A sunny spring day beer review: Fathomless Oyster Stout

It’s been a while since we reviewed a beer, but we certainly have a lot to try (our West Ham flat is a kind of makeshift beer cellar).

Today’s brew is Fathomless. It’s a 5.2% Oyster Stout, brewed by RedWillow Brewery in the UK. It’s a bottle conditioned ale.
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Charlie’s thoughts:

“At the first sip I wasn’t sure, but the taste grew on me. It’s a lovely, light stout and perfectly suits this sunny day. A stout for spring if you will. I’d recommend it to someone wanting to try stout for the first time, who usually drinks lighter beers. Overall: it’s very quaffable.”

Ty’s thoughts:

“Slightly bitter, doesn’t have that full stout heaviness. Quite light in colour for a stout, with a slight liquorice flavour. There’s a sweetness but with a hoppy-ness along with it.”

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Brighton Food Festival 2012 – beer festival at Vin Du Pub

Last night we went to our first event of the Brighton Food Festival and it began with ale. We were in the function room of the Vin Du Pub flanked by a reasonable selection of ales, from brewers such as Beachy Head and Dark Star.

£5 entrance fee got us our tasting glass (effectively a standard pint glass just with the extra/vital 1/3 pint measurement marked on) and a taste of one of the beers or ciders of our choice.

I started off on the lower alcohol ales, getting a 1/3 pint of Beachy Head’s The Legless Rambler which went down a treat. Ty hit the cider to start (all the cider was 7% or more) which had a strong strawberry flavour – I moved onto that one for dessert.

The other notable quaff was the Dark Star Revelation – this rounded off our time at Vin Du Pub in favour of hitting a new pub. The consensus in the group was that, although beer festivals are a great showcase for breweries and beers, the condition is sometimes a bit off. Some beers in particular could have done with being a little colder.

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So – thanks to a passionate local’s recommendation – we headed to The Cask just a couple of roads over. I think this pub had almost the same amount of beers available (certainly if you count the bottled beer) as the beer festival. Here I nursed a pint of Rabbit which was lovely – the gents hit the 10% ales and soon it was time to hit the sack.

There are plans to revisit The Cask, there are still so many things to try!