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Old Contemptible – 4.8% – Caledonian

Brewed in partnership with the Imperial War Museum, Old Contemptible is a beer to mark the centenary of the First World War. It’s sweet on the nose with big bursts of vanilla and chocolate, and there’s a subtle maltiness at the back too. The taste is a more muted. The chocolate is there but it’s… Read more »

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Hop Fiction – 6.5% – BrewDog

Hop Fiction – part of BrewDog’s experimental Prototype series – is an attempt to brew an IPA without dry-hopping. When you’re aiming for a style renowned for its big, bold, brash bitterness, it’s the equivalent of brewing with one hand tied behind your back. Hop Fiction pours a clear amber with an irregular off-white head… Read more »

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Orach Slie – 6.0% – Harviestoun

Conditioned in honeyed-malt casks from Glenfarclas, Orach Slie is an easy-going lager with mellow whisky notes and a syrupy sweetness. Orach Slie pours a clear amber with a fragile off-white head. It’s light and refreshing on the nose with a punchy sweetness and gentle whisky undercurrent. The first sip is a little less intense than… Read more »

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Florida Black – 4.5% – Black Wolf Brewery

Florida Black is one of Black Wolf’s new cubs. A silky smooth wild oat stout, it picked up a gold medal at last year’s World Beer Awards, which bodes well for the brewery’s second bunch of beers. A malty chocolate nose suggests a rich sweet syrupy drink to come but it just never materialises. Florida… Read more »

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Radical Road – 6.4% – Stewart Brewing

Stewart Brewing’s Radical Road promises to be a swaggering bitter brute. It’s hopped in the kettle, primary and secondary so the burst of tropical fruits and grapefruit on the nose comes as no surprise. A malty base and gentle orange notes complement the aromas from the hops to create a really interesting first impression. Radical… Read more »