Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Dizzy's Dark Side (Robinsons)

Dizzys Dark Side (Robinsons)
Name: Dizzy's Dark Side
Label: "Dark oak coloured ale with a clean crisp aroma"
Brewery: Robinsons
ABV: 3.8%

Tasting notes: "A dark side. We all have one, isn't that what makes us exciting? Keeps us on our toes? This dominating dark oak coloured beer boasts a full bodied roast malt flavour with hints of chocolate, balanced by a clean crisp hop character. It's the darker, more seductive older sister of our best selling Dizzy Blonde. An alluring taste that draws you in and keeps you coming back for more... After all, who said that blondes have all the fun."

Game: There's going to be a new Lego game! Who'd have thought! To be fair though, I like a Lego game as much as the next person but with the announcement of Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens I can't help but think why can't we have a proper Force Awakens game? A proper Jurassic Park game? A proper Lord of the Rings game? And not just any old shit either. I mean to the standard of the Batman Arkham series. Make it so, game makery people!

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Urban IPA (Tiny Rebel)

Urban IPA (Tiny Rebel)
Name: Urban IPA
Label: "Intercontinental Pale Ale"
Brewery: Tiny Rebel
ABV: 5.5%

Tasting notes: "A carefully crafted intercontinental blend of hops and malt helps us take traditional IPAs to the next level with Urban IPA. Bored with soulless IPAs? Then it's time to go URBAN."

Game: Just gone to pre-order XCOM 2 as it's out next week! Quick! Get on Amazon you fool! Hang on a minute *nervous laugh*, can't... seem... to see it for Xbox One. Maybe Amazon have gone a bit mad and aren't stocking it! Yes, that'll be it. Quick switch over to the Game site. Nope. Google time. What the fff.... it's not even out on consoles! Firaxis what the hell are you playing at? XCOM was awesome on Xbox 360! XCOM 2 next-gen gets a GamingAles first: 0/10. Now get your act together and get making it for consoles, don't make me leave this review as 0/10!

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Icelandic Toasted Porter (Einstök Ölgerð)

Name: Icelandic Toasted Porte
Label: "Ale brewed with Icelandic roasted coffee"
Brewery: Einstök Ölgerð
ABV: 6.0%

Tasting notes: "With clear notes of toffee and dark chocolate, this Porter is roasty and rich, offering a medium body that is robust, yet smooth on the palate. Toasted and chocolate malts give it a sinister black color, but its easy-to-drink taste will have you believing that there's no more need to be afraid of the dark"

Game: Just put on FIFA 15 after months of playing PES 2016. Oh my... I remember this happened a few years ago too. FIFA is better than PES! Even an old FIFA is better than a new PES! It's official. It's fact. This is the definitive word on FIFA vs PES. Now don't ever bring the argument up again!! FIFA 15: 8/10, PES 2016: 6/10

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Atlantic (Sharp's)

Atlantic (Sharps)
Name: Atlantic
Label: "Exceptional Pale Ale"
Brewery: Sharp's
ABV: 4.5%

Tasting notes: "Atlantic is a modern pale ale inspired by the Atlantic Ocean at Sharp's home on Cornwall's rugged North coast. It is brewed with precision to give complexity, subtlety and a cleanness of palate while showcasing the fresh citrus flavours of New World hops. Deep golden in colour, Atlantic has a vibrant fruity aroma redolent of lime zest to mango. The flavour is harmonious balance of barley sugar and grapefruit with a refreshingly crisp citrus linger."

Game: Is Rise of the Tomb Raider any good? It's a quality piece of software I'll have you know. Especially if you like murdering small to medium sized animals and baddy people. One interesting achievement has you chucking a chicken into the air which you then shoot with your bow and arrow. Well, not with the bow, that would be crazy. Just the arrow.  It's FINE, they're not real people or animals, 'tis but a game we's playing. There are also some weird options from the main menu with unlockable cards and stuff but I've ignored that for now cos confusing. 8/10

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Hummingbird (Young's)

Hummingbird (Youngs)
Name: Hummingbird
Label: "Delightfully aromatic refreshing golden beer with tropical notes"
Brewery: Young's
ABV: 4.2%

Tasting notes: "Hummingbird is an exciting addition to the Young's bottle range following its popularity as a seasonal cask ale. A golden ale with a refreshing tropical hint, Hummingbird brings something a little bit different which we are sure you'll love."

Game: If you like Transformers then you should definitely get Transformers Devastation. It's a quality brawler and totally faithful to the original cartoon! It's a game that transforms into a big bucket of nostalgia. But not the type of nostalgia where you think, 'Ahh... this was actually a bit shit.'  Instead, it's the type of nostalgia where you think, 'YEAH, THIS IS ACE!'. Then you go out and re-buy all the old toys and contemplate on where you went wrong in life because you still like stuff that you should have grown out of 35 years ago.  8/10

Happy New Year!

Friday, 25 December 2015

Blitzen (Black Sheep)

Blitzen (Black Sheep)
Name: Blitzen
Label: "A collaboration with Blitzen the Reindeer, this beer has Santa's official approval - Ruby Christmas Ale"
Brewery: Black Sheep
ABV: 4.0%

Tasting notes: "This cheeky festive number has been brewed using a blend of Cascade and Goldings hops and a hint of orange peel and muscovado sugar." This beer is great even though I've never heard of muscovado sugar. At first I read it as mucusvader sugar. Must have snot and Star Wars on the mind again.

Game: So while everyone is falling asleep watching shite telly after a gigantic food-fest, I'm sneaking out for a cheeky couple of rounds of Star Wars Battlefront and a go on new addition, Transformers Devastation. Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Bitter (Banks's)

Bitter (Bankss)
Name: Bitter
Label: "Award winning ales - Fide Et Fortitudine 1875"
Brewery: Bank's
ABV: 3.8%

Tasting notes: "Deep gold in colour, Bank's Bitter is the outstanding example of classic English ale. A bitter that resonates with tangy and refreshing flavours that only Fuggles and Goldings - the classic twin masterpieces of the English Hop Growers' art, can deliver."  Simple name, awesome flavour. And currently only a measly 90p from Asda!

Game: I'm out for the rest of the season with a hand injury! Played Star Wars: Battlefront pretty much nonstop during the double XP weekend and now my hand really hurts. Seriously. RSI I think it is (Really Stupid Idiot). Anyway it's only my left hand so it's not the end of the world... I can still lift a pint with my right hand.  Back to Assassin's Creed Syndicate for a bit while I convalesce.

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

IPA (Fourpure Brewing)

IPA (Fourpure Brewing)
Name: IPA
Label: "Inspired by Oregon USA"
Brewery: Fourpure Brewing
ABV: 6.5%

Tasting notes: "Fourpure is a London based family brewery founded in 2013. Beer is our passion and our travels are what inspires us to brew. We believe craft beer should always be bold and flavourful - enjoy one of ours, kept fresh in this can."

Game: So prize for Most Poorly Designed Bit of Gaming 2015 goes to Batman Arkham Knight DLC, Catwoman's Revenge. There's a battle with Riddler's robots on a floor, a large proportion of which is electrified seriously restricting movement. So it basically renders useless one of the best things about the Batman Arkham series, the fight mechanics. For example you can't do a special takedown move because it usually ends up with Catwoman sat on the electrified floor being sapped of energy while the animation plays out. Ditto for some counters where Catwoman ends the animation in a different position, usually on an electrified part of the floor. Even the evade move is not an option because she jumps quite far, usually ending up on... you guessed it, the electrified floor.  Bit moany, but so what. It's spoilt an otherwise enjoyable item of DLC.

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Saltaire Pride (Saltaire)

Saltaire Pride (Saltaire)
Name: Saltaire Pride
Label: " Hand crafted ales - A pale amber bitter with spicy hop flavours"
Brewery: Saltaire Brewery
ABV: 3.9%

Tasting notes: "Bordering the World Heritage site of Saltaire in Yorkshire, Saltaire Brewery uses traditional brewing methods to produce great ales, with a contemporary twist! A pale amber bitter with soft roast flavours, good spicy bitterness and a citrus finish."

Game: Wow Star Wars Battlefront has been super laggy since its release. It got worse and worse: juddery screen (technical term), rubber-banding, 'bad connection' messages popping up every other second.  Anyway the resolution was incredibly complex but I managed it. As an IT technician I've had 18 years of computery experience but this taxed me to within an inch of my capabilities. If you're getting the same laggy problems just turn your modem on and off again. Problem solved!

Friday, 27 November 2015

Unicorn Black (Robinsons)

Unicorn Black (Robinsons)
Name: Unicorn Black
Label: "Deliciously rich roasted stout - A modern twist on an aged old recipe, Unicorn Black is a dark, mysterious, ebony coloured stout with a distinct aroma of roasted malt and chocolate."
Brewery: Robinsons
ABV: 4.1%

Tasting notes: "Rich, full bodied and deeply satisfying, Unicorn Black delivers a palate of roasted coffee and peppery hops leaving a robust after bitterness. It is perfectly balanced with a hint of sweetness."

Game: Assassin's Creed Syndicate is ace. The attention to detail is amazing. However, there only seems to be about three enemy character models which is weird.  It's like, "Oh, there's that stocky looking bald bloke again and the baddy woman lookout person." This happens every minute or so when traversing London's streets bumping into groups of Blighters. Seems strange given the obvious effort gone in to recreating London and it breaks the immersion. Breaks it worse than getting stuck on a wall mid-climb. A minor quibble so it still gets 9/10.