Saturday, 30 July 2016

Hens Tooth (Morland)

Hens Tooth (Morland)
Name: Hen's Tooth
Label: "Bottle conditioned strong ale"
Brewery: Morland
ABV: 6.5%

Tasting notes: "This fine ale matures in its bottle producing a richer and more distinct character. A warming blend of fruit and malt flavours are followed by a smooth finish."  I've been looking for this beer for years! It's been literally rarer than a hen's bollock (I think that's the phrase anyway). I even got to the stage where I thought I'd imagined drinking it once upon a time.

Game: Still on PS3 remasters for PS4. This time The Last of Us. Erm.. wow.. what a game! Even though it effectively still boils down to; move to an area, kill all baddies, move to the next area, rinse and repeat, the storytelling craftsmanship on show here is like nothing I've seen before in a video game - that means it's pretty good. And it looks ace because it's 1080p and you can tell. Plus there's a horsey bit in it.  My suspicions of PlayStation truly having the best exclusive games is borne out with this one. Go Naughty Dog!
Rating: 9 horses out of 10.

Friday, 29 July 2016

Monty Pythons Holy Grail (Black Sheep)

Monty Pythons Holy Grail (Black Sheep)
Name: Monty Python's Holy Grail
Label: "And now for something completely different - Golden Ale Tempered Over Burning Witches - Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries"
Brewery: Black Sheep Co.
ABV: 4.7%

Tasting notes: "A light golden beer with a fresh, zesty taste and a long crisp bitter finish... Goes beautifully with Spam, albatross or battered herring."  Official Monty Python ale. How great is that!

Game: It's the beginnings of a journey over to the dark-side, we got us-selves a PlayStation 4!  And what better way to experience PS4... by playing remastered PS3 games on it! First up, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. It's about 9 years old and kinda showing it's age to be fair. The graphics and animation are ropier than the ropes Nathan oft finds himself dangling from. But as an introduction to the Uncharted series, it's a fine Indiana Jones/Tomb Raider-esque romp.
Rating: 7 smart-ass quips out of 10.

Friday, 22 July 2016

St Edmunds Golden Beer (Greene King)

St Edmunds Golden Beer (Greene King)
Name: St Edmund's Golden Beer
Label: "Made with Cascade Hops - Fresh golden beer with a citrus finish brewed using pale malt and cascade hops"
Brewery: Greene King
ABV: 4.2%

Tasting notes: "St Edmund, the first patron saint of England, lends his name to this fresh golden beer with a citrus finish. Brewed using pale malt and cascade and first gold hops, it is a refreshingly crisp ale. Just one of a selection of great-tasting beers, created by Greene King at our home in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England."

Game: Quick one about the new Skirmish mode DLC in Star Wars Battlefront. It's just 1 or 2 player Walker Assault and Fighter Squadron modes against bots. Gone is the thrill of besting a real opponent from across the globe. Gone is the mad scramble against peers for the coveted Hero pickup. Instead you're playing against a load of seemingly bad AI. At one point on Hoth, my Rebel scum friends were all just stood in a passageway whilst the nice lady on the comms channel was asking everyone to attack the AT-AT. They weren't even moving around to keep warm. They were just stood there. I'm sure it's great for couch co-op with a bud, but it sucks solo (not literally). 5 frozen Tauntauns out of 10