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Waterloo Tap (Bloomsbury Leisure Group)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Dancing Duck - Dark DrakeExcellent1
Vocation - Search & RescueExcellent1
Brew By Numbers - 21/03 Pale Ale: Citra Amarillo Mosaic Excellent1
Kent - Black MirrorExcellent1
Heavy Industry - NOS Smoked PorterExcellent1
Partizan - PorterExcellent1
Acorn - GorlovkaExcellent1
Titanic - Plum PorterExcellent1
Alphabet - Flat WhiteExcellent1
Kent - Black GoldGood1
Bad Seed - CascadeGood1
North Riding Brewpub - WaimeaGood1
Triple fff - Pressed Rat & WarthogGood1
Vocation - Bread & ButterGood2
Blackjack - Duel Hop Combat Pale Ale Newport Vs. PacificaGood1
Alechemy - Bad Day at The Office Pale AleAcceptable1
Marble - BitterNot Tried0
Moor - RawNot Tried0
Portobello - Market PorterNot Tried0
Squawk - Pale AleNot Tried0
Hardknott - ContinuumNot Tried0
Allendale - END 41 FermataNot Tried0
Oakham - Bishops FarewellNot Tried0
Redemption - Urban DuskNot Tried0
Redemption - Big ChiefNot Tried0
Helmsley - Howardian GoldNot Tried0
Redemption - TrinityNot Tried0
Great Yorkshire (see also Cropton) - Yorkshire BlackoutNot Tried0
Siren Craft - Sound WaveNot Tried0
Vocation - Heart & SoulNot Tried0
Gun - Parabellum Milk StoutNot Tried0
Dark Star - HopheadNot Tried0
Siren Craft - Broken Dream Breakfast StoutNot Tried0
Gun - Velo DogNot Tried0
Dancing Duck - Ay UpNot Tried0
Siren Craft - Broken Dream Breakfast StoutNot Tried0
Redemption - Fellowship PorterNot Tried0
Kent - KGBNot Tried0
Moor - Nor'HopNot Tried0
Great Yorkshire (see also Cropton) - Chocolate OrangeNot Tried0
Alechemy - StarhopperNot Tried0
Picture 1. Waterloo Tap, Waterloo, Central London
Stephen Harris

Visits Details

08 Feb 2017 (Philip Pirrip)
Late evening visit. Most others here drinking fizz.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Titanic - Plum Porter4.90ExcellentPossibly a tad cold but still nourishing
Moor - Nor'Hop4.10Not Tried
Great Yorkshire (see also Cropton) - Chocolate Orange5.00Not Tried
Alechemy - Starhopper3.50Not Tried
22 Jan 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Early Sunday evening and quite relaxed in here.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kent - Black Mirror4.50ExcellentNear black in colour. Either a well-hopped Stout or a rather dry Black IPA. The former I think.
Partizan - Porter5.60ExcellentFrom key-keg. After passing up on this one when at Partizan Brewery the previous day, I was pleased to get another chance here. Near black, smooth and fruity.
Redemption - Fellowship Porter5.10Not Tried
Kent - KGB4.10Not Tried
Siren Craft - Sound Wave5.60Not Tried
04 Jan 2017 (Stephen Harris)
I had to return to Waterloo station this-evening as, after one day of active service, my new annual season ticket has already ceased to open the barriers and needs replacing. After that I needed a drink.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Alphabet - Flat White7.80ExcellentFrom key-keg. An interesting, cloudy golden/brown colour. ‘Interesting’ because this is a Stout. It has an intense roasted barley flavour, with lots of coffee tastes over an underlying milky creaminess. I don’t usually like anything that tastes of coffee, but this was really good.
Triple fff - Pressed Rat & Warthog3.80GoodDark brown. Much more flavoursome than is typical for a Mild. Some dry toastiness and a bit of a hop presence too.
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
Siren Craft - Broken Dream Breakfast Stout6.00Not Tried
Gun - Velo Dog5.00Not Tried
29 Dec 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Fealing very much poorer for having visited Waterloo Station to renew my annual season ticket. Felt I needed a drink.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Dancing Duck - Dark Drake4.50ExcellentBilled at this pub as a Porter, but tasted more like an Oatmeal Stout, and a good ‘un too.
Brew By Numbers - 21/03 Pale Ale: Citra Amarillo Mosaic 5.20ExcellentOn key-keg dispense. I can’t resist a beer from this brewery, especially when it has such an appealing trio of hops.
Dark Star - Hophead3.80Not Tried
Dancing Duck - Ay Up3.90Not Tried
Siren Craft - Broken Dream Breakfast Stout6.50Not Tried
Gun - Velo Dog5.00Not Tried
21 Dec 2016 (Stephen Harris)
A quick pint after touring the Christmas markets along the Southbank. It’s incredibly busy in here and I end up wedged into the little alleyway at the back with the smokers.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Heavy Industry - NOS Smoked Porter5.50ExcellentA very decent, smooth, dark, smoky Porter.
Redemption - Trinity3.00Not Tried
Gun - Parabellum Milk Stout4.10Not Tried
06 Sep 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening and rush hour busy. Personally I find the blackboard even more difficult to read than the TV screens that went before – what’s wrong with pump clips?
BeerABVScoreNotes
Bad Seed - Cascade5.40GoodGolden, hazy and very hop-fruity.
Redemption - Urban Dusk4.60Not Tried
Redemption - Trinity3.00Not Tried
Great Yorkshire (see also Cropton) - Yorkshire Blackout5.00Not Tried
Siren Craft - Sound Wave5.60Not Tried
Vocation - Heart & Soul4.40Not Tried
17 Aug 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening until 11pm close. Seems pub's website wrong in saying 11.30pm close.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Vocation - Search & Rescue4.50Excellent
Vocation - Bread & Butter3.90PoorPoured as a murk and, after a huddle behind the bar, was exchanged
Oakham - Bishops Farewell4.60Not Tried
Acorn - Gorlovka6.00Not Tried
Redemption - Urban Dusk4.60Not Tried
Redemption - Big Chief5.50Not Tried
16 Aug 2016 (Philip Pirrip)
Evening latish. Amazed to see so many people walk by, what with cycling is London becoming healthy? On the down side it is so sad to see the great majority of beer sold here is fizz with the subsequent and inevitable wailing of grieving wallets. Great pity that they have removed the TV screens listing the beers as the overhead strip light directly above the bar counter is so bright and direct that it diminishes the chalk board contrast unless one stands well back.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Acorn - Gorlovka6.00ExcellentThey do keep their beers here so very well despite a same level complicated storage system at the back of premises next store
Vocation - Bread & Butter3.90ExcellentSuperb balance and subtlety
Oakham - Bishops Farewell4.60Not Tried
Redemption - Urban Dusk4.60Not Tried
Redemption - Big Chief5.50Not Tried
Helmsley - Howardian Gold4.20Not TriedRan out
13 Jul 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Mid-evening. There have been a couple of little changes in here – most significantly the removal of the TV screens showing beer availability and their replacement by old fashioned blackboards.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Kent - Black Gold4.00GoodDark red/brown with a big rocky head. A malty, dark Bitter.
North Riding Brewpub - Waimea4.30GoodPale and hoppy.
Alechemy - Bad Day at The Office Pale Ale4.50AcceptableAfter the 11 hour shift I’ve just put in this seemed an appropriately-named beer. Deep gold in colour. Malty, some hop spiciness.
Hardknott - Continuum4.00Not Tried
Allendale - END 41 Fermata3.10Not Tried
22 May 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Quick pint on return from a nice day out in Hampshire. Any thoughts that early Sunday evening might be a quiet time here are soon dispelled.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Blackjack - Duel Hop Combat Pale Ale Newport Vs. Pacifica4.50GoodA golden, heavily-hopped Pale Ale. Very bitter.
Marble - Bitter3.90Not Tried
Moor - Raw4.30Not Tried
Portobello - Market Porter4.60Not Tried
Squawk - Pale Ale4.30Not Tried

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About the Waterloo Tap

The pub sign. Waterloo Tap, Waterloo, Central London

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional3
Excellent34
Good11
Acceptable3
Poor1

Website.

The pub is found in Waterloo, Central London, SE1 7ES.

A quite small modern bar in Sutton Walk in railway arch 147 on the line to Charing Cross, near Waterloo railway station, which opened on 18th March 2016. There is an extensive selection of 6 cask and 20 keg beers (although there are 22 keg taps) all dispensed from taps mounted on the copper bar back. All cask and keg beers are listed with name, abv and price on a blackboard above the bar back. The cellar and storage is in a structure in an adjoining arch. Handy for BFI IMAX and the Royal Festival Hall.

We have visited this pub 27 times, seen 95 different beers and tried 51 of them.

Map location

Postcode: SE1 7ES