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    Wednesday, 16 April 2008

    Namyslow Plum - Beer Of The Festival


    As the Wetherspoons festival has now ended I am going to take the current results showing on their website as the final results. They make surprising reading for those who thought the Polish plum beer was less than pleasing. As can be seen from the list below the plummiest of all beers actually came out on top. I'm not sure what this says about Wetherspoon customers although it has to be said I did like the beer. Cains Bock which came in second was pretty poor in my opinion and certainly not what I would describe as a bock. And the most talked about beer in Britain came in third. The Stone was the best beer I tried although I didn't think it as wonderful as a lot of commentators. The list makes interesting reading, that's for sure.


    Rating: 4.2 13 NAMYSLOW ORIGINAL PLUM BEER
    Rating: 4.1 30 CAINS BOCK BEER
    Rating: 4 50 STONE CALIFORNIA DOUBLE IPA
    Rating: 3.9 49 GREENE KING ABBOT RESERVE
    Rating: 3.9 43 YO-HO TOKYO BLACK
    Rating: 3.9 39 TITANIC LAST PORTER CALL
    Rating: 3.9 47 MAULDONS BLACK ADDER
    Rating: 3.8 45 JENNINGS SNECK LIFTER
    Rating: 3.7 29 BRAINS REVEREND JAMES
    Rating: 3.7 41 FREEMINER SHAKE MANTLE GINGER ALE
    Rating: 3.7 32 HARVIESTOUN OLD ENGINE OIL
    Rating: 3.7 36 ORKNEY DARK ISLAND
    Rating: 3.6 14 SKINNER’S HELIGAN HONEY
    Rating: 3.6 35 WOODFORDE’S NELSON’S REVENGE
    Rating: 3.6 23 SHARP’S EDEN PURE ALE
    Rating: 3.6 38 ST GEORGEN BRÄU KELLER BIER
    Rating: 3.6 42 OUTLAW BONESHAKER INDIA PALE ALE
    Rating: 3.5 06 SPRINGHEAD LIBERTY
    Rating: 3.5 11 EVERARDS SUNCHASER
    Rating: 3.5 34 PHOENIX BLACK BEE
    Rating: 3.4 17 THWAITES WAINWRIGHTS
    Rating: 3.4 26 HIGHGATE HIGHLAND WHISKY ALE
    Rating: 3.4 31 HALL & WOODHOUSE HOPPING HARE
    Rating: 3.4 33 OKELL’S DR OKELL’S EASTERN SPICE
    Rating: 3.4 46 KELHAM ISLAND PALE RIDER
    Rating: 3.4 05 OAKHAM JHB
    Rating: 3.4 44 HOLDEN’S SPECIAL
    Rating: 3.3 27 SALTAIRE AMARILLO GOLD
    Rating: 3.3 03 CALEDONIAN CHOCOLATE DROP
    Rating: 3.3 19 HAMPSHIRE IRONSIDE
    Rating: 3.3 15 WADWORTH HORIZON
    Rating: 3.3 09 BEARTOWN GINGER BEAR
    Rating: 3.2 24 SHEPHERD NEAME EARLY BIRD
    Rating: 3.2 22 WYCHWOOD MAD HATTER
    Rating: 3.2 10 ELGOOD’S OLD WAGG
    Rating: 3.2 25 WELTONS OLD COCKY
    Rating: 3.2 16 NETHERGATE APRIL FOOL
    Rating: 3.2 07 ROBINSONS TOP TIPPLE
    Rating: 3.1 08 THEAKSTON BLACK BULL BITTER
    Rating: 3.1 02 YOUNG’S BITTER
    Rating: 3.1 01 J. W. LEES BREWER’S DARK
    Rating: 3.1 21 RINGWOOD 78
    Rating: 3 28 WHITE HORSE WAYLAND SMITHY
    Rating: 3 04 MARSTON’S SUNBRIGHT ALE
    Rating: 3 18 BATEMANS SPRING GODDESS
    Rating: 2.9 12 HOOK NORTON 303 AD
    Rating: 2.9 20 HYDES TROJAN HORSE
    Rating: 2.6 40 ECAUSSINNES COOKIE BEER
    Rating: 1.8 37 ARCHERS GOLDEN

    7 comments:

    Anonymous said...

    I tried the Cains and it was seriously dull with no redeeming features. My favourites were the SN Stone, St Georgen and Lees Mild.

    Tyson said...

    I think the results are obviously skewed because not everyone voted. I honestly don't think you would have the plum beer or Abbot Reserve as high up otherwise.

    The Cains was poor, the plum was sickly, and the Cookie beer was even worse. Stones was the stand out beer, but I can understand why some people found it too harsh.

    young camra collectiv said...

    I too found the Cains Bock to be pretty poor - but don't rate them as a brewery anyway. I was pleasantly surprised when I tried the Plum on Monday and thought the flavour worked well with the ale.

    For me though, the Stone Cali IPA was the winner hands down. Cracking beer!

    Paul Garrard said...

    I thought the plum beer was great. But it's just a chart like any other and it doesn't really mean anything. I think the thing to be celebrated is that a lot of us are lucky to get such a choice of beer!

    The Southport Drinker said...

    You're all crazy. Cain's rules

    maeib said...

    What the table does prove is that of those who voted the plum beer came top, plain and simple. And if people didn't vote they can't grumble at who wins (bit like a general election!!). It's a piece of fun really, like the beer itself. There's no question Stone is a far, far better beer, but is it as 'friendly'? And Southport Drinker - we wouldn't except any different. It's nice to be loyal to your local brewers; hence my BOTM awards to Northamptonshire beers.

    haddonsman said...

    Didn't try the plum and wasn't bothered about not trying it. Did try the Yoho porter and wasn't bothered by that either (was it Guinness in disguise?). Stone was good but not as knicker-creamingly good as the hype around makes it out to be.

    Whereas the St Georgen Brau Keller Bier was as good as last year.