Quite possibly the finest Imperial Stout you could wish to drink, purchased from Bitter Virtue in Southampton. It will set you back a tidy £3.99 per bottle, however this 10.5% stout is worth every penny. So far I am yet to find one that matches it’s depth of flavour and smokey characteristics. 10/10.
Loving this new piece on the side of Chilli Tattoo on Albert Road. Another colourful addition to our city’s cultural heart.
The meat counter in the Mediterranean Supermarket on Elm Grove should start seeing it’s profits rise again. My BBQ failsafe.
Back again to catch the end of their in-house festival and straight onto Hopback’s Entire Stout (4.5%) which set the tone nicely. Normally I associate Hopback with summery pale ales, however top marks on the stout chaps. Next was Milk Street’s Funky Monkey (4.5%), light and fruity, pleasant enough but no real oompf. From that I carried on with Castle Rock’s Harvest Pale (3.8%), which to be fair was rather uninspiring. The real surprise came in the form of Bristol Port Cider (6%). Not too sweet yet not too bitter, everything a real cider should be. And that concludes my foray into the Leopold’s beer festival, unfortunately only scratching the surface, if only there were more hours in the day.
As introduced to me by my Chiswick based friend, this has been a real favourite of mine recently; slightly fruitier notes to it than the usual IPA. It has been giving my love for Brewdog’s Punk IPA a real run for it’s money, it also comes with a super friendly price of £1.79 a bottle in Waitrose on Marmion Road. Top stuff. 9/10
From the 4th to the 14th of April, the The Leopold Tavern will be offering a selection of 20 different ales, real ciders and food all at once. Featuring over 80 casks, this yearly event is fast becoming a fixture for the more discerning drinker. Breweries include Dark Star, Thornbridge, local favourite Irving, the increasingly popular Brewdog, Burning Sky and Magic Rock. At the weekend we decided to pop down and get started on their list. In this first instalment I got stuck into the Harbour chilli and mango IPA, Irving’s Captain B rum ale and a Brewdog Cocoa Psycho. The highlight being the IPA (7%), a well balanced IPA that will be a bit of a crowd pleaser. As much of an Irving fan I am, the Captain B didn’t really float my boat, too many sweet hints of vanilla for my liking. The Cocoa Psycho (10%) was everything an imperial stout should be; huge depth of burnt coffee / dark chocolate flavour, with a thick treacle like consistency. So thus far I have only scratched the surface of this beer festival, thankfully time is on my hands and will be scheduling in another tasting sessions soon.