Thursday, 16 February 2017

No. 1 - The Golden Goose (Hatherwood)

The Golden Goose (Hatherwood)
Name: The Golden Goose
Label: "Golden Ale - No. 1"
Brewery: Hatherwood
ABV: 3.8%

Tasting notes: "This Golden Goose Ale has been traditionally craft-brewed using Burton water and 100% British barley. Pale and Crystal malts combined with Fuggle and Styrian Golding hops deliver a refreshing and full-bodied flavour showing that this ale is not afraid to stick its neck out!"

Game: This week we've been giving the For Honor Beta a whirl. Firstly, we spotted a typo, they spelt "Honour" wrong... but as it's Ubisoft we'll let them off. Second thing that strikes us about For Honor [sic] is that it feels more like a fighter than a third-person hack 'n slash. That's about it for now folks... [I think we need to write more - Ed]. Erm.. ok, the graphics are great? The full game will have a single player mode but the focus is more on multiplayer? [Enough! - Ed]

Rating: 7 hacks out of 10

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Amber Stone (Marstons)

Amber Stone (Marstons)
Name: Amber Stone
Label: "Extraordinary Character - Rich and malty nose with a hint of apple fruit"
Brewery: Harper's Brewing Co. - Brewed by Marston's Brewery [wtf?]
ABV: 4.4%

Tasting notes: "Notice the smooth caramel flavours from crystal malts with a lightly dry and nutty texture to finish. Fresh, soft earthy and hedgerow aroma from old world hops. All that sweetness is balanced out by a rounded but robust bitterness"

Game: This week we've mostly been scared w(sh)itless on Resident Evil 7 Biohazard. It's great. It's given us some great ideas for the office refurbishment plan too. Basically we're going to have random lumps of statue that when you hold them up at a certain angle, the shadow they cast onto the wall will complete a picture that will then cause a secret door to open in the wall enabling us to get to another area of the office where a much needed item is kept, probably the stapler or the hole puncher thingy.

Rating: 7 office refurbs out of 10.

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