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Des de Moor
Best beer and travel writing award 2015, 2011 -- British Guild of Beer Writers Awards
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From the cellar: Caledonian Burns Ale

Caledonian Burns Ale

ABV: 4.7% Origin: Edinburgh, Scotland Website: First published: 5 February 2001

Another review from the archive written for the pioneering Oxford Bottled Beer Database (OBBD). I’ve left it uncorrected — so please read it in that historical spirit. Caledonian is no longer “proudly independent”: Scottish Courage became involved in 2004 […]

Greene King Old 5X

The unlikely handpump that lured the bloggerati — Greene King Old 5X on cask at the Great British Beer Festival, London, August 2012.

Top Tastings 2012

ABV: 12% Origin: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England Website:

It has to be admitted that these days the Greene King bar is rarely the hottest place to […]

Brodie’s Citra, English Best and Olde Ardour

London beer tastings 2011. For more Brodie’s beers and more background to the brewery, see previous post.

ABV: 3.1%, 3.9% and 5.7% Origin: Leyton, London E10, England Website:

Brodie's Citra

Like the brewery’s Amarilla, Citra is a popular, refreshing and approachable beer featuring an especially fragrant new US hop. A cask sample […]

Kingstone Classic Bitter, 1503 Tudor Ale and Humpty’s Fuddle

Beer sellers: Meadow Farm Shop

ABV: 4.5%, 4.8% and 58% Origin: Tyndyrn, Sir Fynwy, Cymru Website:

Kingstone Classic Bitter

I tasted several bottle conditioned Kingstone beers during a visit to the adjoining Meadow Farm Shop in the breathtakingly beautiful Wye Valley for a Beers of the World piece in 2008. There’s more background […]

George Gale Prize Old Ale 2007

Top Tastings 2010

ABV: 9% Origin: Horndean, Hampshire, England

George Gale Prize Old Ale 2007

Gale’s Prize Old Ale is a real slice of British brewing heritage. Created by a Yorkshireman who worked at the company’s 1860s tower brewery in the early 20th century, it perpetuated an already declining technique in British brewing, the […]

Moor Old Freddy Walker and JJJ IPA

Top Tastings 2010 (JJJ IPA)

ABV: 7.5% and 9.5% Origin: Pitney, Somerset, Engand Website:

An extended review of a beeer 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. […]

Greene King Suffolk Springer, Morland Old Crafty Hen and Strong Suffolk

Top Tastings 2010 (Strong Suffolk)

ABV: 6%, 6.5% and 6% Origin: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England Website:

Greene King Suffolk Springer

These three beers offer currently the only options for public access to Greene King’s legendary Old 5X, Britain’s only surviving wood aged beer made on a commercial scale. GK have long followed […]

Robinson’s Old Tom Strong Ale

First published in BEER December 2006 as part of a page about strong beers. See previous post for more strong beers.

ABV: 8.5 per cent Origin: Stockport, Manchester, England Website:

Robinson's head brewer Chris Hellin with Old Tom Strong Ale. Photo: Tony Carter.

The Unicorn brewery, in the former hat-making town of Stockport […]

Old Chimneys Redshank Strong Old Ale and Good King Henry Special Reserve

First published in BEER December 2006 as part of a page about strong beers.

ABV: 8.7 and 11 per cent Origin: Market Weston, Suffolk, England Website:

Old Chimneys Redshank Strong Old Ale

With the nights drawing in, the weather – at least in theory – getting colder and the festive season approaching, […]

Harviestoun Ola Dubh Special Reserve

ABV: 8% Origin: Alva, Clackmannanshire, Scotland Website:

A shorter version was originally published in BEER November 2008. For more smoky beers see previous post.

Harviestoun Ola Dubh Special Reserve

For a fine but mellow lightly charred experience I recommend Harviestoun Ola Dubh Special Reserve – not bottle conditioned but currently one of Britain’s […]