Here is my live post from the European Beer Bloggers Conference . This is written live so excuse any spelling errors etc.
This is like speed dating for breweries. 5 minutes per brewery and the chance for them to impress bloggers.
Firts up is Birra Toccalmatto Surfing Hop-Double American IPA at 8.5%
Looks chestnut brown. Not typical of style but thats due to Belgian malt used.
Tastes of peaches and apricots. Resinous from Amarillo and warrior hop.
Will take a lot to beat
2, Inveralmond Blackfriar Scotch ale at 7.0%
Looks exactly like scotch ale should. Toffee coloured.
Esters dominate with toffee and fruits. Not too rich. Could drink a lot of this. Im very impressed by this.
3.Harviestoun 30th anniversary Ola Dubh single barrel 11, 3%
Dark as night.
Lots of wine, sherry and cherry with some chocolate. Im told this is a once of. I love this beer , would be great as a nightcap.
4.Shepherd Neame Brilliant Ale 5.6%
Lovely golden colour and nice to see it in brown glass.
Refreshing session beer. Its a tad boring after a double IPA and a whisky cask beer. I can see this as a gateway beer for non ale drinkers. Overall very drinkable.
5.West St Mungos 4.9%
Im very familiar with this beer.
Looks like typical Helles and tastes like a good example of this. Herbal and great lager. Tasty stuff.
6.Ilkley The Mayan 6.5%
Lovely dark chocolate colour.
Smells like terrys chocolate orange or bournville. Like liquid chocolate with a chilli kick and a touch of orange peel. Lovely sweetness but with balance. I love it!
7.Badgers Roaming Roy Dog 7.5%
Dark chestnut and a bit hazy due to non pasturisation and filtration.
Boozy on nose with loads of berries.
Massive sherry and berries with Bramling X underpinnings. Spicy finish and very warming
8. Traquair Jacobite Ale 8%
Lovely colour light chestnut.
So complex, touch of coriander and very modular. Vineous and sorry to state again, very complex I love this stuff. Traquair are my favourite Scottish brewery
9. Innis and Gunn Oloroso Cask 7.4%
Looks dark golden like regular Innis and Gunn.
I can only smell vanilla, honey and clove.
Sherry and cream . Oak is too dominant.
Thanks for reading