Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Mid-Week Special Beer Review: Captain Bob from Mighty Oak (Again!)

Happy Hump Day there hop heads! Time for the mid-week special!

And this week the special is Captain Bob from Mighty Oak. Yes! Mighty Oak again! Didn't I tell you our local landlord loves these guys. To be fair they do make great beers. If I rocked up at the 'Baldy on a Friday night and all the pumps had a Mighty Oak beer on that would be totally cool.

ALSO remember yesterday when I said I wondered about the little man on the Mighty Oak pump clips? Well they TWEETED me!
"Our cheeky chappy in the hat is Tommy Cooper. Back in 1996 our brewer was named Tom, and coopers make beer barrels = Tommy Cooper"
FACT!

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But why is this the mid-week special? Well, because I thought I would depart from strictly reviewing and share with you a little (duhn duhn DUUUUUHNNNN!)...

 even-star adventure story!
Bear with me. This IS totally about the beer albeit in a Slice-of-British-Life-Stream-of-Consciousness sort of way. If you REALLY can't wait then skip to the end of this post.

So our Saturday local has, I think, six ale pumps. Five or six anyways. The saloon bar has four and the public bar we never go in has one or two.

The cantankerous landlord will put on three guests from various breweries from around the United Kingdom but he always has two where he puts on a regular rotation of four or five standard beers so people who get freaked out by choice will have something that is familiar. Fair enough.

(Insert rant here about something I recently read in the Campaign for Real Ale newspaper talking about TOO MUCH BEERS! TOO MANY BEERS! I AM SO CONFUSED BY ALL THIS CHOICE PLEASE TAKE IT AWAY FROM ME! I CAN'T POSSIBLY TELL IF I LIKE A BEER ENOUGH TO BUY A PINT AFTER A TASTER! YOU DAMN KIDS GET OFF MY MILD!)

Ahem...

I have tended to steer clear of the standards because they are things like Courage Best or Marston's Pedigree. Big batch brewers. Not that I am a beer snob (I am totally a beer snob which is so confusing with being a beer slut as well) but why would I have a Best when there is a new craft or micro brew to try? Or even an old one?!

The other two standards are from two local craft breweries: The 'Baldy from Brentwood or Captain Bob from Mighty Oak. And the unfortunate reality is that they suffer by association from being on rotation with the likes of Best and Pedigree. It is simple psychology.

I just have never seen them as a choice because they are on all the time, have become part of the furniture, and are associated, by way of their regular tap position, with two beers I don't care for and would never think of having.

I only finally tried the one from Brentwood Brewery a couple of months ago. Not bad but not to my taste.

I have seen Captain Bob for, literally, YEARS. And even though I love Mighty Oak beers it didn't really occur to me that this was actually one of their beers and worth trying. And after I had tried The 'Baldy from Brentwood and was disappointed it just made it MORE unlikely that I would ever try Captain Bob. Thinking that it would be similar.

Until this week when the Bear simply didn't have the heart to interrupt me mid-rant on Friday night in the pub in order to ask me if I wanted the same again rather than trying a different beer. He got me the same again. Bless him he is so good to the snail.

I had to make up the numbers you see. Five new beers a week! If I don't get two different pints on a Friday it's a hard task to make it up by Sunday night. I had to try each of the four beers on at the 'Baldy over the Saturday and Sunday.

And so it came to pass that even-star finally had a pint of Captain Bob. And behold, it was truly righteous.

Back to the Beer
Captain Bob It is a medium to dark amber bitter with a very clean taste. Not astringent but very refreshing on the palate. You kind of get this really pleasant up front rush of flavour and then POOF! It's gone with no after taste.  

A session beer (yay! won't make even-star shitfaced) with a lovely balance of malt and bitter citrus and something like elderflower. Just very fresh. Waxing a bit lyrical here and I think that it's because it was such a pleasant surprise and I can't believe this gem has been staring me in the face for like FIVE YEARS and I never tried it.

The Moral of This Story
It's OK to occasionally have two of the same beer on a Friday night.

END!