After Steve and I finished tasting the LochNess beers, we moved on to another brewery called VG Noster from Spain. The bottles are 750ml bottles that would look well on any restaurant table. I'm afraid I know very little about the brewery. They at least have a website which is more than I can say for many breweries around the world, but there is very little info on it and what's there is in Spanish so I have to rely on Google translate in Chrome. It's also very badly designed, such as clicking the contact page brings you to a form but there is no link back to the homepage short of using your browsers back button.
The range is limited to just the three below and they aren't very adventurous with their styles.
We start with the Golden Ale, a 4.8% summery beer and indeed we have been having a glorious time of it in Dublin recently so a bottle of this on the patio would be just the thing. It's rather yeasty for a golden ale and full of biscuit. It's also rather, if you will excuse the term, "hoppy". By that I mean it's pretty bitter, around Sierra Nevada pale ale territory at 33IBU and has a decent lemon citrus to it. Not a bad effort but then, it's probably more suited to the Spanish climate.
The Copper Ale is a little stronger at 5.2% and a little less bitter than its lighter cousin. This must be the boring uncle of the family as there is really very little going on here. I even topped mine up with the yeast to see if it gave off anything extra and it didn't, it barely even gave off any yeast to the flavour profile. so it's your typical red ale then and is a bit of a caramel bomb. Apparently it's 30IBU but it feels like they have run off and hidden somewhere before bottling. There's only the barest hint of fruit of the forest as the beer warms a little, just a hint though.
And finally on to Quercus Ale, a 6% sort of amber is really quite odd. A line from Scarborough Fair: Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme sums this beer up nicely. There are no herbal ingredients that I can discern but at sage and thyme are quite evident and maybe a little parsley. I got no rosemary though, let's be clear about these things. If you get rosemary from this beer, you are clearly in need of another type of libation. It's actually not a bad beer to be honest and considering some of the flavours, it will make a wonderful beer go go with any meaty dish, especially of the snouted variety.
While I might consider VG to be "V"ery "G"ood, I can't say the same for Decadence from Marble. It's wonderful in almost every way. Now I love me an Imperial Stout so this should be a great beer to end a tasting on. Indeed it was, but after so many beers in one night, this was a little heavy going. At 8.7% and barrel aged, there was no way this was going to be one to down quickly and then go to bed. So I ended up sipping slowly and enjoying it until I was practically snoring. It has everything you expect from a good imperial stout and then plenty of soy sauce, so much so that you could easily dip sushi in to it (don't do this). There's also a real wood and ash thing going on from the barrel. Fruit of the forest down the back and a dry finish complement the beer perfectly. I reckon there's even more going on than I wrote down but my palate was as tired as the rest of me. I think this is one to come back to another time. It was beautiful.