Saturday, 8 March 2014
Label: "A pale honey ale. Powerful hop character is balanced with a sweet honey finish"
Rating: "Smooth and refreshing honey ale. A mash of light English barley malt is followed generously with English First Gold and New Zealand Green Bullet hops. Natural, pure honey is infused throughout the brewing process to round the citrus hop character with a smooth and subtle sweetness."
Game: Finally bought a "Season Pass" for a game. That game happened to be The Walking Dead Season 2. And when the second episode was released, the season pass actually worked! And it didn't download any useless multi-player crap that I don't want or need! Anyway, Episode 2 of The Walking Dead Season 2 is brilliant. And guess who shows up in this episode? MAJOR SPOILER: zombies!! Rating: 9/10
Saturday, 1 March 2014
Label: "A smooth Golden English Bitter. Sweet malt character with a citrus fruit hop finish"
Rating: "Juicy malt and crisp grassy aromas prepare your taste buds for a sprightly citrus fruit character. Warm toffee apple fruitiness rolls on with softly roasted malts, leading to a gently bitter finish. Brewed using the finest Maris Otter malted barley and finished with pure English Hops". Proper magic, this one is.
Game: Thieves are bad, Thief is great though. The game plays like a marriage 'twixt Assassin's Creed and Dishonored. I disliked Dishonored, I liked the medieval type feel but this was ruined with security cameras and robot things. What? But Thief is the best of both worlds and doesn't contain stupid robots. The graphics are tremendous too. Oh and LOOT! Rating: 9/10
Monday, 24 February 2014
Label: "Brewed with raw cocoa, vanilla pods, flaked oats, wheat and a complex blend of beautifully dark malts - Incomparable ales"
Rating: "Dark and delicious Stout brewed with raw cocoa, vanilla pods, flaked oats, wheat and a blend of beautifully dark malts. Molasses, treacle and soft liquorice are rounded with a dark coffee bean and honeyed nut character. Sweet vanilla, chocolate and berry fruit shine through to a gentle bitter finish."
Game: I played the Titanfall Beta like everyone else. For that one person that doesn't know what Titanfall is, it's a run and gun fast-paced FPS with added giant robot. I ranned and gunned and died and respawned lots and lots of times over and over again for about three hours. That's me done for Titanfall I reckon. I dislike forming an opinion about a game based on a beta but there you go. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it (a bit) but I just find multi-player so very very repetitive and boring. And next-gen or not, Titanfall has done nothing to change this. Like I said to Titanfall as I switched it off, "It's not you, it's me", I'm sure normal people and multi-player fans will really dig it. 7 / 10.
Wednesday, 19 February 2014
Label: "Extra Pale Ale - An extremely pale beer finished with a hint of citrus orange hops - Brewed in the Black Country"
Rating: "Uplifting aromas of zesty orange, melon and kiwi lead to a refreshing tart citrus sensation. A delicate sweet malt character softens the citrus burst and leads to a distinctive bitter finish. Brewed with the finest English Maris Otter barley and Green Bullet hops from New Zealand."
Game: I don't understand a lot of the reviews I'm reading about Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. It's a 2D platformer. No wait, it's a GREAT 2D platformer and yet reviewers are begrudgingly admitting its great but in the same breath bemoaning the lack of 'innovation' and mark it down. Seriously, what do these people want from a Donkey Kong game? Augmented Reality? Snow in your living room for extra immersion? Monkeys lobbing bananas (or worse) out of the telly at you? Multiplayer deathmatches? I don't want any of that. I want an HD Donkey Kong adventure and that's what this game delivers. Splendiferous graphics, exquisite soundtrack and lots of platforming action! If you have a Wii U get Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. If you don't have a Wii U, get a Wii U and then get Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. Rating: 9/10
Saturday, 15 February 2014
Label: "Batemans Valentines Tipple - Limited Edition XB - Roses are red, violets are blue, here's to raising a glass of XB with you"
Rating: "English Goldings and Challenger hops fused with crisp Lincolnshire pale and chocolate malts creating a grainy, quaffable Valentine's tipple." My amazing and long-suffering wife bought me this, so in true Valentine's Day fashion I drank the beer and played The Walking Dead. Then I treated her to The Wolverine in 3D. Romantic is my middle name (Bickle 'Romantic' 77).
Game: The first episode of The Walking Dead is free. I played it and too be honest I couldn't really work out what all the fuss was about. But then I gave episode 2 a go for the princely sum of £3.39. Blown away! I'm rubbish at decision making, so I'm using this as training software. Some of the decisions are really difficult to make you see, but you have to make them, like, really quick! Lot's of OMG moments too. 8/10
Tuesday, 11 February 2014
Label: "Curry Night Special - Made in England. Where else?"
Brewery: Staffordshire Brewery
Rating: "A light hoppy beer." Got this beer for Christmas in a curry set with tandoori paste and a jar of mango chutney. What a pressie!
Game: Talking of Christmas, already scouting out what to get loved ones for Christmas 2014? It's only around the corner after all (and if weeks equal corners then that's only 45 corners to go). Why not give them the gift of Gaming Ales in e-book form? Stop LOL-ing! It's just the beers and gaming reviews without all the accompanying drivel! I'll just leave this link here: The Alternative Good Beer and Gaming Guide: 101 real ales rated - now with added Xbox One fizz.
Label: "Brewed in small batches - Smooth Scottish Beer with hints of toffee, vanilla and oak."
Brewery: Innis & Gunn
Rating: "This honey-hued beer is matured over the finest American Oak heartwood to unlock natural flavours from deep within the oak grain. These luscious flavours of toffee, vanilla and oak perfectly balance the beer's malt backbone and light hop fruitiness. Its mellowness and depth of flavour makes it a great accompaniment to food like grilled seafood, juicy steaks and mature cheese."
Had this ages ago but it deserved another post due to this epic 750ml bottle! Check out the size! 2 for £5 in Sainsburys if you're interested.
Game: Gaming Ales review of Flappy Bird: it was awright. Probably one of the better story-lines for a mobile game. And it was free but didn't constantly mither (beg) for money via micro-transactions. For that it gets 6/10, and coincidentally that's the most amount of pipes I got past.
Sunday, 19 January 2014
Label: "Complex & Refreshing with a Light Citrus Tang & Lingering Hoppy Aftertaste"
Brewery: Shepherd Neame
Rating: "This exquisitely smooth ale boasts a light malty flavour and is brewed with locally grown hops and chalk filtered mineral water drawn from the well of Britain's oldest brewer." From Asda's Extra Special range selected by Leiths School of Food and Wine no less!
Game: Forza 5 is great. The graphics are great. And yes, ace graphics make an ace game. This is indisputable fact. Maybe... There are only a few tracks which is fine because it means feeble brained people like me don't have so many to learn. My only quibble is the sound when you crash into another car. It's like someone's held up a foil covered baking tray and hit it with a rolling pin. I'm hearing it a lot too... especially on the Australian Mount Panorama Bathurst track. 9/10.
Saturday, 4 January 2014
Label: "The Perfect Christmas Ale"
Rating: "Santa's Beard blends five malts - Pale Ale, Munich, Crystal, Brown and Chocolate malts - with roasted barley to create a dark beer with a rich depth of malty wonderment. With flavours of caramel, burnt toffee and roast coffee balanced by a sweetness from lactose sugars, this is a luxuriously sumptuous sweet milk stout, perfect for Christmas. A great accompaniment to aged cheese or rich, chocolate puddings." The last of the Christmas themed ales for this year, the decs are down, work is looming. Big fat sad face! On a positive note... er... beer! Yay beer and games!
Game: I thought I was getting good at Forza 5 so I decided to turn off all the assists. Then the track suddenly turned into an ice rink so I quickly put them back on again. Well in reality I've just got the traction control thingy switched on. I mean seriously, who the heck has breaking assists turned on? I don't see the point. Although I do have automatic transmission on which I guess is the same but opposite? I don't know. I don't even know what I'm talking about. It must be because the hols are coming to an end. I'm just seeing that as an excuse to drink more ale anyway. That's my New Years resolution. Drink more beer! Forget abstinence! Happy New Year folks!
Monday, 30 December 2013
Label: "Happy Holidays - Happy Christmas"
Brewery: St Peter's
Rating: "A smooth, fruity, full-bodied ale, the perfect companion for Christmas savouries, sweets and snacks." And boy have I eaten a lot of Christmas savouries, sweets and snacks! And this, another top quality Christmas beer. I wish it could be Christmas everyday! Hey, someone should write a song to that effect!
Game: Didn't think I'd make it but managed to 100% Assassin's Creed 4 Black Flag. Was up until 2.30am treasure chest hunting and looting ships for metal to upgrade the Jackdaw and strangely enjoyed every minute of it. Had a bit of a panic when I only had 21/22 treasure maps but it all ended well. The Legendary ships were a bit tricky too. Luckily I seemed to start with the most difficult one so the others proved a lot easier. Best Christmas ever! A beer to celebrate you say? Aye!!