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Brewed by Yates (Isle of Wight)
Style: Bitter
Sandown, England
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 2.41/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.48/5   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
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Contract brewed by Yates for The Garlic Farm
An Island brewed artisan amber ale, crafted to perfection to give a bittersweet malt and hop taste. Infused with an unlikely but majestic garlic note, using our extraordinary heat-aged Black Garlic. With the simplest ingredients you have a complex but compelling and unique flavour.

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wheresthepath (2395) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2017
Bottle that Mum & Dad shared - cheers! An amber brew - much darker than I expected, for some reason I assumed it would be a golden colour. It's pleasingly sweet and malty up front. Roasted garlic grows in the finish. It's actually quite well executed; the garlic used does as actually go pretty well with the underlying beer. The only problem is that after a beer I don't really want a lingering garlic aftertaste. So in summary, it's an interesting novelty beer, and one that's been designed quite well, but it's probably a concept that I never need or want to return to.

0.5
egoc (5) - TOTLAND BAY, Isle Of Wight, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2017 does not count
Genuinely can't overstate how much I detest this beer. It smells bloody awful upon opening the bottle, like stale beer, although if it tasted like that it would have been an improvement, instead tasting like you'd just drank water you'd boiled socks you'd just worn for 5 days in before dropping garlic in it. The aftertaste lasted about 15 minutes but the awful will last forever...

3.2
jjsint (3493) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2017
Bottle from Delilah's, a handy but overpriced delicatessen in Leicester. Been looking for this for a while, and despite the expense went for it. Ruddy brown, clear with almost no head. Very little aroma as well: a touch of garlic stands out against the standard malty bitter notes. I really like the taste though: just a touch of garlic shining through the basic caramelly bittersweetness. Nicely carbonated palate. Verdict: it's a fairly ordinary bitter, lifted by a surprisingly subtle savoury garlic note. Judging from previous rates, they may have tweaked the recipe. At any rate, it was enjoyable enough.

3.5
SilkTork (5855) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2017
500ml dark bottle, filtered. Gift. Pleasant malty best bitter in the bottle, with a pleasant zip of hops, and a bit of heat, like cloves or spice - or maybe chilli. This is a decent bottled bitter. There is the merest hint of black garlic (not ordinary garlic, but that sweet, caramelised flavour of black garlic) - not really enough to justify calling it "Garlic" beer, but it does add an extra, subtle flavour to the beer. There’s also a hint of slow roasted onion. I kinda like it. It’s nothing to be scared of!

3.2
dogbomb (1254) - ENGLAND - APR 18, 2017
Bottle at the Garlic Farm, Isle of Wight. Toffee coloured beer with a thinnish white yead. Lots of carbonation. Nose is a lemon and soft tangerine. Maybe a hint of the garlic? Taste is... Interesting. A Herby taste, then some lemon. A hint of fresh garlic permeating throughout. Very intriguing. Surprisingly decent.

2.9
bartlebier (4123) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - APR 5, 2017
500ml bb2018 - ta BeardedAvenger! - Pours a surprising hayblonde - had expected a dark beer, stout or the like, given the black garlic... - Blandish barleygold pour with some oiliness to it. Odd earthy, dusty aroma with a current of wild strawberry, honey, ash and incense slowly wafting up from it... Flavour is an oily puddly of quite delicate UK floormalted barley &its honey, only gently spiced towards the finish, in the back of the throat, with a dusty white pepperiness which must be the toasted, i.e. "heat-aged" black garlic... Not all bad, but not really sparkling with that odd allegiance of minor subtleties. At least it’s not overdone, cf. Pizza Beer...

1.5
Swaroga (2224) - Warszawa, POLAND - JAN 7, 2017
50cl bottle. Copper with small head. Aroma is lightly toasted bread, metal, minerals, cold water from cooking vegetables, mostly corn. Bad. Low carbonation and watery mouthfeel. The beer has a simple, dry, bread like flavour. Earthy and slightly bitter finish with notes of herbs. Last time I buy it. They should at least drop some more garlic there for curiosity since this beer has no other interest.

1.9
Sparf (289) - SWEDEN - NOV 10, 2016
En söt, jordig doft med inslag av såväl svamp/tryffel som dieselolja. Skulle inte detektera vitlök om jag inte visste vad det var för öl. En ganska tråkig brun färg och ett läskartat skum som försvinner snabbt. Smaken är fadd och kort, utan någon större vitlökskaraktär. En lätt beska framträder i eftersmaken tillsammans med svag vitlök. Tunn kropp och på det hela taget en trist och tämligen tråkig typ.

2.8
madmitch76 (25568) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2016
7th September 2016
T42 tasting on me Birfaday. Thanks to Daniel. Clear gold beer, no head. Palate is light and semi dry. Modest fine carbonation. Light malts, sweetish. Some soapy floralness. Light garlic. Trace of citrus in the light dry finish. Fun to try but I hope this isn’t a trend like chilli beers.

3.2
The_Osprey (9157) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2016
September 2016 - Bottle share at One Canada Square, as ’The Garlic Farm Black Garlic beer’, 4.1%, brewed at Yates’. Amber orange, still, clear, small white head, dotted lacing. Aroma is earthy mushroom, black garlic, some bourbon biscuit but mostly mushroom and black garlic. Body is smooth with soft carbonation. Taste is light papery malt, sugars, touch of garlic blending in, lightly spicy finish. The garlic shows up in the aroma but not so much in the taste. Overall, quite enjoyable and an interesting experiment. (3.2)
Earlier Rating: 3/21/2013 Total Score: 2.2
Nov 2012 - bottle. Garlic smell. Definite garlic taste followed by mild malty beer. A bit like drinking the water from broth or a thin stock. Not terrible, but not in any way enjoyable either. I’m a fan of garlic and so I could drink a fair bit, but gave up due to boredom.


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