Category Archives: Beer Adventures

The Durham Brewery – 1994 Imperial Pale Stout

The 1994 Imperial Pale Stout is a monster of a beer. It packs a big punch at 10.2% and because it is a pale the alcohol is right up front. After the alcohol come great hoppiness, which adds some nice spice a cooked fruit notes. Nice long finish and good mouth feel.

8/10
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The Durham Brewery,
Unit 6a,
Bowburn North Ind Est.,
Bowburn,
Co Durham,
DH6 5PF
Tel: 0191 3771991
http://www.durham-brewery.co.uk/

Blog post by Richard Randall

The Durham Brewery – Evensong

Evensong from The Durham Brewery is a very good real ale. It pours very dark brown with a pleasing head. On the nose are aromas of fresh bread and dried fruits. On the palate it is fruity and spicy with a nice back note of toffee. It has a nice long medium bitter finish.

7/10
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The Durham Brewery,
Unit 6a,
Bowburn North Ind Est.,
Bowburn,
Co Durham,
DH6 5PF
Tel: 0191 3771991
http://www.durham-brewery.co.uk/

Blog post by Richard Randall

The Durham Brewery – Bede’s Chalice – Belgian Triple

We picked up the Bede’s Chalice – Belgian Triple from The Durham Brewery a little while ago.
Yesterday we decided to enjoy it with lunch. I opened the bottle and there was a big rush of froth. A very lively beer indeed. In poured into the glass with a big foamy head. On the nose there are aroma’s of bread dough with a little peach. On the palate it pacts a big punch with notes of spice, peach and mango. The 9% ABV holds all these flavours on the palate. There is a pleasing semi sweet alcohol finish with strong notes of orange peel that lasts and lasts. A great beer for these cold days.

8/10

The Durham Brewery - Bede's Chalice - Belgian Triple

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The Durham Brewery, County Durham

Last Monday we paid a visit to The Durham Brewery to purchase some of their beers (Unit 6a, Bowburn North Ind Est, Bowburn, Co. Durham, DH6 5PF).
It’s been quite a long time since we last went on a proper beer-run, and we thought buying direct from a local brewery would be a good way to support a business in our local area.
Durham Brewery
Inside the shop at The Durham Brewery there is a bar, and some tables and chairs, so a good place to taste a few ales.
Unfortunately I was driving, and it was also early in the morning, so neither of us sampled any beer on site, but we did come away with 13 bottles.
Durham Brewery

To date we have only tried one, the Temptation Imperial Russian Stout. This is because Mrs.R has been very unwell, and it would be a shame for her not to enjoy the beers. I’m sure once Mrs.R is back in full health, we will devour our beer haul at a decent rate.

The welcome we received at The Durham Brewery was very friendly, and the lady who served us was knowledgeable about all of the beers.
We will definitely have to revisit to restock in the future.
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Temptation Imperial Russian Stout from The Durham Brewery

Temptation Imperial Russian Stout from Durham Brewery is a very good Imperial Russian Stout. It pours thick and with a pleasing viscosity. On the palate there are rich fruity notes with lots of depth. There is also a nice dark chocolate sweetness which balances out the bitterness and coffee notes.

8/10
Russian Stout
The Durham Brewery Ltd,
Unit 6a,
Bowburn North Ind Est.,
Bowburn,
Co. Durham,
DH6 5PF
Tel: 0191 3771991
http://www.durham-brewery.co.uk/

Blog post by Richard Randall

Sonnet 43 – Bourbon Milk Stout

This is a local-ish brew is from down the road in Coxhoe. It pours very flat but it is a well balanced ale with good flavour notes of chocolate and coffee with a side note of vanilla. For a stout of only 4.3 abv is packs a decent punch and feels more like a 5% + stout on the palate.

7/10

Produced by:
Sonnet 43 Brew House,
Durham Road,
Coxhoe,
Co. Durham,
DH6 4HX
TEL: 0191 377 3039
http://sonnet43.com/
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Blog post by Richard Randall

Batemans Dark Lord Ruby Beer

The Dark Lord Ruby Beer from Batemans is a very sound beer. There are lots of great flavours in this ale. There are notes of toffee, caramel and a hint of red cooked fruits.

8/10
Dark Lord Bottle Beer
Produced by:
George Bateman and Son Ltd
Salem Bridge Brewery,
Wainfleet, Lincolnshire PE24 4JE
Tel: 01754 880317
http://www.bateman.co.uk/

Blog post by Richard Randall

Shepherd Neame Double Stout

The Shepherd Neame Double Stout is a very decent tipple. On the nose there are notes of coffee, stewed dark fruits and toasted malts. On the palate it comes alive with with high notes of chocolate, caramel, malts and a tad of toffee. Nice mild bitterness in the finish. A very good stout.

8/10
Shepherd Neame Double Stout

Brewed by:
Shepherd Neame Limited
The Faversham Brewery
17 Court Street
Faversham
Kent. ME13 7AX
United Kingdom
http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/

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Shepherd Neame 1698 Bottle Conditioned Ale

Shepherd Neame 1698 is very enjoyable bottle conditioned ale. It is a spicy, fruity and malty ale with a hoppy finish. Nice mouth feel. The ABV is 6.5% but it does not taste very alcoholic.

8/10
Shepherd Neame 1698
Shepherd Neame Limited
The Faversham Brewery
17 Court Street
Faversham
Kent. ME13 7AX
United Kingdom
http://www.shepherdneame.co.uk/

Blog post by Richard Randall

Three Horse Shoes Inn – Running Waters

My mother is up here on a visit to County Durham, as she isn’t staying with us, I thought it would make a change to take her out to lunch, and it would give me a break from my usual kitchen duties.
I used google maps to find a pub in a convenient location, settling on the Three Horse Shoes in Running Waters. Mistake!
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Our meals arrived and the portions were massive.
Mum was happy, and so was I until I started to eat my lunch. The carrots and peas were both very over cooked. The chips were soggy and had raw bits in them. The sauce was tepid. My food was seriously disgusting. Thankfully mum was happy with hers.
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When we departed the table it was only mums plate that showed signs of being touched. My plate had almost all of the food still on it, minus a couple of mouthfuls.
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At least the Three Horse Shoes Inn had a couple of cask beers on tap from The Durham Brewery. I opted for a pint of White Velvet, which went down much better than the food.
The pub itself is o.k. There’s ample seating, and the staff were friendly – presumably they don’t have to eat the food.
There is a small outside seating area at the rear of the pub, and a large car-park at the front.
I would visit the Three Horse Shoes Inn, at Running Waters again – but only if I was passing and only for a drink. The ‘food’ was the worst I’ve had in a very long time. I wish I’d just cooked lunch at home.

5/10 (If I was scoring just on the food, it would be  0/10)
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Three Horse Shoes
Running Waters
Sherburn House
Durham
DH12SR
Phone: 0191 3720286
http://www.threehorseshoes-runningwaters.co.uk/

Blog post by Richard Randall