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Hitting the stash

Autumn seems to have struck all of a sudden – it’s windy and wet and there are an alarming number of leaves on the ground for August.  It meant that for the first time for ages, we fancied a night in with the stash.

We’ve collected quite a few odd beers. You know the type — you think they’ll be interesting but not necessarily nice, so you don’t get round to drinking them.  First up was the notorious Speedball, by Brewdog, which sounded foul from the description (kola nut, guarana, poppy, c-hops and honey) but was actually very pleasant.  For all the look-at-me-I’m-contraversial marketing, it tasted like a nice, non-extreme American Amber ale.  Maybe some of the extreme flavours had mellowed over time?  Speedball is now called “Dogma”, by the way.

Next up was Ginger Tom by Robinson’s, a mix of their Old Tom and Fentiman’s ginger ale.  This 6.5% strong ale didn’t quite work – too much ginger and not enough Old Tom, making it fizzy and overpowering.  You could see what they were trying to do though, because the aftertaste was really nice, like gingerbread.

Expecting those two to be weird and undrinkable, we’d also laid out Temptation, a “Russian stout” from the Durham Brewery.  Can you go wrong with a 10% imperial stout that says “best between September 2007 and September 2012”?  No.  It’s great, with loads of comforting flavours – vanilla, chocolate, coffee, liquorice, sherry.  One to savour and our beer of the week.

4 replies on “Hitting the stash”

Speedball / Dogma is rather lovely stuff and the Ginger Tom wasn’t half bad when I tried it last year, either. But that Temptation stout sounds absolutely incredible. £40.50 plus postage for a case of 12 is a bit steep though – any idea if any of the online retailers are selling single bottles?

Darren — we got our bottle from a mate who brought it down from Durham as an anniversary present. I gather the brewery tap is worth a visit.

Darren – just drinking a bottle of Temptation and it is, indeed, gorgeous. If you’re ever in Cambridge, the wonderful Bacchanalia off-licence on Mill Road stocks a good selection of of Durham beers, including the Temptation.

Andrew — glad you’re enjoying it. Hope you didn’t have more than one or two last night or it might be a very rough Sunday indeed…

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