Saturday, 20 January 2018

Marmalade IPA (Innis and Gunn)

Marmalade IPA (Innis and Gunn)
Name: Marmalade IPA
Label: "Refreshing IPA infused with Scottish marmalade and Mandarina hops"
Brewery: Innis & Gunn
ABV: 5.6%

Tasting notes: "Our Marmalade IPA takes the best of the exotic flavours from Dundee's finest marmalade and blends perfectly with Mandarina, East Kent Goldings and Mosaic hops. This uplifting beer sends your taste buds sky high with a sharp citrus burst, and brings you right back down to earth with a mellow and soft finish."

Game: It's a bumper Eaglemoss delivery this month! Here's part 3 of 3. This is probably one of Eaglemoss's best statues so far from the Alien and Predator Figurine Collection - Alien Facehugger & Egg (Aliens). It's a weighty piece standing 22cm tall showing the facehugger jumping from a recently opened egg. Great details on the facehugger and the egg, especially on the inside. Creepy!

Rating: 9/10

Eaglemoss Alien Facehugger and Egg from Aliens
Eaglemoss Alien Facehugger and Egg from Aliens



Monty Pythons Brian (Black Sheep)

Monty Pythons Brian (Black Sheep)
Name: Monty Python's Brian
Label: "A very naughty pale ale called Brian"
Brewery: Black Sheep
ABV: 4.0%

Tasting notes: "A beautifully balanced and superbly moreish amber gold beer. Fruity and malty with a subtle hoppy bite. Fuggles and WGV hops banter with Maris Otter malted barley to give a wonderful lingering finale. It's not the messiah, it's a very naughty pale ale!"

Game: It's a bumper Eaglemoss delivery this month! Here's part 2 of 3. Dennis Parker Figurine (Alien 1979).  The likeness is actually pretty good, sometimes due to the size of the figurine (1/16 scale) human characters don't tend to translate all that well. This one however is pretty good and there's a great level of detail on the clothing.

Rating: 7/10

Dennis Parker Figurine Alien 1979
Dennis Parker Figurine (Alien 1979)



Pickled Partridge (Badger)

Pickled Partridge (Badger)
Name: Pickled Partridge
Label: "Rich tawny ale"
Brewery: Badger
ABV: 4.6%

Tasting notes: "Suspecting his fate as the centrepiece of the Sunday roast, our cunning partridge escaped his captor with a snappy peck. This plump tipple balances roasted malt with fruity citrus hops."  The beer looks to be a slightly stronger remake of this 2009 classic!

Game: It's a bumper Eaglemoss delivery this month! Here's part 1 of 3. Issue 20 Masked Predator Figurine (Predator 1987). There's some good detail on this figurine but the paintwork seems a bit rushed on the netting and the dreads. Overall though, it looks cool, especially the skull and spine trophy.

Rating 7/10

Masked Predator Figurine Predator 1987
Masked Predator Figurine (Predator 1987)

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Sunny Dayz (Hogs Back)

Sunny Dayz (Hogs Back)
Name: Sunny Dayz
Label: "A well balanced hoppy and mandarin citrus taste with strong floral notes"
Brewery: Hogs Back Brewery
ABV: 3.8%

Tasting notes: "A drier, pale golden ale with Cascade Centennial and local Surrey hops, using Pale Ale and Munich malt. Hoppy with strong citrus and floral notes on the nose. Light in body, with well-balanced hoppy and predominantly mandarin citrus flavours."

Game: Today we're playing a blast from the past, Predator Concrete Jungle.  Never played this first time round and we missed out! It's great although the graphics and controls haven't aged particularly well. The game is suitably violent and sweary though so that's good enough for us!

Rating: 7 spines out of 10


Sunday, 7 January 2018

All 4 One (Hogs Back)

All 4 One (Hogs Back)
Name: All 4 One
Label: "4 hop lager - a soft and light malt zingy taste with the aroma of Germanic hops and citrus with a touch of honey"
Brewery: Hogs Back Brewery
ABV: 4.5%

Tasting notes: "Straw coloured lager with an aroma of grassy Germanic hops and citrus with a touch of honey. In the mouth it is soft and zingy with light malt and citrus fruit and a dry grassy bitterness that leads to a softer fruity caramel finish"

Game: Today we're reviewing the NECA Predator 2 – 1/4 Scale Action Figure – City Hunter Predator with LED Lights. What an absolute beast it is! The figure includes LED lights in the mask’s targeting system and the left forearm gauntlet that flips open. The figure stands an impressive 20″ tall and is entirely accurate to the movie design, with over 25 points of articulation and mesh body suit netting. My only complaint is the netting over the legs is a bit stretched and looks quite delicate. Overall though this is one exceptional collectors item!

Rating: 9.5/10


NECA Predator 2 City Hunter Predator with LED Lights
NECA Predator 2 City Hunter Predator with LED Lights

Stocking Fillers (Staffordshire Brewery)

Stocking Fillers (Staffordshire Brewery)
Name: Stocking Fillers
Label: "How you fill them is important - Smooth dark stout"
Brewery: Brewed and bottled for Cottage Delight by Staffordshire Brewery
ABV: 4.5%

Tasting notes: "A well filled stocking is an essential part of Christmas morning, be careful how you unwrap yours." Last of the Christmas beers :(

Game: Today we finally got 100% of all the achievements for Assassin's Creed Origins.  All pretty straight forward which was nice. Most difficult being the one where you had to bring a corpse to a predator. Strangely awkward when you get too close and the said predators start to eat your ass [there are donkeys in this game? -Ed]!  For the first time in history we're actually looking forward to DLC though now. We want more Origins!

Rating: 10/10

Saturday, 30 December 2017

The Nutcracker (Staffordshire Brewery)

The Nutcracker (Staffordshire Brewery)
Name: The Nutcracker
Label: "Over exuberance can lead to... ouch! Strong Ruby Beer"
Brewery: Brewed and bottled for Cottage Delight by Staffordshire Brewery
ABV: 4.8%

Tasting notes: "After a few beers - using the stairs might be difficult but if you take your time it could prove to be less painful"

Game: Today we're playing the freebie Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death, Xbox 360 version backcompat [this is lazy talk for 'backwards compatible' - Ed] with Xbox One X. This is an absolute gem of a game - a third person hack and slash adventure in the same vein as Dante's Inferno, Conan and God of War. This follows a similar formula, slowly powering you up and giving you more weapons and combos as you progress. Your character traverses multiple environments ranging from factories, industrial complexes to Tomb Raider-esque temples buried deep in the jungle. There are a vast array of enemies, with new baddies being introduced as you progress to keep things fresh. Go get it!

Rating: 8/10

Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Santas Christmas Cracker (Staffordshire Brewery)

Santas Christmas Cracker (Staffordshire Brewery)
Name: Santa's Christmas Cracker
Label: "It's safe to say- Santa's pulled! Light Hoppy beer"
Brewery: Brewed and bottled for Cottage Delight by Staffordshire Brewery
ABV: 4.5%

Tasting notes: "This beer is a real cracker too... isn't Santa a lucky fellow!"

Game: Check it out, we've now played through the main storyline in Assassin's Creed Origins *beware minor SPOILER incoming*. During the final cut-scene with Bayek and Aya on the beach, Bayek drops his eagle skull pendant in the sand and the imprint that is left by the skull is the symbol of the assassins! Mind. Blown!

Rating: 10/10

Cold Turkey (Staffordshire Brewery)

Cold Turkey (Staffordshire Brewery)
Name: Cold Turkey
Label: "The beer is high up the pecking order - Golden premium beer"
Brewery: Brewed and bottled for Cottage Delight by Staffordshire Brewery
ABV: 5%

Tasting notes: "If you're going for a cold turkey, wash it down with a cool beer! MMM Gobble Gobble."

Game: This Christmas has been about finishing off a bunch of games. This time it's Telltale's classic series The Walking Dead. Specifically A New Frontier. This one really struck a chord with an absolute shocker of a cliffhanger on one of the episodes. You should really play it. Like, right now.

Rating: 8 shocking shocks out of 10



Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Welsh Beacons (Brecon)

Welsh Beacons (Brecon)
Name: Welsh Beacons
Label: "Seriously quaffable Welsh Pale Ale"
Brewery: Brecon Brewing
ABV: 3.7%

Tasting notes: "Welsh Beacons is a traditional Welsh Pale Ale - pale golden in colour, with a blend of UK hops for a fresh, floral aroma and a gentle, refreshing flavour - the Beacons in a glass!"

Game: We love Telltale Games here at GamingAles so it was a great treat to get Tales from the Borderlands for nish on Games with Gold. And Telltale Games have created a stunner here. The art style is fantastic, it has a great soundtrack and the story is funny and engaging. We never quite got on with the Borderlands games but this re-imagining of it pleases us. Lots.

Rating: 8/10