Wimbledon Bravo

Not can conditioned
Wimbledon Bravo [baron rating 3/5] - 5.5% copper ale,tropical pineapple smell,resinous bitter mild syrupy oily taste,cloying sweetish finish
Thank you to Paul Kruzycki from Ales By Mail for sending this through for a baron rating!

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M&S Harbour American Pale

Not can conditioned
M&S Harbour American Pale [baron rating 4/5] - 5.5% copper ale,piney resin tropical smell,sweet fleshy tropical taste,dry resinous finish
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Barcino Gotic Ale

Not bottle conditioned
Barcino Gotic Ale [baron rating 2/5] - 5.2% amber ale,orange cigar smoke smell,caramel charcoal toasted bread taste,rye sweetish finish
Thank you to Paul Kruzycki from Ales By Mail for sending this through for a baron rating!

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BrewDog #MashTag 2015

Not bottle conditioned
BrewDog #MashTag 2015 [baron rating 4/5] - 10% black ale,roasty vanilla milk smell,rich malty berry choc espresso taste,bitter coffee finish
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Thank you to Chris for bringing this round for a baron rating!

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Looking forward to baron rating these Wychwood beers

The good people at R&R Teamwork (drink & food PR) sent through a nice care package yesterday, containing some Wychwood cans including their new King Star lager as well as a selection of Mr. Trotter's Sausalami. King Star is an "extrovert, food-friendly lager showcasing the 5 special hops from which it is brewed" (Hallertau Magnum, Tradition, Hersbrucker, Styrian Goldings & British Admiral):


Wychwood Brewery
  • Hobgoblin - 4.5% ruby beer, brewed with roasted malts for a well balanced, rich, smooth taste
  • Hobgoblin Gold - 4.2% golden beer
  • King Star - 5.6% crafted lager, a big and bold lager which is laced with flavour, enjoy a spicy herbal nose and a crisp quaffable elixir
Mr. Trotter's
  • Cracked black pepper Sausalami
  • Original Sausalami
  • Jalapeno Chilli Sausalami
Look out for 'baron ratings' of these beers soon, and a big thank you to Emanuele from R&R Teamwork for sending these through to me!

Wimbledon Tower SPA

Not bottle conditioned
Wimbledon Tower SPA [baron rating 3/5] - 5% copper ale,biscuity syrupy smell,unbalanced sweet apricot taste,very dry metallic finish
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Allendale Pennine Pale

Not bottle conditioned
Allendale Pennine Pale [baron rating 5/5] - 4% gold ale,fresh lime piney smell,clean biscuity piney taste,long big pithy bitter finish
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Thank you to @bob_beer from Best of British Beer for sending this through for a 'baron rating'!

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Looking forward to all these Best of British Beers!






I was fortunate to be picked as a beer judge at the recent SIBA Wales & West Region competition down in Ludlow, and bumped into Will and Gill from Best of British Beer. They have been a supporter of the Baron some time ago and it was great to catch up with them both and to find out that they are doing very well. They sold a load of beer in minutes via QVC, sell hand-picked beer selections as well as providing gift packs of ales, wines and spirits.  They said that they would send through some samples from their 'curated packs' and a couple of days later a box arrived in perfect condition:

These six beers were selected as part of their "craft" selection:
  • 360 Degrees Project Gemini v2.0 - 4.3% twin hopped session pale ale
  • Animal Oink! - 4.6% Yakima red rye ale
  • Crate Pale - 4.5% fresh & aromatic, bursting with tropical aromas
  • Electric Bear Livewire - 5.4% IPA, citrus & floral herb notes with perfectly balanced bitterness. It gives a punchy crisp finish
  • Fyne Ragnarok - 7.4% double IPA - imperial Jarl, sweet hoppy aromas followed by citrus and toffee to finish
  • Uprising Treason - 6% West Coast IPA, burning bronze in colour with a big hop aroma that gives way to a lingering spicy bitterness


These six beers are part of their "sub four" selection, all low ABV, but high on flavour:
  • Allendale Pennine Pale - 4% golden ale, brewed with an outstanding trio of bold American hops for a full fruity aroma and flavour, with a refreshing citrus finish
  • Brighton Bier Bier- 4% 'all-rounder' pale, progressive yet balanced, moreish and refreshing
  • Bude Porthbud - 4% pale ale
  • Exeter Avocet - 3.9% pale straw colour with a light citrus taste
  • Peerless Triple Blond - 4% zesty blonde ale, a blonde ale using three malts and three hops. Brewing with a higher than normal percentage of wheat gives this zesty beer its unique flavour
  • Shropshire Brewer The Golden Arrow - 3.9% pale ale, a moderate strength pale gold session ale with an abundance of hop character provided by a blend of New Zealand and British hop varieties
Look out for 'baron ratings' for these Best of British Beer beers soon, and a big thank you to Will & Gill (@bob_beer) for sending them through to me!

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Looking forward to baron rating Salopian Sienna



I was fortunate to be selected to judge at the SIBA Wales & West beer competition down in Ludlow last Friday which was as always an excellent event, some bad beer, mostly good beer and excellent people made for a great day trip from Ormskirk with Chris.

Salopian Brewery are part of that region and it's always good to catch up with the folks from the brewery and especially Jake who always takes time out to have a good chat to us about the brewery, new beers and life in general. He was also very kind and handed over a bottle of the next installment from their 'brown bottle no description' range:

It's a 4.4% something...
Salopian Brewery
  • Sienna - 4.4% ?
Look out for a 'baron rating' for this Salopian Brewery beer soon, and a big thank you to Jake (@SalopianBrewery) for handing it over to me!

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Adnams Triple Knot

Bottle conditioned with perfect carbonation
Adnams Triple Knot [baron rating 5/5] - 10% amber ale,brioche smell,balanced warming spicy honey apricot tangerine taste,fruity spicy finish
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Thank you to Fergus (@Adnams) from Adnams Brewery for sending this through for a baron rating!

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Magic Rock High Wire Grapefruit can

Not can conditioned
Magic Rock High Wire Grapefruit can [baron rating 5/5] - 5.5% gold ale,grapefruit smell,sourish sweet grapefruit taste,pithy biscuity finish
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Magic Rock High Wire can

Not can conditioned
Magic Rock High Wire can [baron rating 4/5] - 5.5% hazy gold ale,punchy sweet grapefruit smell,pine tropical sherbet taste,bitter dry finish
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Shepherd Neame Spitfire Gold can

Not can conditioned
Shepherd Neame Spitfire Gold can [baron rating 3/5] - 4.3% copper ale,citrus medicinal smell,peppery bittersweet taste,spicy creamy finish
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Thank you to John Humphreys (@ShepherdNeame) from Shepherd Neame for sending this through for a baron rating!

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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