Beer of the year 2010

10 01 2011

You might not have noticed but 2010 is dead and gone.

Whilst I don’t believe in New Years resolutions or anything that daft I do like to take the new year as an opportunity to look back over the previous one and take stock.

One thing that really stuck out for me whilst I was looking back over 2010 was the sheer number of different beers that crossed my path during the past 12 months, from old friends like Theakston’s Old Peculier to new encounters like Sharp’s Cornish Coaster I have sampled a huge variety of beers, even if I haven’t managed to get all of the reviews up yet!

I spent an enjoyable half hour or so considering this selection and there were a couple of beers that stood out for me as being real gems that deserved to be shouted about.

So with no further delay here are my personal picks for Beer of the year 2010

Beer of the Year 2010:

Great Oakley Gobble


 

Best Stout or Porter:

Maldon Oyster Stout

 

It was so tough for me to pick just two beers as I have tasted some really fine examples of the brewers art this past year and could have quite easily come up with a list of beers as long as my arm.

They haven’t all been good beers though and whilst I was happily day dreaming of beers gone by there were one or two horrors that had me shuddering at the thought.

So here we have a new category, one which no brewer should ever hope to end up…

Worst Beer of 2010:

Rocking Rudolph



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Great Oakley Gobble 4.5% bitter

30 09 2010

I’m finally sober and coherent enough to start reviewing some of the many beers sampled at this year’s Great British Beer Festival.

One that I have fond memories of  is Gobble from the Great Oakley Brewery in Northamptonshire.  Admittedly a lot of the fond memories I have stem from Alan, Ric and I thinking it was hilarious to approach the young lady manning this particular pump and asking her how much she was charging for a gobble…. I think we might have had a few by that point.

Off colour wordplay not withstanding I did enjoy my pint of Gobble and it seems like I wasn’t the only one;  Gobble won joint bronze in the “Special Bitter” category.

When poured Gobble was a lovely golden coloured beer with a weak head,  the aroma was light and zesty with a nice hint of caramel creeping in at the back and just seemed to scream summer drinking.

In terms of taste Gobble had a nice soft hoppiness coupled with some zingy citrus fruits making for a very refreshing taste, this was offset with a nice hint of caramel sweetness.

I noticed a little bit of an oily texture to the beer but considering the hoppiness and the nice citrus sharpness this wasn’t unpleasant and rather seemed to prevent the beer being too dry.

All in all a very very good little beer and well deserving of it’s award.

4.75/5








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