Attack of the Beer

Well now, you haven’t heard from me since the beginning of the year and I really should apologise for this. the truth is I am just really bad at keeping up with these things.
But in my defence, I have been working extra, as well as planning a move so I think I can be allowed just a little leeway, not four months of it, but when you miss a few posts and then a couple of days go past, it can sometimes feel insurmountable trying to get back to the routine.

But that’s neither here nor there, as today I wanted to discuss with you a couple of drinks.
You see I am the type of gentleman who enjoys a good beer, but more than this I enjoy the pursuit of a good beer, so when I am able I like to grab myself a bottle of something new to try.
This past day my new drinks were a little different to what I normally find.

Firstly, Abundance (A Baltic Cherry Porter) by Renaissance Brewing of New Zealand.

A hybrid of English Porter and Russian Imperial Stout, Baltic Porters are full bodied and smooth, with rich malt flavours.
Abundance is brewed with cherries and this helps accentuate the sweetness of the eleven difference malts that we used in the mash. The result is a robust, dark beer with exceptional smoothness, less burnt characters than traditional porters and a mellow cherry finish.
Abundance is a perfect pairing for a wiki barbecue, with an iron curtain influence: venison sausages wrapped in rye bread”

What a description eh?
Admittedly, the biggest draw to this bottle was the promise of a cherry porter, as a couple of years ago I fell in love with a German Cherry Porter than is almost impossible to find in the UK, but I have to be honest, I was disappointed.
Though the makers are very right, there’s no hint of burnt flavouring in this compared to other malt heavy drinks, the flavour itself was just too overwhelming for my tastebuds.
I didn’t get any real nuance, nor the hints of cherry that are meant to be there.
It’s definitely not a drink that I was enjoying by any means, maybe it would have gone better with a rich meal, but alas that is not my style.

Now, I am man enough to tell you that this isn’t a bad drink, it’s just that it isn’t to my tastes, if you like a beer that is full on flavour then this would go down a treat.

Next, Organic Chocolate Stout, by Samuel Smith’s of Yorkshire England.

Organic Chocolate Stout.
Brewed with well water (the original well, sunk in 1758, is still in use with the hard water drawn from 85 feet underground), the gently roasted organic chocolate malt and organic cocoa extract impart a delicious, smooth and creamy character with inviting deep flavours and a delightful finish – this is the perfect marriage of satisfying stout and luxurious chocolate.

That’s a pretty loaded description, I mean that right there is why I decided to post the descriptions as I go along, I mean it we pick out three powerful words from that we have delicious, inviting and perfect.
You’ll often find the back of a beer is a boast about the contents that doesn’t really hold up, and admittedly I have sampled a fair few chocolate beers that fail to deliver but I thought I would try one again and you know what?
Though I think maybe the language is a bit strong, I wouldn’t call it perfect, but it is definitely a good tasting beer that definitely has a chocolatey taste to it, unlike many chocolate based drinks that possibly add a chocolate flavouring after production and tend to come across a little sickly sweet or chemically, Samuel Smith’s have struck a good balance.

I would definitely be sold on buying another.

And there we have it, two beers that evoke surprising reactions, got any suggestions for drinks? Let me know.


I am Silent, part time programmer and full time narcissist, gamer, geek and man on a mission.

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