Here are the last two beers from the pack of Great British Ales. Before i begin, let me say that everyone has a different taste so by no means should anything i or any other Beer reviewer say be taken as Gospel. That said, these were the two weakest of the set.
Black Dog is an English beer. This is not to be mixed up with the American Black Dog Ale.
Firstly is the obvious, this is a Dark ale so I would be expecting a lot of dark ale characteristics and i was not disappointed. In fact this was almost like a stout in that there were definite notes of roast coffee. This was a very enjoyable beer to drink and left me wanting more.
I have been reliably informed that in fact this beer is made by Elgood's in Cambridgeshire. Thanks Beer nut, that makes the next statement obsolete. *Unfortunately a little research leads me to believe that the brewery went out of business in 2001, however seems to have started back in 2006. It seems to be based in Whitby however i could be researching another black dog, either way they do not seem to have a website any more.*
Double Dragon is a Welsh beer, not to be confused with a certain 80's video game i enjoyed. This is brewed by the Felinfoel Brewery in Llanelli. This was an interesting beer. There was a taste, a taste that i can only describe as a little weird. I am not sure if it was good weird or not, i did not dislike this beer but there was something about it i can not put my finger on. To that end, i will need to track down some more. The bottle i got in the pack was only 275ml so I need a little more. This was a good beer though, it was just my least favorite from the pack of Great British Ales.
The only disappointing thing about the pack was that there were two English beers and yet there are four countries in the UK. There was no Northern Ireland beer? It is not that there is no beer made in Northern Ireland. If you look at the picture of all the different types of beer i bought in Belfast, you will clearly see Belfast Beer from the Whitewater Brewery and they were very very good beers!