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Thursday, 4 November 2010

Some more nice beer - Williams Bros

I appear to be on a roll with pongy ale and in this sense the campaign for cheap lager appreciation isn’t going very well. How can I have my very own campaign for lout when every night I sink a few bottles of fine well crafted ale? Well whatever. If people are kind enough to send it me, I’ll neck it. The following is a few beers I necked sent to me by the delightful Williams Bros alongside these lovely drops, here and here. Crikey, this is binge drinking and binge drinking is great. I usually only have the odd can of lager during the week, but you know, life is short so why not live a little? 3 or 4 gets you nicely oiled without getting drunk and getting hangover. The calories are not that great so I’d better not make a habit of it. The thing is I follow twitter and every day the beer bloggers are necking beer. I guess it’s becoming normalised to drink more regularly.

Williams Bros 7 Giraffes Extraordinary Ale 5% promised an eclectic blend of 7 varieties of malted barley, fresh cone hops, elderflowers & lemon zest. Crikey, but what’s it like? Refreshing, aromatic & quite moreish. A sweet hoppy smell, then a bitter hit with a light floral sweetness and lasting lingering bitterness on the tongue. The hops dominate. It’s a full bitter hit for my palate, with a more subtle malt quality. I liked it though, something different and not half bad.

Fraoch Heather Ale 5% claimed to be Scotland’s native ale for 4,000 years & the oldest style still made. Claims of Picts brewing it and what not, but this is a 16th century recipe of malted barley, sweet gale & heather flowers. The hot ale is infused with heather flower before fermentation. It had a floral peat aroma, full malt body & a spicy herbal flavour with a dry wine finish. Not bad, but I’ll be honest, not 100% my cup of tea. I’m glad I tried it, and pleased somebody was kind enough to send me a sampler, but unlike the previous bottle it wasn’t one I’d have again. The lady squeeze liked it, though. She took a swig and took the glass off me. She gave me a strange look when I poured the beer into a new glass for her and explained “I have to drink all my beer out of the same glass because Zak Avery says so in his book”

Maybe this beer is one for the lasses? I don’t mind this sort of behaviour as when she’s drinking, she can’t be sarcastic about me drinking. The squeeze even asked me whether we had more of this one, which is quite a compliment to it. Maybe she should write a beer blog. She told me she liked the sweet floral smell and odd flavour. The peat gives it a hint of whisky with sweet & sour flavours.

Having had my beer stolen off me I cracked a Williams Red 4.5%. This beer was for me the best one. I’d be a regular on the pong if this pong was typical pong, as the beer had an absence of any pongy smell. It was a lovely balanced ale with a malty sweetness & mild bitterness. A cracking session able pint you could neck a few of. The bitterness hits first but settles into a smooth sweetness.

By the time I’d finished it I had time for one more. The squeeze takes her time with drink. I suspect that determines a lot of drink choices. You don’t have to drink that much wine to booze; beer being weaker requires a capacity for quantity. With that thought The Williams Scottish Joker IPA 5% got opened. A complex blend of malt & hops & fresh citrusy aroma with a bittersweet full flavour. An appealing light colour & fresh smell gave it the appeal of quite a light IPA. My expectation of an IPA is quite hoppy. This had a mild bitter aftertaste. I’m not arguing the toss on beer styles, you can call beer what you want but I’d call it a lovely pint of premium bitter rather than IPA. The bittersweet aftertaste really lingered and delighted.

The squeeze finished her beer, didn’t appreciate my comment of “3-1, I win” replying with “It’s not a competition”. But it is isn’t it?


Rob said...

What's the secret Cookie? How do you manage to get so much free beer?

Baron Orm said...

Some great thoughts on these bottles of pong, you might need to change your name soon to cooking_ale?

Love the mention of Zak's book in there, I hope that you don't wash it in between beers, the ale 'crust' that develops after a few weeks really helps make a bad beer taste great!

Cooking Lager said...

I don't know Rob, I just got offered it. I got offered so much I've a bit of a backlog.

I'd like to think people give you stuff for nowt, but there is an implicit part of it which is never said. That bit being you'll mention it on your blog.

I suspect the reason I'm not getting many offers now is because I've been lax in blogging about the ones I got given.

I like to not be on wikio or reveal any stats. That creates the impression that this rubbish is more popular than it is. Buggar all people read this rubbish in reality. However if people think it's popular, you get an offer of free grog.

Oh and it's all decent grog I get sent, none of it "cooking ale". I was thinking of starting a blog celebrating new Tesco Expresses that opened but that was only because Mudge has one on closed pubs. I can't be bothered doing the research, though. I'm still thinking of a blog that celebrates sugar free Vimto & Tango, my secondary loves to cheap lager.

BMK said...

William Bros. rock (I hope they see this!!!!)

Seriously someof that is tip notch beer blogging, it almost sounds liek you were recommending it... wow.

Question, woudl you PAY, as in real cash for a £2 bottle of a WB special???

Cooking Lager said...

There are beer geeks that would pay money for this grog, BMK, as it is nice grog. Me? I buy 40p a can Carling because it is 40p a can.

Leigh said...

7 Giraffes and Joker - two of the best beers around at the moment, imo! And yeah, totally amazed at how much free beer you get....