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Brewery –           Southport

Beer –                  Cyclone

Alcohol –            3.8%

Origin –               Southport, England

Style –                  Brown Ale

Season –             Autumn

Picked up this lovely ale from the Bargain bin at Chester Beer & Wine as it was pretty much past its sell by date (not that it really matters). Thought I’d give it a go as it’s not my usual cup of tea, but at £1.50 for the bottle who can resist!

At 3.8% I wasn’t expecting such a flavoursome,  and complex ale. Not just decent for a lower ABV beer, I mean thoroughly decent all round!

This ale is dark amber brown in colour, with a slight appealing cloudiness and a clean white head.

This beer is named after a rollercoaster at Southport Pleasureland and to be fair it fits the bill as the flavours in this ale are up, down, and all over the place!

Beautifully sweet and malty on the nose, develops into a biscuity sweetness at first taste. Then the fun starts as the flavours mix, twist and turn in the mouth. Hints of lemon sweetness, and woodland blackcurrant contrast each other all held in place by a good hoppy backbone, and again more malty notes playing on the tongue.

There is a developing bitterness in the finish, with more hoppiness and hints of treacle giving it yet more sweetness.

Smooth, Sweet, Complex and all in all a really enjoyable ale.

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Brewery –          Blueball Brewery

Beer –                  Black Betty

Alcohol –           7.2%

Origin –               Runcorn, Cheshire

Style –                 Black IPA

Season –             Summer

It was my first trip to Kash Bar, Chester over the weekend after finding out that it is child friendly hoorah!

Stepped up to the bar and asked for a pint of Black Betty… didn’t realise the strength of it! Usually beers of this strength are served in half measures but like the Blueball beers, there’s no messing around! A pint you ask… then a pint you’ll get!

This is rich and smokey brown black ale, interestingly highly carbonated with a frothy cappuccino head, and served a beautifully sculpted Kash Challis.

Dark Chocolate, Smokey with hints of Coffee on the nose, and laced with deep dark fruits. The strong alcohol content is apparent in its aroma; sweet and punchy.

The mouthfeel is smooth but like all the Blueball beers I’ve tried thus far there is an appealing tanginess to the brew giving it a modern and vibrant feel. It coats the tongue, thick and silky but this increases the time the beer is on the tongue, intensifying the flavours; longer, and deeper.

The coffee and dark chocolate on the nose give way to liquorice and blackcurrant flavours with the solid strong alcohol content apparent throughout, and leads to a lingering and clinging sweet finish.

This beer is packed full of flavour; it’s exciting, gripping, thoroughly satisfying, and is scarily drinkable and sinkable at that ABV!

 

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Brewery –          Coach House

Beer –                  Gun Powder Mild

Alcohol –           3.8%

Origin –              Warrington, Cheshire

Style –                Mild

Season –            Autumn / Winter

Another stunningly good mild!

A beautifully deep dark red brew, with a foamy tan head, with a nose of liqourice, and treacle.

Packed full of blackcurrent flavours, this beer is incredibly moreish with more hints of treacle and liquorice with a sweet lengthy finish.

 

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