Sunday, 28 August 2016

Spiced Rum Finish Oak Aged Beer (Innis & Gunn)

Spiced Rum Finish Oak Aged Beer (Innis and Gunn)
Name: Spiced Rum Finish Oak Aged Beer
Label: "This special Innis & Gunn beer has been finished over oak infused with Caribbean Spiced Rum"
Brewery: Innis & Gunn
ABV: 7.4%

Tasting notes: "Since discovering the perfect marriage of beer, oak and rum back in 2006 we have been busy brewing, maturing and tasting, trying to uncover new ways to craft these unusual bedfellows into even more delicious beer. And in doing so we experienced a eureka moment of flavour, discovering a mouth-watering union of specially brewed, toffee-hued Innis & Gunn beer and very rare Caribbean Spiced Rum that is absolutely bursting with flavour."

Game: ​ More PS4 remastering: Heavy Rain. Initial impressions be like, what the hell is this? I got up, had a shower, got dressed, went downstairs, drank some orange, did. some. work., helped wife put the shopping away, set the table, played with the kids. Well done, you've made a game duller than my ACTUAL life.

Rating: 1 boring life out of 10.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Double Hop Monster IPA (Greene King)

Double Hop Monster IPA (Greene King)
Name: Double Hop Monster IPA
Label: "Late hopped for maximum aroma & a refreshingly bitter finish"
Brewery: Greene King
ABV: 7.2%

Tasting notes: "Double Hop Monster IPA is the wildest, hoppiest beer we've ever brewed. A "big" beer in every way, it's bold, bitter and thanks to extensive dry-hopping - fabulously aromatic."

Game: Part 2 of Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is surprisingly called Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. ​ Went through this one really quickly and to be honest I can't remember much about it. It definitely had climbing, shooting and simple environment-based puzzle solving. It was definitely good too. Sometimes games just go in one eye and out the other though...

Rating: 7 vague memories out of 10.

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Peaky Blinder (Sadlers)

Peaky Blinder (Sadlers)
Name: Peaky Blinder
Label: "Craft Brewed Beer"
Brewery: Sadler's
ABV: 4.6%

Tasting notes: "A black IPA brewed with five different malts and five different hop varieties. Dark and delicious yet refreshing and hoppy." Not sure if this is an official Peaky Blinders beer but it's a fantastic ale to go with a fantastic TV show!

Game: ​ More PS4 greatness, God of War 3 Remastered. I reckon it's OK to play this without playing the first two in the series. The first two stories probably go something like this anyway:

GoW 1: Kratos tricked into killing own family, gets angry, goes out and hacks everyone/thing he sees to pieces.

GoW 2: Kratos still angry. Hacks even more things/people to pieces.

And so GoW 3: *spoiler* Pretty much kills EVERYTHING. Uses a beheaded er... head, as a torch.

Rating: 8 beheaded heads out of 10

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Hens Tooth (Morland)

Hens Tooth (Morland)
Name: Hen's Tooth
Label: "Bottle conditioned strong ale"
Brewery: Morland
ABV: 6.5%

Tasting notes: "This fine ale matures in its bottle producing a richer and more distinct character. A warming blend of fruit and malt flavours are followed by a smooth finish."  I've been looking for this beer for years! It's been literally rarer than a hen's bollock (I think that's the phrase anyway). I even got to the stage where I thought I'd imagined drinking it once upon a time.

Game: Still on PS3 remasters for PS4. This time The Last of Us. Erm.. wow.. what a game! Even though it effectively still boils down to; move to an area, kill all baddies, move to the next area, rinse and repeat, the storytelling craftsmanship on show here is like nothing I've seen before in a video game - that means it's pretty good. And it looks ace because it's 1080p and you can tell. Plus there's a horsey bit in it.  My suspicions of PlayStation truly having the best exclusive games is borne out with this one. Go Naughty Dog!
Rating: 9 horses out of 10.

Friday, 29 July 2016

Monty Pythons Holy Grail (Black Sheep)

Monty Pythons Holy Grail (Black Sheep)
Name: Monty Python's Holy Grail
Label: "And now for something completely different - Golden Ale Tempered Over Burning Witches - Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries"
Brewery: Black Sheep Co.
ABV: 4.7%

Tasting notes: "A light golden beer with a fresh, zesty taste and a long crisp bitter finish... Goes beautifully with Spam, albatross or battered herring."  Official Monty Python ale. How great is that!

Game: It's the beginnings of a journey over to the dark-side, we got us-selves a PlayStation 4!  And what better way to experience PS4... by playing remastered PS3 games on it! First up, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. It's about 9 years old and kinda showing it's age to be fair. The graphics and animation are ropier than the ropes Nathan oft finds himself dangling from. But as an introduction to the Uncharted series, it's a fine Indiana Jones/Tomb Raider-esque romp.
Rating: 7 smart-ass quips out of 10.

Friday, 22 July 2016

St Edmunds Golden Beer (Greene King)

St Edmunds Golden Beer (Greene King)
Name: St Edmund's Golden Beer
Label: "Made with Cascade Hops - Fresh golden beer with a citrus finish brewed using pale malt and cascade hops"
Brewery: Greene King
ABV: 4.2%

Tasting notes: "St Edmund, the first patron saint of England, lends his name to this fresh golden beer with a citrus finish. Brewed using pale malt and cascade and first gold hops, it is a refreshingly crisp ale. Just one of a selection of great-tasting beers, created by Greene King at our home in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England."

Game: Quick one about the new Skirmish mode DLC in Star Wars Battlefront. It's just 1 or 2 player Walker Assault and Fighter Squadron modes against bots. Gone is the thrill of besting a real opponent from across the globe. Gone is the mad scramble against peers for the coveted Hero pickup. Instead you're playing against a load of seemingly bad AI. At one point on Hoth, my Rebel scum friends were all just stood in a passageway whilst the nice lady on the comms channel was asking everyone to attack the AT-AT. They weren't even moving around to keep warm. They were just stood there. I'm sure it's great for couch co-op with a bud, but it sucks solo (not literally). 5 frozen Tauntauns out of 10

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Brew T (Greene King)

Brew T (Greene King)
Name: Brew T
Label: "Amber Ale - British hopped amber brew, with botanical infusion of jasmine green tea"
Brewery: Greene King
ABV: 4.5%

Tasting notes: "Amber ale, brewed with jasmine green tea. Botanical blend of jasmine green tea contrasts with spicy British hops, Goldings and First Gold. Rich amber ale with subtle astringency & fragrant floral finish."  This ale is definitely my cup of tea.

Game: Played Xbox 360 game Super Meat Boy, cos ya know, FREE with Xbox Gold :)  Let my eldest play it. He came up to me 20 minutes later crying saying it was too frustrating. Welcome to gaming, son. Welcome to gaming.

Rating: 8 rages out of 10.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Optical Infusion (Greene King)

Optical Infusion (Greene King)
Name: Optical Infusion
Label: "Golden Ale - Scottish Optic malted barley brew, infused with Blended Malt Scotch Whisky"
Brewery: Greene King
ABV: 5.5%

Tasting notes: "Golden ale with oak matured Scotch whisky. Brewed with a single variety of malted barley, "Optic" and blended malt Scotch whisky infused from toasted oak.  Rich and full with dried fruit & vanilla accents."

Game: Another quick one about Star Wars Battlefront DLC: Bespin. It looks the part, it sounds the part. It's got new heroes, Lando Calrissian (no-good scoundrel, you'd like him) and Gendar (you never heard him in the films but the voice and accent is so good it fits like a glove/head bandage).  New weapons, Jabba contracts and new maps abound; Cloud City, woah there's Slave I, there's that room where they all met, there're some bombs to disarm / arm in new mode Sabotage, AT-AT's here? Awesome!  8 scoundrels out of 10.

Monday, 27 June 2016

Brilliant Ale (Shepherd Neame)

Brilliant Ale (Shepherd Neame)
Name: Brilliant Ale
Label: "Inspired by tales of sunbeams striking the brewhouse of Britain's oldest brewer. Legend has it our brewers were first moved to create Brilliant Ale by the vision of the bright, early morning sun sending golden shafts of light onto our solid oak mash tun."
Brewery: Shepherd Neame
ABV: 5.6%

Tasting notes: "Historically this recipe was formulated with 100% pale malt, bittered by our signature East Kent Goldings hops.  A golden, brilliantly bright, hoppy ale was born. Today this ale has been rejuvenated by using the modern hop variety of Cascade. Hugely popular in its day, this revitalised ale has risen from the annals of history for the modern drinker to savour."

Game: Quick one about Star Wars Battlefront DLC: "Outer Rim". It's got new heroes Greedo (he shot first) and Nien Numb (he laughed first), new mode Extraction where you've got to transport some stuff to some place and the other team have to stop you transporting the stuff to the place. It's got ace maps, Jabba's throne room, woah dead Rancor! Jabba contracts, new weapons etc etc. Rating: 7 Banthas out of 10.

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Big Bad Wolf IPA (Metropolitan Brewing Co)

Big Bad Wolf IPA (Metropolitan Brewing Co)
Name: Big Bad Wolf IPA
Label: "Huge hoppy character, brewed with 7 hop varieties and dry hopped for extra intensity."
Brewery: Metropolitan Brewing Co (Greene King)
ABV: 6.0%

Tasting notes: "India Pale Ale. Humulus Iupulous or 'wolf of the woods' the Latin name for hops. Centennial, Amarillo, Styrian Goldings & Cascade varieties deliver big, bold tropical fruit aromas, with delicate, herbal bitterness to finish."

Game: Britain has voted to leave the EU!  Gaming Ales doesn't think it's that big a deal. It would have been nice to remain in the EU, it makes sense to keep Europe united rather than split up, but it's not the end of the world. There will still be games and there will still be beer. Plus the new Zelda game will be released on WiiU AND NX in 2017! Brexit rating: 5/10