Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Vipa (Tyris)

Vipa (Tyris)
Name: Vipa
Label: "Cerveza Artesanal"
Brewery: Tyris Craft & Creative Beers
ABV: 6.1%

Tasting notes: "En el siglo XVIII, las colonias indias britanicas demandaban cerveza. El maestro cervercero George Hodgson creo una receta con mas alcohol y una lupulacion mas potente para que soportara las contingencias del viaje, que podia durar hasta 3 meses. Asi nace VIPA, nuestra Valencian Indian Pale Ale" -  OK wow, my Italian isn't that great but from what I can tell, this is an Indian Pale Ale from Valencia that George Hodgson brewed cos some dudes demanded beer in the 18th century...?

Game: Time to play Gears of War 4. Not describing it because you know what Gears of War is about. This time it's just got bigger, badder monsters and some rubbish robots at the beginning. Brill though. And this time it actually contains some massive gears and cogs. Massive, massive gears and cogs.

Rating: 8 generic robots out of 10

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Smoked Rye (Gun Brewery)

Name: Smoked Rye
Label: "Base Ejection - A satisfying balance of spice and smoke, brewed using Sussex spring water. Vegan."
Brewery: Gun Brewery
ABV: 4.7%

Tasting notes: "Our refreshing modern take on a classic Bavarian recipe has a subtle spiciness from rye blended with a hint of German beech smoked malt. The result is a satisfying balance of flavours - enjoy! A hobo was simply a migratory laborer; he may have taken some longish holidays but sooner or later he returned to work. His life was a dangerous one. To help cope with its uncertainties, hobos developed a system, which they would chalk on walls to provide directions, information and warnings to others. The symbol in our logo means Man With Gun Lives Here. But fear not, our beer won't force you to raise your hands any higher than your hips."

Game: Quick go of Far Cry: Blood Dragon. It's movies from the 80's in video game form. It's great but can't help thinking they could have just done a Far Cry game with proper dinosaurs in it.

Rating: 7 missed opportunities out of 10

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Single-Wide IPA (Boulevard)

 Name: Single-Wide IPA
Label: "India Pale Ale"
Brewery: Boulevard Brewing Co
ABV: 5.7%

Tasting notes: Loving these American IPA's. This one is made in Kansas. No idea what Single-Wide means? Possibly related to the caravan that is pictured on the label. Strange, it doesn't taste like caravan, which is probably a good thing. Anyway, day 3 of December and beer 3 of the beer advent calendar. Yes, an advent calendar full of beer. Thanks Flavourly Craft Beer Club!

Game: Finished Assassin's Creed 2 (Xbox One Ezio Collection version). The Polygon site has mentioned that the NPC's are looking really weird and that the remaster is really bad. Just to clarify, it's not a really bad remaster. NPCs are random, the colour contrast and resolution has been boosted, some NPCs faces look a little odd as a result. No biggie. Looks like criticism for criticisms sake. Sorry, for click-baits sake. The weirdest thing about this situation is the fact that Polygon's level of journalism seems is even more amateurish than GamingAles. Amazing! :)

AC2 remaster rating: 8 polygons out of 10.

Friday, 2 December 2016

Hibernator Bock (Mordue)

Name: Hibernator Bock
Label: "New World Bock"
Brewery: Panda Frog Project, Mordue Brewery Experimental Arm, Created from the twisted genius that is Robert Millichamp (Head Brewer) and the occasional rationality of the Fawson Brothers
ABV: 6.3%

Tasting notes: "Malt centred amber coloured bock style beer, caramelised grain over herbal hop notes."

Game: Free game week thanks to Xbox Live Games with Gold. Today's game: Outland. Think we are loving Ubisoft a bit too much at the moment. Fun fact you see, it's a game developed by Housemarque and published by Ubisoft. And it looks amazing AF and jolly colourful! Slowly picking up lots of special moves and features that will know doubt be forgotten as we progress.

Rating: 8 mistimed jumps out of 10.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Coffee Anise Porter (Ticketybrew)

Coffee Anise Porter (Ticketybrew)Name: Coffee Anise Porter
Label: "An alluring coffee anise porter with a sweet and spicy flavour"
Brewery: The Ticketybrew Company
ABV: 5.1%

Tasting notes: "Known for its fruit and floral notes, we've used Ethiopian coffee in this porter to create rich flavour and chocolate aromas. Combined with a background of gentle aniseed, this is luxurious, yet comforting."

Game: So after the Xbox 360 Tomb Raider remaster for Xbox One, GamingAles decided to never buy a remaster that we've already played on the older console. Not because they're bad, but because we've already played them and unless you play them side-by-side *whispers* you can't really tell the difference. But screw that rule because Assassin's Creed: The Ezio Collection is out! We get to play Assassin's Creed 2, Brotherhood and Revelations all the way through again on Xbox One! Amazing games, remastered at about a tenner a pop. Bring it.

Rating: 10 neck stabs out of 10

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Old Spooky Hen (Morland)

Old Spooky Hen (Morland)
Name: Old Spooky Hen
Label: "Crafted Fine Ale - Limited Edition Bottle"
Brewery: Morland
ABV: 5.0%

Tasting notes: It's exactly like the normal Old Speckled Hen but way way way way scarier.

Game: The GamingAles Assassin's Creed addiction continues this week with Assassin's Creed: Liberation HD.  This is an Xbox 360 port of the PS Vita game Assassin's Creed III: Liberation. Unsurprisingly it really shows too with the ropey graphics and at times dodgy free-running. However, that doesn't make it a bad game by any means... au contraire! (that's French for, "so shut up criticising").  It's an interesting aside to the "main" AC games and well worth a look. Plus you get to stab alligators in the eyes and steal their eggs. Just cos.

Rating: 6.5 alligator eyes out of 10

Friday, 11 November 2016

Scarlet Macaw (Oakham)

Name: Scarlet Macaw
Brewery: Oakham Ales
ABV: 4.8%

Tasting notes: "This beer gets its great flavour from a skillful blend of two hops from the Yakima Valley. Amarillo for it's spicy fruity character & Summit which is the most pugnacious of all American hops! Tart gooseberry and soft peach on the nose. Gooseberries and fruit to taste, before an intense bitterness that's as sharp as a macaw's screech!"

Game: Time to revisit Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China this week. We reviewed it back in April 2015 but *whispers* never actually finished it! Well now, consider it finished and it's good for that 8/10 rating it originally received. For a 2.5D side-scroller it looks absolutely stunning. In fact, there're now loads of lipstick kisses all over the telly.

Rating: still 8 kick-stabs out of 10 x x x

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Farmhouse Ale (Cwrw Cwm Gwaun)

Farmhouse Ale (Cwrw Cwm Gwaun)
Name: Farmhouse Ale
Label: "Brewed in Pembrokeshire"
Brewery: Cwrw Cwm Gwaun
ABV: 4.0%

Tasting notes: "Made with the best British hops, this ale has a moderate bitterness with a rich malty flavour and a delightfully crisp finish made with pure spring water."

Game: It's November, forget about all the new releases, it's Assassin's Creed time! Missed out on Assassin's Creed Rogue first time around because the Xbox One had just come out (why play an Xbox 360 game when we have something new and shiny)?  So with Ubisoft's heinous decision to take a break from releasing a new AC game in 2016, what better time to play Rogue to fill that gaping Assassin's Creed shaped hole this winter?  There's even snow and ice in the game. Perfect.
Rating: 8.5 stabs out of 10

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Old Contemptible (Caledonian)

Old Contemptible (Caledonian)
Name: Old Contemptible
Label: "British Ale - Brewed by hand in Edinburgh"
Brewery: Caledonian Brewery
ABV: 4.8%

Tasting notes: "The First World War changed the world forever. Millions went off to fight and many never came home. Among them were almost 30,000 men of the British Expeditionary Force. The German Kaiser reportedly referred to these troops as a 'contemptible little army'. Veterans of the British Expeditionary Force of 1914 took the name as a badge pride becoming known as 'Old Contemptibles'. Old Contemptible is brewed in partnership with Imperial War Museums, in a style of the period to mark the First World War centenary commemorations.  This deep mahogany beer has a superb creamy head, a distinctive flavour of caramel and vanilla and a slight hop tang. The robustness of the interwoven malt and hop flavours linger well after the last swallow."

Game: Ever been at work and just wanted to hide under the desk until the day finished? That's pretty much how the first XCOM 2 play-through went. Got to a point where there were no available soldiers, no available resources and therefore no way to halt the alien takeover. So just started hitting the 'advance time' button - which is basically the Commander hiding under his desk whilst aliens massacre the entire civilisation. So when the real alien invasion happens, lets hope we have plenty of saves to revert back to.

A difficult yet fabulous game, rating: 8 men in black out of 10

Friday, 14 October 2016

Unmistakably Bills (Caledonian)

Unmistakably Bills (Caledonian)
Name: Unmistakably Bill's
Label: "500ml of illustriously descriptive pale ale for post-match commentary"
Brewery: Caledonian Brewery
ABV: 4.6%

Tasting notes: "To honour the spirit of rugby legend Bill McLaren, we have prepared this profound pale ale. Brewed with a cunning balance of memorable malt and appealing hop, a beer bursting with character - just like the big man himself. So raise your glass and a cheer. Here's to Bill."

Game: It's the crazy winter game season again! Fixture pileup! Today is Mafia 3. So far, so amazing! Great story. The only problem is there's a lot of the "N" word here. Yep, that's right, NIPPLES. So many nipples on the playboy magazines and Vargas paintings that are lying around.
Initial rating: 8 nipples out of 10.