Quantum and Elixir - Elixum.  Smoked porter sounded promising and after the stockport sour disaster I was hoping quantum would deliver something special. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be the beer completely missed and I’m not sure I didn’t get a bad bottle but to me it tasted of smoked soap.  It is rare i get a beer I truly dislike but this was so unpleasant I had to ditch it  after only half the bottle. It might have been been a bad batch or just not for me but this one was awful.

Quantum and Elixir - Elixum. Smoked porter sounded promising and after the stockport sour disaster I was hoping quantum would deliver something special. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be the beer completely missed and I’m not sure I didn’t get a bad bottle but to me it tasted of smoked soap. It is rare i get a beer I truly dislike but this was so unpleasant I had to ditch it after only half the bottle. It might have been been a bad batch or just not for me but this one was awful.

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Siren Craft - 10 Finger Discount.  In case you were wondering the name is slang for shoplifting as this collaboration will ‘rob your tastebuds.’ It is citra aged over cedar wood and boy is it good. The cedar adds a touch of depth to the citrussy hops and creates something just a little different. If you are looking for something a little alternative grab yourself one of these. Just pay for it please as these boys deserve to get paid for their genius.

Siren Craft - 10 Finger Discount. In case you were wondering the name is slang for shoplifting as this collaboration will ‘rob your tastebuds.’ It is citra aged over cedar wood and boy is it good. The cedar adds a touch of depth to the citrussy hops and creates something just a little different. If you are looking for something a little alternative grab yourself one of these. Just pay for it please as these boys deserve to get paid for their genius.

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Quantum - Stockport Sour. Well, when I purchased this I figured there was high potential for this to be a horrific beer, but I took a chance on a beverage that has pinapple and scotch bonnet chillies matched with lactobacillus.  It was horrific, nicely sour and well produced but the pinapple didn’t come through and the afterburn of the chillies made it feel like I was drinking heartburn.  Full marks for an interesting and well produced effort, I finished the bottle because it felt well produced.  My view is if someone cared enough to craft it I should care enough to finish it (I also hoped it might get better). Bottom line this just didn’t work for me.

Quantum - Stockport Sour. Well, when I purchased this I figured there was high potential for this to be a horrific beer, but I took a chance on a beverage that has pinapple and scotch bonnet chillies matched with lactobacillus. It was horrific, nicely sour and well produced but the pinapple didn’t come through and the afterburn of the chillies made it feel like I was drinking heartburn. Full marks for an interesting and well produced effort, I finished the bottle because it felt well produced. My view is if someone cared enough to craft it I should care enough to finish it (I also hoped it might get better). Bottom line this just didn’t work for me.

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Ringwood - Old Thumper. Ok, so anything that on the front of the bottle describes itself as ‘Full of flavour craft ale’ makes me suspicious that it will actually be neither, in fact the message actually managed to annoy me a little, it doesn’t say anything about what the beer really is.  The description does this beer a disservice, the beer itself isn’t trying too hard to be cool and now, it is a nice malty ale with plenty of character.  Classic, rather than craft and there is nothing wrong with that. Ignore the twee, try hard messaging of the packaging marketers  and get yourself down to sainsburys to give it a go. And Ringwood,  I know you were probably trying to look a little less like a big brewery, but stop trying to hard, just make good beer.

Ringwood - Old Thumper. Ok, so anything that on the front of the bottle describes itself as ‘Full of flavour craft ale’ makes me suspicious that it will actually be neither, in fact the message actually managed to annoy me a little, it doesn’t say anything about what the beer really is. The description does this beer a disservice, the beer itself isn’t trying too hard to be cool and now, it is a nice malty ale with plenty of character. Classic, rather than craft and there is nothing wrong with that. Ignore the twee, try hard messaging of the packaging marketers and get yourself down to sainsburys to give it a go. And Ringwood, I know you were probably trying to look a little less like a big brewery, but stop trying to hard, just make good beer.

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Little Valley Brewery - Vanilla Porter. I wanted to love this beer, it had it all going for it, vanilla, darkness and a relatively low Abv.  It is tasty, not too rich, but the vanilla never seemed to properly break through. Maybe I was too eager and should have left it in the bottle a bit longer. It was a nice porter, it was a decent beer, I just would have liked a little more vanilla.

Little Valley Brewery - Vanilla Porter. I wanted to love this beer, it had it all going for it, vanilla, darkness and a relatively low Abv. It is tasty, not too rich, but the vanilla never seemed to properly break through. Maybe I was too eager and should have left it in the bottle a bit longer. It was a nice porter, it was a decent beer, I just would have liked a little more vanilla.

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Buxton Brewery - Axe Rocks. Hell yeah! This is a beer mash up, taking the wonderful  Axe Edge  and mashing it with the equally sublime  Black Rocks. The result is so off the scale brilliant you can never go back. Greater than the sum of it’s parts Axe Rocks is characterful, hoppy (but not over done) and dark. There is nothing else I can say other than this beer is just brilliant. Thornbridge better watch their backs.

Buxton Brewery - Axe Rocks. Hell yeah! This is a beer mash up, taking the wonderful Axe Edge and mashing it with the equally sublime Black Rocks. The result is so off the scale brilliant you can never go back. Greater than the sum of it’s parts Axe Rocks is characterful, hoppy (but not over done) and dark. There is nothing else I can say other than this beer is just brilliant. Thornbridge better watch their backs.

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Wild Beer Co. - Sourdough. First off, let me say I like a lambic, I don’t mind my beer sour and done well it gives beer a real freshness. So when I tell you I LOVE this beer, you will understand why. Low Abv, and creativity with the style makes this a truly lovely beer, it has a citrussy sourness to it that is really refreshing. If you fancy something a bit different that won’t leave you on the floor then go for this. This is beer making with finesse that deserves to be tasted.

Wild Beer Co. - Sourdough. First off, let me say I like a lambic, I don’t mind my beer sour and done well it gives beer a real freshness. So when I tell you I LOVE this beer, you will understand why. Low Abv, and creativity with the style makes this a truly lovely beer, it has a citrussy sourness to it that is really refreshing. If you fancy something a bit different that won’t leave you on the floor then go for this. This is beer making with finesse that deserves to be tasted.

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