Saturday, 28 March 2015

Mocha Amaretto (Batemans)

Mocha Amaretto (Batemans)
Name: Mocha Amaretto
Label: "Grande Cafe Mocha! Chocolate coffee beer with a hint of amaretto!"
Brewery: Batemans
ABV: 6.5%

Tasting notes: "Mocha Amaretto: the perfect blend of coffee pot aroma, almond and chocolate indulgence with the sweetness of biscotti. This delicately prepared beer is a true homage to all that is wonderful about Italy's cafe culture."

Game: Telltale Games have really nailed the Game of Thrones atmos in the latest episode The Sword in the Darkness.  Like the books, I can barely keep track of the story because of the amount of characters, how it jumps around between locations and the fact that my brain is slightly broken.  But then DRAGON!  Breathing fire and stuff!  Rating: 9/10

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Graffiti IPA (Firebrand Brewing Co)

Graffiti IPA (Firebrand Brewing Co)
Name: Graffiti IPA
Label: "Forged in Cornwall"
Brewery: Firebrand Brewing Co
ABV: 5.0%

Tasting notes: "Graffiti IPA is a punchy little IPA at 5.2%, a lovely biscuity malt base gives the backbone, allowing the (mostly) US hops to shine through, giving wonderful aroma and flavour of citrus and tropical fruit."  Think they been drinking too much Graffiti IPA because the front of the bottle says 5.0% abv yet the back says 5.2% !  Say what?

Game: Ending of Dragon Age: Inquisition was a bit of a glitch-fest but enjoyable none the less.  **SPOILER** if you get to the final fight with Corypheus and it glitches at the third stage of fighting him, the loading screen comes up and you wait for ages for what you assume is the next cut-scene, but you end up back fighting Corypheus except he's stuck at zero health and is bobbing up and down. Just run down all the flights of stairs and bingo, the cut-scene plays :)

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Icelandic White Ale (Einstök Ölgerð)

Name: Icelandic White Ale
Label: "Ale brewed with coriander & Orange Peel - Bottle conditioned - unfiltered - unpasteurised"
Brewery: Einstök Ölgerð
ABV: 5.2%

Tasting notes: "Our quest was simple, we wanted to make the best white ale we ever tasted. We got there with the complex flavors of the classic witbier, including orange peel and coriander - all brewed with pure Icelandic water and a touch of oats that deliver a cool smoothness that is uniquely flavorful and refreshingly drinkable."

Game: Pause the GAME!  I'm totally watching Vikings Season 3 and this is the perfect beer to sup while watching a bit of Nordic bludgeoning. Vikings is way better than Breaking Bad too!  Violent AND educational! "Skol!"

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Orange Barley (Batemans)

Orange Barley (Batemans)
Name: Orange Barley
Label: "Oranges. freshness, zest and tang - if you like oranges!"
Brewery: Batemans
ABV: 6.2%

Tasting notes: "Brewed with zesty oranges (1%) and natural cane sugar (1%) to deliver unabated sweetness, bite, body and charm. Serve in a large wine glass for maximum aroma."  Wow, surprisingly orangey and it works!

Game: This new game has also got plenty of bite, body and charm! Dying Light is a zesty first person parkour adventure with zombies!  The night time bits where you're being chased by the more agile aggressive zombies is terrifying.  My heart rate hasn't increased this much during a game since Alien: Isolation.  Getting too old for this shit! But it's awesome!  8/10

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Stoodley Stout (Little Valley Brewery)

Stoodley Stout (Little Valley Brewery)
Name: Stoodley Stout
Label: "Rich and creamy - organic bottle conditioned"
Brewery: Little Valley Brewery
ABV: 4.8%

Tasting notes: "Stoodley Stout is a rich, dark stout containing chocolate and crystal malt mixed with oats and wheat. It has a rich and creamy roasted flavour with notes of orange and citrus." Impressive name, impressive taste.

Game: Heard quite a bit recently about how game reviews and scores as we know them are going to change and/or become obsolete. The thinking behind it is that all of a sudden you can't now review a game unless you've been playing it for months, like with Destiny and Evolve etc. I agree so I'll be doing a review system whereby I say whether a game is rubbish, ok or ace. Then I'll give it a score out of 10 which will roughly equate to whether the game is rubbish, ok or ace. And then I'll make the review available very soon after I've played the game.

Rating of new review idea: 8/10

Friday, 13 February 2015

Santa Paws (BrewDog)

Santa Paws (Brew Dog)
Name: Santa Paws
Label: "Christmas Scotch Ale"
Brewery: BrewDog
ABV: 4.5%

Tasting notes: "A 4.5% decadent scotch ale brewed with Scottish Heather Honey. A robust malty beer packed with flavour and at a strength you can drink all (Christmas) day long.  A baby scotch ale which is perfect with Christmas pudding or whilst playing Pictionary with your gran. This is our antidote to the chaos of the upcoming festive season. Raise a glass of this Christmas beer, share it with friend, family and strangers, and sit back and enjoy the view as world descends into a fairy light fuelled frenzy. And, if all else fails, just blame Santa. Hoppy Christmas (when it comes) from all at BrewDog."

Game: Not really a game this time (unless you count spending money a game), but just checking out some beers from the Flavourly.com craft beer club. Got a good introductory deal and the beers have been brilliant so signed up for three months. Slight concern that it will be quite expensive to carry on after the first three months though. But you also get gourmet snacks in the box!

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Robin Hood (Springhead)

Robin Hood (Springhead)
Name: Robin Hood
Label: "A chestnut-brown traditional bitter with plenty of hops - Brewed in Robin Hood country by Springhead"
Brewery: Springhead
ABV: 4.0%

Tasting notes: "Robin Hood is an aromatic, traditional, chestnut-brown English bitter. It is malty in flavour with a dry, hoppy finish. Robin Hood has been lovingly brewed by master-craftsmen using only the finest English ingredients to ensure that each bottle is as good as the last."

Game: Crikey, Dragon Age: Inquisition is epically long... Feel like I've been playing it for years and I'm still unlocking new areas to explore!  Not complaining though (really). Although maybe games these days are getting a bit too big?  Almost overwhelming in their vastness with too many distractions that detract from a coherent story-driven experience? Personally I think their immenseness is great, I'm just a bit concerned that I'll start to accrue a backlog of unfinished gigantic games as more games get released over the next few years?

Saturday, 7 February 2015

La Tène (Celt Experience)

La Tene (Celt Experience)
Name: La Tène
Label: "Crafted Ale - Bracis-Curmi."  Bracis-Curmi means malted beer apparently.
Brewery: Celt Experience
ABV: 3.3%

Rating: Lots of French words on the back even though the brewer is based in Caerphilly. The label also bids us "Welcome" in big letters. Not sure what's going on to be honest. The beer tastes brill though, a pale bitter, great with chicken so I've found.

Game: Just played through the second episode of Telltales' Game Of Thrones.  Suffice it to say The Lost Lords is superb. It is however a little bit glitchy. Choices from episode one sometimes don't carry over into episode two, although I didn't get this issue. I did get a problem where the graphics didn't pop in and big black blobs appeared instead. *Minor spoiler?* Rodrik was looking at some dead bodies and looked quite scared but I just saw Rodrik looking at some big black blobs and looking quite scared. Lesson learned: dead bodies and big black blobs are both quite scary.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Imperial Ale (Wentworth Brewery)

Imperial Ale (Wentworth Brewery)
Name: Imperial Ale
Label: "Brewed and bottled by Wentworth Brewery"
Brewery: Wentworth Brewery
ABV: 3.8%

Rating: "Our new session bitter, a glowing tawny coloured ale with a refreshingly floral nose. Going down great guns on tap and now brought to you bottled."

Game: So last night was all about the Far Cry 4. This time co-opping with Xbox Live's Red Tomacco showing me how it's done. Couple of achievements achieved and a couple of fortresses beat, plus bell towers and outposts conquered. We did a lot of shooting and Red Tomacco did a lot of reviving a stricken Bickle. Top bloke and a top Far Cry 4 player who seems to be able to fly the length of the map using the wingsuit!

Monday, 26 January 2015

Triple C (Crafty Dan Micro Brewery)

Triple C (Crafty Dan Micro Brewery)
Name: Triple C
Label: "Chinook, Citra & Centennial hops - Citrus edge, crisp and clean, for hop heads only"
Brewery: Crafty Dan Micro Brewery
ABV: 5.3%

Tasting notes: "A full, smooth and balanced beer with an intense citrus hop aroma"

Game: Lots of negative reaction about the latest Assassin's Creed game. You know, stuff like the graphics on peoples faces going a bit wrong, getting stuck on a box or a bit of shrubbery, chests not opening when they should. There are some real horror stories out there ('haters gonna hate' I think the phrase is) so here are 5 reasons why Assassin's Creed: Unity was ace:

1. The graphics are AMAZING. Like, photo-realistic amazing.
2. Great story where you assassinate baddies.
3. Have you seen the size of the map?? You can run the length and breadth of it without any loading screens
4. Double air assassination mid-parkour: never gets old
5. For completionists and OCD sufferers, collecting all the collectible things