On the left we have Youngs double chocolate stout and on the right is my own Chocoholic stout.
Now these are two slightly different styles. Mine is a higher gravity sweet stout, almost like a foreign export.
The first difference is obvious from the picture, the head on the youngs is quite small where as mine was massive, possibly due to a little over carbonation for a stout. Eventually mine dies down to a similar size as the youngs but it does stay with the beer all the way down.
When I tasted it last week I found it a little lacking in body but perfectly acceptable and hoped another week would fill it out, well it did exactly that and I found it had a very nice body.
sight - Black with small tan head.
smell - roast coffee & chocolate
taste - dry, little bitter, chocolate
sweet - 2/5
bitter - 3/5
sight - Black with large tan head.
smell - Strong chocolate and slight roast coffee.
taste - As above but with a background sweetness as well as a nice bitterness.
sweet - 3/5
bitter - 3.5/5
I am quite happy with my chocoholic stout. In the end I preferred the youngs for the simple reason that I prefer a dry stout to a sweeter/stronger style but mine was an experiment to see what I could do.
Monty pythons Holy Ail is from the Black sheep brewery. I was curious about it but was not too happy with it. It was less an ale and more a lager to my taste and my wife agreed. She said it smelled like any Czech beer she had while she lived there for a year.
I did take more notes but I will not bother with them, if you like lager you will like this. I wold not bother with it again though.
My next ale is Bannockburn.
This was a very drinkable 5% ale, especially on a hot summer day as it was when I drank it.
sight - Dark cloudy amber
smell - some honey and hops
taste - nice balance of sweetness and hops
sweet - 2/5
bitter - 3/5
Finally comes the Fullers Golden pride. I usually enjoy fullers beers but I found this one a little too sweet for my taste. If you like sweet beers then you will probably like this. Now don't get me wrong, I did not dislike this beer at all, it is a very complex beer but I would not drink this very often. It is almost a barleywine so when treated as such it is wonderful actually. As a special occasion beer to be sipped then it goes down a treat. On the hottest day of the year in the sun, it did not go down as well as its not refreshing.
sight - Clear amber, light head.
smell - Pineapple?
taste - some honey and nice hops
sweet - 4/5
bitter - 2/5