Sentinel AcW

Not can conditioned
Sentinel AcW [baron rating 5/5] - 5% hazy copper ale,fresh apricot smell,creamy delicate herbal fleshy apricot taste,dry lemongrass 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 Hillside Severn Surge



I feel really bad about this one. The lovely people at Hillside Brewery sent through a bottle of beer before Christmas and I've only just got round to saying thank you for it today.  I've been busy but that's no excuse. I've also not really been in the mood recently for 'baron rating' - think it's probably the post-Christmas blues as well as consuming probably far too many beers over the festive period.

Anyway I'd like to thank Hillside for sending through a bottle of their Severn Surge porter:

Hillside Brewery
  • Severn Surge - 5.4% porter, black in colour, smokey chocolate, coffee aroma, complex, smokey, roast malt flavour (it's almost like I don't need to baron rate it as the info is all there on the side of the bottle!)
Look out for 'baron ratings' of these beers soon, and a big thank you to Paul (@Hillsidebrewery) from Hillside Brewery for sending these through to me!

Clay Brow Nano Mrs P's

Bottle conditioned with perfect carbonation
Clay Brow Nano Mrs P's [baron rating 3/5] - 6% black ale,vanilla roasted smell,oily vanilla roasted choc taste,clean short bitter finish
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Tiny Rebel Cali

Not can conditioned
Tiny Rebel Cali [baron rating 5/5] - 5.8% gold ale,pithy fresh smell,smooth grapefruit pithy bitter taste,big dry pithy bitter finish
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Tiny Rebel Bo'Ho

Not bottle conditioned
Tiny Rebel Bo'Ho [baron rating 5/5] - 5% gold beer,strong grassy sweetish smell,fruity sweet lemon bittersweet taste,long dry complex finish
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Wychwood Hobgoblin IPA

Not bottle conditioned
Wychwood Hobgoblin IPA [baron rating 4/5] - 5.3% copper ale,orange peppery resinous smell,orange pithy lime bitter taste,dry peppery finish
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Thank you to  Emanuele from R&R Teamwork for sending this through for a baron rating!

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Fuller's Peat Souper

Not bottle conditioned
Fuller's Peat Souper [baron rating 5/5] - 7% black ale,peat TCP dark choc smell,velvety choc earthy burnt taste,short smoky burnt finish
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Looking forward to baron rating Tiny Rebel ales

We've not had any Tiny Rebel at Baron Towers for quite some time, you don't really see it around in the North West that much and I'd not been ordering that much beer online either recently. Ales By Mail sent through a few beers last week as an early Christmas present and inside was quite a nice selection of Tiny Rebel Brewery ales:

Tiny Rebel Brewery
  • Beat Box - 4.5% American Pale Ale
  • Bo'Ho -  5% Bohemian Lager
  • Hadouken -7.4% Amplified IPA
  • Cali - 5.6% American Pale Ale
  • Captain Insano - 10% Triple IPA
  • Clwb Tropicana - 5.5% Tropical IPA
  • Cwtch - 4.6% Welsh Red Ale
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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Oakham American Pale

Not bottle conditioned
Oakham American Pale [baron rating 4/5] - 4.2% gold ale,floral tropical smell,resinous citrus bittersweet taste,long dusty pithy finish

Oakham Kiwi Gold

Not bottle conditioned
Oakham Kiwi Gold [baron rating 4/5] - 4.2% pale gold ale,zesty tropical herbal savoury smell,citrus very bitter taste,fruity bitter finish

Badger Union Joker

Not bottle conditioned
Badger Union Joker [baron rating 3/5] - 4.4% copper ale,herby berries gentle lemon smell,savoury citrus taste,dry earthy spicy bitter finish

Looking forward to baron rating Wychwood Hobgoblin IPA



I've been extremely fortunate to have been sent a lot of beer over the past eight years of blogging and every now and then a brewery includes a few extras like glassware, bar runners, stickers, etc.

On Friday I received what I consider to be the best and craziest thing ever to have been sent to Baron Towers.

A wooden chest, with clasp and handle looking like something straight out of a Harry Potter movie. On opening the chest I was presented with two bottles of Wychwood's brand new Hobgoblin IPA as well as a very nice looking Spiegelau IPA tasting glass.

A brand new IPA with the perfect glass to taste it with!

Wychwood Brewery
  • Hobgoblin IPA -  5.3% India Pale Ale,heftily hopped & aroma packed. Brewed with Fuggles, Goldings & Styrian hops & then amped up by the addition of some mighty American hops (Mosaic, Chinook, Centennial & Citra).
Thank you to Emanuele from R&R Teamwork for sending this through for a baron rating!

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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!

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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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