Sunday, 26 November 2017

Proper Job (St Austell)

Proper Job (St Austell)
Name: Proper Job
Label: "Bottle Conditioned - Cornish IPA - Powerfully Hopped"
Brewery: St Austell Brewery
ABV: 5.5%

Tasting notes: "A 'proper' India Pale Ale, Proper Job is a strong golden ale that's powerfully hopped."

Game: This week we're playing Michonne - A Telltale Miniseries. Three episodes which are quick, punchy and slicey. Don't think it rated all that well at release but this was a Black Friday deal so it only cost £3 for the lot. And it's well worth £3 which is probably the same amount as a couple of loot boxes in other "games". Classic Walking Dead storytelling and it's well worth the three hundred pence.

Rating: 8 beheaded zombies out of 10

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Welsh Pale (Glamorgan)

Welsh Pale (Glamorgan)
Name: Welsh Pale
Label: "#drinkitin"
Brewery: Glamorgan Brewing Co.
ABV: 4.3%

Tasting notes: "A well-rounded pale ale with intense citrus, tropical and lime flavours. Hints of pine oil finished with a clean, hoppy bitterness."

Game: Another epic sized figurine in the Eaglemoss Alien and Predator Collection. Here is the Bonus Edition 1: Space Jockey Figurine.  It's a fantastic edition to the collection at 22cm tall, over 20cm in diameter and a whopping 2kg in weight. Brilliantly painted and excellently detailed.

Rating 9/10


Bonus Edition 1 Space Jockey Figurine
Bonus Edition 1: Space Jockey Figurine

Pirates Gold (Wooden Hand)

Pirates Gold (Wooden Hand)
Name: Pirate's Gold
Label: "Brewed and bottled in Truro Cornwall"
Brewery: Wooden Hand Brewery
ABV: 4.0%

Tasting notes: "Easy drinking pale coloured ale, a tempting hop aroma with light fruit notes. Strong malt and hop flavours with a dry tangy fruit finish."

Game: Limited edition time from Eaglemoss - The U.S.C.S.S. Nostromo. This is numbered 1461 of 3000. Looks great, if a little pricey for the size but we don't mind paying a bit extra for limited runs! That's forty-two million in adjusted dollars sat in my display cabinet. That’s minus payload, of course.

Rating: 7/10


The USCSS Nostromo
The U.S.C.S.S. Nostromo

Wold Gold (Wold Top)

Wold Gold (Wold Top)
Name: Wold Gold
Label: "Wold Famous Blonde Beer - Brewed on our Yorkshire Farm"
Brewery: Wold Top Brewery
ABV: 4.8%

Tasting notes: "Wold Gold a blonde continental style beer, a heady mix of predominantly Wold grown Barley, Wheat and Cara malt hopped with Goldings and Styrian Goldings hops give the beer its soft, fruity flavour with a hint of spice. Year on year our best selling bottled beer."

Game: Another quick one, Issue 17 of the Alien and Predator Figurine Collection, Ronald Noland Figurine from Predators.  Sadly on one side of the box it refers to him as "Roland Noland" as opposed to Ronald Noland. But other than that, this figurine is excellent quality complete with salvaged Predator gear.

Rating: 7.5/10

Issue 17 Ronald Noland
Issue 17 Ronald Noland

Hellfire (Leeds Brewery)

Hellfire (Leeds Brewery)
Name: Hellfire
Label: "A premium pale ale"
Brewery: Leeds Brewery
ABV: 5.2%

Tasting notes: "Choicest Chinook and Centennial hops create a hop forward beer with a fruity tasting bitterness"

Game: Another Eaglemoss delivery, here is Issue 16 - the Elder Predator Figurine inspired by the crossover movie Alien vs Predator. Another quality figurine with fancy combistick and luxurious red cape!

Rating 8/10

Issue 16 AVP Elder Predator Figurine
Issue 16 AVP Elder Predator Figurine 

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Double Dragon (Felinfoel)

Double Dragon (Felinfoel)
Name: Double Dragon
Label: "The National Ale of Wales"
Brewery: Felinfoel Brewery
ABV: 4.2%

Tasting notes: "This deep copper red ale has a tangy red fruit flavour with nutty, toffee overtones. Having won a gold medal at the International Brewers Exhibition, Double Dragon is truly a champion ale."  So cool that they named it after a video game too!

Game: The Xbox One X Scorpio Edition comes with a built in 1TB HDD. Now one terabyte isn't all that much and it's expected this will get filled up pretty quickly. Cue lots of people moaning about that fact.  At GamingAles we've worked tirelessly to discover a really neat little feature on the console. Under My Games & Apps you can click on a game or app and click something called "Delete".  This actually removes stuff from the console. Useful if you spot anything you don't really play anymore.  So until Microsoft work out a way where we can store infinite games to the console, we'll be using this feature in the meantime.

Sea Fury (Sharps)

Sea Fury (Sharps)
Name: Sea Fury
Label: "Exceptional special ale"
Brewery: Sharp's
ABV: 5.0%

Tasting notes: "Sea Fury Special Ale takes its inspiration from the stormy Atlantic seas that crash into the rugged Cornish coast during the long, dark winter. This exceptional beer was first brewed in 1996 to satisfy demand from local fishermen for a stronger ale to enjoy after long and often perilous stints at sea."

Game: This week is Xbox One X week! So far we've installed Assassin's Creed Origins, Evil Within 2 and South Park The Fractured But Whole. Assassins's Creed Origins is the most played so far and we must say the 4K graphics look absolutely incredible. It's definitely the best looking game we've ever played. Like, EVER! And we've played a lot of games! We've been playing games since the 80's! We KNOW games! [yes ok I think they get it - Ed]

Current rating: 4000 out of 10

Special London Ale (Youngs)

Special London Ale (Youngs)
Name: Special London Ale
Label: "Matured live in the bottle for that fresher taste. Can be enjoyed cloudy, but ideally pour slowly leaving the last few drops in the bottle with the yeast."
Brewery: Young's
ABV: 6.4%

Tasting notes: "Rich and malty with notes of candied fruit and a powerful spicy hop finish."

Game: Belated happy Xbox One X day! Our console arrived on the morn of release day - big thanks to Amazon from everyone at GamingAles Towers! Amazon came in for some stick for failing to deliver consoles on release day. Reports have been coming in that customers were furious. Lives have been ruined. They couldn't bear to look at their stupid old Xbox One or Xbox One S knowing that the Xbox One X was out there being played on by other customers.  Numbers of people affected are vague, but initial estimates indicate it's about six or seven. We will be keeping an eye on the situation so watch our twitter feed to keep track of the latest developments.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Amber (Banks)

Amber (Banks)
Name: Amber
Label: "Exceptional Amber Bitter"
Brewery: Banks's
ABV: 3.8%

Tasting notes: "Crafted with the finest ingredients to deliver a deep gold amber beer with a clean finish and fruity overtones. The blend of fuggles and goldings - the classic twin hop masterpiece delivers a classic English beer."

Game: The game of the week has obviously been Assassin's Creed Origins, but we have also had time to wrap up The Evil Within 2 just in time for Halloween. And what a game it is too, complete with one of the grossest horrible looking end of game bosses ever [you big chicken - Ed]!  The game is so great we went straight into New Game+ so we can play through again with all of our unlocked weapons and abilities.

Rating: 9/10


IPA (Wadworth)

IPA (Wadworth)
Name: IPA
Label: "Easy drinking and refreshing"
Brewery: Wadworth
ABV: 3.6%

Tasting notes: "A great balance of malt aroma & hoppiness on the palate. Wadworth IPA is the local session ale of choice favoured for its light refreshing nature."

Game: Blimey it's Eaglemoss's MEGA Predator Statue!  He's an impressive 34cm tall, amazing paintwork and detail. Only 500 worldwide, the one below being number 244 according to the certificate of authenticity. Here he's pictured next to the Eaglemoss 1/16 sized Predator just for comparison. After the photo was taken he ate the other predator so he could have the shelf to himself. That's how badass he is.

Rating: 10/10


MEGA Predator Statuette 34 cm (Predator 1987)

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Spill the Beans (Brains)

Spill the Beans (Brains)
Name: Spill the Beans
Label: "Coffee Porter - A malty chocolate taste with an aroma of caramel & sweet malt."
Brewery: Brains
ABV: 4.4%

Tasting notes: "Deep brown porter brewed with real coffee beans. There is an initial roasted malty chocolate aroma, with notes of caramel, liquorice, raisins and some cocoa. The taste is creamy smooth with notes of chocolate, figs, raisins and sweet malt."

Game: Today, surprisingly, we're playing Assassin's Creed Origins. First off, it looks absolutely incredible - we can't wait for the 4K optimised version when we get our hands on the Xbox One X.  Second off, the prologue took as long to finish as the entire purported length of the Battlefront 2 single player campaign.  The prologue... Took as long to finish... As the entire Battlefront 2 single player campaign... Did Assassin's Creed just become better than Star Wars? [No - Ed]  Personally, I think it may have!

Preliminary rating: 10 times better than Star Wars out of 10.


Hop Bomb (Sadlers)

Hop Bomb (Sadlers)
Name: Hop Bomb
Label: "Incomparable Ales - Craft Brewed Beers"
Brewery: Sadler's
ABV: 5.0%

Tasting notes: "American pale ale brewed with Amarillo and Citra hops. A sweet malt base is lifted by a powerful hop character."

Game: Finally the release date has rolled around and we now have in our greasy mitts the Assassin's Creed Origins - Dawn of the Creed Collector's Case. This includes the Bayek figurine and collector box (below), the game, season pass, 'Ambush at Sea' exclusive mission, 'Secret of the First Pyramids' mission, art cards, art book, steelbook, map, Bayek's amulet and soundtrack [is that all? - Ed].  Quite possibly the best thing we've ever bought.

Boxset rating: OMG / 10
Assassins Creed Origins - Dawn of the Creed Collectors Case

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Squires Connivance (Baytown)

Squires Connivance (Baytown)
Name: Squire's Connivance
Label: "Robin Hood's Bay - Porter"
Brewery: Baytown
ABV: 5.0%

Label notes: "Even in the 18th century, local gentry tried to avoid central government control. They worked hand in glove with Baytown's residents. Celebrate the local free spirit. Be Independent!"

Game: The big fella has arrived at GamingAle Towers. All 32cm (12.5 inches) of Eaglemoss's MEGA Alien Xenomorph.  Amazingly detailed and stunningly painted, this is a quality slavering slice of badassery.  The base includes Brett's cap and shedded Alien skin.

Rating: 9.5 / 10
MEGA Alien Xenomorph
MEGA Alien Xenomorph

Hobgoblin (Wychwood)

Hobgoblin (Wychwood)
Name: Hobgoblin
Label: "The Unofficial Beer of Halloween - Season of Mischief"
Brewery: Wychwood Brewery
ABV: 5.2%

Tasting notes: "Listen up, Hobgoblin is the Unofficial Beer of Halloween. No Hobgoblin, no Halloween, it's as simple as that. But I'm bored of all the tasteless paraphernalia that comes with this time of year so I'm asking you to help me smash for cash. Go to my website, choose your weapon & smash the hell out of my pumpkin parade, the best destroyer wins! www.wychwood.co.uk/smashforcash"

Game: So I played the above "Smash for Cash" game on the Hobgoblin website. It was rubbish. I even smashed for a spooky 666 times to see if that won me a prize, but no. Cool limited edition bottle label for Halloween though.

Game rating: 1 turnip out of 10
Bottle and beer rating: 9 pumpkins out of 10

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Circadian (Ringwood)

Circadian (Ringwood)
Name: Circadian
Label: "Every Day IPA - A hoppy & full flavoured session India Pale Ale"
Brewery: Ringwood Brewery
ABV: 4.5%

Tasting notes: "It's a refreshing 'All Day' IPA jam-packed with American hops producing pine-like aromas."

Game: Assassin's Creed Syndicate Big Ben Collector's Case here ladies and gentleman. Apparently this is exclusive and prestigious and is the "definitive collection for the ultimate fan". I happen to agree, it looks the bees knees - Jacob Frye init. Quite varied price-wise - look to pay around £80 - £200!

Rating 8/10


Assassins Creed Syndicate Big Ben Collectors Case

VIPA (Tatton Brewery)

VIPA (Tatton Brewery)
Name: VIPA
Label: "Real Cheshire Ale - Big bold British-hopped pale ale"
Brewery: Tatton Brewery
ABV: 6.3%

Tasting notes: "Our 5th anniversary brew is a strong pale ale, balancing exotic fruit character with a modern British hop aroma. Brewed with British and European malts, Cheshire honey, and hopped with Bramling Cross and UK Cascade"

Game: More Assassin's Creed figurines, this time we have Blackbeard The Legendary Pirate and Edward Kenway The Assassin Pirate. Both stand together to form a unique diorama. Both figures look pretty cool, Blackbeard being quite rare nowadays, expect to pay around £60 - £80. Kenway is still knocking about so expect to pay around £40 - £50.

Rating: 8/10
Blackbeard The Legendary Pirate and Edward Kenway The Assassin Pirate

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Cornish Mutiny (Wooden Hand Brewery)

Cornish Mutiny (Wooden Hand Brewery)
Name: Cornish Mutiny
Label: "Brewed and bottled in Truro Cornwall"
Brewery: Wooden Hand Brewery
ABV: 4.8%

Tasting notes: "This fine beer enjoys a dark rich colour with a distinctive 'hoppy' character and slightly 'biscuity flavour'"

Game: Telltale's Batman: The Enemy Within Episode 2 – The Pact now sits before our beady eye. This feels like a stop-gap episode, it's over quite quickly but contains some great fight sequences and interesting character development. Specifically between Harley and Bruce. I tried my best to get Bruce and Harley together to see how this would affect the Joker. It didn't pan out as planned but here's hoping that possible storyline can be weaved into the overall arc in later episodes.

Rating: 7/10

Pirates Gold (Wooden Hand Brewery)

Pirates Gold (Wooden Hand Brewery)
Name: Pirate's Gold
Label: "Brewed & bottled in Truro Cornwall"
Brewery: Wooden Hand Brewery
ABV: 4.0%

Tasting notes: "Easy drinking pale coloured ale, a tempting hop aroma with light fruit notes. Strong malt and hop flavours with a dry tangy fruit finish."

Game: Xbox Live Games with Gold time! This fortnights freebie is Gone Home. It's a walk-em-up. It's about a girl who comes home and the house is empty and her sister has left lots of diary entries around so you build up a story of what's happened. Nothing interesting has happened from what we could tell [maybe you just didn't get it? - Ed]. The game can also be completed in less than 1 minute. There's an achievement for it and everything.

Rating: 5 slow strolls out of 10

Press Gangs Arrival (Baytown)

Name: Press Gang's Arrival
Label: "Robin Hood's Bay - Pale Ale"
Brewery: Baytown
ABV: 3.8%

Label notes: "The Press Gang was a constant threat throughout the 18th century. Baytown's residents used subterfuge and brawn to thwart the Navy's recruitment process. Celebrate triumph over adversity. Be Resilient!"

Game: Still waiting for Assassin's Creed Origins, and it's still just under two weeks away until release!  So here's Arno from Assassin's Creed Unity Notre Dame Edition box set.

Rating: 8/10

Arno from Assassins Creed Unity Notre Dame Edition box set

Golden Bolt (Steam Box Brewery)

Golden Bolt (Steam Box Brewery)
Name: Golden Bolt
Label: "Beautifully Engineered in Wiltshire - A straw coloured hoppy bitter"
Brewery: Steam Box
ABV: 3.8%

Tasting notes: "Golden Bolt is a straw-coloured bitter with a tropical fruit nose and a light but satisfying hoppy aftertaste"

Game: Still waiting for Assassin's Creed Origins, but look what just arrived in our display cabinet!  This is Aya combined with the figurine of Bayek to form a unique Assassin’s Creed Origins diorama. We've not read much about them lest there be spoilers for the game. But again, more quality figurine goodness from Ubicollectibles!

Rating: 9/10

Aya combined with the figurine of Bayek

Cornish Buccaneer (Wooden Hand Brewery)

Cornish Buccaneer (Wooden Hand Brewery)Name: Cornish Buccaneer
Label: "Brewed & bottled in Truro Cornwall"
Brewery: Wooden Hand Brewery
ABV: 4.3%

Tasting notes: "A golden coloured quenching beer with great hop character. Full fruit in the mouth with good hop balance and a long dry finish."

Game: Assassin's Creed Origins is less than two weeks away! To go with this Cornish Buccaneer beer, here's Captain Edward Kenway from Assassin's Creed Black Flag Buccaneer edition. Another classic figurine from Ubicollectibles. Currently a steal at only £19.99!

Rating: 9/10
Captain Edward Kenway

Snowdon (Great Orme Brewery)

Snowdon (Great Orme Brewery)
Name: Snowdon
Label: "Craft Lager"
Brewery: Great Orme
ABV: 4.7%

Tasting notes: "Flavoursome craft lager brewed with European noble hops and Snowdonia Water."

Game: Part two of yet another Eaglemoss Alien and Predator collection delivery! Issue 15: Red Xenomorph Figurine. We haven't read the comics so we'll hang our heads in shame whilst looking at this fabulously rendered nasty. And then go buy the comics!

Rating: 9/10

Issue 15 Red Xenomorph Figurine
Issue 15 Red Xenomorph Figurine

Double Stout (Shepherd Neame)

Double Stout (Shepherd Neame)
Name: Double Stout
Label: "Classic stout"
Brewery: Shepherd Neame
ABV: 3.8%

Tasting notes: "A classic Irish stout combining the flavours and characteristics of three coloured malts and additional roasted barley, generously bittered with choicest East Kent hops."

Game: Yet another Eaglemoss Alien and Predator collection delivery! Issue 14: Prometheus Engineer Figurine. Great figure, been looking forward to this one for a while because Prometheus is GREAT and this bad boy looks spot on!

Rating: 8/10

Issue 14 Prometheus Engineer Figurine
Issue 14 Prometheus Engineer Figurine