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Friday, March 2nd, 2007

Wee Heavy

Categories: [ Beer/Belhaven ]


“A rich deep flavour that derives from the greater proportion of malted barley to hops which characterised Scottish ales of the 19th century.”

The smell reminded me of grape juice and beef broth, the taste is quite sweet and the aftertaste has again notes of beef broth. Made of malted barley.

Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd., Dunbar, Scotland. 6.5% alcohol.

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Thursday, March 1st, 2007

Double Stout

Categories: [ Beer/Hook Norton ]


“Black malt enriches the colour and teases the palate with an unmiskable ‘toast’

flavour. Brown malt gives it the dryness. An excellent accompaniment to red meat.”

Smells of a fruit I cannot put a name onto. The taste is bitter, a bit like coffee, with a sweet finish that reminds me of chocolate. I didn't find the ‘toast’ flavour, though. Made of malted barley.

Hook Norton Brewery, Hook Norton, Oxon, England. 4.8% alcohol.

[ Posted on March 1st, 2007 at 23:52 | 2 comments | ]

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

Old Empire

Categories: [ Beer/Marston's ]


Just another ale, quite bitter. Made of barley malt.

Marston's Brewery, Burton upon Trent, England. 5.7% alcohol.

[ Posted on February 23rd, 2007 at 19:31 | no comment | ]

Saturday, February 10th, 2007

Border Gold

Categories: [ Beer/Broughton ]


“… golden colour, clean full malt flavour and crisp hop flower afterstate, created by a skillful blend of pure Scottish water and the finest organically grown ingredients.”

A malty taste, flowery, with a note of rose, only sightly bitter. The emtpy glass smells of honey. Made of malted barley.

Brougthon Ales Limited, Broughton Biggar, Scotland. 6.0% alcohol.

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Friday, February 9th, 2007

Old Legover

Translation: [ Google | Babelfish ]

Categories: [ Beer/Daleside | Beer/FAVOURITES ]


“… essentially a Yorkshire beer with malt tastes slightly more prominent than the hop flavours… note the nutty overtones and the teasing late bitter-sweet sensations. Brewed using quality grains malts from a traditional Yorkshire maltster, a unique yeast strain, full-leafed hops and Yorkshire Dales water. The name Old Legover is the nickname of the Brewery's popular cask ale, originally called Daleside Country Stile.”

Just another ale, but a nice one. Slightly sweet, and only slightly bitter in the aftertaste.

Daleside Brewery, Starbeck, Harrogate, England. 4.1% alcohol.

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Sunday, February 4th, 2007

303 A.D.

Categories: [ Beer/Hook Norton ]


“English malt and English hops combine to make a very English beer. Dry and crisp, with a hint of citrus. 303 A.D. – the year of St George – is the beer of St George.”

Pale and quite bitter, with vaguely flowery taste.

Hook Norton Brewery, Hook Norton, Oxon, England. 4.0% alcohol.

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Friday, February 2nd, 2007

Old Hooky

Translation: [ Google | Babelfish ]

Categories: [ Beer/Hook Norton ]


“fruity by nature with a well rounded body and the suggestive echo of Crystal malt… Our traditional Victorian tower brewery … is still powered by a steam engine.”

Vaguely fruity and moderately bitter. Just another ale. Made of malted barley and wheat.

Hook Norton Brewery, Hook Norton, Oxon, England. 4.6% alcohol.

[ Posted on February 2nd, 2007 at 19:16 | no comment | ]

Saturday, January 20th, 2007

London Pride

Categories: [ Beer/Fuller's ]


“a malty base, with hop flavours of the Target, Challenger and Northdown varieties.”

A slightly honeyish smell, a fruity taste, and only slightly bitter. Contains malted barley.

Fuller Smith & Turner, London, England. 4.7% alcohol.

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Friday, January 19th, 2007

Oyster Stout

Categories: [ Beer/Marston's ]


“dark in colour with a mocha coloured head and a slightly fruity aroma with a hint of chocolate… enjoyed as the ideal accompaniment to eating Oysters and other shellfish…”

Slightly sweet with a bitter aftertaste which reminds of chocolate (with enough imagination). Made of malted barley and wheat.

Marston's Brewery, Burton upon Trent, England. 4.5% alcohol.

[ Posted on January 19th, 2007 at 19:23 | no comment | ]

Friday, January 12th, 2007

Owd Rodger

Categories: [ Beer/Marston's ]


“…brewed to a recipe believed to be over 500 years old… using malted barley, whole leaf English Aroma hops and well water. Owd Roger offers an explosion of rich fruit flavours with a dry bitter-sweet finish.”

Tastes of red fruits (cherry?) and the empty glass smells like honey and ginger bread. Made of barley.

Marston's Brewery, Burton upon Trent, England. 7.6% alcohol.

[ Posted on January 12th, 2007 at 18:05 | no comment | ]

Friday, December 15th, 2006

Warm Welcome

Categories: [ Beer/Ridgeway ]


“… a hearty amber-brown color and a warm, rounded nutty taste.”

Mild and tasting a bit like nuts, maybe. Made of barley, wheat, rye and oats.

Ridgeway Brewing, Oxfordshire, England. 6% alcohol.

[ Posted on December 15th, 2006 at 21:22 | no comment | ]

Sunday, December 10th, 2006

Christmas Ale 2006

Categories: [ Beer/Shepherd Neame ]


“This golden amber ale has a generous aroma of tropical fruit. The fruity flavour has hints of mangoes, oranges, lemons and sultanas.”

I haven't really noticed the tropical fruits, but this ale is better than the usual production of Shepherd Neame. Its' rather flowery than fruity. Contains malted barley.

Shepherd Neame, Faversham, Kent, England. 5.5% alcohol.

[ Posted on December 10th, 2006 at 00:37 | no comment | ]

Friday, December 8th, 2006

Old Engine Oil

Categories: [ Beer/Harviestoun ]


“… derived from a traditional Celtic recipe. Wickedly smooth chocolate dominates the flavour…”

I wouldn't call that taste “chocolate”, but rather flowery with something of berries? Anyway, it is slightly bitter and quite good.

Harviestoun Brewery, Clackmannanshire, Scotland. 6.0% alcohol.

[ Posted on December 8th, 2006 at 23:51 | no comment | ]

Wednesday, December 6th, 2006

Very Bad Elf

Categories: [ Beer/FAVOURITES | Beer/Ridgeway ]


“… brewed to an original 1795 Thames Valley recipe, with a very special pale amber malt that is rarely used nowadays, and balanced by a modest addition of English Fuggle aroma hops.”

Very flavourful, quite mild. Very good.

Ridgeway Brewing, Oxfordshire, England. 7.5% alcohol.

[ Posted on December 6th, 2006 at 23:46 | no comment | ]

Saturday, November 25th, 2006

Old Winter Ale

Categories: [ Beer/FAVOURITES | Beer/Fuller's ]


“The Crystal malts int the brew give a sweet, nutty character to the beer, whilst the Target, Challenger and Northdown hop varieties, help balance the strong, satisfying dark ale.”

Just another ale, but a good one, not bitter. Contains malted barley.

Fuller Smith & Turner, London, England. 5.3% alcohol.

[ Posted on November 25th, 2006 at 19:15 | no comment | ]

Friday, November 24th, 2006

Innis & Gunn Oak Aged Beer

Categories: [ Beer/FAVOURITES | Beer/Innis and Gunn ]


“For 30 days this honey-hued beer sleeps in hand selected oak barrels, locked inside a bonded warehouse, gradually assimilating the subtle flavours that reside in the wood. Barrels are then emptied and maturation continues for a further 47 days in a marrying tun… Aromas of vanilla and toffee, hints of citrus with a malty, lightly oaked palate.”

Very soft taste, that reminds of whisky and of chocolate mint. Delicious. Made of barley malt.

Innis & Gunn, Edinburgh, Scotland. 6.6% alcohol.

[ Posted on November 24th, 2006 at 19:07 | no comment | ]

Sunday, November 19th, 2006

Old Tom

Categories: [ Beer/Robinsons ]


“aromas of dark fruit and a palate boomig with ripe malt and hops followed by a deep port wine finish.”

Very sweet and quite bitter, very strong too.

Frederic Robinson Ltd, Stockport, England. 8.5% alcohol.

[ Posted on November 19th, 2006 at 15:37 | no comment | ]

Saturday, November 18th, 2006

Lump of Coal

Categories: [ Beer/Ridgeway ]


“Yet another bummed-out holiday? Lump of Coal Dark Holiday Stout is liquid consolation. It's a deep, rich, sweetly rewarding stout to take the edge off of that grim family gathering, that cheerless annual festival of alienation. This brew is as dark as it gets, as black as the lump of coal you'll be getting for Christmas. Because, let's face it, you've been pretty bad this year.”

Very sweet and very strong.

Ridgeway Brewing, Oxfordshire, England. 8% alcohol.

[ Posted on November 18th, 2006 at 17:09 | no comment | ]

Sunday, November 12th, 2006

Bishops Finger

Translation: [ Google | Babelfish ]

Categories: [ Beer/Shepherd Neame ]


“Classic Kentish ale… using the best English Golding hops and only the spring water from a 300 years old well.”

The text on the back of the bottle was in Swedish…

Just another ale, quite bitter.

Shepherd Neame, Faversham, Kent, England. 3.5% alcohol.

[ Posted on November 12th, 2006 at 21:23 | no comment | ]

Black Sheep's Emmerdale

Categories: [ Beer/Black Sheep ]


“… fruity English Golding hops and Maris Otter malted barley.”

Just another ale, not bitter. Made of barley and wheat.

Black Sheep Brewery, Masham, North Yorkshire, England. 4.2% alcohol.

[ Posted on November 12th, 2006 at 21:20 | no comment | ]

Friday, November 3rd, 2006


Categories: [ Beer ]


“Light and golden in colour with wonderful bursts of citrus fruits and an unforgettable hoppyness at the finish.”

Wentworth Pale Ale, a.k.a. WOPPA. Not bad for a pale ale, quite fruity.

Wentworth Brewery, Wentworth, Rotherham, England. 4.0% alcohol.

[ Posted on November 3rd, 2006 at 23:03 | no comment | ]

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

Monty Python's Holy Grail

Translation: [ Google | Babelfish ]

Categories: [ Beer/Black Sheep ]


“Tempered over burning witches”

A funny, attractive label, but it's an ale like many others. Not my favourite. Made of malted barley and wheat.

Black Sheep Brewery, Masham, North Yorkshire, England. 4.7% alcohol.

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Saturday, October 7th, 2006

Marston's Single Malt

Categories: [ Beer/Marston's ]


« Brewed using 100% Golden Promise malt, one of the olders varieties of brewing barley. … full-flavoured malt, popular with Scotch Whisky distillers … all the distinctiveness of a fine single malt whisky. »

Neither bitter nor sweet, with a little something that reminded me of whisky (or was my sense of taste influenced by the name?)

Marston's Brewery, Burton upon Trent, England. 4.2% alcohol.

[ Posted on October 7th, 2006 at 12:03 | no comment | ]

Saturday, September 30th, 2006

Okell's Mac-Lir

Categories: [ Beer/Okell's ]


« a unique light golden colour, … a refreshing burst of sweetness on the tongue and … a complex dry finish »

A very sweet smell that reminded me of peach. The taste is quite bitter, and not fruity as the smell would have let it being expected. Made of malted barley and malted wheat.

Okell's Ltd, Kewaigue, Douglas, Isle of Man. 4.4% alcohol.

[ Posted on September 30th, 2006 at 18:01 | no comment | ]

Sunday, September 24th, 2006

Whitstable Bay Organic Ale

Categories: [ Beer/Shepherd Neame ]


“Whitstable Bay is brewed using organically grown English barley malt together with the finest New Zealand Gem and Hallertau organically grown hops.”

No bitterness and a taste of ale. Made of malted barley.

Shepherd Neame, Faversham, Kent, England. 4.5% alcohol.

[ Posted on September 24th, 2006 at 20:58 | no comment | ]

Saturday, September 23rd, 2006

Black Sheep Ale

Categories: [ Beer/Black Sheep ]


Slightly bitter, with a perhaps flowery smell and a taste of ale. Made of malted barley and wheat.

Paul Theakston's Black Sheep Brewery, Masham, North Yorkshire, England. 4.4% alcohol.

[ Posted on September 23rd, 2006 at 13:49 | no comment | ]

Saturday, September 16th, 2006

St. Peter's Honey Porter

Categories: [ Beer/FAVOURITES | Beer/St Peters ]


“A traditional English porter finished with honey for a truly unique aroma. … Our beautiful flask-shaped oval bottle is a faithful copy of one produced c. 1770 for Thomas Gerrard of Gibbstown, just across the Delaware River from Philadelphia. The original is now kept at St. Peter's Hall and is a rare example of an oval Eighteenth Century beer bottle.”

A surprising smell and taste of raspberry and honey. Very sweet and slightly bitter. Made of wheat and barley, contains honey flavouring.

St. Peter's Brewery, Bungay, Suffolk, England. 4.5% alcohol.

[ Posted on September 16th, 2006 at 21:55 | no comment | ]

Friday, September 15th, 2006

O'Hara's Celtic Stout

Categories: [ Beer/Carlow ]


The smell reminded me of caramel and of coffee. Sweet and bitter. Made of malt, barley and wheat.

Carlow Brewing Company, Carlow, Ireland. 4.3% alcohol.

[ Posted on September 15th, 2006 at 21:46 | no comment | ]

Sunday, September 10th, 2006

Marston's Pedigree

Categories: [ Beer/Marston's ]


« … still brewed in oak casks… classic smooth full flavoured taste… »

A reddish beer, with a slightly flowery smell and maybe a bit of yeast too. Not too bitter.

Marston's Brewery, Burton upon Trent, England. 4.5% alcohol.

[ Posted on September 10th, 2006 at 20:17 | no comment | ]

Monday, September 4th, 2006

Doctor Okell's India Pale Ale (IPA)

Categories: [ Beer/Okell's ]


« A light coloured beer with a full bodied tasete, the sweetness is offset by a strong hopping rate. This gives the finished beer an over all roundness with very spicy lemony notes and a fine dry finnish to counteract the initial sweetness. »

A quite fruity smell (apple? not really, but I can't put a name on it). Not too bitter.

Okell's Ltd, Kewaigue, Douglas, Isle of Man. 4.5% alcohol.

[ Posted on September 4th, 2006 at 09:35 | no comment | ]

Shepherd Neame's Master Brew

Categories: [ Beer/Shepherd Neame ]


« Pure, fresh water from an ancient artesian well, the finest Kentish hops and malted barley combine to make this distinctive, typically Kentish, ale. »

Quite bitter, with a taste of… well, ale. I can't put a descriptive name on its taste. I didn't like it that much, actually.

Shepherd Neame, Faversham, Kent, England. 4% alcohol

[ Posted on September 4th, 2006 at 09:35 | no comment | ]

Saturday, August 26th, 2006

Titanic Stout

Categories: [ Beer/Titanic ]


“A dark combination of malt and roast with true hop character. Strongly flavoured and well balanced, this is a real old-fashioned stout.”

A very sweet and slightly bitter stout with a strong malt smell and taste.

Titanic Brewery. Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, England. 4.5 % alcohol.

[ Posted on August 26th, 2006 at 20:30 | no comment | ]

Friday, August 25th, 2006

Harviestoun Brewery's Bitter & Twisted

Categories: [ Beer/Harviestoun ]


“Blond in colour, Bitter & Twisted has a superb hop profile, combining the aromatic Hallertau Herbrücker with the spicy Challenger. It's finished by ‘late hopping’

with Styrian Goldings which gives a sharpness like a twist of lemon.”

Quite bitter, but has a smell of peach and a taste that is not unlike bitter orange (rather than lemon IMHO). Contains barley, oats and wheat.

Harviestoun Brewery. Hillfoots Business Village, Alva, Clackmannanshire, Scotland. 4.2 % alcohol.

[ Posted on August 25th, 2006 at 20:47 | no comment | ]

Sunday, August 20th, 2006

Camerons Strongarm

Categories: [ Beer ]


“Brewed by Camerons at the Lion Brewery in Hartlepool … It has a rounder flavour with a good balance of malt, hops and bitterness and its more distinctive feature is its unique ruby red colour.”

It definitely is dark red, going slightly brown. Its taste is very slightly fruity and quite bitter, with a definitely bitter aftertaste.

Brewed and bottled by Camerons Brewery. Lion Brewery, Harltepool, England. 4.0 % alcohol.

[ Posted on August 20th, 2006 at 21:27 | no comment | ]

Oluet Citymarketissa

Translation: [ Google ]

Categories: [ Beer ]

Käytiin eilen iltapäivällä Seppälän Citymarketissa. Kaupassa on iso englantilaisten oluiden valikoima. Ostin yksitoista erilaista pulloa:

  • Bitter & Twisted (Harviestoun Brewery, Clackmannanshire, Scotland)
  • Black Sheep Ale (Yorkshire, England)
  • St. Peter's Honey Porter (Suffolk, England)
  • Doctor Okell's India Pale Ale (Isle of Man)
  • Okell's Mac Lir (Isle of Man)
  • Master Brew (Shepherd Neame, Kent, England)
  • O'Hara's Celtic Stout (Carlow, Ireland)
  • Marston's Pedigree (Staffordshire, England)
  • Camerons Strongarm (Hartlepool, England)
  • Titanic Stout (Stoke-on-Trent, England)
  • Whitstable Bay Organic Ale (Shepherd Neame, Kent, England)

[ Posted on August 20th, 2006 at 12:01 | no comment | ]