Another instalment of my beer round ups. Covering things, good and bad, that I've drunk since the last one.
Robinson's Old Tom. Voted World's best ale by 'Beers of the World' magazine, I found this in Sainsbury's for less than a few quid, so had to give it a go. The colour is chestnut with red hints when held to the light. The nose is quite complex, at first you get dark malts giving you ripe dark fruitiness, this then moves into a woodiness and reminds of a barley wine. The taste has lots of malty-sweet fruitiness up front, this moves on to a woodiness and then a slightly tangy, subtle bitter finish. Very good. I kept thinking throughout that this reminds me of Brewdog's Divine Rebel, it really does have that barley wine taste to it. I can't help but feel this would really lend itself to cask ageing.
Victory Hop Devil IPA. I've heard people say they think this is great and I've heard people say they think this is rubbish. The colour is a lovely copper-orange, the head is quite fluffy and white, there's a slight haze. The nose is good, big orangey American hops with a background of sweet caramelly malt. The hops follow through into the taste and are accompanied by burnt sugar sweetness and a bitter finish that really grows on you. It's really imbalanced though, the hops come in and take over, leaving you with an almost over-stewed-tea flavour. Starts well, but lets itself down with the lack of balance.