Popped down to Exeter to the CAMRA Winter Ale Festival. Lots of lovely beers.
For Friday, Graham:
Hanlons Snowstorm, 5.0%, sweet and bitter at the same time.
Willy Good, Hopadelic, 5.0%, not as hoppy as I’m used to, but still hoppy
Three daggers, Exmouth Brew, 5%, deep red banana with Christmas pudding
Stanway, Lords a Leapin, 4.5%, yeasty toffee caramel.
Wylam, Flannel Hammer, 7.2%, a bit too dark and bitter for me. Burnt treacle. The caramel is redeeming.
Holsworthy, Smoking Santa, 5.5% dark and smokey
Yeovil, YPA, 7.3%, peachy!
Topsham, Devil’s Walkabout, 8.0%, bitter almond and you can tell there’s a lot of alcohol in there
Moor, Old Freddy Walker, 7.3%, dark, sweet and strong. Toasty.
Teignworthy, Russian Imperial Porter, 10%, delicious concentrated cooked fruity flavour, liquorice. Long indeed!
The fish and chips was a bit ropey. Had a fun chat with Tom and John about their history PhDs.
…and a shorter visit on Saturday, because the beer was running out.
Concrete Cow, Winter Ale, 5%
Kennet & Avon, Bruce, 4.8%, chocolate malt.
Coastal, Erosion, 7.5%. Dark, rich.
Driftwood, Alfie’s Revenge, 6.5%
Gyle59, Starstruck, 6.6%, very dark with loads of aniseed
Hunts, Cider, 6.0%
Good atmosphere with lots of students (free entry for them after 5pm)