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Siren Broken Dream Breakfast Stout: Advent Calendar 2016 Boxing Day   Leave a comment


Name: Broken Dream Breakfast Stout
Brewery: Siren
Rating (1-5): 4 out of 5 Sammy Davis Juniors with Santa Sacks full of Alka Seltzer

Notes:  Breakfast stout, indeed.  Here’s the entire Advent Calendar listing (I still have enough in the fridge to keep this going until New Years, as well):

Day Beverage Venue Rating (link to picture)
1 Fuller’s Black Cab Stout The Slug and Whip-It, Ruislip 4.5 Surly, Drunken Elves out of 5
2 Guinness West Indies Porter ditto 4.5 Hittin’ Christmas on the One out of 5
3 Shepherd Neame Double Stout ditto 4.5 Drunk Uncles out of 5
4 Meantime Chocolate Porter ditto 3 Santas Mooning You out of 5
5 Hook Norton Double Stout ditto 4 “Two Drinks and she’s Under the Host” out of 5
6 M&S London Porter ditto 5 Soul Brothers Number One out of 5
7 Shotover Oxford Black Porter ditto 4.5 Santas Bearing Night Train out of 5
8 Revisionist Craft Stout  Gardener’s Arms, Oxford 3 Just What I Wanteds out of 5
9 Sambrooks Four Chimneys Chocolate Stout Green Man, Paddington 5 Steve Buscemis out of 5
10 Wychwood Black Wych Porter The Slug and Whip-It, Ruislip 5 Debauched Elvettes out of 5
11 Wiper and True Milk Shake Milk Stout ditto 5 Black Lab Santas out of 5
12 Enefeld London Porter ditto 3 Bar Nativities out of 5
13 Guinness Stout The Ashbourne, Hanger Lane 2 Billy Bob Thorntons out of 5
14 Box Steam Funnel Blower The Slug and Whip-It, Ruislip 5 Office Party Jackasses out of 5
15 Hammerton Pentonville Oyster Stout The Star of Kings 1 out of 5 Deaf, Dumb, and Blind Kids
16 Brew By Numbers 08/06 Oatmeal Stout The Beer Asylum 4 out of 5 Beethoven’s Birthdays
17 Dragon Stout The Slug and Whip-It, Ruislip 3 out of 5 Santa Benders
18 Portobello Market Porter The Hop & Vine 4.5 out of 5 Dicks in Boxes
19 Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout The Slug and Whip-It, Ruislip 4 out of 5 Feasting Santas
20 MarkoPaulo Coal Porter The Owl & The Pussycat 5 out of 5 Christmas ‘lumps’
21 Red Squirrel London Porter The Red Squirrel Bar 5 out of 5 Beer Bong Elves on Shelves
22 Wimbledon Phoenix Smoked Porter The Lass o’ Richmond Hill 3 out of 5 Santa’s Laps
23 Three Boys Oyster Stout Brew Dog 2 out of 5 Gay May/September Romantic Christmases
24 Hobson’s Stove Pipe Stout The Slug and Whip-It, Ruislip 4 out of 5 Wrigley Field Christmas Greetings
25 Hitachino Espresso Stout ditto 4 out of 5 Steve Harveys
26 Siren Broken Dream Breakfast Stout ditto 4 out of 5 Sammy Davis Juniors with Santa Sacks full of Alka Seltzer



Posted December 26, 2016 by Drunken Bunny in Beer

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Kiuchi Espresso Stout: Advent Calendar 2016 Christmas Day   1 comment



Name: Espresso Stout
Brewery: Kiuchi
Rating (1-5): 4 out of 5 Steve Harveys

Notes: After a bottle of champagne, a bottle of port, a bottle of Chianti, and half a bottle of Vin Santo, I was ready for some stout.  Merry Christmas, and I hope yours was nice, as well.



Posted December 26, 2016 by Drunken Bunny in Beer

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Stove Pipe Stout: Advent Calendar 2016 Christmas Eve   1 comment


Name: Stove Pipe Stout
Brewery: Hobsons
Rating (1-5): 4 out of 5 “It’s Not All Doom and Glooms”

Notes: Neither of us is Christmassy this year but it is Winter and that requires/demands gorging.  I baked a gallon of biscotti to go with the pair of Vin Santos on the wine rack, there’s a round of cornbread soon to be a dressing ingredient for the turkey crown tomorrow, and there’s some raw pizza sauce in the background.  I sold my keyboard on e-Bay and am waiting for the guy to come pick it up (down to just the uke and the guitar).  Jackie begged off the Peanuts Christmas this year but I listened to David Sedaris’ Santaland Diaries on my run a little while ago.  Ho. Ho. Ho.

The other entries on the Advent Calendar are here.


Posted December 24, 2016 by Drunken Bunny in Beer

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Three Boys Oyster Stout: Advent Calendar 2016 Day 23   2 comments


Name: Oyster Stout
Brewery: Three Boys
Rating (1-5): 2 out of 5 Gay May/September Romantic Christmases


Notes:  I can’t fault this beer in any way at all.  The venue, Brew Dog in Shepherds Bush, is as annoying as getting stuck on a broken down subway full of people on their way to Comic Con or a gaming convention.


Posted December 23, 2016 by Drunken Bunny in Beer

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Wimbledon Phoenix Smoked Porter: Advent Calendar 2016 Day 22   5 comments


Name: Phoenix Smoked Porter
Brewery: Wimbledon
Rating (1-5): 3 out of 5 “Santa’s Laps”
Notes:  The beer was nothing special and the Lass o’ Richmond where I purchased the brew tried to shortchange me then did a bunch of doublespeak to make it sound like I was the one with the mathematics wrong.

On a similar note, Ian Dury had many reasons to be cheerful:



none of which included running 8 miles across London on a cold, winter day to get to his memorial bench only to find that the sound feature has been removed:


The bench is in Richmond Park, where the wild deer are docile:


So docile, in fact, that as well armed as they are they barely take note while something as recklessly dangerous as drunken Brits on holiday approach close enough to touch them.  Like Americans at an all-you-can-eat buffet, they just keep on eating despite the likelihood of imminent doom.  This is as fitting a metaphor for this fucked up year as I have seen.


But, the sunset was beautiful this evening.  1, 2, 3….


All of the Porter/Stout Advent Calendar entries can be found at this link.


Red Squirrel London Porter: Advent Calendar 2016 Day 21   3 comments



Name: London Porter
Brewery: Red Squirrel
Rating (1-5): 5 out of 5 of too much of the wrong beer (but I found the right one, eventually)

Notes: Three pubs into the run between and around Amersham and Chesham and there was not a single one with an interesting porter or stout.  I knew I had a couple in the fridge, but this was disappointing.  As I left the Red Lion to find the Chesham Station, though, the Red Squirrel caught my eye.  Gadzooks! Another micro, the fourth this week!  I went in and the place was a treat (write-up soon to follow).

At one point one of the barflies remarked that ‘alcohol is the solution.’  I reached into my backpack and handed him the Christmas greeting that arrived that afternoon from an American friend I’ve known for donkey’s years:


and, on the inside:


She’s been down a bit, as have we all, since the US Presidential Debacle (2016 version).  Write her a note if you want to do a good deed before Santa makes his final decisions (there’s a link on her currently underused blog).



MarkoPaulo Coal Porter: Advent Calendar 2016 Day 20   2 comments



Name: Coal Porter
Brewery: Owl and the Pussycat (OaP) or maybe MarkoPaulo…brewed in-house, either way (and, superb)
Rating (1-5): 5 out of 5 Christmas lumps in your stockings


Notes: Remarkable porter at the Owl and the Pussycat (micropub/microbrewery).  Couldn’t find anything Cole Porter related to use for the Christmas themed rating, tonight, so opted for lumps of coal (“hey, it may be a lump but that ain’t coal”) in your stocking — or something other appropriate punishment — if you’ve been naughty this year.  Sorry, my mind is in the gutter after getting spammed with this Tweet on the way to the pub:




Posted December 20, 2016 by Drunken Bunny in Beer

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