Whitbread Pale Ale

I note this appears to be contract brewed in the USA and it is certainly significantly different to how I remember drinking it maybe 10 years ago at home (England). Perhaps that's as a result of the stateside brewing, or maybe just changes in the beer over time, but in any case this beer has changed since I last drank it. Very nice looking pour, with a distinctly amber body and a full, lingering head with some nice lacing. This is a good looking beer. Very much more malty than I remember it....

Mackeson Triple XXX Stout

Jet black pour with the characteristic tan head. It's more like sweet black coffee than sweet black coffee! Not necessarily one I would always reach for, but a damn fine example of the style. I always feel that drinking and really enjoying stout is very dependent on the circumstances. It's heavy, so you need to to in the right mood, food situation - and don't over indulge. I don't know if the Mackeson beers have changed over the years, but I remember this being much more bitter in years gone...