Peroni – Grand Riserva Doppio Riserva 6.6%
Innis and Gunn – Original Oak Aged Ale 6.6%
This ale is bright amber coloured with a pleasant toffee malt aroma, with aged oak wood notes. The taste is made up of sweet smooth, honey caramel toffee and vanilla notes, with an aftertaste of aged oak. A good strong ale, with an aroma reminiscent of sitting in an Elizabethan or Jacobean house surrounded by aged oak furniture.
Hopshackle Brewery – Double Momentum 7.0%
This is an amber coloured ale with a strong malt and dried hop aroma. It has a strong malt taste with a heavy resinous hop bitterness. A strong IPA rather than a barley wine type that may be expected at this strength.
Brewers and Union – Beast of the Deep 6.5%
This is a golden ale with mixed malty aromas. It has a good malt taste with biscuit notes and a barley wine taste finish.
This is unpasteurised, unfiltered ale from South Africa.
Penpont Brewery – Silent Knight 7.2%
This is a golden amber strong ale, with good malty aroma with toffee notes. It has a strong warming flavour of malts, toffee and hop bitterness reminiscent of the lighter coloured barley wines. It is a good warming winter and Christmas ale from this Cornish Brewer based near Launceston. This gets my 5* rating but watch the strength.
Brakspear – Triple III 6.7%
This is a chestnut coloured ale with good fruit and molasses rum aromas, with a hint of vanilla. It has a rich malt, dried fruit and citrus flavours, leading to a bitter aftertaste. A good warming winter ale.
The Brakspear Brewery was a traditional brewery in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. In 2002 brewing ceased and the brand and equipment were sold to the Wychwood Brewery Company, now part of the Marston brewing group and the Brakspear range of ales are now brewed under the Brakspear name at the Wychwood Brewery in Witney.
Brakspear historically had many pubs around the Henley, Maidenhead area as a local brewer and now supplies bottled beers to the general market as part of the Marston range.
Chimay – Red 7.0%
This is a brown coloured ale with a rich fruit aroma of cherries and toffee malt. The taste is rich in warming malty flavours and a following light bitterness.
Wychwood Brewery – King Goblin 6.6% special reserve
This is a dark chestnut red ale, with rich fruity aroma. It has a good, strong malt taste, almost on the edge of being a barley wine; with added fruit notes.
The King Goblin ale is brewed at Marston’s Wychwood Brewery in Witney Oxfordshire.