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Went to the beer festival last night and had a lot of beer, so here's my tasting notes. Some beer drinkers rank beers on a scale of one to five. I do not. I use the Coxon Beer Ranking System which rates beer as one of four categories: A.N. is for All-Nighter, a beer that is just right. You could drink nine pints of the stuff and you still wouldn't have had your fill. S.O. is for Special Occasions, a beer that is a good pint but is just a little off-centre. You'd have one or two of an evening, but you wouldn't want a third. B.D. is Bit Dubious - after a half pint you've probably really had enough, but you can plug through and finish it before ordering something else. G.A. is God Awful, and you'd throw that one into a bush before getting a nice one. (Yes, I'm still drunk from last night, can you tell?)

Brewdog of Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire: Paradox - GA (It was a dark, 10% beer. I don't like dark beers, I don't like strong beers, so God knows why I ordered it.)
Fox of Heacham, Norfolk: Caskade - SO (From what I remember I had no trouble drinking it but remember thinking it was a bit strange, so this may be updated tonight.)
Nottingham of Radford, Nottingham: 150 Not Out - AN (One of the first pints I had - initially took some getting used to but after you had it was a lovely pint.)
Oakham Ales of Peterborough: Beer Monster - SO (It was a nice beer but was a little too strong to be a favourite for me.)
Rudgate of York: Ruby Mild - BD (I tend to like a smooth mild, but the more bitter milds I don't really get on with as well. This falls into the latter category.)
Rudgate of York: Slynn's Best - AN (Damn good beer at 3.9% - subtle, but what taste there was really went down well with me.)
Thornbridge of Ashford in the Water, Derbys: Jaipur - SO (I liked it, but it was a bit sweet, and I think after a couple of pints I'd be seeking something else - nice, though.)
Titanic of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs: Rule Britannia - BD (Don't really remember this one, but it says it was a golden beer, and I tend to find those have an unpleasant aftertaste, so I'm guessing that was it...)
Tydd Steam of Tydd St. Giles, Cambs: Armageddon - AN (This was a brilliant pint, and it was called Armageddon. What more d'you need in a glass? I'm actually a bit surprised, since the guide says it was 4.9%, and that's usually above what I find to be optimal in ale, so...)
Winter's of Norwich, Norfolk: Bitter - AN (My mate had some and I tried a bit - from what I remember, it was a good bit!)
Woodeforde's of Woodbastwick, Norfolk: Sundew - AN (Anything Woodeforde's have done rates AN except Headcracker which I can't remember. I love the brewery, and since my local Wetherspoon gets the three other Woodforde's beers in, I tend to have a half of Sundew and a half of Headcracker on consecutive nights each year.)

Added to the list was the bottled beer I tried, Deus by Bosteels. It's an 11.5% champagne beer, which is a very pleasant surprise (it'd bloody have to be at £14/pint though). It's too fizzy, but tastes nowhere near as strong as most beers would at that ABV, and would work well as a one-off, which I presume is how it's meant to be drunk. As such, it ranks SO.

I also tried two ciders, which were Avalon of Somerset's Medium Blend and Whin Hill of Norfolk's Major. Both tasted of cider - Avalon's offering was a crisper, more mainstream taste than Whin Hill's. I ranked Avalon's as SO and Whin Hill's as BD.

Date: 2008-08-22 10:07 am (UTC)
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So how long before you grow a wispy beard and finish your transformation?

Date: 2008-08-22 05:32 pm (UTC)
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I'm not using stars, therefore, I'm not a geek. (Does that work?)

Date: 2008-08-22 10:26 am (UTC)
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You don't like dark beer... I despair of you, sir!

Date: 2008-08-22 05:31 pm (UTC)
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It's unpleasant, that's not my fault! :P I much prefer the nutty smoothness of a good pint of bitter.

Date: 2008-08-22 10:54 pm (UTC)

Date: 2008-08-22 04:25 pm (UTC)
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Whatever you were drinking that I tried was watery but ok, whatever Abz was drinking at the time was much nicer. The Fanta was great though! :P

Date: 2008-08-22 05:31 pm (UTC)
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Sundew and Beer Monster respectively. :)

Date: 2008-08-22 10:26 pm (UTC)
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The Paradox really isn't a good choice if you don't like dark beers; an Imperial stout aged in whisky casks. One of the [ profile] fishlifter's is very keen on it. And I'm rather surprised they had it on draught. Some other BrewDog stuff is very hoppy, if you like that sort of thing, though it all tends to the strong side. Although I did once try a mild (sort of) at a mere 2.8% which was gorgeous.

Glad you liked the Jaipur better; I'd like to try some of that breweries other stuff at some point.

I've not tried the Deus. I'm vaguely interested but haven't heard that good stuff about it to justify the price. A pub I was in earlier (which had lots of Belgian beers on draught) had it at £19.75 a bottle. Which wasn't the most expensive thing they had. Though the more expensive one gets five stars in the Good Beer Guide: Belgium to Deus' three.

I'm drinking porter at the moment. But that'll be another of those dark beers you don't like. The youth of today...

Date: 2008-08-24 07:37 pm (UTC)
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I've just drunk a bottle of Paradox Islay! (And was consequently going to comment even before I saw your post.) And... ooooh.

John, if you ever find yourself somewhere in future with both Paradox on draught (well, virtually any dark beer, but especially this and also Brew Dog Tokyo Stout) and me, please make sure to point this out to me so that I can save you from drinking it. Although given how long it took me to get round to drinking dark beer (all of which is [ profile] reverendjim's fault), your taste may also change.

Date: 2008-08-24 11:30 pm (UTC)
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I find that drinking dark beer is too sweet for me, and too strong. I prefer a nice, brown bitter at somewhere between 3.5% and 4.5% that I can have a couple of pints with a meal or I can drink all night as a session beer.

Date: 2008-08-23 03:26 am (UTC)
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I like your rating system.

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