Hix’s Darkside – Diskworld ales – 7.0%
Nothing says festive like an oatmeal stout, this aged bad boy is lovely. Great malty character with sweet oaty after tastes. This is well up there as best beer so far.
London Pale Ale – Meantime Brewing – 4.3%
A complex mix of hops in this bad boy. Cascade and Centennial hops for the aroma, then loads of local Kentish Goldings for a bitter refreshment. It claims a lot but doesn’t really deliver to be honest. Disappointed after all that hop-buildup. 4/10
Welcome to a review of the top 5 posts from this years blog. A rather unsuccessful year in general with a disappointing lack of goals achieved, I shall review this sooner to the New Year. Below are the posts that had the most views across the year. Mostly all photography from day trips with a treat of a surprise coming in at Number 1.
A few photographs from a fun day out at the wonderful Blair Drummond Safari park. Well worth a visit if you are looking for a day out in Sunny Scotland.
This mountain, Cuilcagh has been a landscape to my childhood. This year they put a walk way all the way up its 666 metres. Here are some photographs from it. This post was helped by the lovely Freckle giving it a share on twitter, they plan on heading west soon to experience it.
More climbing but this time a Scotish adventure up the Curved Ridge and another Munro ticked off.
As part of my Daily Photo series where I posted a random picture from my 40,000 odd pictures I was archiving. This is from St. Peters Seminary which is about to become a wonderful feature of Architecture 2016.
Hinterland from NVA on Vimeo.
Last but not least it’s Shia. What a year he has and what a total hero. This was a blog recapping my favorite things about him. Shall be adding to this in 2016 no doubt! Even Stevens 2? YES PLEASE!
Pils – Fourpure Brewing Co – 4.7%
This poor thing was drunk straight after an Anchor Steam Beer, a personal favourite tipple of mine. Not loving it, it’s fine and the Mittelfruh hops give it an interesting taste. It really ain’t going it though. Let’s say 6/10
The Honey Ale – Hiver – 4.5%
This lovely sweet treat is the only beer in this advent calendar that I’ve had before. It’s a great tasting ale that is velvety treat on the throat and nose. Honey honey honey! 8/10
Calypso- Siren Craft Brew – 4%
Wowsa! First ever sour and it was a taste sensation. Lip smackingly tangy with a super fruity and citrus after taste. Really mad strong aroma from the dry hopping and the tastes back it up.
Dunno how to rate this, shocking but refreshing. 7/10?
Atlantic Brewery – Early Grey PA – 4.5%
This blend of Earl Grey tea and Cornish Pale Ale is tasty, organic and vegan. What it lacks is a bit of carbonation. Think it could have done with a bit more. 5/10
Anarchy Brew Co – Xmas Chaos – 4.5%
Had a slug there and the name says it all. Total festive chaos on the nose and taste. Rum and raisin with loads of spice with a hint of beer. Let’s say like 6/10, nice but not loving it.
SA Brains – I Sea Santa – 4.5%
Back onto the festive beers. This spicy and treacle heavy brew is a real attack of the senses. Supposedly there’s Laverbread, Welsh edible seaweed, but I cannot taste or smell a hint of it over the spices. Nice festive brew 6.4/10
You may remember that the elves down at Ales by mail managed to muddle up 7. Here it is in all its glory.
Alechemy Brewing – Talisman – 4.1%
Having used cascade as my first ever adventure into hops with my home brewing I have come rather fond of it. This lager is complemented with a moderate bitterness that while not pulling at the tongue allows the cascade hops to give a good kick.
@freedombrewery – Organic Dark Lager – 4.7%
A very malty aroma but such a sweet caramel taste. The after taste is of chocolate and toffee with claims of coffee that aren’t really there. Lovely Sunday night brew 7.5/10
Harviestoun Brewery – Schiehallion 4.8%
This lager has an amazing aroma and so much fruitiness on the nose but the real treat is the after taste. Wonderful lychee and grapefruit after tastes that gets you going back for another sup. Lovely 8/10