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

Welsh Black (Great Orme Brewery)

Welsh Black (Great Orme Brewery)
Name: Welsh Black
Label: "Champion Mild - A truly awesome mild. GBBF Mild Champion and multiple winner of CAMRA Mild of Wales"
Brewery: Great Orme Brewery
ABV: 4.0%

Tasting notes: "Brilliant with beef and, believe it or not, chocolate."

Game: Special edition figurine time - this is the Alien Xenomorph Queen. Part of the Alien and Predator Figurine Collection but numbered as Special Edition 1. One of the best figurines so far, amazing paint work and a great size considering the prize. The pose is from the bit at the end of Aliens and get away from me you bitch!

Rating: 10/10

Eaglemoss Alien and Predator collection Special Edition 1 Alien Xenomorph Queen
Special Edition 1 Alien Xenomorph Queen 

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Black Sheep IPA (Black Sheep)

Black Sheep IPA
Name: Black Sheep IPA
Label: "A bold Yorkshire IPA full of fresh juicy hop character."
Brewery: Black Sheep Brewery
ABV: 5.1%

Tasting notes: "A classic English hopped Yorkshire IPA full of fresh, juicy hop character from Progress & Goldings. Brewed in homage to the original highly hopped IPAs sent on the slow boat to India."

Game: Figurine time, this is from Assassin's Creed III, Connor: The Last Breath and depicts Connor killing a dude. Well detailed, probably one of my favourite pieces. Ubisoft did do a Premium Edition of this which was twice as big I think but cost around £420. Missed out sadly.

Rating: 9/10

Assassins Creed III Connor - The Last Breath Figurine
Assassin's Creed® III: Connor - The Last Breath Figurine

Castle (Arundel)

Castle (Arundel)
Name: Castle
Label: "Tawny Bitter - Malty, Fruity & Hoppy - Armed with taste"
Brewery: Arundel Brewery
ABV: 3.8%

Tasting notes: "A tawny beer with a hoppy aroma. A good balance of malt, fruit & hops with a dry, hoppy finish."

Game: Sometimes Gameseek's Cyclonic deals SUCK though. Attempted to buy Wolfenstein 2 but it wouldn't let me so I thought I'd cry about it like a baby. Anyway, where were we [you were crying like a baby - Ed], ah yes, we're replaying The Evil Within. One thing I forgot about was the interesting camera angle (3rd person but with most of the person blocking the screen), letterbox view, and grainy visuals. All help to provide a very claustrophobic, atmospheric experience. Next up, the DLC!

Rating: 9/10

Ynys Mon (Great Orme Brewery)

Ynys Mon (Great Orme Brewery)
Name: Ynys Mon
Label: "Ynys Mon (Anglesey in English) is the largest island in England and Wales with 75% of its population Welsh speaking"
Brewery: Great Orme
ABV: 4.5%

Tasting notes: "Style - best bitter. Colour - Mahogany. Bitterness - Low. Hopped - Medium"

Game: Revisiting The Evil Within this week in preparation for The Evil Within 2 in a couple of weeks (pre-ordered for £29.99 with Gamseek's Cyclonic deals). Shit, which reminds me Wolfenstein 2 is on a deal in a few minutes! Back laters...


Sunday, 17 September 2017

The Rev James Original (Brains)

Name: The Rev James Original
Label: "Rich, warming ale with a clean rewarding finish - Fine ale revelation"
Brewery: S. A. Brains
ABV: 4.5%

Tasting notes: "The Rev. James Original is rich and well-balanced with a mellow malty flavour that unexpectedly gives way to a clean, refreshing finish."

Game: Assassin's Creed statue time. This is one of my favourite pieces (referring to them now as 'pieces' like they are part of a museum collection, but mainly because I like to be pretentious). This piece is called Ezio Leap of Faith. It depicts Ezio jumping off a church roof. Looks ace. Quite rare now, look to pay around £200 new, half that for used.

Rating: 9/10

Ezio Leap of Faith
Ezio Leap of Faith

Wainwright The Golden Beer (Marstons)

Wainwright The Golden Beer (Marstons)
Name: Wainwright The Golden Beer
Label: "Refreshingly rewarding crafted golden beer"
Brewery: Marston's
ABV: 4.1%

Tasting notes: "A superb thirst quenching, refreshing beer packed full of flavour, lightly hopped with subtle sweet notes and a delicate citrus aroma"

Game: Lets get back to GAMES. This week we're playing remasters, specifically Batman: Return to Arkham which contains Arkham Asylum and Arkham City games. First up, obviously is Arkham Asylum. The graphics have supposedly been updated and optimised for Xbox One. Can't really tell unless you're playing both versions side by side. And that would just be crazies because you'd need two tellies set up, one with the Xbox 360 version and one with an Xbox One version.  Plus we'd need four hands as separate controllers would be required and four eyes, two for blankly gazing at each screen. And we'd need two mouths for our beers. Anyway, lets assume the graphics are better. It's also still an absolutely amazing game!

Rating: 9.5 batarangs out of 10

Smoked Ruby (Adnams)

Smoked Ruby (Adnams)
Name: Smoked Ruby
Label: "Specially brewed for Marks & Spencer"
Brewery: Adnams
ABV: 4.7%

Tasting notes: "This beer is brewed with malted barley that's been smoked with cherry wood, giving it an intriguingly sweet, nutty, smoky flavour. This beer's smoky notes work brilliantly with roasted meat dishes, or try it with a smoked cheese."

Game: Issue 13 of the Alien and Predator figurine collection - Hunter Predator. From Predator 2 - this one is ace, well painted and holding a bloody spine with skull attached.

Rating: 8.5 spines out of 10

Issue 13 of the Alien and Predator figurine collection - Hunter Predator
Issue 13 of the Alien and Predator figurine collection - Hunter Predator



Summer Daze (Hatherwood)

Summer Daze (Hatherwood)
Name: Summer Daze
Label: "Craft Beer Company"
Brewery: Hatherwood
ABV: 3.8%

Tasting notes: "Summer Daze is a shining example of a pale ale, both delicate and refreshing. Traditionally craft-brewed using a light blend of British and American Cascade hops, with grassy notes that shine through golden grapefruit and bright citrus overtones."

Game: Issue 12 of the Alien and Predator figurine collection is Johner.  This one actually bears a passing resemblance to Ron Perlman too so it's all good. The film actually ain't tooooo bad either.

Rating: 7/10

Issue 12 of the Alien and Predator figurine collection - Johner
Issue 12 of the Alien and Predator figurine collection: Johner

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Triple Hopped IPA (Charlie Wells)

Triple Hopped IPA (Charlie Wells)
Name: Triple Hopped IPA
Label: "Brewed with THREE HOPS Goldings, Galaxy and Simcoe"
Brewery: Charlie Wells
ABV: 5.2%

Tasting notes: "Grab a beer & discover what floated Charlie's boat, tickled his fancy & inspired him to embark on a beer brewing voyage in his hometown of Bedford. Captain's Log: Tropical fruit aromas on the nose. This moreish IPA has a gentle malt character & minerality with a pronounced hoppy fruitiness. The finish is long lasting; a fine bitterness balanced by some residual sweetness. Cheers Charlie!"

Game: For some reason we almost weren't going to get this, what fools we would have been! [speak for yourself - Ed] So off we go with Batman Season 2 or it's full title: Batman: The Enemy Within - The Telltale Series. Starting off (surprisingly) with the first chapter "The Enigma". It's superb, a good amount of content for a first episode, some genuinely difficult decisions to make although whether these will affect the story in further episodes remains to be seen. Anyway, it's off to a really strong start.

Rating: 8 morally vague decisions of 10


Spitfire Gold (Shepherd Neame)

Spitfire Gold (Shepherd Neame)
Name: Spitfire Gold
Label: "Pure Golden Ale - sweet malt base, soft bitter finish."
Brewery: Shepherd Neame
ABV: 4.3%

Tasting notes: "Brewed by Britain's oldest brewer, Spitfire Gold is a well-balanced golden ale. Its sweet malt base is complemented by subtle bitterness and tropical aromas imparted by some of the world's favourite hops, including Challenger, Centennial and Saaz."

Game: Two official figurines based on the lead characters from the severely underrated Assassin's Creed movie.  Unlike a lot of statues around, Maria and Aguilar actually look like their real life counterparts and not the approximations whittled by a blind man with a chisel (looks at you Hachette's Assassin's Creed Collection).

Good level of detail, both bases fit together to form the diorama below.

Rating: 8/10
Maria and Aguilar
Maria and Aguilar


Saturday, 26 August 2017

Ease Up IPA (Adnams)

Ease Up IPA (Adnams)
Name: Ease Up I.P.A
Label: "Session Beer - Always best served chilled"
Brewery: Adnams
ABV: 4.6%

Tasting notes: "Big mango aromas, flavours of pine, melon & grapefruit. Clean, dry finish and subtle sweetness. A big hop bill, perfect for any session!"

Game: Starting off the series of game related figurines, specifically those included with special edition Assassin's Creed games, here's Connor from Assassin's Creed 3.

Fantastic detail on this one, from blood on the snow to the quiver of arrows and Brotherhood themed tomahawk.  The figure can be purchased separately but the Freedom Edition boxset with game (in steelbook case) is about £200 new or expect to pay around £80 second hand.

Rating: 8/10

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Blonde Ambition (Samuel Adams)

Blonde Ambition (Samuel Adams)
Name: Blonde Ambition
Label: "American Craft Beer"
Brewery: Shepherd Neame
ABV: 4.5%

Tasting notes: I really like American ales, they always seem a lot more interesting and flavoursome than some British beers. Hang on! "'American Craft Beer', brewed by Shepherd Neame in Faversham".  What shenanigans is this?  It's still great though!

Game: This months Xbox Live Games with Gold is Trials Fusion. This is one we've been waiting for for a while and once you get past the god-awful title music it really is as good as it looks. Deceptively simple yet increasingly difficult, especially trying to nab the gold awards and complete all the challenges, I want to ride the unicorn with my rag-doll physics.

Rating: 7.5 broken limbs out of 10

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Hobby Horse (Rhymney)

Hobby Horse (Rhymney)
Name: Hobby Horse
Label: "An easy winner"
Brewery: Rhymney Brewery
ABV: 3.8%

Tasting notes: "Originally brewed in 1879, Hobby Horse very quickly became a thoroughbred. We hope this hand crafted ale will awaken and re-kindle your senses. Take time out for a sumptuous injection of nostalgia."

Game: Part 2 of this months Eaglemoss Alien and Predator Figurine Collection delivery is Issue 11: Predalien.  This is from AvP Requiem where a facehugger has done the nasty with a Predator. The resulting chest-burster being the resultant Predator / Alien thingy. The figurine looks the part, well painted and with an epically sized and vicious looking tail. It's not what you do with it that counts, it's just how massive it is.

Rating: 8/10

Eaglemoss Alien and Predator Figurine Collection delivery is Issue 11 Predalien
Issue 11: Predalien

Grubber (Greene King)

Grubber (Greene King)
Name: Grubber
Label: "Golden Ale, Limited Edition, A style of kick forced to bounce to stop the opponent. Supporting a season of rugby"
Brewery: Greene King
ABV: 4.2%

Tasting notes: "We celebrate the grubber with a fragrant, fresh and fruity golden ale. Brewed with pale malt and classic English hops Challenger, Pilgrim and First Gold to make a refreshing and deliciously fruity ale."

Game: Delivery time! Eaglemoss Alien and Predator Figurine Collection: Issue 10 Deacon. This is neat little dude from the end of Prometheus, the hideously underrated Alien prequel. Horrible looking thing it is too. Paint quality isn't quite as good as previous figurines but overall pretty decent.

Rating 7/10
Eaglemoss Alien and Predator Figurine Collection Issue 10 Deacon
Issue 10 Deacon