Shepherd Neame Double Stout

Not bottle conditioned
Shepherd Neame Double Stout [baron rating 5/5] - 5.2% black ale,choc smoky smell,silky dark choc coffee bitter taste,bitter coffee finish
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Thank you to Moray (@ShepherdNeame) from Shepherd Neame Brewery for sending this through for a baron rating!

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Blueball Kitty von Maibock

Not bottle conditioned
Blueball Kitty von Maibock [baron rating 4/5] - 4.5% gold beer,minimal smell,soft rounded mild fruity balanced taste,mild sweet apple finish
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Thank you to Alex (@blueballbrewery) from Blueball Brewery for handing them over for a baron rating!

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Black Isle Export Scotch Ale

Not bottle conditioned
Black Isle Export Scotch Ale [baron rating 5/5] - 7.9% ruby ale,prune/plum smell,rich boiled fruit dark sugar taste,astringent fruity finish
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Thank you to Colin (@BlackIsleBeer) from Black Isle Brewery for sending this through for a baron rating!

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Buxton Moor Top

Bottle conditioned with dull carbonation
Buxton Moor Top [baron rating 4/5] - 3.6% pale gold ale,citrus cereal smell,crisp bitter grapefruit taste,pithy bitter slight biscuit 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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Sinebrychoff Karhu III

Not can conditioned ;)
Sinebrychoff Karhu III [baron rating 3/5] - 4.6% gold beer,sweet straw slight sulpurous smell,crisp biscuity bitter taste,bittersweet finish
Bought while on holiday in Finnish Lapland

Dark Star Belgian IPA

Not bottle conditioned
Dark Star Belgian IPA [baron rating 5/5] - 7.2% gold ale,resinous tropical ground spices smell,peppery sweet mango taste,dry funky finish
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Thank you to James (@DarkStarBrewCo) from Dark Star Brewery for sending this through for a baron rating!

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Bretagne Gwiniz Du

Bottle conditioned with perfect carbonation
Bretagne Gwiniz Du [baron rating 3/5] - 5.4% dark amber ale,bready dark caramel smell,berries sweet bready taste,fruity bittersweet finish
Bought from Carrefour near BĂ©nodet whilst camping at the excellent Camping du Letty in BĂ©nodet, Brittany, France.

Monty's Ding Dong (re-rated)

Bottle conditioned with dull carbonation
Monty's Ding Dong [baron rating 3/5] - 4.4% copper ale,pear plum syrup white wine smell,crisp sweet pear apple taste,dry dusty finish
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We tried this last Christmas but the bottle conditioned hadn't worked correctly, you can read and hear our previous review here.
Thank you to @bob_beer from Best of British Beer for sending this through for a 'baron rating'!

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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA

Not bottle conditioned
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA [baron rating 5/5] - 6.6% amber ale,fresh hop candied smell,rye boiled sweets bittersweet taste,fruity finish
Such an awesome label!

Burscough Mug Billy

Not bottle conditioned
Burscough Mug Billy [baron rating 5/5] - 4.5% copper ale,fruity caramel smell,zingy spicy raisin sultana & peel taste,fruity bitter finish
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Thank you to Mike McCombe (@mikehopvine) from the Burscough Brewing Company for handing this over for a baron rating!

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Weltenburger Kloster Anno 1050

Not bottle conditioned
Weltenburger Kloster Anno 1050 [baron rating 3/5] - 5.5% copper beer,grassy sweetish smell,mild caramel bittersweet taste,mild spicy finish

Einstok Icelandic Toasted Porter

Not bottle conditioned
Einstok Icelandic Toasted Porter [baron rating 5/5] - 6% black ale,meaty choc smell,velvety toasted grains taste,creamy choc bitter finish
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Thank you to Chris (@Christopher_R) for bringing this for a baron rating!

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Wilson Potter In The Black

Bottle conditioned with perfect carbonation
Wilson Potter In The Black [baron rating 4/5] - 4.2% black ale,smoky roasted smell,liquorice roasted bittersweet taste,burnt bitter finish
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Thank you to Amanda Seddon (@wilsonpotter) from Wilson Potter Brewery for handing this over for a baron rating!

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AleSmith Wee Heavy

Bottle conditioned with perfect carbonation
AleSmith Wee Heavy [baron rating 5/5] - 10% ruby ale,dark toffee boozy smell,rich toffee boiled fruit compote taste,astringent syrupy finish
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Wilson Potter Ruby Red

Bottle conditioned with perfect carbonation
Wilson Potter Ruby Red [baron rating 2/5] - 4.4% dark amber ale,candied sweets smell,unbalanced berries sugary Horlicks taste,sweet finish
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Thank you to Amanda Seddon (@wilsonpotter) from Wilson Potter Brewery for handing this over for a baron rating!

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Thornbridge Raven

Not bottle conditioned
Thornbridge Raven [baron rating 5/5] - 6.6% dark ruby ale,fresh hop roasted smell,roasted bitter choc orange piney taste,coffee choc finish
Thank you to Andrew (@TheAleRoom) from The Ale Room for sending this through for a baron rating!

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Wilson Potter Bon Don Doon

Bottle conditioned with perfect carbonation
Wilson Potter Bon Don Doon [baron rating 3/5] - 4.2% pale gold ale,citrus sulphur smell,sharp citrus taste,long bitter grapefruit finish
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Wilson Potter Making Progress

Bottle conditioned with perfect carbonation
Wilson Potter Making Progress [baron rating 3/5] - 4.1% amber ale,peppery toffee smell,fresh plum bittersweet taste,fruity dusty choc finish
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Thank you to Amanda Seddon (@wilsonpotter) from Wilson Potter Brewery for handing this over for a baron rating!

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Wilson Potter Triple Gem

Bottle conditioned with perfect carbonation
Wilson Potter Triple Gem [baron rating 2/5] - 3.9% copper ale,blackberry sulphur smell,unbalanced citrus bitter berry taste,metallic finish
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Wilson Potter Tandle Hill

Bottle conditioned with perfect carbonation
Wilson Potter Tandle Hill [baron rating 4/5] - 3.9% gold ale,spicy citrus caramel smell,light grapefruit bitter taste,pithy bitter finish
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AleSmith YuleSmith Summer

Bottle conditioned with perfect carbonation
AleSmith YuleSmith Summer [baron rating 5/5] - 8.5% gold ale,sticky tropical fruit toffee smell,fruity fiery resin taste,sticky resin finish

George Wright Reindeer's Revenge

Not bottle conditioned
George Wright Reindeer's Revenge [baron rating 3/5] - This is extremely similar to George Wright Citra 51 [baron rating 3/5]

There is an audio review for this beer, just follow the link above.
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 baron rating Black Isle ales



Black Isle are a very interesting brewery,organic brewing in the Scottish highlands and run by head brewer Colin Stronge. Colin used to be a major part of the superb Marble brewery in Manchester and so I was very excited earlier in the year when I bought a couple of bottles of Black Isle ale online.

When I sat down to baron rate them I thought they were nice but noticed that they were lacking a certain wow factor that I'd always experienced with Colin's beers in the past. Reading the tasting notes on the back of the bottle settled the issue - I couldn't taste what was described on the back and so got in touch with Black Isle.

Colin suggested that the bottles I had bought may had not been that fresh and so he would correct this by replacing them with some 'fresh from the brewery' bottles instead. A box arrived for me today that didn't just contain the two beers that I'd tried but a whole nine bottle selection of their line-up - that is what I call customer service!

A wonderful box of lovely beery goodness :)

Black Isle Brewery

  • Blonde - 4.5% premium quality blonde beer with a light biscuit palete and a fresh, grassy aroma
  • Export Scotch Ale - 7.9% big brother to the regular scotch ale (see below). The finest organic malt brings a big hit of cinder toffee, figs and liquorice whilst the increased hop charges match the strength providing berry fruit and wood.  This beer tastes fantastic young and even better aged a year or two
  • Goldeneye Pale Ale - 5.6% delicious golden beer packed with floral hops. It is fresh and unpasteurised for exceptional flavour
  • Hibernator Oatmeal Stout - 7% and loaded with roasted chocolate malts giving rise to hedgerow fruit, espresso & liquorice
  • Jocktoberfest - 6.2% ruby coloured and full bodied, medium strength, traditional Oktoberfest style beer
  • Porter - 4.6% dark roasted malts produce this medium dry, full bodied ruby-black beer
  • Red Kite Ale - 4.2% with crystal malt and the finest whole flower hops produce this distinctive amber ale
  • Scotch Ale - 6.2% strong, full bodied ruby ale with a bitter sweet character of candied peel and fruit cake
  • Yellowhammer - 4% refreshing straw coloured ale brewed with cascade hops adding a flinty, grapefruit aroma
Look out for 'baron ratings' for these Black Isle Brewery beers soon, and a big thank you to Colin Stronge, head brewer at @BlackIsleBeer for sending them through to me!

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Looking forward to baron rating London Fields ales



I got to try a bottle of London Fields Hackney Hopster back in March this year and it was excellent. In the same month I was able to sample the cask version at the Waterloo beer festival and again it was a cracking beer.

Jimmy Hatherley got in touch after that to say that he would send me some more of their beers once their new branding was in place and after a failed courier attempt to deliver the bottles (they were smashed in transit and never arrived) he struggled on and some bottles arrived this week:

Lovely looking bottles with classy consistent styling

London Fields Brewery
  • Hackney Hopster - 4.2% pacific pale ale using Motueka & Nelson Sauvin hops from New Zealand, the Hopster shows off flavours of grapefruit, lemon zest & gooseberry. With a dry & fresh finish
  • Love Not War - 4.2% brooding red ale (first brewed barricaded in the brewery during the London riots). A true union of malt & hops, with silky texture & soft caramel flavours cuddling up to a rich pear & summer fruit character
  • Sterling IPA - 6% single hop ale, Sterling is an American hop often used for lighter pale ales & lagers. We think the richness of an IPA truely gives the ideal canvas for it's unique minty, spicy character
Look out for 'baron ratings' for these London Fields beers soon, and a big thank you to Jimmy Hatherley for sending them through to me!

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Cheddar Festive Totty

Bottle conditioned with perfect carbonation
Cheddar Festive Totty [baron rating 3/5] - 4.7% black ale,roasted smokey nutmeg smell,sweetish fruitcake taste,short slightly rubbery finish
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