- Marstons Oyster Stout: at 4.5% ABV this is not a particularly robust stout but it definitely rates as pleasant plus. A little bitter but good complexity in aftertaste. Not as choclatety as some some samples, but I can certainly see it going down nicely with a dozen of Coffin Bay's finest. (In passing Iwill note the strange message about cookies on the linked site. That seems to pop up on many UK websites recently: presumably it is a Laura Norder requirement.)
- SEcond cab off the rank is Box Steam Brewery,from Holt in Wiltshire UK offering up Derail Ale. An IPA with considrable merit, albeit relatively little ABV (5.2%). Very hoppy - I can still summon the aftertaste some 90 minutes after finishing the bottle. It drank very well despite travelling several kilometres today!
- The final item here is back to Marstons for their Strong Pale Ale. At 6.2% ABV it certainly gets the strong bit undercontrol and it did have the characters of a good Pale Ale. Unfortunately the test was hardly fair as the bottle had got a trifle shaken in transit. Possibly also stirred as it erupted when opened. Worth another try under better circumstances.
In September I acquired some other beers through Woolworths and have now tested them.
- Dalgety Blonde Ale: Mid-strength at 4.0% but very refreshing. It had a fair bit of complexity to the taste buds. Considerably cheaper than the Pommie offerings from Plnk so rates highly. (What a nice life - live in Dalgety, outside Cooma, and brew beer.)
- Murrays Whale Ale: Nothing to do with the River this Wheat Beer comes from Port Stephens and is named after the cetaceans which migrate past that town. Initially I thought it was OK but not exciting: that was because I'd had a Dalgety first. A second test - one has to check these things - and I found it to be very inteesting and refreshing. Well done that Humpback!
I was then struck with thirst outside the Liquor-license enhanced IGA in Yarrawonga (Vic) in late September. They provided:
- Cascade Stout: a very nutty offering at 5.8%. Very tasty but approach with care!
- Abbotsford Invalid Stout. Quite OK but not as tasty as the Cascade (as might be expected from a CUB product). At 5.2% not as headache inducing either!