Saturday, 20 February 2016

Hazelnut Brownie (Batemans)

Hazelnut Brownie (Batemans)
Name: Hazelnut Brownie
Label: "Chocolate, fudge and hazelnut brownie in a glass!"
Brewery: Batemans
ABV: 6.3%

Tasting notes: "This beer is deliciously fudgy, rich and of course nutty!  It is brimming with richness whilst boasting the subtle flavours of cinnamon and belgian chocolate. Serve in a large wine glass for maximum aroma."  This ale tastes extraordinary. It really is like drinking choclatey fudgey beer. Amazing stuff!

Game: Tom Clancy's The Division Beta is here! And... er... it looks good. But when I'm shooting the identikit looters I just can't shake the feeling that I want to get back to Star Wars Battlefront. I like shooting identikit Stormtroopers you see. The RPG elements look quite good and it seems like there's going to be plenty of longevity and looting of the looters etc. Initial thoughts is it's Destiny but with lots of open car doors that need closing.

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Wainwright Golden Ale (Thwaites)

Wainwright Golden Ale (Thwaites)
Name: Wainwright Golden Ale
Label: "Exquisitely Lovely"
Brewery: Thwaites
ABV: 4.1%

Tasting notes: "Inspired by Alfred Wainwright, famous for his Lakeland Fells guide books. This refreshing, golden ale has been brewed with the same loving care that Alfred Wainwright put into creating his inspirational hand drawn walking guides. In keeping with a walk on the Fells, this beautifully balanced beer is a 'breath of fresh ale'."  Being able to breath in ale would be pretty cool. Might sting a bit though.

Game: So for the first time since 1993 there's not going to be a new annual Assassin's Creed game released. After I'd finished weeping profusely into my empty glass of ale, I drank the beer flavoured tears and realised it's probably for the best.  They can hopefully work on something even amazinger for 2017 and there's also the film on its way in late 2016.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Dirty Stop Out (Tiny Rebel)

Dirty Stop Out (Tiny Rebel)
Name: Dirty Stop Out
Label: "Smoked Oat Stout"
Brewery: Tiny Rebel
ABV: 5.0%

Tasting notes: "Dirty Stop Out is our smoked oat stout that has all the characteristics of a heavy night out. Complex, dark, with hints of smokiness and perfume aromas. A blend of 9 malts matched up with a firmly hopped back bone make this a very self assured stout."

Game: Movie tie-in games weren't always shit you know.  GamingAles isn't a massive fan of retro games to be honest, what with the blocky simplistic graphics, wonky controls and heinous music and sound effects. HOWEVER, there were some absolute gems. Batman The Movie and The Untouchables to name but two. They were great even without the nostalgia effect... so without looking at them through ass-tinted glasses.  I liked them so much I wrote an actual "article" or "piece" about them and how they were way better than some of the more recent shite that was released for Xbox 360. So, this months feature article is Nostalgia vs Movie Tie-Ins.  I give this article 2/10.

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!