Well since I was disappointed by yesterdays Breconshire beer I was hoping to be more impressed with the other two and I was more impressed, just not very impressed over all. Perhaps there is something I am simply not getting? I tried the Cribyn first and I decided I liked it. There was no head at all and it smelled malty, earthy and a little floral. It tasted similar to Golden Valley, so a little lager like but it was far more bitter. I thought this was an excellent session beer. Not complicated or even very interesting but a good beer to have a few of on a night out.
Being a lover of stouts I was looking forward to this. Called Night Beacon, the first thing I noticed was how dark it is. I also noticed that the head was non existent unless you can call a thin film of froth around the edge of the glass a head. It smells of roast coffee and something else which becomes clear when tasting it. Clearly there is going to be a roast coffee taste from the grains used and perhaps a little liquorice but there was something else in the finish which reminded me of cardboard. Yes cardboard, like you would get in a homebrew kit. It was not cardboard of course, it was a slightly smoked taste but to my senses it reminded me of cardboard for whatever reason. I enjoyed it but not to the point where I would pick it over many of the other stouts on the market.
So three beers from this Welsh brewery and I guess they are not to my taste but don't take my word for it and try them yourself. Their website boasts a number of awards their beers have received so the fact I was not personally impressed does not mean they are not great beers.