Aldi Lowenstein

Not can conditioned
Aldi Lowenstein [baron rating 3/5] - 4.5% pale gold beer,sweetish cereal smell,creamy slight lemon thin taste,unsweetened mild herbal finish
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Thank you to Ben Hemmington from @clarioncomms for sending this through for a baron rating!

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Thornbridge Twin Peaks

Not bottle conditioned
Thornbridge Twin Peaks [baron rating 4/5] - 5% gold ale,mild fruity smell,vanilla lemon bitter taste,zesty dry finish
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Hawkshead Hop Black

Not bottle conditioned
Hawkshead Hop Black [baron rating 4/5] - 5.6% black ale,roasted piney smell,burnt toast piney sweetish malty taste,sweetish dry finish
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Cismontane California Lager

Not bottle conditioned
Cismontane California Lager [baron rating 3/5] - 6% copper lager,bready grassy smell,fruity sweetish corn taste,bittersweet herbal finish
Thank you to Paul Kruzycki from Ales By Mail for sending this through for a baron rating!

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Killer Cat Manga

Not bottle conditioned
Killer Cat Manga [baron rating 5/5] - 5% copper ale,syrupy fresh tropical smell,resinous piney bitter taste,strong pithy bitter finish
Thank you to Siobhan from Beer52 for sending this through for a baron rating!

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Offbeat Kooky Gold

Bottle conditioned with perfect carbonation
Offbeat Kooky Gold [baron rating 4/5] - 4.1% gold ale,caramel cereal smell,balanced prickly mild citrus bitter taste,spicy bitter finish
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Tap It IPA

Not bottle conditioned
Tap It IPA [baron rating 4/5] - 7% gold ale,tropical mild savoury smell,balanced caramel tropical fruit taste,mild bitter finish
Thank you to Paul Kruzycki from Ales By Mail for sending this through for a baron rating!

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King Kings Best

Not bottle conditioned
King Kings Best [baron rating 3/5] - 4% amber ale,caramel toasty smell,fruity mild spicy bitter taste,bitter finish

Looking forward to baron rating Ales By Mail ales

Some more ales from the wonderful people at Ales By Mail arrived last week, a right mixed bag of stuff, here is the selection:


  • By The Horns Gift Of The Gab - 5.9% Irish coffee milk stout. Smooth roast coffee with a touch of rich oat & peat. A milk stout brewed with Lactose, then aged on Oak and conditioned with freshly ground coffee
  • Celt Experience Silures - 4.6% infused session IPA. Powerfully hopped and adjusted with sweet Munich malt, Spruce tips and a depth of tropical fruit aroma dry hops
  • Freedom Pilsner - 5% pilsner lager. Light straw colour, very light hop aroma and a bitter, light taste with a dry aftertaste
  • Ilkley Joshua Jane -3.7% Yorkshire bitter. Rich nut-brown Yorkshire ale. Light caramel sweetness, modest salt and a keen lasting bitterness
  • Lluna De Blat - 4.8% ale. Aroma is fruity with floral notes, body is friendly and slightly acidic flavor and refreshing (taken from their website)
  • Pitfield Sea Shepherd Ocean Warrior - 4.5% straw coloured beer, with a light malt flavour, and a refreshing citrus finish
  • Tryis Vipa - 6.1% beer, the entire label was in Spanish, sorry!
  • Wild Beer Modus Operandi -7% beer. Old ale + Oak-aged for 90 days + wild yeast 2014
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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Offbeat Odd Ball Red

Bottle conditioned with perfect carbonation
Offbeat Odd Ball Red [baron rating 3/5] - 4.2% red ale,candied blackberry smell,burnt fruity toffee bittersweet taste,roasty berry finish
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King Kings Festive

Not bottle conditioned
King Kings Festive [baron rating 3/5] - 5.3% amber ale,nutmeg cinnamon plum smell,prickly leafy mild plum taste,astringent bitter finish

Looking forward to baron rating Aldi lagers

We recently reviewed a German-brewed lager called Berliner Kindl Pils [baron rating 4/5] which I picked up in my local Aldi store for a whopping 99p. It's a great lager, got a good flavour and is cracking value at that price.Aldi got in touch with us and have sent through a few more of their lager range for review:


Aldi
  • Lowenstein - 4.5% imported quality pilsner, produced in France by EMB 54115D
  • Sainte Etienne -4.8% continental import beer, produced in France
  • Steinhauser - 4.7% full flavoured German brewed lage with a fine, dry, hoppy taste. 
Look out for 'baron ratings' of these beers soon, and a big thank you to Ben Hemmington from @clarioncomms for sending them through to me!

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From the cellar: Thomas Hardy Ale 1990

Bottle conditioned with no carbonation (what do you expect? It's 25 years old!)
Thomas Hardy Ale 1990* [baron rating 5/5] - 12% dark brown ale,boozy choc liqueur smell,thick smooth sweet molasses taste,syrupy finish
* means that this bottle has been cellared/aged and is not indicative of what it would be like if drunk fresh.
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Offbeat Outlandish Pale

Bottle conditioned with perfect carbonation
Offbeat Outlandish Pale [baron rating 3/5] - 3.9% gold ale,citrus honey floral smell,sweet lemon spicy bitter taste,clean mild spicy finish
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Roosters Baby-Faced Assassin

Not can conditioned
Roosters Baby-Faced Assassin [baron rating 5/5] - 6.1% gold ale,piney citrus smell,fresh resinous citrus bittersweet taste,sticky dry finish
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Thornbridge Bear State

Not bottle conditioned
Thornbridge Bear State [baron rating 4/5] - 7% copper ale,piney peachy smell,piney resinous floral herbal bitter taste,spicy herbal finish
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