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.