2nd beer of the night in front of the Shutter Island on the box. Leo Di Caprio is my favourite actor by a fair way, so was ready for a good couple of hours in front of this thriller. Sun setting outside, so thought it was time for a quality stout...hopefully this would be a good'un.
Can is mostly dark blue with splodges of yellow and red that looks like slowly dripping paintwork...quirky!
Can opening gives you feint blueberries on a chocolate background. First mouth feeling is that this is one thick milk stout! There's lovely biscuit flavours delivering a rich core, before a bunch of blueberries tickle the tongue right at the end. I wouldn't have minded a bit more blueberry to be honest, but the sweet finish and full cookie hit is just delicious and easily compensates. This is a cracking pastry stout, simple as.
Right, the song I'm putting with this beer is Californian performer Finneas and 'Let's Fall In Love For The Night'. At base value it's a happy song that gives depth and feeling to it's words, then that little chorus bounce kicks in that mirrors that lovely blueberry of the 'Double or Muffin' drink!
Got a good walk in this morning for an hour or two down to the park to get some fresh air and take some more beer pics of course. Nice Mexican soup for lunch and we felt like a film, so we went for Uncut Gems. I'd recommend you give it a go, bit like a modern gritty gangsta flick, if that floats your boat?!
Can has a classic profile outline of a younger Barbara Streisand with lovely pink and other vibrant colours splashed on the can.
First smell is just a powerful rhubarb one right under the nose. Following swig is more of the same with pure rhubarb flavour on some of that creamy custard mouthfeel. Additional lactose richness I there with this 'Extra Custard Edition' but not sure it adds too much to it. I wouldn't mind a bit more sourness to it and there's an ever so slight synthetic touch to the taste, but a nice enough beer nonetheless.
Let's go for Abbie Ozard 'Endless Summer' for this one. It's got the bouncy high buzz to compare with that rhubarb hit, but also the lyrical indecision and hopefullness in the song, as the drink doesn't quite grasp the heights that it was reaching...
Busy day at work with an early start, but paid off by being a productive one. Also, managed a nice walk in the sun at lunch where I explored the wonders of West Bath and built up my English tan...
A can showing pictures of dinosaurs eating a birthday cake....what's not to like!
Very nice tropical smell straight out the can. First swig gives a really fresh oomph of that Papaya & Guava that is a pleasant surprise from the heavy pineapple that these tropical beers usually deal in. The sourness kicks in about halfway through and carries on with some solid power right to the end, although it is a thin beer overall. Really nice drink for something in the lower price bracket!
I'm going for Alex Templeton's 'Happiness In Liquid Form' as my tune to go with this tasty tipple. For some reason it reminds me of a bouncy birthday song, but quite frankly it just makes me happy, just like the drink did! Both put a smile on your face and both make you wonder why you like them so much, but just indulge yourself!
2nd beer of the day after a refreshing shower that was slightly negated by me sweating 10 mins later due to the lovely May sun. However the plan is to have a few ciders and games tonight with the Mrs, so a nice beer before tea is just the ticket.
We have a rose coloured can with a nice flower etching on the front...solid and simple design that does well for this brand.
First smell is giving me some Apricot and Cinnamon straight off the bat. There's definitely more of the same after that, but with a nice chocolatey injection for that imperial hit. Some notable 'Christmas' flavours really come through, giving you that need to crack one open in front of an roaring fire and kick back in a leather chair. Bit too much of a Chai spice for me, but a nice stout with some quality ingredients that can't be ignored.
I'm feeling chilled music with a smooth caramel voice for this one, so 'Let There Be Love' by Nat King Cole it is. The rich notes combine perfectly, and that touch of spice represents that special something in the great man's voice. Cosy up relax and let the class wash over you...
Don’t know if it’s the whole song per se, but certainly the riff and the opening few bars of Robert Plant’s caterwauling seem apposite. It’s 10:30pm, a time at which I would not normally be finishing, let alone opening a coffee stout, but after a busy day home-schooling/child-wrangling and working round the house, I’ve failed miserably to get all my work done, so the laptop’s out and coffee is very much the order of the day night.
As I’ve been a good boy though, I also deserve a beer, so the only sensible (not sensible) thing to do is to combine the two. Alongside the coffee and malt on the nose, there is a decent amount of vanilla and cocoa there up front, but they’re just sweetening you up ahead of a big slap of caffeine and a lingering, roasty, bitter finish; definitely more espresso than the latte you get with some regular coffee stouts.
It’s certainly not subtle, there are more complex imperials out there (including from Wild Beer themselves) and it’s not as thick a mouthfeel as you might expect from an 11%er, so I can see why some people might not like this. But I’m not some people. Certainly not at this time of night, and not with a shed-load (possibly a small warehouse) of data to analyse. Right now, this is just what I needed. So no, my life is not exactly ‘Valhalla, I am coming’, but I’m definitely ‘ah-ah-aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhh-ah’! And I’m definitely awake.
"You got a new horizon, it's ephemeral style. A melancholy town where we never smile."
Worst task of the week to mix with people whilst doing the big shop this morning, but got it sorted and the Mrs was happy with her new stocks of wine! The sun popped out again, so had a little wander before doing my exercises and sitting down for a nice afternoon beer that would hopefully round off the day nicely.
I may be a bit short and to the point, but just try and imagine a methed up Joker version of the Honey Monster....that's the look of the can!
First smell as you open the can is just quiet and gentle stout aroma. Following swig definitely reminds you of a nice bowl of sugary cornflakes though and gets you buzzing a bit! It's a really milky mouthfeel with a sugary hoppy hit at the end and a consistent background of thin chocolate, but to be honest there's just a lot going on that makes you want to come back and experience some more. It's a really interesting 10% ABV drink that I'd recommend you give a try as I think it touches a lot of bases with the raw quality clearly evident.
Let's pair this cracker with Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc. A song that gives you that rich and thick bass beat with a 'sugar rush' buzz synth effect on top. They both offer a melting pot of ingredients giving you something different with every encounter...
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Combining two of his passions in life, beer and music. Left Field Beer founder, Mike, seeks to answer life's big question: What does my beer sound like?
Formally limited to cider and Southern Comfort, but now enjoying the Craft Beer path to enlightenment..