Saturday, 25 April 2015

Hot Cross Bunny (Wychwood)

Hot Cross Bunny (Wychwood)
Name: Hot Cross Bunny
Label: "Golden Ale - No Fluff - Bringing taste to Easter time"
Brewery: Wychwood
ABV: 3.8%

Tasting notes: "This golden treat from deep within the Wych Wood, delivers a hearty dose of spicy cinnamon with a faint hint of clove, bringing Easter to the taste buds."  Still drinking this even though Easter was several weeks ago. It's that good!

Game: Assassin's Creed: Unity season pass holders get Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China for "free" this week. It's a lovely looking 2.5D side-scrolling platformer with an emphasis on stealth rather than fighting. Fighting still features though with swords and daggers and the hidden blade concealed in a shoe. Not any old shoe though, handily it's the shoe on the end of the leg of the character you're controlling. Kick stab!  Rating: 8/10

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Lovestruck (Madness Brewing Co)

Lovestruck (Madness Brewing Co)
Name: Lovestruck
Label: "Craft brewed with a big hoppy hit - Beers with a touch of madness"
Brewery: Madness Brewing Co
ABV: 4.4%

Rating: "Ladies and Gentlemen, for your drinking pleasure Madness bring you a selection of the finest beers to ever pass your lips. An idea born in the Dublin Castle (the very pub where we played our first gigs), Madness Beers go one step beyond with flavour and style.  Lovestruck a superb Hoppy Amber Ale, has been brewed by our friends at Portobello Brewery. Filled with a floral and berry hop character that tickles the nose followed by coffee and hazelnut aromas, it's a good beer to savour and enjoy with good friends and good conversation. And whilst Lovestruck might not have you spilling out your deepest feelings to your loved one, it will make you fall in love with beer all over again. Cheers!"

Game: Madness. Playing Dark Souls 2 is madness. Luckily I've spotted a decent guide on Eurogamer's site, so I don't feel quite so alone. Eurogamer has my back. I mean who knew you'd have to talk to that bloke five times whilst he's crawling around on his hands and knees, for him to then give you a key to the mansion?  How do you parry by the way?

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Hertford Castle (McMullen)

Hertford Castle (McMullen)
Name: Hertford Castle
Label: "Strong Ale - brewed with fine aroma hops"
Brewery: McMullen
ABV: 5.0%

Rating: "This premium beer from McMullen's Whole Hop Brewery is brewed in honour of Hertford Castle, once a Royal Palace and the home of Queen Elizabeth I for much of her childhood. A strong ale, Hertford Castle combines natural whole leaf aroma hops, best Suffolk malted barley and McMullen's own pure spring water. The result is a traditional English Bitter with a distinctively floral character fit for King and Queen."

Game: Ffffffffiddlesticks, I missed National Beer Day!  Although I'm not totally sure it's actually a thing... and if it is it's probably American. But I'm going to drink beer tonight instead anyway, with a nice session of Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin. Praise the sun! Maybe today can be National Dark Souls Day.

Friday, 3 April 2015

Artesian Light Ale (Shepherd Neame)

Artesian Light Ale (Shepherd Neame)
Name: Artesian Light Ale
Label: "Brewed with Artesian water"
Brewery: Shepherd Neame
ABV: 3.8%

Rating: "This thirst-quenching ale is hand-crafted using chalk-filtered mineral water from the artesian well deep below our brewery. Golden in colour, the beer combines fresh citrus hop notes with smooth biscuity malts, creating a crisp, refreshing finish."

Game: For Xbox 360, free game 1 is Gears of War: Judgment. It may have a misspelt title but it's actually a pretty good game nonetheless, especially for NOWT!   Game 2: Terraria, indie game which doesn't look to be my cup of tea to be honest - I'm all for style over substance at the moment. Rated quite well on proper review sites though, so let's go for it!

Tod's Blonde (Little Valley Brewery)

Tods Blonde (Little Valley Brewery)
Name: Tod's Blonde
Label: "Cool and crisp - organic bottle conditioned"
Brewery: Little Valley Brewery
ABV: 5.0%

Rating: "Ted's Blonde is a bright yellow blonde ale with a pleasant malty taste and a smooth bitter finish; the ideal alternative to lager."

Game: Two free games on Xbox One and two free games on Xbox 360! For Xbox One, game  1: Pool Nation FX - looks great, played one game already and got beaten. It's realistic!  Game 2: Child of Light - it's like playing a painting! If I was the type of person that said things were "beautiful" then I'd say it's beautiful! I'm not though so I'm going to say it's ace instead.