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Des de Moor
Best beer and travel writing award 2015, 2011 -- British Guild of Beer Writers Awards
Accredited Beer Sommelier
Writer of "Probably the best book about beer in London" - Londonist
"A necessity if you're a beer geek travelling to London town" - Beer Advocate
"A joy to read" - Roger Protz
"Very authoritative" - Tim Webb.
"One of the top beer writers in the UK" - Mark Dredge.
"A beer guru" - Popbitch.
Des de Moor

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Hardknott Infra Red, Æther Blæc and Granite 2009

Top Tastings 2010 (Granite)

ABV: 6.5%, 8% and 10.4% Origin: Millom, Cumbria, England Website: http://hardknottale.co.uk/

An extended review of a beer featured as a new real ale in a bottle on the bottled beer review page in the February 2011 issue of BEER magazine, sent free every quarter to CAMRA members, who can also view […]

Wye Valley Dorothy Goodbody’s Imperial Stout

ABV: 7% Origin: Stoke Lacy, Herefordshire, England Website: www.wyevalleybrewery.co.uk

Wye Valley Dorothy Goodbody's Imperial Stout

An extended review of a beer featured as a strong and special beer on the bottled beer review page in the November 2010 issue of BEER magazine, sent free every quarter to CAMRA members, who can […]

Marble Decadence and Special

ABV: 8.7% and 10.7% Origin: Manchester, England Website: www.marblebeers.co.uk

An extended review of a beer featured as a strong and special beer on the bottled beer review page in the November 2010 issue of BEER magazine, sent free every quarter to CAMRA members, who can also view it online. The magazine is additionally available in […]

Foothills Sexual Chocolate Imperial Stout 2009

Great American Beer Festival 2010

ABV: 9.75% Origin: Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA Website: www.foothillsbrewing.com

Foothills Sexual Chocolate Imperial Stout

If this beer is anything to go by, craft brewing in the US has gone south with a vengeance. A small production brewpub with a penchant for cask ale and a nifty line in bold […]

North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

Beer Sellers: City Beer Store, San Francisco

ABV: 9% Origin: Fort Bragg, California, USA Website: www.northcoastbrewing.com

North Coast Old Rasputin Imperial Russian Stout

“Сердечный друг не родится вдруг,” reads the Russian inscription on the label of this multi-award winning Imperial Stout named after the notorious associate of the last Russian tsarina — “A dear […]

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout 2007

Top Tastings 2008. A shorter version first appeared on facebook January 2009.

ABV: 13% Origin: Chicago, Illinois, USA Website: http://www.gooseisland.com

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout

Originally brewed to celebrate this outstanding brewery’s 1000th batch of beer in 1992, this became the USA’s first cask matured beer and started a cult phenomenon among enthusiasts. The […]

Acorn Gorlovka Imperial Stout

Featured as a selection from the new Good Bottled Beer Guide in BEER August 2009. For more selections see previous post.

ABV: 6% Origin: Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England Website: www.acornbrewery.net

Acorn Gorlovka Imperial Stout

Acorn brewery has its origins in the old Barnsley Brewery, well known for its Barnsley Bitter. When this went into […]

Ducato Viæmilia, Verdi Imperial Stout, Black Jack and La Luna Rossa

Top Tastings 2010 (Verdi Black Jack)

ABV: 5%, 8.2% and 8% Origin: Roncole Verdi, Emilia-Romagna, Italy Website: www.birrificiodelducato.com

Italy, as I’ve mentioned here before, is currently one of the beer world’s innovation hotspots, with an emerging craft brewing movement fusing native respect for fine food and drink with a creative energy partly inspired by US […]

Rogue XS Imperial Stout

First published in BEER January 2008 as part of a piece about imperial stouts. For more imperial stouts see previous post.

ABV: 11 per cent Origin: Newport, Oregon, USA Website www.rogueales.com

Rogue XS Imperial Stout

Founded in 1988, Rogue are now a mainstay of the craft brewing hotbed of the Pacific Northwest and among […]

Dark Star Imperial Stout

First published in BEER January 2008 as part of a piece about imperial stouts. For more imperial stouts see previous post.

ABV: 10.5 per cent Origin: Ansty, Sussex, England Website www.darkstarbrewing.co.uk

Dark Star Imperial Stout

Dark Star originated at the Evening Star brewpub in Brighton in 1991. Ten years later the brewery, which now […]