Halloween Ales

Photo – beer glass, taken by me
Preston, England
October 16, 2015 5:25am CST
I love the build up to Halloween for the number of bars who sell beers with a Halloween them. Moorehouse’s Pendle Witch is offered all year of course. But at this time at many spooky ales are offered at least in name. Here are some I tried in Manchester's Bar Fringe on Wednesday night. Pennine Brewery Fright Night. 4% - A dark amber ale, with modest hoppiness that seems to taste of less the more you drink of it. An aftertaste that loses effectiveness the more of the pint is consumed. 3 out of 5 points. Itchen Brewery – Treacle Stout 5.5% My favourite ale of the night and you can really taste the treacle more associated with November bonfires than Halloween, but a good rich taste of Autumn. 5/5. Mr Grundy’s Brewery – Vampyr. 4.4% A golden very hoppy clear coloured with nothing scary about it except for the choice of name. If you name your ale after vampires, werewolves or zombies it needs a sense of bite or strength to it. This is just using its name to tie in with the season. It’s a decent enough perennial session ale but a very toothless vamyr. 3/5 Backyard Brewery – Hell Bound 5.4% Just short of the strength of the earlier treacle ale, and deceptively light tasting copper colour, with an earthy taste (suggestive of the grave) and a fine taste to end the night before escaping before the witching hour. 4/5. Arthur Chappell
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@Asylum (48281)
• Manchester, England
16 Oct 15
I do hope that you manage to have a few of these on Halloween Arthur, otherwise you may be GRAVELY disappointed.
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@Asylum (48281)
• Manchester, England
16 Oct 15
@arthurchappell do not forget to try a few spirits.
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• Preston, England
16 Oct 15
@Asylum no doubt I'll see a few among the pink elephants by the end of the night
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@Asylum (48281)
• Manchester, England
16 Oct 15
@arthurchappell Oh, so you have the same pets as I do.
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@mrtoffee (1527)
16 Oct 15
I love the Halloween ales to, however I have been very disappointed this year as wytchwood have reduced the strength of hobgoblin :-( Nice review, I wouldn't mind giving the treacle ale a try, will have to see if i can find it down here in the south.
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@Fleura (7191)
• United Kingdom
16 Oct 15
If they reduce the strength, that means you can enjoy more drinks before falling over. Otherwise you can only have a couple and then you fall asleep and that's the end of your night!
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@mrtoffee (1527)
16 Oct 15
@Fleura that's true, but it also makes it more expensive as you drink more lol
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• Preston, England
16 Oct 15
@Fleura serious drinkers treat stronger ales with respect, drinking lighter ales first and saving the strong ones until closer to going home time. Not drinking them too fast helps too
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@Rollo1 (16689)
• Boston, Massachusetts
16 Oct 15
For some reason, an ale with a taste reminiscent of the grave doesn't appeal to me at all.
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• Preston, England
16 Oct 15
a figure of speech - not to be taken literally
@WorDazza (10106)
• Manchester, England
16 Oct 15
The Treacle Stout sounds tremendous. I'll have to seek that one out.
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