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Dark bitter, 4.5%

Comments: A dark bitter, with predominantly malt flavours. Brown colour, fine cream head with some retention. Initially the flavour is predominantly sweet, with some influence from the crystal malt. This gives way to the bitterness of the chocolate malt, with only a hint of hop present. The astringency of the malt then carries through to the aftertaste, which is lingering and slightly sweet. Mouth feel is round, with a slight touch of carbonation early on. Overall this is a pleasant beer, but quite rich and sweet.

Overall score: 6.5/10

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Site: http://butcombe.com/beers/beers.shtml

Bitter, 4.5%

Comments: A very pleasant english bitter, with a good balance of malty sweetness and hoppy bitterness. Amber in colour, fine white head and moderate retention. Initial flavour is sweet, somewhat malty, with only mild use of aroma hop. This gives way to the bittering malt, which is definite, and leads to a dry finish. A clean beer, well representative of the style.

Overall score: 6.5/10

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Site: http://moorbeer.co.uk/our-beer

Red Ale, 4.6%

Comments: A hoppy red ale, slightly cloudy (due the the fact that they didn’t use finings, hence the name). Not much head, what there is is coarse and doesn’t hang around for long. Slight malty sweetness, but most of the flavour is from the ample use of aroma hopping. The finish is similar, hoppy, bitter, slightly overpowering. Honestly I found this beer a bit unbalanced, the hops dominate the flavour too much, even though the beer isn’t bad overall. I’d be happy to have this again, but I won’t be looking out for it.

Overall score: 6.0/10

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Site: http://moorbeer.co.uk/our-beer/northern-star

Pale Ale, 4.1%
Served at The Eagle and Child, Oxford.

Comments: A very aromatic beer, with plenty of aroma hopping but without overwhelming bitterness. Apparently this is brewed with a specialist American hop. Lemon and other citrus flavours dominate, fairly little malt, but still quite sweet. A very floral beer, brilliant on a hot day, but probably not a staple.

Overall score: 7.0/10

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Site: http://www.cheddarales.co.uk/favourites.php

Porter, 4.7%

Comments: A classic, strongly flavoured porter. Very dark brown colour, with a coarse light brown head and moderate retention. This beer manages to have enough aroma hop and fermentation characters to lighten the definite use of dark roasted malts. Quite a sour flavour, with the roasted flavours coming in to dominate the aftertaste. Unlike some porters, this has enough body to keep the beer balanced, without turning into stout. A fine ale.

Overall score: 6.5/10

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Site: http://www.bathales.com/ales/wild_hare.html

Pale ale, 5.0%

Comments: This is a straw coloured pale ale, with a firm head and good retention. Clear wheat and light malt characters give a slightly fruity flavour, with enough hop to balance it out. Definite sweetness initially yields to an aroma hopping flavour I would more commonly associate with lagers, but this gives a clean and dry finish to the beer. A pleasant and easy drinking beer, but more similar to a german style hefeweizen than to an english IPA.

Overall score: 6.0/10

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Site: http://www.bathales.com/ales/barnstormer.html

Dark Ale, 4.5%

Comments: This is a rich and spicy dark ale, with plenty of sweetness and a round mouth feel. Not much in the way of aroma hop, with a slight aroma coming from the chocolate malt. A fine off-white head and good retention. Mainly malt driven, with a smooth initial flavour giving way to a slightly sour, but clean and well controlled, aftertaste. A touch of bittering hop also rears its head at the end, but does not dominate the malt flavours. An admirable beer.

Overall score: 7.5/10

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