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Directors Bitter (Courage Brewery)    mug
WesiAah. The first British beer after years - and already the first sip makes me feel at home. Lukewarm, sparsely carbonated - but perfect in color and rather friendly in taste.
King & Barnes Harvest Ale (King & Barnes Brewery)    boak boak
WesiNoticeable carbonation and a distinct roasty taste. On second thought, it rather tastes like an out-of- plastic-cup beer you'd expect to get with a hotdog at the corner.
KlugeTasting like a lager after having been in the glass out in the open for one day...
Rutland Independence Strong Ale (Brewery missing)    mug
WesiAah. I know that Kluge doesn't like ambers, but this one surely doesn't merit the three "boaks" he wants it to rate. It's strong, it's roasty and kinda reminds me of a good beer I once had in the States. Can't remember which one, though. JD American Ale, maybe ? Anyway... it's quite OK.
Newcastle Brown Ale (Brewery missing)    boak boak
WesiPromising look, a taste that starts like a real ale, but drops like a stone from a cliff. Hardly any aftertaste. Weak.
Young's Bitter (Young's Brewery)    boak boak
WesiVery ordinary bitter. No carbonation at all. In taste not too bad, but, you know, just boring...
Young's Special (Young's Brewery)    boak
WesiHoppier than their normal bitter, but still not really that much taste. Weak.
Fentiman's Ginger Brew (Brewery missing)    boak boak boak
WesiWheoaaakh! Just took one sip, and I'm dying... One bottle surely has the potential to kill dozens. Acid-like, trying to rip your throat open and to burn your guts. Hands off, definitely! Reading the label made my suffering even worse: "Flavourings: Ginger, Lemon, Speedwell, Juniper, Citric Acid, and, of all things!!, Cream of Tartar!!!". (I know it's not a beer, but they dare to call it "Ginger BEER", therefore I had to try it... Aaah. The first to really justify the three boaks :-)
Tetley Bitter (Brewery missing)    boak
WesiMh, not ten beers tested and already these know-one-know-everyone bitters start to bore me. Yes it's fruity, yes it's hoppy in its aftertaste. But so are others.
KlugeSlightly fruity aftertaste, unobtrusive bitterness. Nothing special, but not bad either.
Beamish Irish Stout (Beamish, Cork, Ireland)    mug mug
WesiGood! If I ever get to heaven, I'll drink stouts and have a PC running Linux. If I get to hell, I'll have Heineken and a Mac... (And, yes, sorry to all from Ireland for having a true Irish beer on a UK page... I'm just too busy to set up an Ireland page of its own)
John Smith Extra Smooth Bitter (Brewery missing)    boak
WesiA beer tasting like the perfect circle of tastes: No edges, no corners. And nothing to wake up my senses. Boring.
KlugeSmooth it is, all right. But that's not hard to achieve with no carbonation at all.
Carling Black Label (Bass Brewing, Burton on Trent)    boak boak
KlugePee. A beer you'll expect to get in a plastic cup at some hamburger shack.
WesiBoring and really cheap. Sucks.
Guinness Draught (Guinness, Dublin, Ireland)    mug mug mug
WesiDon't think I need to describe it. The world is divided into Guinness-lovers, Guinness-haters and ignorants. I'm a worshiper. Creamy, bitter, roasty - one of the best beers on sale and the only brew of worldwide availability that I really like.
Theakston Best Bitter (Brewery missing)    mug
WesiThe first beer I had after a long day on the walk. Therefore, I liked it of course... Yesterday evening, I would have called it "ordinary" and "boring". But if you're thirsty, even boring british bitter beer turns out to be quite good :-)
Theakston XB (Brewery missing)    boak
WesiHmm. A bit soap, a bit wood, a bit sweaty sneakers. Not really bad, but rather unobtrusive. Nothing very rewarding, but that hint of oakwood fits quite well.
KlugeSlightly wooden aftertaste. The color is perfect, but the taste rather weak.
Courage Best Bitter (Courage Brewery)    boak boak
WesiFlat. Aftertaste quite ok, but taste: not much. If this is the best, their other brews will surely require the testers' courage...
Gillespies Stout (Scotland)    mug
WesiKluge is wondering if he ever happens to see me try a stout and condemn it. Well, I might - but certainly not Gillespies. Its smooth and creamy, just the way it's supposed to be. Less of that unique bitter-roasty flavor than my beloved Guinness, but still, a good competitor...
Beamish Red (Ireland)    boak
KlugeCreamy! Slightly bitter aftertaste. Can't say much 'bout the taste since there is none.
WesiAcceptable. Nice, solid foam. Not much taste, but leaving a sticky, a bit artificial aftertaste. Some beers later I would use some stronger words. But since I'm still thirsty, it slips. This time.
Websters Yorkshire Bitter (Brewery missing)    boak boak
WesiWeak. A hint of bitterness and hops in the aftertaste makes the lack of taste even more noticeable.
Brackspear's Bitter (Brackspear Brewery, Henley on time)    boak boak
WesiAnother bitter. Hoppier than some, but unfortunately not much more than just hoppy. I think I even tasted something that doesn't belong into a beer.
Hancock's HB Original Ale (Brewery missing)    mug
WesiTasting quite like a beer. A bit too sparsely carbonated and (sigh!) a bit too warm. But still, rather smooth, nearly creamy. Not bad.
KlugeTaste like a rollercoaster ride - ups and downs. Overall, I think it's rather boring. A beer you could drink all night without even noticing that you're drinking.
Tripple Diamond (Brewery missing)    boak boak
WesiSmells and tastes a bit like a panache. Fruity, kinda artificial too. I wouldn't think you can get this taste by only using hops, barley and water. Welcome to the InstantBeer (tm) by Dow Chemicals.
London Pride (Fuller's)    boak
WesiRather bitter aftertaste. Unfortunately, it ain't got much more than that bitter aftertaste. Boring.
Speckled Hen Strong Fine Ale (Brewery missing)    mug
WesiMmh, tasty! Aftertaste a tiny bit too bitter, but the flavor is quite good, really. One of the best ales in the test.
Abbot Ale (Brewery missing)    mug
WesiRather bitter, slightly fruity aftertaste. Nice amber color and solid foam. Not much carbonation, of course, but still quite OK.
KlugeOnly bitterness and nothing else.
Murphy's Irish Stout (Brewery missing)    mug
WesiColor and foam promise something the taste can't really catch up with. A bit weak in roast. Still, it's creamy, smooth and cool. Nice hint of licorice in the aftertaste. OK.
Caffrey's Irish Ale (Caffrey's)    mug
WesiKinda like water would taste after it has been used to rinse off a dozen glasses of Guinness: thin. Not very much of a beer - but still, amazingly creamy and smooth.
Flower's Original Strong Ale (Brewery missing)    boak
WesiSmooth, not bad. A bit weak in taste and an unpleasant hint of sourness in its aftertaste. OK, but not outstanding.
Tolly's Original Dark Bitter (Brewery missing)    boak boak
WesiBrr. No carbonation, just bitter and nothing else. Leave it now or puke it later.
Theakstone Old Peculiar (Brewery missing)    mug
WesiHearty amber with a fine, smooth taste. Tiny bit too fruity, but with a pleasant aftertaste. OK.
Minsterly Ale (Salopian Brewing Co)    boak boak
KlugeBrr. Use it to clean your windows or lavatory. An unique blend of bleacher, soap and beer.
Pedigree Bitter (Brewery missing)    boak boak
KlugeSmells like a downtown road on a sunday mornin'. You know, that unique mixture of pee, puke and beer...
WesiSmells like horse shit. I'd even say it *tastes* like horse shit, but since I never really tasted horse shit, it's kinda hard to compare. But you get the point.
Calders Creamy Ale (John Calder Brewing, Scotland (now Bass Breweries))    mug mug mug
WesiAaah. London's pubs already made me feel like a shipwrecked in the middle of the ocean - surrounded by drink, but nothing really drinkable in sight. This was when we came across Calders Creamy - and stayed for another one. It really *is* creamy, but it's also tasty, generously carbonated, smooth and comes with a solid foamy cap. Really good! Although we were looking for it everywhere after our first encounter, we couldn't find it but in one place. Therefore here is how to get there: The George, D'Arblay St., W1
Bass Finest Ale (Bass Brewing, Burton on Trent)    boak boak
KlugeHoppy and a bit metallic. Kinda flat, not very much like an ale, rather like a poor bitter. If this is their finest, you maybe should make a point of staying away from their other brews.
Ringwood Bitter (Brewery missing)    boak boak
WesiVery sparsely carbonated. A bit fruity and a bit too sweet. Flat, no real taste. Rather disappointing.
Peakstone Bitter (Brewery missing)    mug
WesiUnobtrusive, but quite good. Smooth, well carbonated. Perfectly normal beer, the way you can buy it all over the world. Maybe a bit too warm - but you know...
Bishop's Finger (Shepherd Neame, Faversham, Kent)    mug
WesiRuby amber color. Both, rather bitter and quite fruity. They seem to be quite generous with aroma and bitter hops. Still, its not only hoppy, but has a nice hint of roast in its taste which blends perfectly with its fruityness. Quite OK.
Worthington Bitter (Bass Brewing, Burton on Trent)    boak boak boak
WesiFlat, without carbonation. Water is tasty in comparison. Hands off.
KlugeWarm and mellow, wooden aftertaste. Better no beer than this beer.
Fuller's India Pale Ale (Fuller's)    boak
WesiUgh. I expected more hoppyness and less weirdness. But alas, I got a beer that must have been a breakfast cereal in an earlier life. Decent lingering aftertaste, not at all bad, but a disappointing taste for my palate.