Beer O'Clock Show

Tag: Polls

UK Top 10 Porters/Stouts (7.5% & higher)

 

Once again, only 4 votes seperated the top 2 beers in this poll…

1. Magic Rock Bourbon Barrel Bearded Lady 10.5% ABV

Normally we’d get a guest blogger to write the piece about the winner but I couldn’t think of a bigger Magic Rock fanboy than me! So here’s what I thought when I sampled the 2013 version last Christmas… After I got through the wax seal and cracked the top I was instantly greeted with sweet piney, roasted aromas. The pour is thick, black (even though it’s a brown stout) and leaves a lovely creamy brown head. There is a big boozy aroma from the glass and you get coffee laced with cream while at the same time almost getting a whiff of JD and coke. The taste is like nothing I have ever sampled before. It’s like a smooth espresso and the bourbon ageing is coming through in every gulp. But it’s not harsh, it’s smooth, it’s warming and it just makes you keep going in for more. Big piney aromas continue throughout the drink, there is a thick flavour and finish, but I just can’t get over how smooth it is. As I near the end of the glass the smoothness continues, but the roasted flavours begin to give way and there’s slight fruit tones in there. This is so well balanced and so well delivered.

Continue reading

UK Top 10 Porters/Stouts (7.4% or less)

 

This one was close, really close. In the end  only 4 votes separated the top 2 beers…

1. Kernel India Export Porter 5.9% ABV
Boak and Bailey are currently running their own series of porter tastings here and they have kindly taken some time out to write these words about the winning beer… If we had to pick a single beer to represent what has happened to London’s beer scene in the last decade, The Kernel’s Export India Porter might be the one. First brewed in 2011, and much-imitated since, it is a playful acknowledgement of the fact that hoppy dark beers didn’t arrive with the recent invention of black IPA, but back in the 19th century when porter was shipped to supply British troops in India. Brewed at various strengths and with various hops over the years, KEIP can vary widely from batch to batch — for some, a key part of its appeal. It is a beer that perhaps does more to explain what ‘craft beer’ means in the UK than any amount of wordy philosophising — bold, raw-edged, boozy, bitter, and bursting with character, as fruity hops pile up against intense roasted malt flavours. Honestly, we’re not fans, but this poll shows that a LOT of people are, and no-one could ever call it bland.

Continue reading

UK Top 10 Pale Ales

 

SPA-logo

 

Unlike the recent UK Top 10 Lagers, this poll was a close run thing from beginning to end. 523 votes were cast and in the end one pale ale emerged victorious. Here are the results of the UK Top 10 Pale Ales…

1. Beavertown Gamma Ray 5.4% ABV
Friend of the show, beer writer and #SomeRandomBlokeOffTwitter Justin Mason has this to say about the winner. As soon as Beavertown unleashed their beers on an unsuspecting public they created a buzz. Gamma Ray, first released in October 2012, was originally part of their boundary-pushing experimental Alpha Series, however its in-your-face US hop character made it an instant favourite with drinkers craving big ballsy beers that left their lips tingling and their palate in tatters, and it soon became a best-seller. With its spicy pine, passion fruit and grapefruit aroma and its huge bitter tropical citrus caramel flavour, Gamma Ray has achieved an almost cult status amongst craft beer lovers on this side of the Atlantic searching for an American-style Pale Ale that delivers every time. It is a truly special beer, and now it is available in cans it is a near-fresh hop hit you can have straight from the fridge whenever you want it. You can check out the show that we did with Justin where we review Gamma Ray and all of the other Beavertown cans here.

2. Magic Rock High Wire 5.5% ABV

3. Brewdog Dead Pony (Club/Ale) 3.8% ABV

4. Oakham Citra 4.2% ABV

5. Pressure Drop Pale Fire 4.8% ABV

6. Kernel Pale Ale Simcoe 5.4% ABV

7. Thornbridge Kipling 5.2% ABV
Check out what we thought of this beer on the Lock In

8. Weird Beard Mariana Trench 5.3% ABV

9. Cromarty Rogue Wave 5.7% ABV

10. Moor Nor’Hop 4.1% ABV

Beavertown Gamma Ray, Magic Rock High Wire and Brewdog Dead Pony now join Camden Town Hells, Harviestoun Schiehallion, Fourpure Pils, Marble Dobber, Magic Rock Cannonball and The Kernel Citra IPA in the end of the year UK Top 10 Beers poll. Before that we have stouts, bitters and the next poll, Porters to get through.

You can nominate your favourite Porters in the comment box below or via Twitter using #UKTop10Porters until Friday 17 October. The poll will run from Thursday 23 – Monday 27 October and the top 3 will also be added to the UK Top 10 Beers poll at the end of the year.

In the meantime and/or for inspiration check out what Boak and Bailey are up to with their porter tasting at the moment.

Thanks to everyone who took time to cast a vote, we hope you enjoy giving these beers a try.

 

© 2019 Beer O'Clock Show

Theme by Anders NorenUp ↑