Saturday, 27 June 2015

13 Guns (Crafty Dan Micro Brewery)

13 Guns (Crafty Dan Micro Brewery)
Name: 13 Guns
Label: "An intense hit of hops - American IPA - A salute to the original 13 states of America"
Brewery: Crafty Dan Micro Brewery
ABV: 5.5%

Tasting notes: "Intensely hoppy, rich mouth feel, malty flavours with soft tropical fruit aroma and taste."

Game: Yikes, Batman Arkham Knight is incredibubbles. Finally, something to distract me from The Witcher 3 for a bit. I hear it's a bit knackered on PC though (smug mode engaged).  Rain doesn't even gather on Batman or the Batmobile on PC. And check out the lack of ambient occlusion!  Fools!  This is a perfect of example of why consoles are better. They don't cost thousands of squids, you don't have to continually upgrade bits of them, they have a life-span of ten years plus, Batman is better on them. Batman wins.

Friday, 19 June 2015

Five AM Red Ale (BrewDog)

Five AM Red Ale (BrewDog)
Name: Five AM Red Ale
Label: "Bitter Sweet Chaos"
Brewery: BrewDog
ABV: 5.0%

Rating: Tastes amazing. Not much more to be said really. Could have done with a bigger bottle. Or more bottles.

Game: Disaster! Amazon are telling me that my Limited Edition Batman Arkham Knight pre-order due next Tuesday has been "delayed as the manufacturer has advised us that there's been a packaging quality issue."  Swines! Think something similar happened in America with the Arkham Knight Batmobile boxset - in that instance it sounded like the Batmobile turned out to be shit. Anyway, I look forward to my updated packaging... in JULY!  To be fair to Amazon though they are sending out download codes so we can still play the game on release day. Smiley BatFace.

Hummingbird (Young's)

Hummingbird (Youngs)
Name: Hummingbird
Label: "Delightfully aromatic, refreshing golden beer with tropical notes"
Brewery: Young's
ABV: 4.2%

Rating: "Hummingbird is an exciting addition to the Young's bottle range following its popularity as a seasonal cask ale. A golden ale with a refreshing tropical hint, Hummingbird brings something a little bit different which we are sure you'll love."

Game: Wow what a week! We've just got back from our trip to E3 with boxes of review code and free consoles (which really means I've been sat at home watching telly and pretty much missed all of E3).  The Star Wars Battlefront gameplay trailer looked interesting though. Can't wait for this game as I'm hoping it will be the truly immersive Star Wars game I've been looking for. However, towards the end of the trailer Darth Vader starts lightsaber duelling Luke Skywalker in the face... on Hoth. This never happened on Hoth!! Maybe they can get Yoda driving one of the AT-ATs too, just to fully spoil any hope that we'll get to play an accurate video game representation of the original Star Wars trilogy.

Saturday, 6 June 2015

East Coast IPA (Greene King)

East Coast IPA (Greene King)
Name: East Coast IPA
Label: "American Hops and East of England Brewing"
Brewery: Greene King
ABV: 4.0%

Tasting notes: "This 4% beer fuses the punchy citrus aroma of American hops with the easy-drinking refreshment of classic British pale ales."

Game: Thought I'd crack on with some Witcher contracts I still had outstanding from my time in Velen... four hours later... realised I've just spent the WHOLE EVENING playing Gwent!

Monday, 1 June 2015

Leaping Legend (Badger)

Leaping Legend (Badger)
Name: Leaping Legend
Label: "New beer in the sett"
Brewery: Badger
ABV: 4.8%

Rating: "Should you pass the hamlet of Bincombe and hear a slow ticking sound, look closely for the valiant grasshopper leaping further than any other, clattering his wings mid-flight. This light-coloured beer balances the citrus character of Amarillo hops with Fuggles hops for a refreshing and punchy beer. Great with Spanish style tapas dishes. We've been brewing in the heart of Dorset since 1777."

Game: Five reasons why Dark Souls 2 sucks:
1. It's a port of a last-gen game
2. It's got crummy graphics
3. There's little to no story and everyone you meet is so damn... vague.
4. I want to feel like a boss, not be cowering constantly too scared to do anything.
5. Witcher 3 is out.

Ok, it doesn't really suck, it's great but... Witcher 3!

Wolf Rock (Sharp's)

Wolf Rock (Sharps)
Name: Wolf Rock
Label: "Exceptional Red IPA"
Brewery: Sharp's Brewery
ABV: 4.8%

Tasting notes: "Inspired by and named after one of Cornwall's most dangerous offshore reefs located seven miles off Land's End. It is a fusion of the red ale and IPA styles combining Noble and New World hops with the world's finest special malt to give a distinctive red hue."

Game: Episode 4 Sons of Winter is the best yet. Game of Thrones by the way in case you forgot. It's managed to stop me playing the Witcher 3 for a few hours any way. Telltale Games are still winning at games. 8/10

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Workie Ticket (Mordue)

Workie Ticket (Mordue)
Name: Workie Ticket
Label: "The original Mordue Brewery was situated on Wallsend village green and run by Joseph Mordue., a brewer of distinction in the 19th Century. In 1995, over 100 years later, two brothers revived Joseph Mordue's superb ales, their range of beers gaining both local and national awards."
Brewery: Mordue
ABV: 4.5%

Rating: "Workie Ticket is a tasty, complex beer with malt and hops throughout and a long, satisfying bitter finish. Well worthy of the title 'Champion Beer of Britain 1997' and 'Gold Medal Best Bitter Award 2013'"  It's cool that Sauron has now started brewing beer!

Game: Happy The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Day! I've actually had it for a while now, cos I'm like a proper journalist who gets 'review code' and everything! Not really, my pre-order just arrived a bit early... ANYway, this is the part where I sell all my other games because I'm only going to be playing Witcher 3 for the foreseeable future! YES! It is that good! And there's no tacked on, pointless, multiplayer shite taking up precious disk space. Game On!

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Hot Cross Bunny (Wychwood)

Hot Cross Bunny (Wychwood)
Name: Hot Cross Bunny
Label: "Golden Ale - No Fluff - Bringing taste to Easter time"
Brewery: Wychwood
ABV: 3.8%

Tasting notes: "This golden treat from deep within the Wych Wood, delivers a hearty dose of spicy cinnamon with a faint hint of clove, bringing Easter to the taste buds."  Still drinking this even though Easter was several weeks ago. It's that good!

Game: Assassin's Creed: Unity season pass holders get Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China for "free" this week. It's a lovely looking 2.5D side-scrolling platformer with an emphasis on stealth rather than fighting. Fighting still features though with swords and daggers and the hidden blade concealed in a shoe. Not any old shoe though, handily it's the shoe on the end of the leg of the character you're controlling. Kick stab!  Rating: 8/10

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Lovestruck (Madness Brewing Co)

Lovestruck (Madness Brewing Co)
Name: Lovestruck
Label: "Craft brewed with a big hoppy hit - Beers with a touch of madness"
Brewery: Madness Brewing Co
ABV: 4.4%

Rating: "Ladies and Gentlemen, for your drinking pleasure Madness bring you a selection of the finest beers to ever pass your lips. An idea born in the Dublin Castle (the very pub where we played our first gigs), Madness Beers go one step beyond with flavour and style.  Lovestruck a superb Hoppy Amber Ale, has been brewed by our friends at Portobello Brewery. Filled with a floral and berry hop character that tickles the nose followed by coffee and hazelnut aromas, it's a good beer to savour and enjoy with good friends and good conversation. And whilst Lovestruck might not have you spilling out your deepest feelings to your loved one, it will make you fall in love with beer all over again. Cheers!"

Game: Madness. Playing Dark Souls 2 is madness. Luckily I've spotted a decent guide on Eurogamer's site, so I don't feel quite so alone. Eurogamer has my back. I mean who knew you'd have to talk to that bloke five times whilst he's crawling around on his hands and knees, for him to then give you a key to the mansion?  How do you parry by the way?

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Hertford Castle (McMullen)

Hertford Castle (McMullen)
Name: Hertford Castle
Label: "Strong Ale - brewed with fine aroma hops"
Brewery: McMullen
ABV: 5.0%

Rating: "This premium beer from McMullen's Whole Hop Brewery is brewed in honour of Hertford Castle, once a Royal Palace and the home of Queen Elizabeth I for much of her childhood. A strong ale, Hertford Castle combines natural whole leaf aroma hops, best Suffolk malted barley and McMullen's own pure spring water. The result is a traditional English Bitter with a distinctively floral character fit for King and Queen."

Game: Ffffffffiddlesticks, I missed National Beer Day!  Although I'm not totally sure it's actually a thing... and if it is it's probably American. But I'm going to drink beer tonight instead anyway, with a nice session of Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin. Praise the sun! Maybe today can be National Dark Souls Day.