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Oakham: Akhenaten (England:ESB:4.9% ABV)

Visual: Clear grain gold with virtually no head of bubbles.

Nose: Orange, hops and syrup, slight citrus fresh. Gooseberries.

Body: Sweet with a backing of stable but strong hops. Orange and syrup. Light fudge, grapes, lemon curd and vanilla. Tingles on the tongue.

Finish: Lime, greenery and growling hops into lasting charred bitterness and sour lime juice.

Conclusion: Fantastic sweet and almost grape and wine feeling beer with a huge hope effort that counterbalances nicely.

Very much a mix of old and new, with the traditional grape and old recipe elements that call back to the Egyptian theme so prominent coming into direct clash with the new wave hop attack. Contrary to all you would expect this results in something wonderful.

Full flavoured and really plays with what can be done with the style, brilliant crafted – the sweet and hops are matched in perfect harmony.

So two beers at the festival so far and both are top notch.

Guest Taster: Dylan

Nose: Sweet/ sharp and sugary. Sweet fruit texture- elderberry.

Body: As with the nose, elderberry is very dominant. Very crisp, sharp but with a smooth tangy aftertaste.

Finish: Very Pleasant fruity beer leaving a tangy aftertaste. Very Good.

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Heya everyone,

its the 33rd Bath Beer Festival soon and as part of my attempt to tasting notes as many different beers in as many parts of the UK as I can I shall be going, so should have a nice new batch of tasting notes soon.  If anyone’s going , keep an eye out for whoever’s taking photos of the taps and write notes after, as its most likely me –  give me a shout if ye be there.


Lets seen if they make it more of an event than the one I criticized last year

Thornbridge: Jaipur (England: IPA: 5.9% ABV)

Visual: Light, completely clear yellow orange with a decent clear white bubbled head.

Nose: Lime and decent hops, toffee and lemon.

Body: Creamy with decent hops, then more hops! Orange peel. Fluffy, lime/lime jelly and vanilla.

Finish: Massive hops, little lime, touch of milk chocolate.

Conclusion: Hellish high hops with a bit of citrus back defines this heavy going IPA. It doesn’t play a wide range but delivers a great punch.

Not the best I’ve had, but a distinct hop attack with enough flavour behind to make it worthwhile. In the higher end of assault IPAs, definitely behind Hopslam and Hardcore IPA V2. Not a subtle beast and proud of it.

Pitfield: 1850 Porter (England: Porter: 5% ABV)

Visual: Dark black with a thin nutty brown head.

Nose: Coffee, dry, nutty. Slightly milky. Some treacle sweetness.

Body: Fizzy texture, frothy. Huge nuttiness. Charring and sweet treacle. Surprisingly sweet final moments

Finish: nutty, dry and wholegrain flour. liquorice.

Conclusion: Very nutty powerful and sweet. Not big on subtlety, almost over forceful into sickly sweetness. It just manages to hold back from overdoing it.

Not a session beer then, more a weight of flavour dropped directly onto your tastebuds in liquid form. Best to be consumed alongside a hearty meal that can hold up and contrast against the strong flavours within. This will ensure that each mouthful is a fresh experience.

Thornbridge: Saint Petersburg (England: Imperial Stout:7.7% ABV)

Visual: Opaque black with a small rich chocolate/caramel brown head.

Nose: Lime, washing up liquid. Cream, hops and treacle.

Body: Chocolaty good bitter, nuts toffee. Slight fizzy texture. Vanilla, intense. Raspberry, ice cream. Some hops and some mocha.

Finish: Bitter chocolate, strawberry, charring hops. Sudden nuts. Blackcherry, lime.

Conclusion: An intense and complex pint with a hideous nose to say the least. Once you get past the washing up liquid aroma there is an intense ride awaiting you, it’s not always working out, but at least it doesn’t bore you.

It can, on a good mouthful, be exceptional, but on a bad swig it’s unpleasant. Not a reliable bottle of stout – a Russian roulette of flavour.

Do you feel lucky? Well take a mouthful.

Reissdorf: Kolsch (Germany: Kolsch: 4.8% ABV)

Visual: Golden yellow with a moderate swirly white head.

Nose: Quite malty, fluffy, little bit of smooth lemon.

Body: A lively chalky fizz, sweet, very malty. Maltloaf at the back, touch of syrup.

Finish: Decent malt and orange back. Nuttiness, slightest hops and chalk.

Conclusion: A nicely balanced similar to lager style beer with a bit of fizz that does not distract from the main body, with a wonderful dose of malt added.

Obviously not the depths expected of an ale, being closer in type to the lager style, but has a lot of flavour in the malt and the back lasts decently with a nice range of flavour. Not a Kolsch that ends up feeling like “breathing wet air”.

Enjoyable and well made, a nice warm up first beer at the festival.

(Thanks to Will for the assist with this tasting note)

Mordue: Workie Ticket (England: ESB: 4.5% ABV)

Visual: Light clear caramel brown with a low bubbled head.

Nose: Light treacle, liquorice and hops. Slightly sour. Lemon.

Body: Bitter, milk chocolate and coffee. Slightest acid sourness. Treacle. Caramel.

Finish: Coffee, some chocolate. Treacle, charring and toffee.

Conclusion: Somewhat porter like ESB, with a lot of coffee and chocolate elements coming in. A workable bitter with an interesting twist and lots of toffee caramel elements makes something that really should work out a treat.

As it is its serviceable and with a lot of potential but just doesn’t quite fly high. Still a bit different and fun.

Elgood: Wenceslas Winter Warmer (England: Barley Wine:7.5% ABV)

Visual: Rusted bronzed red with a small bubbly white head.

Nose: Light greenery, turmeric and wood shavings. Sour grapes and white wine.

Body: Sweet and sour mixing together, brown sugar sweetness. Heavy barley. Sour grapes again. Vanilla. Very fresh and warming. Syrup.

Finish: Heavy grapefruit, chives and cloves. Bitter and cinnamon.

Conclusion: There are a lot of competing flavours mixed together in this beer, some of which are distinctly hard to place. It is most definitely a beer as warming as its name suggests.

Hell of a lot going on, it doesn’t all blend together but it is a rollercoaster rid of flavour (hopefully not one of those that makes you vomit).

It’s a beer that needs the right time to enjoy – often the excessive herb elements will be off-putting, but it has that potential of a beer that satisfies the craving for something a bit different.

Otley 06 Porter (Wales: Porter: 6% ABV)

Visual: Deep red brown with but a dashing of a head.

Nose: Light coffee.

Body: Intense roasted coffee beans. Very rich treacle – mellows out as it lingers. Very slight blackcherry. Brown sugar.

Finish: Treacle and barbecued burnt meat. Orange.

Conclusion: Full speed ahead on the front of this beer. Sweet, smooth and distinctly unsubtle.

It’s possibly slightly sickly, but taken in smaller measures it is a distinctly enjoyable and smooth pint which defies its comparatively mild nose. More treacle than coffee, it’s a beer for when you need that sugar shock.

Leadmill Brewery Agent Orange (England: English Pale Ale: 4.9%ABV)

Visual: Still apple juice colour with absolutely no head.

Nose: Very light citrus and caramel –not much is evident.

Body: Warming and wood. A sweet harshness and a bitter back. Somewhat like the orange part of chocolate orange.

Finish: Fruity, raspberry. Orange crème centres. Slight burnt cinders and a real bitter burnt end. Vanilla and wheat.

Conclusion: Very little to say about this one. The tastes I have picked out seem to come and go and are not especially evident. The bitter back is prevalent but not much else.

I can’t recommend this one except in times of extreme need, such as when faced with Fosters as an alternative.

(NOTE: A quick sample of this the next day game more evident flavour as the room temperature was higher. Still not fantastic but much better than the first sampling – this is definitely a beer than needs warmth. For balance I have added Dylan Ransoms beer tasting notes from that time.)


Visual: Pale orange, clear with no head or hint of fizz.

Nose: Barley sugar, sweet.

Body: Fresh crisp and cool. Feels smooth with sweet but mellow taste.

Finish: Medium bitter aftertaste. Slightly sharp. No Tang.

Conclusion: Would make a food table beer with a meal.

Thanks to Dylan for his helpful contribution

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