Blackrock Cider

Fermenting: 01/10/2004 Bottled: 13/10/2004

A very dry cider, made with 4L of apple juice and 3 pears. Could maybe have used some lactose to sweeten it, but for those who like it dry, this was very pleasing. Some bottles were overgassed. This improved with age, too.


Coopers Stout

Fermenting: 09/09/2004 Bottled: 20/09/2004

Coopers Stout

Made this one with body brew, extra malt, a cinnamon stick and some cocoa, and left it alone for 6 months with only the occasional try. A very dry stout which has matured into a somewhat smoother drink, though it still takes a long time to get through a bottle.


Tasting notes: After 15 months, this is almost gone. Has developed into a complex, spicy, dry stout. Great for spending a cool evening with – if you can keep the bottle all to yourself and have no one to kiss later. 8/10

Thomas Cooper’s Heritage Lager

Fermenting: 01/09/2004 Bottled: 07/09/2004

Thomas Coopers Heritage Lager

From the “Thomas Coopers Premium” series, this was a stunner. I made it with an ultrabrew, and 2 sachets of hersbrucker hops. This was a wonderfully complex beer, with a great spicy aroma, and a taste utterly unlike modern beers. It was rich in flavour, delighting many different portions of the tongue. If you’ve never tried a beer from this series, do it now!