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The Cranborne Poacher

Hall and Woodhouse – The Cranborne Poacher 5.7%

Hall & Woodhouse – The Cranborne Poacher

This is a chestnut coloured ale with a sweet plum aroma. It has a bitter hop start with an overwhelming plum bubblegum taste, with a hop bitter finish. Described as a bold, fruity, ruby ale, it’s fruity taste is disconcerting and can only be described as probably “an acquired taste”. This is an ale that would probably appeal to the craft ale drinkers but not one if you’re looking for a more traditional ale taste.

Dr. Thirsty’s No.4 Blonde

Wychwood Brewery – Dr. Thirsty’s No.4 Blonde

Wychwood Brewery – Dr. Thirsty’s No 4 Blonde

This is a golden ale from Wychwood Brewery. It has a light, lemony aroma with a hint of vanilla cream toffee. The taste is light with a light hop bitterness, with light malt notes. It avoids the citrus taste of many pale IPA/APA beers.

This is a light summer pale ale, with surprising aroma and taste. A good alternative to a lager.

Watchword Brewery, Witney

Bishops Finger

Shepherd Neame – Bishops Finger 5.4%

Shepherd Neame – Bishops Finger

This is a chestnut coloured ale, with a plum and prune rich fruit aroma. The taste is of strong malt sweetness and hop dry bitterness, with a following bitter aftertaste.

Bishops Finger is names after an ancient signpost on the Pilgrims’ Way, pointing to Thomas a’Becket’s shrine at Canterbury Cathedral.

A Kentish Strong Ale from the famous Kent Brewer.

Shepherd Neame, Faversham

Spitfire Amber Kentish Ale

Shepherd Neame – Spitfire Kentish Ale 4.5%

Shepherd Neame – Spitfire

The ale is an amber light chestnut colour, with a good malty ale aroma, with toffee notes. It has rounded malty taste, with a light hop bitterness.

This is a good English Bitter Ale from this famous Kent brewer based in Faversham, which claims to be Britain’s oldest brewer.

Spitfire commemorates the famous WW2 plane that was used in the Battle of Britain, fought over Kent and the home counties.

Shepherd Neame, Faversham


Adnams – Broadside 6.3%

Adnams – Broadside

This is a strong ale from the Suffolk Brewer, Adnams famously based in Southwold.

It is a dark red chestnut coloured ale, with a rich malt, caramel aroma, with a hint of vanilla. It has a rich malt taste, with a strong liquorice follow-on, with black molasses note, reminiscent of a dark barley wine.

This ale commemorates the sea battle of Solebay, near Southwold, fought between the English and Dutch in 1672.

Adnams Southwold

Otter Head

Otter Brewery – Otter Head 5.8%

Otter Brewery – Otter Head

Dark chestnut colour, with rich malt aroma. It has a rich malt flavour with light bitter notes. As the flavour develops it becomes strong in liquorice notes.

A good ale from the Devon brewer.

Geuze Boon à l’Ancienne

Oude Geuze Boon à l’Ancienne 7%

Oude Geuze Boon à l’Ancienne

This is a golden ale with a light orange and toffee aroma. The taste is sharp sour fruit notes.

This is a traditional Lambic ale, produced with natural wild yeasts. A strong ale that is brewed between October and April, as the colder months help to modify the sourness, in the turbid mash method. The brew is matured for 18 months and then bottled, unfiltered and unpasteurised.

Brewed by the Boon Brewery in Belgium.

Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2013

Fuller’s – Vintage Ale 2013 8.5%

Fuller’s – Vintage Ale

Fuller’s – Vintage Ale 2013
This is a red chestnut coloured ale, with rich, warm malt aromas and molasses and malt sugar notes It has a strong liquorice, marmalade and toasted malt taste of a strong ale, with a background bitterness. Reminiscent of the historic British barley wine tradition.

It is brewed from the best malts and hops of the year and bottled as a limited addition. This ale comes with a designated bottle number and box packaged as the 17th Vintage 2013. The first Vintage Ale was produced in 1997.

Fuller’s, Griffin Brewery, Chiswick, London

Fuller’s Griffin Brewery, Chiswick, London