Saturday, 29 March 2014

St George & the Dragon (Wadworth)

St George & the Dragon (Wadworth)
Name: St George & the Dragon
Label: "A traditional English bitter with robust bitterness and fiery amber hue"
Brewery: Test
ABV: Test

Rating: "A biscuity ale with citrus notes, robust bitterness and fiery amber hue. A traditional English bitter brewed in honour of our Patron Saint. Find out more about this beer, and the Wadworth range at www.wadworth.co.uk"

Game: Looks like I'm now a multiplayer convert. Titanfall is brill.  It's one of those games that even if you suck at it, you can still achieve and have fun. I actually came top of my team in one game! We lost overall though... but I came top in my team and got to the extraction point!  Here's proof, non-believers! For someone who isn't particularly good at multiplayer games this is a great achievement okay?!

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Worcester Sorcerer (Sadler's)

Worcester Sorcerer (Sadlers)
Name: Worcester Sorcerer
Label: "A smooth golden English bitter. Sweet malt character with a citrus fruit hop finish"
Brewery: Sadler's
ABV: 4.3%

Rating: "Juicy malt and crisp grassy aromas prepare your taste buds for a sprightly citrus fruit character. Warm toffee apple fruitiness rolls on with softly roasted malts, leading to a gentle bitter finish. Brewed using the finest Maris Otter malted barley and finished with pure English Hops."

Game: Even though I should be on the Xbox One I keep buying Xbox 360 games. South Park: The Stick of Truth to be specific. It's just like playing several episodes of South Park, which officially makes it one of the best games ever! Censorship rears it ugly rear though as some scenes have been removed from the European release. Butt, it's only about thirty seconds of Randy getting his ass hole bothered by an alien anal probe. And there are amusing intermission screens that describe the scenes. As much as I despise censorship, there's no real detriment to the game as a hole.

American Red Ale (Titanic Brewery)

American Red Ale (Titanic Brewery)
Name: American Red Ale
Label: "A rich and warming British Brew - A rich and warming British brew"
Brewery: Titanic Brewery
ABV: 4.5%

Rating: "If the Titanic's fate had been different, Captain Edward Smith might have raised a glass of an ale like this one in celebration of his ship's arrival on American soil. Made with American hops and British malt, it's the perfect mid-Atlantic partnership, lovingly brewed by the Titanic brewery in Smith's Staffordshire birthplace. Full of rich flavour that's bound to warm your heart, it's the perfect tribute to a true British hero."

Game: You know when you've got a marker on a map and you're stood right near it but there's no obvious way to get at it? This happens to me a lot in Thief. I'm not sure if this is intentionally part of the challenge or whether I'm just being extraordinarily thick but it's mightily frustrating.  There's a second storey window with no obvious way to get at it - spends an hour figuring out how to get up there.  I just want to do the sneaky stealey missions!

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Mellow Yellow (Sadler's)

Mellow Yellow (Sadlers)
Name: Mellow Yellow
Label: "A pale honey ale. Powerful hop character is balanced with a sweet honey finish"
Brewery: Sadler's
ABV: 4.1%

Rating: "Smooth and refreshing honey ale. A mash of light English barley malt is followed generously with English First Gold and New Zealand Green Bullet hops. Natural, pure honey is infused throughout the brewing process to round the citrus hop character with a smooth and subtle sweetness."

Game: Finally bought a "Season Pass" for a game. That game happened to be The Walking Dead Season 2. And when the second episode was released, the season pass actually worked! And it didn't download any useless multi-player crap that I don't want or need! Anyway, Episode 2 of The Walking Dead Season 2 is brilliant. And guess who shows up in this episode? MAJOR SPOILER: zombies!!  Rating: 9/10

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Worcester Sorcerer (Sadler's)

Worcester Sorcerer (Sadlers)
Name: Worcester Sorcerer
Label: "A smooth Golden English Bitter. Sweet malt character with a citrus fruit hop finish"
Brewery: Sadler's
ABV: 4.3%

Rating: "Juicy malt and crisp grassy aromas prepare your taste buds for a sprightly citrus fruit character. Warm toffee apple fruitiness rolls on with softly roasted malts, leading to a gently bitter finish. Brewed using the finest Maris Otter malted barley and finished with pure English Hops".  Proper magic, this one is.

Game: Thieves are bad, Thief is great though.  The game plays like a marriage 'twixt Assassin's Creed and Dishonored.  I disliked Dishonored, I liked the medieval type feel but this was ruined with security cameras and robot things. What?  But Thief is the best of both worlds and doesn't contain stupid robots. The graphics are tremendous too. Oh and LOOT!  Rating: 9/10

Monday, 24 February 2014

Mud City Stout (Sadler's)

Mud City Stout (Sadlers)
Name: Mud City Stout
Label: "Brewed with raw cocoa, vanilla pods, flaked oats, wheat and a complex blend of beautifully dark malts - Incomparable ales"
Brewery: Sadler's
ABV: 6.6%

Rating: "Dark and delicious Stout brewed with raw cocoa, vanilla pods, flaked oats, wheat and a blend of beautifully dark malts. Molasses, treacle and soft liquorice are rounded with a dark coffee bean and honeyed nut character. Sweet vanilla, chocolate and berry fruit shine through to a gentle bitter finish."

Game: I played the Titanfall Beta like everyone else.  For that one person that doesn't know what Titanfall is, it's a run and gun fast-paced FPS with added giant robot. I ranned and gunned and died and respawned lots and lots of times over and over again for about three hours.  That's me done for Titanfall I reckon.  I dislike forming an opinion about a game based on a beta but there you go. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it (a bit) but I just find multi-player so very very repetitive and boring. And next-gen or not, Titanfall has done nothing to change this.  Like I said to Titanfall as I switched it off,  "It's not you, it's me", I'm sure normal people and multi-player fans will really dig it. 7 / 10.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Thin Ice (Sadler's)

Thin Ice (Sadlers)
Name: Thin Ice
Label: "Extra Pale Ale - An extremely pale beer finished with a hint of citrus orange hops - Brewed in the Black Country"
Brewery: Sadler's
ABV: 4.5%

Rating: "Uplifting aromas of zesty orange, melon and kiwi lead to a refreshing tart citrus sensation. A delicate sweet malt character softens the citrus burst and leads to a distinctive bitter finish.  Brewed with the finest English Maris Otter barley and Green Bullet hops from New Zealand."

Game: I don't understand a lot of the reviews I'm reading about Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.  It's a 2D platformer. No wait, it's a GREAT 2D platformer and yet reviewers are begrudgingly admitting its great but in the same breath bemoaning the lack of 'innovation' and mark it down. Seriously, what do these people want from a Donkey Kong game? Augmented Reality? Snow in your living room for extra immersion? Monkeys lobbing bananas (or worse) out of the telly at you? Multiplayer deathmatches? I don't want any of that. I want an HD Donkey Kong adventure and that's what this game delivers. Splendiferous graphics, exquisite soundtrack and lots of platforming action! If you have a Wii U get Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. If you don't have a Wii U, get a Wii U and then get Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. Rating: 9/10

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Valentines XB (Batemans)

Valentines XB (Batemans)
Name: Valentines XB
Label: "Batemans Valentines Tipple - Limited Edition XB - Roses are red, violets are blue, here's to raising a glass of XB with you"
Brewery: Batemans
ABV: 3.7%

Rating: "English Goldings and Challenger hops fused with crisp Lincolnshire pale and chocolate malts creating a grainy, quaffable Valentine's tipple."  My amazing and long-suffering wife bought me this, so in true Valentine's Day fashion I drank the beer and played The Walking Dead. Then I treated her to The Wolverine in 3D. Romantic is my middle name (Bickle 'Romantic' 77).

Game: The first episode of The Walking Dead is free. I played it and too be honest I couldn't really work out what all the fuss was about. But then I gave episode 2 a go for the princely sum of £3.39. Blown away! I'm rubbish at decision  making, so I'm using this as training software. Some of the decisions are really difficult to make you see, but you have to make them, like, really quick! Lot's of OMG moments too. 8/10

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Cool Beer for a Hot Curry (Staffordshire Brewery)

Cool Beer for a Hot Curry (Staffordshire Brewery)
Name: Cool Beer for a Hot Curry
Label: "Curry Night Special - Made in England. Where else?"
Brewery: Staffordshire Brewery
ABV: 4.5%

Rating: "A light hoppy beer." Got this beer for Christmas in a curry set with tandoori paste and a jar of mango chutney. What a pressie!

Game: Talking of Christmas, already scouting out what to get loved ones for Christmas 2014?  It's only around the corner after all (and if weeks equal corners then that's only 45 corners to go).  Why not give them the gift of Gaming Ales in e-book form?  Stop LOL-ing!  It's just the beers and gaming reviews without all the accompanying drivel!  I'll just leave this link here: The Alternative Good Beer and Gaming Guide: 101 real ales rated - now with added Xbox One fizz.

Original Oak Aged Beer (Innis & Gunn)

Original Oak Aged Beer (Innis & Gunn)
Name: Original Oak Aged Beer
Label: "Brewed in small batches - Smooth Scottish Beer with hints of toffee, vanilla and oak."
Brewery: Innis & Gunn
ABV: 6.6%

Rating: "This honey-hued beer is matured over the finest American Oak heartwood to unlock natural flavours from deep within the oak grain. These luscious flavours of toffee, vanilla and oak perfectly balance the beer's malt backbone and light hop fruitiness. Its mellowness and depth of flavour makes it a great accompaniment to food like grilled seafood, juicy steaks and mature cheese."

Had this ages ago but it deserved another post due to this epic 750ml bottle! Check out the size! 2 for £5 in Sainsburys if you're interested.

Game: Gaming Ales review of Flappy Bird: it was awright.  Probably one of the better story-lines for a mobile game. And it was free but didn't constantly mither (beg) for money via micro-transactions. For that it gets 6/10, and coincidentally that's the most amount of pipes I got past.