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?” )