Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Welsh Craft Beer Review: Dark Matter from Vale of Glamorgan Brewery

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Dark Matter was very dark indeed! Opaque black in fact. Ooh I don't know. Weird and fruity like prunes and molasses. Half suspect it has gone off. Sour tasting.

So this is an example of good beer/bad beer. Craft beer has such a gamut of styles and flavours that not all of them are going to appeal to everyone. Fair enough. I don't give bad reviews to beers I don't like. I present a fair and objective account of what they taste like. Be that apples, pears, mint, grass, fish, or whatever.

But bad beer does exist. Beer that does not and cannot taste good to anyone no matter what their tastes. (Hint: probably fish)

Unfortunately, the landlord at our local is pretty stubborn and sometimes fails to accept that a beer just is not selling because it is crap. Believe me, there are all shapes and sizes and tastes of beer drinkers at our local. And many of the them LOVE dark porters and stouts and STILL Roy could not shift a cask of this in two weeks.

As a benchmark, our quiet little local can move a cask of good beer in about 5 or 6 days. Big busy city pubs can shift a cask in one day. Two weeks... that is just not good beer. I get that the landlord wants to get his money's worth but sometimes he would be better off cutting his losses and, in this case, selling two casks in two weeks instead of not selling any.

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