Hedgerow Bitter

22 oz bottle, thanks go out to Shogokawada for the chance to try this. Bottled Aug 2010, 1st Batch. Pour is a pretty light amber color with plenty of orange color. Quite hazed. A little head, a tiny bit of lace but not much retention. It looks a bit muddy. The nose does not give way to any hop character, rather it gives a simple, malt sweetness and not a great deal more. The tastes are intensely bitter in several areas. The front end is not too intense, but the middle, back end and finish are...

February 27th, 1832 Mild Ale

22 oz presentation. Massive thanks go out to Gregg for the opportunity to try this one. The pour into the Terrapin snifter and gives quite a still body with a light, copper color with obviously no head or lace. Ultimately it looks like a brandy in the glass. The nose has some alcohol but there is a feeling that the light solvent effect is mainly in the nostrils rather than the taste. A little acidic apple in the nose as it warms. The taste is extraordinary in as much as the alcohol is...

Baby Tree

22 oz bottle thanks to Penney who brought this one back from The Foodery in Philly, PA, USA. Mid brown body that sits nicely in the Brasserie de Abbaye des Rocs chalice with a lovely, frothy light tan head. Some lace. Nose is surprisingly neutral to me (even with warming) and gives only the slightest hints of sweet malt, a touch of alcohol and some sharp carbonation (yes, carbonation in the nose!) Taste start to reveal more of the dark fruit, BUT the taste remains quite distinctly "unsweet". A...

Jack D’or

Bid "UP'S" go out to Dr DogBeer as part of Secret Santa 2009 - thanks Tom. 22 oz bottle. May 2009 bottling, Batch Five. Delightful, cloudy orange pour with a super head, retention and lace. Lovely. Dry in the nose with some very light white pepper, but to be honest the nose is not this beers' strength. Tastes are those of light citrus marmalade and then some increased (compared to the nose) white pepper. Plenty of gentle herb and medicinal like hop presence and a sweeter-than-one-would expect...