Saturday, 22 November 2014

Firkin Fox (Badger)

Firkin Fox (Badger)
Name: Firkin Fox
Label: "Auburn citrus-hopped beer"
Brewery: Badger
ABV: 4.6%

Rating: "Inspired by the cunning countryside fox, this moreish auburn ale combines the biscuity and aromatic qualities of our speciality malts with the citrus hop charge of Celeia and Cascade hops. A refreshing beer ideal with spicy Mexican dishes. We've been brewing in the heart of Dorset since 1777. Discover more Badger beers on cask, on shelf or at" Fox hunting SUCKS. They should go beer hunting instead. It's a heck of a lot more fun.

Game: Xbox One just keeps on giving! It's been a year since the Xbox One was released and they are showering us Day One'rs (I invented that term) with gifts a-plenty. Today I got some exclusive Xbox backgrounds for various devices; desktop, tablet, mobile and Xbox. BIG WOW you may be thinking in your usual sarcastic mind-voice (and that thought would be justified to be fair), but they've also sent messages out informing us of a free copy of LIMBO on Xbox One when it's released. Free game! Xbox is teh best!!!1!!

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Black Pepper Ale (Batemans)

Black Pepper Ale (Batemans)
Name: Black Pepper Ale
Label: "Bottling the past, creating the future"
Brewery: Batemans
ABV: 5.1%

Rating: "No strangers to innovation, Batemans have been craft brewers since 1874. With a wealth of good old fashioned know how and a healthy blend of imagination, energy and passion, Batemans are devoted to the delivery of a truly exceptional range of 'Sovereign Beers. An unmistakable aroma tickles the nose. A subtle tingle of crushed black pepper with bellowing heat. A clean and beautifully balanced beer. A perfect match for Popcorn and Strawberries!" This was extra awesome because it came with a little sachet of black pepper!

Game: (To be read in a French accent) I av 'eard a lot of 7 out of 10 type reviews for Assassin's Creed: Unity. Well those reviews are officially ludicrous! AC: Unity is magnifique! This is proper next-gen... but now.  So 'Now-gen'.  Graphically it's formidable. Not seen anything quite like it. What I always think are pre-rendered cut scenes merge into actual playable sections of the game. And the game comes with absolutely ZERO glitches from what I've seen thus far and a fantastic companion app. Gaming Ales rating: 59 hundred out of 10.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

New World Pale Ale (Marston's)

New World Pale Ale (Marstons)
Name: New World Pale Ale
Label: "An exotic Pale Golden Ale brewed with a blend of Australian hops"
Brewery: Marston's
ABV: 4.1%

Rating: "New World Ale is a new lineage for a great heritage beer. Born out of the craft and culture imbued in Pedigree, combined with the fresh, fascinating and funky hop flavours of Australia, this beer is infused with vibrant, exotic, contemporary flavours. Gleaming pale gold in colour,New World pours with a dense white head of foam and a fantastic fruity & floral aroma."  Awesome beer. Must buy more.

Game: So many games still to finish! Shadow of Mordor, The Evil Within, D4 and still popping on to Destiny every day.  But next week sees the arrival of Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Assassin's Creed Unity. Anybody seen that extra spare time I ordered? Anyway, I wasn't going to get Halo but then guess what? I pre-ordered Halo. Pretty amazing story right there!

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Rye Pale Ale (Marston's for Tesco)

Rye Pale Ale (Marstons for Tesco)
Name: Rye Pale Ale
Label: "Revisionist American Hop - Cold Conditioned, Dry hopped with Amarillo and Citra - Spicy with citrus hop"
Brewery: Craft brewed by Marston's exclusively for Tesco
ABV: 4.3%

Rating: "Bank's Brewmaster Simon Yates', IPA with a twist, inspired by the American craft beer movement, using Rye Crystal Malt to create a spicy, nutty flavour. Brewed with five different American hop varieties."

Game: A shout-out (is that still such a thing?) to Creative Assembly. They gone and made one of the best games I've ever played!  Alien: Isolation completed, time to start the challenge map things. Usually when I finish a game I mostly play something else... mostly.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Imperial Red (Wychwood)

Imperial Red (Wychwood)
Name: Imperial Red
Label: "Imperious Deep Ruby Ale"
Brewery: Wychwood
ABV: 4.7%

Rating: "Do not fear the Imperial Red who comes in peace to liberate your taste buds with his robust yet succulent beer. A toasted malt flavour balanced by a bold pronounced hop delivered in a rich russet beer. Enjoy the imperial majesty and raise the red standard in celebration."

Game: Totally addicted to Alien: Isolation but Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is occasionally able to break the spell. With it's brilliantly well thought out mix of Assassin's Creed meets Batman Arkham City, a bit or orc slaying makes a nice change from hiding in a cupboard. The game is very orc / Uruk-hai oriented, so there're no stupid Hobbits ruining the baddie decapitation. It's actually quite dark and violent, more-so than the films which makes it extra great. Rating: 8/10.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Bill's Beer (Caledonian Brewery)

Bills Beer (Caledonian Brewery)
Name: Bill's Beer
Label: "Cunning as a bag of weasels - Celebrating the 90th anniversary of Bill McLaren - Welcome to the Bill McLaren Foundation. Your support will help us to develop and promote the sport of rugby union and its values and to create an educative centre which will include the Bill McLaren Archive."
Brewery: Caledonian
ABV: 4.6%

Rating: "Bill's Beer is brewed to celebrate the 90th anniversary of 'the voice of rugby'. Classic style with a cunning balance of malt & hop characters and a local twist."

Game: Good grief have you played Alien: Isolation yet? Scariest game ever! Started it on the hardest difficulty as it's the recommended setting for the best experience apparently. Spent about three hours trying to get past a group of people, hadn't even seen the alien at that point. Current thoughts: where am I? what am I doing? what's this alien-esque drool dripping on to my shoulder? Oh, shiii...

Monday, 29 September 2014

National Trust Golden Ale (Delavals Master Brewers)

National Trust Golden Ale (Delavals Master Brewers)
Name: National Trust Golden Ale
Label: "Small batch brewed - Natural Ingredients - Great British Classics - Delavals is dedicated to creating beers of exceptional quality and distinction"
Brewery: Delavals Master Brewers
ABV: 4.2%

Rating: "Summer is a thirsty season, one for which beer is tailor-made. Whether relaxing after a great day out with family or friends at Lacock in Wiltshire or unwinding after a long hot day, I usually seek out crisp, clean beers that can be enjoyed cold. Inspired by this, I crafted this Golden Ale to be a real thirst quencher; softly malted, bursting with citrus flavours and a fresh hoppy aroma - Head Brewer"

Game: Had a great Destiny session with @HittingWalnut tonight. During one of the missions we were bemoaning the lack of decent armour drops in the game and suddenly I ended up with some Legendary armour!  It seems the decent drops favour the co-opers as opposed to the solo-ers!  Had a great EGX catch-up as well whilst popping Fallen skulls and Vex... er... stomachs. For the low-down on this years EGX visit post-haste!

Friday, 26 September 2014

Aurelio (Two Fingers Brewing Co)

Aurelio (Two Fingers Brewing Co)
Name: Aurelio
Label: "Golden Artisan Beer - A beer for man kind - One small sip for man, one giant leap for man kind. We handpick the very best ingredients to create a beer that's not only better tasting, but better for men everywhere. At least 10p from every bottle goes to support Prostate Cancer UK"
Brewery: Two Fingers Brewing Co
ABV: 4.8%

Rating: "It's a refreshing, clean and crisp golden ale, brewed with 100% British ingredients. Carefully blended for a complex aroma and perky citrus flavours."

Game: So after a bit of bitching about Destiny in the last two posts, I'm still playing the damn game! Which speaks volumes about how great it is. Despite it's slightly repetitive nature and quick arrival at endgame grind I still have trouble putting the controller down. Oh and I found this brilliant article on's site called Destiny: stop farming and start playing.  If I wasn't married I'd try and marry whoever wrote this article, provided they weren't already married or averse to marriage.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Gold Hobgoblin (Wychwood)

Gold Hobgoblin (Wychwood)
Name: Gold Hobgoblin
Label: "A beer of character"
Brewery: Wychwood
ABV: 4.6%

Rating: "A golden treasure hidden within the Wych Wood has been unearthed... & it's no fool's gold. The combination of four hop varieties & and an infusion of Wheat & Malted barley results in a perfectly balanced golden beer - with a huge hop punch. Well what would you expect? To find out more about the guilt edged golden refreshment visit:" Is there actually a Wych Wood in real life? If not there should be... and it should include rivers of beer. And witches.

Game: Can't sign in to Destiny tonight. Getting a "Cattle" error or something. I'm not a fan of co-op multiplayer in general but for next-gen I've been willing to give it a go. It's the future so I'm told. So to have a game that is online-only, they have to make sure it works online! Otherwise it's completely useless. £44 for a game that is completely unplayable because Bungie's servers are down. If it was still playable offline, then fine. But it's not playable offline.  At least I have beer. Thankfully that still works.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Ace Ale (Shepherd Neame)

Name: Ace Ale
Label: "With flavours of Strawberry & Vanilla"
Brewery: Shepherd Neame
ABV: 3.8%

Rating: "This golden ale has a full floral and strawberries and cream aroma evoking warm and wonderful, long summer days. The light balance of malt and East Kent goldings hops allows the fruit to shine through. Game, set and match a winning combination." Tennis isn't really my cup of tea. This beer is definitely my cup of tea though.

Game: Succumbed to the hype and got Destiny. It looks amazing.Thought there'd be more exploration and a more buffed up single player campaign but it seems a bit light-weight in this respect. It's like it may have missed some opportunities to really wow. An example, the landscape of the Moon looks incredible but the first thing you have to do is go into some building and then go underground and fight waves of identikit enemies. Odd. And then in the next mission you have to scan some cracks (Moon not bum) and then go underground and fight waves of identikit enemies. Another worry, the season pass costs as much as a full-priced game...