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Allgates: Unhinged (England: English Strong Ale: 7.5% ABV)

Visual: Dark burgundy red with a wonderful creamy treacle coloured head.

Nose: Cherry, cinnamon, sherry, fruit. Christmas cake. Fortified wine. Thick cream. Rich and a wonderful winter feast for the nose.

Body: Hard pastry, a thick texture and slightly bitter. Icing sugar dusting, biscuits, liquorice, vanilla and cream.

Finish: Charred wood, biscuits. Slick but with some hops.

Conclusion: What a nose, wonderful and varied with a solid body backing it up. The finish isn’t exceptional, but the rest of the beer plays well enough that you don’t really mind.

A very powerful fruit cake body and decent sweetness – best taken like a small perfectly wrapped present – it wouldn’t work in larger doses but at the correct size (in this case a half pint)its perfect.

A tipple worth celebrating in small quantities that ring out with joy.

Allgates Porteresque (England: Porter: 4.4% ABV)

Visual: Black and betrays its red elements only in the lightest touches. Frothy light brown head that last through the initial minutes.

Nose: liquorice, bitter chocolate and burnt wood.

Body: Unpleasant mouldiness, bitter and sour with slight acidic qualities. Somewhat fizzy. Crab apples.

Finish: Sour and bitter. Wood and unripe vegetation. More acid which hints at vinegar. Come coffee but these elements are mostly hidden.

Conclusion: A pretty piss poor porter, too acidy and fizzy to carry the notes properly. It tastes like it’s trying to mix Rodenbach Grand Cru with a porter and fails spectacularly.

Nothing to recommend it at all.

(Note: I do wonder if the acidity was from a yeast infection, rather than an intended quality. However I’d picked up more than one bottle which had similar flavours, so if it is an infection it had hit a run of bottles at the time)

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