28) Orkney Red MacGregor (cask): A real tangy mouthful, lots of bitterness and zip. The colour of black tea that’s been stewing for a couple of hours. Darkly fruity nose.
29) White Horse Village Idiot (cask): Colour of light straw with a tight creamy head and a frothy crown. Summery citrus nose with light hops and a gentle bitter finish.
30) Titanic – Another Pint In The Wall: (cask). Faint but not unpleasant metallic smell. Tangy with a long bitter finish.
31) Asda Own Brand (Shepherd Neame, apparently) Gentleman Jack (bottle): Polished bronze body, sustained head, fruit ‘n’ nut. Very decent for a quid.
32) Asda Own Brand (Shepherd Neame, apparently) Whitechapel Porter (bottle): Opaque, almost black body with a big beige head. Intense coffee fragrance. First swig gives a huge coffee hit with a lasting, very bitter espresso finish. Good stuff, and a real bargain. Why has it got a hotel commissionaire on the label?
(the picture- a Dark Star Hophead, enjoyed at The Harp on saturday – explains why my old flatmate in Munich felt the need to ask me; “Vy are you Briddish haffing pipes all offer your valls?” )
>1. The Harp – great boozer. 2. Red Macgregor – big fan of that one. Not had a bad beer from Titanic, either!
>Titanic are one of those brewers that creep up on you, like Moorhouse's – suddenly you start noticing just how good they are.
>He's got a good point. We've got pipes in our front room which are a bugger to paint over/round. It's like living in the engine room of the Titanic, now you mention it.I had a very bad bottle of the chocolate and vanilla stout Titanic make for Morrison's. Clear glass was the problem, I think.
>Something altogether not right about beer in clear glass bottles. Always strikes me as being a not-too-subtle way of try to attract the wine drinkers.