Looking forward to baron rating these Badger ales soon

I mentioned via Twitter recently that I'd spotted that Badger Ales (Hall & Woodhouse) had released a number of new ales into the Badger lineup that I'd not tried. They offered to send some over and this is what arrived today:

Hall & Woodhouse
  • Daring Diver - 4.7% See: light copper, Smell: hoppy, citrus, Taste: hoppy with  biscuit undertones
  • Firkin Fox - 4.6% See: auburn, Smell: intense, citrus hop, Taste: biscuity maltiness, refreshing hop
  • Leaping Legend -  4.8% See: autumnal gold, Smell: citrus, grapefruit hop, Taste: fresh, full, hoppy
Look out for baron ratings for these beers soon, and a big thank you to  @Badgerales from Hall & Woodhouse for sending them through for a baron rating!

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Badger Wild Wader

Not bottle conditioned
Badger Wild Wader [baron rating 5/5] - 4.2% gold ale,mild sweet grapefruit smell,spicy fleshy fruit taste,juicy bittersweet finish
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Brecon Cwrw-istmas Beacons

Not bottle conditioned
Brecon Cwrw-istmas Beacons [baron rating 3/5] - 4.2% gold ale,fruitcake nutmeg cinnamon smell,crisp bready fruity taste,spicy 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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Asahi Super Dry Black

Not bottle conditioned
Asahi Super Dry Black [baron rating 3/5] - 5.5% black beer,faint sweet roasted smell,creamy stout vanilla cola taste,dry mild vanilla 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 trying a range of Black Country Snacks






During a recent Baron Rating beer tasting session with my review buddy Chris we decided to try a number of different packets of pork scratchings available locally. During the evening Black Country Snacks got in touch to offer us some more from their snack range:

A lot of pork went into making this lot!
Black Country Snacks
  • Alf Turner Dragon's Fury - premium chilli pork crackling (50g)
  • Alf Turner Pork Scratchings - premium butchers quality (70g)
  • No Nonsense Just Proper Black Country Double Cooked Pork Crackling - (50g)
  • No Nonsense Just Proper Black Country Hot Pork Crunch - beware hot crunch (30g)
  • Black Country Traditional Crackling - MSG free, gluten free, hand cooked quality pork scratching (60g)
  • Q Salted Peanuts - roasted & salted peanuts (50g)
Look out for our views on these soon, and a big thank you to Black Country Snacks (@bcscratchings)  for sending them through!

Looking forward to trying Freshers Openshaws Big Bag traditional pork scratchings

I wanted to explore what pork scratchings were available in Ormskirk recently and so visited a few supermarkets to see what they had. After tweeting about the selection a couple of weeks ago, Freshers Foods in Wigan tweeted saying that I was missing out on a major manufacturer of pub snacks and offered to send me some, this is what arrived late last week:

75 grams of seasoned porky goodness & it really is a big bag!
 Freshers Foods
  • Openshaws Big Bag - traditional pork scratchings, seasoned fried pork rind (75g)
Look out for our views on these soon, and a big thank you to Freshers Foods (@FreshersFoods)  for sending them through!

Looking forward to baron rating Asahi Super Dry Black very soon

Shepherd Neame are a solid supporter of the Baron and for that I thank them greatly. Regardless of whether it is a new beer they have brewed or a newly imported one, a nice brown box arrives at Baron Towers:

Shiny labels are a camera's enemy
Asahi Brewery
  • Super Dry Black - 5.5%  dark lager, brewed using the same No.318 yeast as their flagship beer but with the addition of roasted malt to achieve a deeper, flavour and darker appearance
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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Salopian Midnight Express

Bottle conditioned with perfect carbonation
Salopian Midnight Express [baron rating 5/5] - 5.2% black ale,choc plum berry smell,thick vineous choc coffee taste,bitter coffee finish
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Thank you to Jake (@SalopianBrewery) from Salopian Brewery for sending this through for a baron rating!

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Looking forward to baron rating Red Star Weissbier soon

Holborn Ales, one of my local beer shops handed this over for me to review this week, it's from a newish local brewery based in Formby.


Red Star Brewery

  • Weissbier - 5.3% award winning Belgian style wheat beer, naturally cloudy and packed with big hitting flavours
Look out for a 'baron rating' for this Red Star Brewery beer soon, and a big thank you to Ian from Holborn Ales for handing it over to me!


Saltaire Kala

Not bottle conditioned
Saltaire Kala [baron rating 5/5] - 6.2% black ale,choc roasted smell,smooth coffee piney citrus bitter taste,fresh juicy choc finish
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RedWillow Shameless can

Not can conditioned
RedWillow Shameless can [baron rating 5/5] - 5.9% copper ale, mango green hop smell,sweet fruity piney bitter taste,big piney bitter finish
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Day Of The Dead Hop On Or Die

Not bottle conditioned
Day Of The Dead Hop On Or Die [baron rating 4/5] - 6.8% copper ale,mild fruity smell,massive resinous peppery taste,resinous bitter finish
Thank you to Paul Kruzycki from Ales By Mail for sending me their Craft Beer Advent Calendar 2015.

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RedWillow Wreckless can

Not can conditioned
RedWillow Wreckless can [baron rating 4/5] - 4.8% gold ale,fresh hop smell,balanced pineapple spict taste,fresh fruity slight spicy finish
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Adnams (M&S) Sorachi Saison

Not bottle conditioned
Adnams (M&S) Sorachi Saison [baron rating 4/5] - 6% gold ale,lemon dill bubblegum smell,acidic floral fruity taste,long dry spicy finish
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Siren Calypso

Not bottle conditioned
Siren Calypso [baron rating 5/5] - 4% gold ale,mango pineapple smell,refreshing zingy sour lemon taste,juicy sour finish
Thank you to Paul Kruzycki from Ales By Mail for sending me their Craft Beer Advent Calendar 2015.

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Mad Hatter Mandarin Amber

Bottle conditioned with perfect carbonation but quite yeasty
Mad Hatter Mandarin Amber [baron rating 4/5] - 8.1% amber ale,sweet resin smell,sweet resin choc orange brown sugar taste,choc bitter finish
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Thank you to Chris for bringing this round for a baron rating!

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