Butcombe IPA

Not bottle conditioned
Butcombe IPA [baron rating 3/5] - 5% amber ale,caramel spicy apple smell,balanced spicy peppery prickly bitter taste,dry bittersweet finish

Bristol Beer Factory Ultimate Stout v2

Bottle conditioned with perfect carbonation
Bristol Beer Factory Ultimate Stout v2 [baron rating 4/5] - 7.5% black ale,vineous mild choc smell,smooth winey choc taste,bit thin finish
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Thwaites Crafty Dan

Not bottle conditioned
Thwaites Crafty Dan [baron rating 4/5] - 6% copper ale,spicy zingy tropical smell,peppery spicy lime taste,lingering caramel bitter finish

RedWillow Heartless

Bottle conditioned with perfect carbonation
RedWillow Heartless [baron rating 4/5] - 4.9% black ale,70% dark choc smell,berries burnt mild astringent taste,long black coffee finish

Fourpure Pils

Not can conditioned
Fourpure Pils [baron rating 3/5] - 4.7% gold beer,grassy herbal smell,creamy strong herbal almost minty taste,very herbal finish
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Valhalla White Wife

Not bottle conditioned
Valhalla White Wife [baron rating 4/5] - 4.5% copper ale,sweet honey smell,honey sultana bittersweet taste,mild orange barley water finish
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Guinness West Indies Porter

Not bottle conditioned
Guinness West Indies Porter [baron rating 4/5] - 6% black ale,caramel Bovril dark choc smell,coffee smooth sweetish taste,leafy burnt finish
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Guinness Dublin Porter

Not bottle conditioned
Guinness Dublin Porter [baron rating 3/5] - 3.8% black ale,earthy roasted cola smell,dark roasted bittersweet taste,mild burnt bitter finish
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Natural Selection Mutiny on the Beagle

Not bottle conditioned
Natural Selection Mutiny on the Beagle [baron rating 3/5] - 5.8% amber ale,citrus smell,wheat zingy citrus balanced taste,long fruity finish
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Nobby's T'owd Navigation

Bottle conditioned with perfect carbonation
Nobby's T'owd Navigation [baron rating 4/5] - 6.1% dark brown ale,sweet molasses smell,full bodied fruitcake taste,earthy bittersweet finish
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Thank you to Andrew (@TheAleRoom) from The Ale Room for sending this through for a baron rating!

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Beavertown Neck Oil

Not can conditioned
Beavertown Neck Oil [baron rating 4/5] - 4.3% gold ale,floral citrus fresh hop smell,mild herbal citrus bitter taste,fruit squash finish
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Shepherd Neame Barley Wine

Bottle conditioned with perfect carbonation
Shepherd Neame Barley Wine [baron rating 5/5] - 10% dark amber ale,boozy port smell,dark treacle gingery sweet bourbon taste,mellow finish
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Salopian Kinetic

Bottle conditioned with lively carbonation
Salopian Kinetic [baron rating 5/5] - 6.5% copper ale,all citrus fruits esp blood orange smell,zingy zesty bitter taste,fruity bitter finish
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Looking forward to hosting Ales By Mail's live twitter tasting featuring Okell's ales

On Wednesday evening at 8pm I'll be hosting the next live twitter tasting for Ales By Mail. They got in touch a couple of weeks ago and asked if I was familar with Okell's and would I like to run the session.I am quite familiar with Okell's, the Isle of Man's largest brewery as I've been to the IOM a number of times, and make a point of hunting out some cask pints of Olaf or MPA (two fantastically tasty sub-4% ales). My initial pick of Okell's bottled range was Aile & 1907 but supply issues of 1907 meant that we've gone with my backup plan of their IPA.


Nice clean branded bottles and a lovely pint glass!

Okell's Brewery
  • IPA - 4.5% "extremely light-coloured beer with a surprising full-bodied taste. The sweetness is offset by a very strong hopping rate. That gives the finished beer an overall roundness with very spicy, lemony notes and a fine dry finish to counteract the initial sweetness"
  • Aile - 4.7% smoked porter, "Aile is the Manx Celtic word for Fire and this crafted Okell's beer has delicate, smokey aromas derived from the careful addition of peated malt. This malt is made from selected barley that uses burning peat during the malting process"
If you've taken advantage of the free bottle codes then I'm looking forward to you joining me at 8pm on Wednesday night as we walk through the two beers, I plan to start with the lighter IPA and then move into the slightly stronger in alcohol but much stronger in taste Aile.

If you've got them in the fridge (I have), make sure to take them both out around 15 minutes before we start, you want the IPA to be coldish and refreshing but not so cold that the subtle balanced of flavours is lost, make sure the Aile comes out at the same time as you want that to be a bit warmer to really let those peated smokey aromas open up.

See you on Twitter at 8pm Wednesday, please use the hashtag #beerybits so that we can all follow along and see what everyone is posting. Oh and make sure you are following @AlesByMail as not only will they be joining in but they might be running some competitions as well! Also you might like to follow @OkellsAles which is the account for Dr. Mike Cowbourne, head brewer at Okells who will be joining us online for the evening.

Thanks to Chrissie Saunders from Ales By Mail for asking if I would like to host the tasting session and sending through the bottles and glassware.

Looking forward to baron rating Salopian Kinetic

The next in Salopian's brown bottle range is KiNETiC, this was announced via Twitter a couple of days ago that it was now available in bottles and Jake from Salopian kindly sent a 'care package' through to Baron Towers:

Salopian Brewery
Look out for a 'baron rating' for this Salopian Brewery beer soon, and a big thank you to Jake (@SalopianBrewery) for sending it through to me!

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Salopian Sentinel

Bottle conditioned with perfect carbonation
Salopian Sentinel [baron rating 5/5] - 8.4% amber ale,citrus tropical fruit smell,fruity syrupy resin spicy taste,dusty bitter resin finish
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