy through & through. If you are a hophead, this is the one for you!
  • Papa Steve - 9% Imperial Stout, this extremely limited edition beer is packed with flavours of burnt toast, dark chocolate and hints of toffee with an impeccably smooth finish.The name Papa Steve will not be seen on the front of the bottle, but will be known as being so because of the Red Cap
  • San Jacinto - 6.9% American styled IPA. The six hop additions lead to a well rounded IPA
 Nobby's Brewery
  • T'owd Navigation - 6.1% strong dark ale from years gone by, rich in malt and hop flavours
  • Wild West - 4.6% award winning mahogany ale, full bodied and flavoursome
Look out for baron ratings for these The Ale Room beers soon, and a big thank you to Andrew (@TheAleRoom) for sending them through to me!

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Flying Dog Horn Dog

Not bottle conditioned
Flying Dog Horn Dog [baron rating 5/5] - 10.2% dark amber ale,brown sugar smell,sugary candied fruit resinous taste,sweet candied finish
We actually reviewed this back in 2011 (which I'd forgotten about) and it had a different label then, but it's as good now as it was back then - awesome beer!

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Adnams South Town

Cask conditioned with perfect carbonation
Adnams South Town [baron rating 4/5] - 4.9% dark amber ale,candied apple smell,berries boiled sweets/candy bittersweet taste,dry rye finish
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Hawkshead Dry Stone Stout

Not bottle conditioned
Hawkshead Dry Stone Stout [baron rating 3/5] - 4.5% black ale,burnt malt smell,light burnt dry sweet liquorice taste,mild berry finish
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Looking forward to baron rating Adnams Mosaic Pale Ale & South Town Red Ale



Two new Adnams beers arrived at Baron Towers on Friday, a 5L mini-cask of their new single hop pale ale Mosaic and a cask of their colab brew with Camden Town called South Town:

Adnams Brewery
  • Mosaic - 4.1% pale ale made with Mosaic hops, this pale blonde has bags of bold mango, peach, lemon & pine flavours with a dry hoppy finish
  • South Town - 4.9% red ale, a new collaboration cask beer by Adnams head brewer Fergus Fitzgerald & Alex Troncoso head brewer at Camden Town Brewery. Brewed with fruity Australian hops, malted rye and golden naked oats, this Red Ale has fantastic tropical fruit aromas, flavours of freshly baked bread and a crisp finish
Look out for baron ratings for these Adnams ales soon, and a big thank you to Sarah (@Adnams) for sending them through to me!

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Tempest Brave New World

Bottle conditioned with perfect carbonation
Tempest Brave New World [baron rating 3/5] - 7% amber ale,waxy mild sweet tropical smell,waxy citrus syrupy chewy taste, bittersweet finish

Honest Brew Riwaka Hop Mule

Bottle conditioned with perfect carbonation
Honest Brew Riwaka Hop Mule [baron rating 4/5] - 5.3% copper ale,mango pineapple smell,balanced tropical bittersweet taste,mango dry finish
Thank you to Andrew from Honest Brew for sending this through for a baron rating!

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Weird Beard Shark Biscuit

Bottle conditioned with perfect carbonation
Weird Beard Shark Biscuit [baron rating 5/5] - 7.2% amber ale,waxy peach apricot smell,balanced fruity resinous taste,fading fruity finish
Thank you to Paul Kruzycki from Ales By Mail for sending this through for a baron rating!

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Anchor Old Foghorn

Not bottle conditioned
Anchor Old Foghorn [baron rating 4/5] - 9.4% dark amber ale,boozy stewed fruit smell,sugar fruity fizzy taste,refreshing peppermint finish
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Weird Beard Five O'Clock Shadow

Bottle conditioned with lively carbonation
Weird Beard Five O'Clock Shadow [baron rating 5/5] - 7.3% copper ale,sweet tropical smell,piney peach citrus taste,long fruity bitter finish
Thank you to Paul Kruzycki from Ales By Mail for sending this through for a baron rating!

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Old Bear Black Mari'a

Bottle conditioned with perfect carbonation
Old Bear Black Mari'a [baron rating 2/5] - 4.2% black ale,mild choc smell,vineous tartish berry roasted taste,prickly berry finish
Thank you to Chris France (@TheBeerHawk) from Beer Hawk for sending this through for a baron rating!

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Honest Brew Knotted Stem

Bottle conditioned with perfect carbonation
Honest Brew Knotted Stem [baron rating 4/5] - 5.3% black ale,sweet cherry black choc smell,sour cherry burnt taste,bitter dark choc finish
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Looking forward to baron rating these ales from Ales By Mail

Ales By Mail have been a big supporter of The Ormskirk Baron from pretty much the beginning, sending me boxes of interesting beer from time to time. I was very excited when a large box arrived this week, here's what was in the box:



  • Bevog Kramah -7% India Pale Ale (such a cool label)
  • Founders Dirty Bastard - 8.5% Scotch style ale
  • Rocky Head Bam! - 7% beer, Belgian techniques, American IPA hopping
  • Rocky Head  Imitera IPA -7.2% beer, the mother of modern Greek. This is our flagship IPA
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
  • Black Racer IPA - 8.1%. Blends Bear Republic's love of hops with the Pacific Northwest's appreciation for dark ales
  • Hop Rod Rye [baron rating 5/5] - 8% high performance, alcohol burnin' monster ale with dual overhead hop injection, made with 18% rye
  • Red Rocket Ale [baron rating 5/5] - 6.8% bastardized Scottish style red ale packed with distinctive flavors and an aggressive hop character rivaled by none

Beavertown Brewery

Weird Beard Brew Co.
  • Fade To Black - 7.2% black IPA, darker than a Metallica album cover and hoppier than a frog that has just dropped a keg on his foot, this beer has a fascinating interplay between the fruity hops, dark toasted notes from the malt and the spicy rye
  • Five o'Clock  Shadow - 7.1% American IPA, the real Desperate Dan of the beer world, hoppy, uncompromising and goes well with a cow pie
  • Holy Hoppin' Hell! -9.6% Double IPA, Hoppier than a (insert joke here), and bitter as... Blah blah, just drink it!
  • Shark Biscuit -7.2% Australian IPA, brewed with Galaxy hops and a bit of Carared malt to give a nice "Australian Gold" colour
Look out for 'baron ratings' of these beers soon, and a big thank you to Paul Kruzycki from Ales By Mail for sending these through to me!

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Buxton Buxton Spa

Bottle conditioned with light carbonation
Buxton Buxton Spa [baron rating 4/5] - 4.1% gold ale,mineral tangerine zingy smell,zingy bitter grapefruit taste,juicy pithy bitter finish
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Hawkshead Brodie's Prime Export

Bottle conditioned with perfect carbonation
Hawkshead Brodie's Prime Export [baron rating 5/5] - 8.5% black ale,choc cream liquor smell,velvety choc boozy taste,long bitter choc finish
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