Joules – Moon Madness

WP_20161028_17_08_03_ProWhat they say: “A twisted but Smooth, rich and rounded ale is what our night brewer has to offer you during this haunting season. A mysterious but luxurious mild launched during the full moon of October 16th. Brewed using high quality English grown malts roasted alive, giving hints of rich fruit, treacle and liquorice, complemented with a gentle bitterness from traditional hops also grown within our shores. Fly the flag for Britain with this all English arresting ale.”

Yeah, I like this too. Sadly only a seasonal unlike the equally tasty Slumbering Monk. 4.666% A.B.V.

The Rose Villa Tavern, Birmingham. October 2016


George Gale & Co – Fire Cracker

WP_20161028_16_08_26_ProWhat they say:

“using mulling spices associated with the festive period. There’s a delicate touch of cinnamon in there, and some star anise too. We could tell you the rest, but then it wouldn’t be a secret recipe any more…”

“A rich, tawny ale, Firecracker combines a blend of malts with subtle spices for a complex yet not-too-sweet palate. Soft-fruit flavours and hints of orange come from the Gales yeast, bringing the beer to a satisfying, warming finish.”

So, Fullers really but nowt wrong with that in my book and I do love these winter warmers, though at 4.8% A.B.V I’d have to go easy. Not too sweet either. And in a great pub too.

The Old Joint Stock, Birmingham. October 2016

Exeter Brewery – Fall’s Over

WP_20161027_18_49_55_ProWhat they say: “Our winter special. Fall’s Over was created in November 2011 as our full-bodied full-flavour winter season warmer. Fall’s Over is a deep ruby-red bitter with warm malt flavours and a crisp berry-fruit finish.”

Hmm, lovely stuff. As described above and a great ale for the colder months but at 5.0& A.B.V to might want to go easy. The malt flavours certainly dominated the fruits.

The Brickmakers Arms, Berkswell, Coventry. October 2016

Church End – What The Fox’s Hat

WP_20161026_19_49_41_ProWhat they say: “A full golden coloured beer with a soft hop flavour and finish.”

One of the clearest beers I’ve had on this trip. Very enjoyable too and from nearby Nuneaton. The hops were subtle and while I usually prefer a darker ale I would happily drink this again given it’s quality. The food was superb too, certainly the best we’ve had so far this week. 4.2% A.B.V

The Red Lion, Corley Moor, Coventry. October 2016

Mitchells & Butlers – Brew XI

WP_20161024_20_01_49_ProWhat they say? Well, reckon this: “A sweet malty beer with bitter hoppy aftertaste brewed in Burton.”

Bearing the M & B name but now brewed it seems by brewing giants Coors. Reviews online suggest it is a poor imitation of the original. They may well be right. Inoffensive and a good session beer but a little insipid. 3.6% A.B.V.

The White Lion, Hampton-in-Arden, Solihull. October 2016