Saturday, 21 January 2017

Fire in the Hole (Fallen Angel)

Fire in the Hole (Fallen Angel)
Name: Fire in the Hole
Label: "Chili Beer"
Brewery: Fallen Angel Brewery
ABV: 4.9%

Tasting notes: "A golden ale flavoured with fresh green chilli. The beer has the aromatic taste of the fresh chilli with moderate heat."  Amazing spicy beer! It also has spicy nuts!

Game: Back on Sleeping Dogs Definitive Edition as we wait impatiently for Resident Evil 7. In a recent post we stated that Sleeping Dogs was set in Shanghai. This is completely inaccurate and we apologise for any offence this may have caused. Sleeping Dogs is set in Hong Kong, a whole 762 miles away from Shanghai. The idiot buffoon of a writer that wrote the original post has been suspended without pay and summarily executed. When he returns we're sending him on a geography training boot-camp to learn about maps and reading and stuff.

Sleeping Dogs rating: still 8 out of 10.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

North Bridge Brown Ale (Harpers)

North Bridge Brown Ale (Harpers)
Name: North Bridge Brown Ale
Label: "A lightly hopped ale, with a sweet chocolate caramel flavour"
Brewery: Harper's Brewing Co
ABV: 4.7%

Tasting notes: "Brown ales are lightly hopped, so the sweet chocolate and caramel flavours of the lightly roasted malts should be front and central on this beer. A rich dark chestnut colour with a creamy richness achieved by brewing with oats."

Game: GamingAles loves figurines and game related collector's editions. Ubisoft do the best ones though. It's official. The detail of the Assassin's Creed range for example is amazing compared to the Batman Arkham Knight collector's edition. This appeared in CEX and just looks like a lump of cheap black plastic roughly resembling the Gotham skyline and Batman. And now we notice the Resident Evil 7 collector's edition doesn't even include the game. What the actual...

Ubisoft rating: 10 levels of detail out of 10.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Red Rye IPA (Great British Brewing)

Red Rye IPA (Great British Brewing)
Name: Red Rye IPA
Label: "A full bodied mouthfeel with hints of passion fruit & peaches with notes of pine & citrus fruits"
Brewery: The Great British Brewing Co
ABV: 4.7%

Tasting notes: "Red in colour this Rye IPA has aromas of pine and citrus fruits. There is a full-bodied mouthfeel with hints of passion fruit and peaches, leading to a dry finish tinged with the spiciness of the rye."

Game: This is a movie review about a game so still counts because it's game related. Assassin's Creed!  Seems to have had mixed reviews for some reason. It's got assassins, hidden blades, leaps of faith, stabbings, apples of Edens and an Animuss'ss. What the HELL is not to like about this movie? Nothing, that's what. It's great. Pre-ordered it on 3D blu-ray already.

Rating: 9 Fassbenders out of 10

Friday, 30 December 2016

Wild Bills IPA (Harpers)

Wild Bills IPA (Harpers)
Name: Wild Bills IPA
Label: "American IPA - Biscuit and spice balance with big hop citrus fruit aromas."
Brewery: Harper's
ABV: 5.0%

Tasting notes: "Pale ale biscuity malt flavours reinforced by spicy crystal rye malt and a sweet full bodied mouthfeel. Well balanced with big American hop aromas for a peppery lemon zest and tropical citrus fruit hit."

Game: Assassin's Creed: The Ezio Collection includes all the DLC. So it was with some surprise when I was completely unable to locate the Da Vinci Disappearance missions in Assassin's Creed Brotherhood having played through the main story missions. Being thick does have it downsides it would seem. For others in the same thicky boat, the Da Vinci Disappearance can be found by going to the "Restored Memory" icon on the map which be looking like this:

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Land of Liberty (Sadlers)

Land of Liberty (Sadlers)
Name: Land of Liberty
Label: "American Style IPA. A zesty citrus sweet taste with an aroma to match with a hint of grapefruit and sweet malts"
Brewery: Sadler's
ABV: 5.0%

Tasting notes: "Clear straw yellow beer with a rich aroma of citrus leading to a taste of zesty citrus, grapefruit and some sweet malts."

Game: Certainly one, if not the, best Batman story in game form, Batman: The Telltale Series comes to a close with Episode 5: City of Light. Overall, the series has been gory and deals with some scary stuff and Batman kicks ass. That's pretty much all you need to know, so get playing!

Series rating: 9 batarangs out of 10

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Knickerbocker Glory (Flavourly)

Knickerbocker Glory (Flavourly)
Name: Knickerbocker Glory
Label: "Cherry - Vanilla"
Brewery: Flavourly (or someone on behalf of...)
ABV: 4.5%

Tasting notes: "Black Forest Stout"

Game: No new games for Christmas but the kidz are on Just Dance 2016. They're good at it. I'm like a fat, wheezing, uncoordinated octopus.  No more just dancing for me, I'll stick to just drinking.

Game rating: 8 perfect moves out of 10
My dancing rating: 1 wheeze out of 10

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Pale Ale (Ticketybrew)

Pale Ale (Ticketybrew)
Name: Pale Ale
Label: "Citrus and floral aromas"
Brewery: The Ticketybrew Company
ABV: 5.5%

Tasting notes: "Handsomely hopped with classic West Coast American flavours, this pale ale has citrus and floral aromas and a perfect balance of bitter and sweet."

Game: Achievement hunting in Assassin's Creed: The Ezio Collection has the potential to not be fun. "Sweep 5 guards with a long weapon", "Steal 1000 florins", "Steal 5 horses from horseback without touching the ground", "Kill a guard with a broom", "Air assassinate 2 guards during a leap of faith using only seagull beaks whilst hiring Courtesans under ground". Still, we'll give it a good go.

Achievement rating: 9 potential annoyances out of 10

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

IPA (Vedett)

Name: IPA
Label: "IPA, but not really from India and not really a pale ale" - fair enough
Brewery: Vedett
ABV: 5.5%

Tasting notes: "A hoppy aroma & fruity notes - scrubbing your palate with malty undertones"

Game: It's a revelation. Assassin's Creed Revelations in remastered 4K on Xbox One S!  Graphically it looks spot on, gameplay is smooth as yum and Ezio sports a sweet beard. Didn't remember much of this game from the 360 days but it's great. Finished. Now the Ezio Collection becomes a very big collect-em-up. Stabby collecting time.

Revelations rating: 9 beards of 10

Monday, 19 December 2016

Strong Pale Ale (Gun)

Strong Pale Ale (Gun)
Name: Strong Pale Ale
Label: "Velo Dog - Brewed using Sussex spring water, pale malts and lots of refreshing zesty hops"
Brewery: Gun Brewery
ABV: 5.5%

Tasting notes: "A strong American Pale Ale brewed using a combination of very pale malts and lots of refreshing zesty hops."

Game: We detest endless runners. They're a bit like pissing in the wind... or running in the wind for that matter, both wind related activities being pretty horrible. Trust then, in Nintendo to make a mobile app runner that ends and is Mario!  Mario runs automatically and you just tap to jump. Sounds over-simplistic, no? Getting those fiendish special coins takes a seriously high level of tapping skills though.

Rating: 9 toads out of 10

Ten Story Malt Bomb (Alechemy)

Ten Story Malt Bomb (Alechemy)
Name: Ten Story Malt Bomb
Label: "Modern 80/-"
Brewery: Alechemy
ABV: 4.5%

Tasting notes: "A modern take on the traditional Scottish 80/- using 10 varieities of malt" This means 80 shillings by the way. A way of labelling the worth/strength, so a stronger beer would by 90/-. The currency is no longer used but this labelling system is er, also no longer used... except on this beer it would seem. We likes it. A lot.

Game: Trying out Burnout Paradise, Xbox 360 backwards compatible and free with Games with Gold. It's good. Although I tend to get bored of randomly driving round a city doing stunts and stuff. Give me a hidden blade and some Templar necks to slice any day. However, missed Burnout first time round and this has lots of potential. The bit where you bounce a trashed car down the road trashing as many other cars as you can being a highlight at the moment.

Initial rating: 7 wrecks out of 10