Fourpure Brewing Co Oatmeal Stout 5.1%. Rich, bitter and burnt, which briefly overpowers than fades in to a smooth flavour with a slightly grainy texture and melts into a flavour that's somewhere between sucking pennies and a papercut at the same time. It's overpowering and certainly not for those that don't like stout, unless your a little anaemic and then you should guzzle away. Interesting enough to deserve a try, not quite good enough to purchase a second.
Stewart Brewing First World Problems Belgian IPA 6.2%. Wow, that hit me on the nose when I opened it and I have a poor sense of smell. Sweet yet bitter, hoppy and heavy. Amber nearing brown in colour, a thin head that clings to the glass. A tad gassy, even if I wanted too, I'd struggle with more than one of these. Definitely needs to accompany a meal. A try before you buy beer, especially as the floral hop taste increases as you drink it.
Birrificio Italiona Nigredo 6.5%. Has a tag line of Blacker than the blackest black and it is darker than the stout I had earlier. Odd flavour combination, strong hoppy flavour mixed with the burnt, bitter coffee taste I'd associate with stouts. Nice, but much like the one above, definitely an accompaniment for a meal. As I finished the last few sips, noticed a sweet caramel note as well. Good beer and my favourite if the three I've had so far.
The Five Points Brewing Co Railway Porter 4.8%. As I poured, a definite whiff of chocolate was noticeable, this became even more apparent after taking my first sip. Stunning, chocolate notes enhanced by a smooth espresso bitterness which is enhanced further by a slightly sweet, almost caramel back note. This is just superb. It gets better, you let the flavours settle and a wonderful, yeasty
after note, reminiscent of Twiglets hits you. This is top notch. So, so good.
Running Beer Howling Hops Brown Ale 4.0%. Fizzy, even when poured slow, foamed when I took the lid of the bottle, like a science fair volcano when I pour it. It's a hoppy Newkie Brown, with a sweet after note. Has a warm, fruity taste that makes me classify this as one for the colder months, a lasting bittersweet, floral note on the back end. Easily my second favourite of the night, really good.