Monthly Archives: April 2019

Gem Amber Ale

Bath Ales – Gem Amber Ale 4.8%

This ale is a light chestnut colour with a malty aroma with slight plum notes. It is a malty rich taste with a well blended hop bitterness.

This is the bottled version of Gem with a higher ABV 4.8% compared to the Gem draught previously reviewed at 4.1%, or a reformulation.

It is brewed by Bath Ales a small brewery now owned by St Austell Ales.

Rum Barrel Red Beer

Innis & Gunn – Rum Barrel Red Beer 6.8%

Innis & Gunn – Rum Barrel Red Beer

This is a dark chestnut red coloured ale with a strong malt and plum fruits aroma. It has a sweet malty taste with a hint of rum spirit. It is lighter and sweeter than a barley wine, of it’s strength.

This is a rum barrel aged ale from this Scottish brewery, noted for its barrel aged ale range.

Innis & Gunn is a brewery based in Edinburgh.

Oxford Scholar Ale

The Shotover Brewing Co. – Oxford Scholar Ale 4.5%

Shotover Brewing Co – Oxford Scholar Ale

This is a chestnut copper coloured ale, with an apple and fruity aroma. It’s taste is a lightly smokey, hop bitterness, with a good malty backing.

The Shotover Brewing Company base in Horspath Oxford, describe this beer for drinking by a log fire, with the light smokey taste; presumably in an old oak-beamed pub!

Cotswold Best

North Cotswold – Cotswold Best 4.0%

North Cotswold Brewery – Cotswold Best

This is a golden ale with a summer aroma of fresh leaves and grass. It has a stronger hop bitterness and a malty balance, without being grapefruit citrus. It is brewed with English, Challenger, Goldings and Fuggles hops and according to the Brewery is a traditional Bitter ale.

The North Cotswold Brewery is a family craft brewery in the heart of the Cotswolds on the edge of Stretton-on-Fosse, near Moreton-in-Marsh.