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Spooner's Bar (Freehouse)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Sadler's (see also Windsor Castle entry) - Hop BombExceptional1
Sadler's (see also Windsor Castle entry) - White FireGood1
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - ChiswickGood2
Holden's - Golden GlowGood1
Salopian - OracleGood3
Banks's - BitterGood3
Sadler's (see also Windsor Castle entry) - Mellow YellowGood1
Sadler's (see also Windsor Castle entry) - JPAGood8
Conwy (Bragdy Conwy) - Clogwyn GoldGood3
Ludlow - GoldAcceptable1
Six Bells - SupperAcceptable1
Marston's - Single Hop: Hallertau MittelfruhAcceptable1
Wye Valley - HPA (Hereford Pale Ale)Acceptable4
Purple Moose - Snowdonia Ale (Cwrw Eryri)Acceptable2
Black Country - BFG Bradley's Finest GoldenAcceptable1
Adnams - Southwold BitterAcceptable1
Marston's - Single Hop: GalaxyAcceptable1
Mayfields - Tournament TipplePoor1
Marston's - Single Hop: CascadePoor1
Big Bog - Spring BogPoor2
Big Bog - WPAPoor1
Coors - Worthington CaskPoor1
Grafton - JazzUndrinkable1
Wye Valley - Butty BachNot Tried0
Purple Moose - Dark Side Of The MooseNot Tried0
Marston's - Spooner's AleNot Tried0
Marston's - Burton BitterNot Tried0
Jennings - Cumberland AleNot Tried0
Ringwood - Boondoggle (now is 4.2% version)Not Tried0
Ringwood - RazorbackNot Tried0
Sharp's - Doom BarNot Tried0
Banks's - MildNot Tried0
Wood's - QuaffNot Tried0
Marston's - PedigreeNot Tried0
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - Gold BladeNot Tried0
Brains - Hancock's HBNot Tried0
Wye Valley - St George's BitterNot Tried0
Marston's - EPANot Tried0
Cannon Royall (located in White Rabbit) - King's ShillingNot Tried0
Ringwood - BoondoggleNot Tried0
Greene King - IPANot Tried0
Sadler's (see also Windsor Castle entry) - Worcester SorcererNot Tried0
Mayfields - Priory Pale AleNot Tried0
Monty's - MojoNot Tried0
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire (or Spitfire Amber Ale)Not Tried0
Purple Moose - RevelationNot Tried0
Picture 1. Spooner's Bar, Porthmadog, Gwynedd

Visits Details

19 May 2012 (Ray)
Week 14-20 May.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Salopian - Oracle4.00Good
Black Country - BFG Bradley's Finest Golden4.20AcceptableAnother innocuous golden ale. A little sweet, limited hopping. Every brewer seems to need one in his portfolio.
Wye Valley - HPA (Hereford Pale Ale)4.00AcceptableThin but improving as the cask emptied.
Adnams - Southwold Bitter3.70AcceptableTo be honest I was expecting more from this traditional mid-brown bitter.
Shepherd Neame - Spitfire (or Spitfire Amber Ale)4.20Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - Gold Blade4.00Not Tried
Purple Moose - Dark Side Of The Moose4.60Not Tried
Purple Moose - Snowdonia Ale (Cwrw Eryri)3.60Not Tried
Marston's - EPA3.60Not Tried
Sadler's (see also Windsor Castle entry) - JPA3.80Not Tried
Big Bog - WPA4.20Not Tried
Conwy (Bragdy Conwy) - Clogwyn Gold3.60Not Tried
Marston's - Single Hop: Cascade4.00Not TriedOnly selling slowly.
Purple Moose - Revelation3.80Not Tried
13 May 2012 (Ray)
Week 7-13 May. Quietening after the Bank Holiday rush. Early doors but Beer of the Week: Liverpool Organic Imperial Russian Stout (bottle).
BeerABVScoreNotes
Sadler's (see also Windsor Castle entry) - JPA3.80ExcellentBack on form. Good grapefruit bite and solid malt support. Drying, bitter finish.
Salopian - Oracle4.00Good
Marston's - Single Hop: Cascade4.00PoorOne dimensional; dry.
Banks's - Bitter3.80Not Tried
Purple Moose - Dark Side Of The Moose4.60Not Tried
Purple Moose - Snowdonia Ale (Cwrw Eryri)3.60Not Tried
Monty's - Mojo3.80Not Tried
Big Bog - Spring Bog4.00Not Tried
06 May 2012 (Ray)
Week 30 April - 6 May. Beer of the Week: Dark Star Imperial (bottle).
BeerABVScoreNotes
Conwy (Bragdy Conwy) - Clogwyn Gold3.60Good
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Chiswick3.50AcceptableOK but none of the yeasty freshness expected.
Wye Valley - HPA (Hereford Pale Ale)4.00AcceptableThin.
Purple Moose - Snowdonia Ale (Cwrw Eryri)3.60AcceptableMaybe 2* really.
Sadler's (see also Windsor Castle entry) - JPA3.80AcceptableLacking any citrus bite.
Greene King - IPA3.60Not TriedWhy?????
Jennings - Cumberland Ale4.00Not Tried
Cannon Royall (located in White Rabbit) - King's Shilling3.80Not TriedNot selling well. Discounted to clear.
Wye Valley - Butty Bach4.50Not Tried
Ringwood - Boondoggle (now is 4.2% version)3.90Not Tried
Banks's - Bitter3.80Not Tried
Purple Moose - Dark Side Of The Moose4.60Not Tried
Sadler's (see also Windsor Castle entry) - Mellow Yellow4.10Not Tried
Sadler's (see also Windsor Castle entry) - Worcester Sorcerer4.30Not TriedDidn't have a chance to try it. Sold well within 24hrs.
Big Bog - WPA4.20Not Tried
Marston's - Spooner's Ale3.90Not Tried
Mayfields - Priory Pale Ale4.00Not Tried
28 Apr 2012 (Ray)
Week 23-29 April. Not a good week so far for beer choice. Beer of the week: Bristol Beer Factory Southville Hop (bottle).
BeerABVScoreNotes
Sadler's (see also Windsor Castle entry) - JPA3.80GoodA little young - will improve.
Sadler's (see also Windsor Castle entry) - JPA3.80GoodThat grapefruit zing was missing.
Banks's - Bitter3.80AcceptableUninspiring choice led me to this old faithful.
Ludlow - Gold4.20AcceptableRun of the mill golden ale with a slight metallic twang.
Marston's - Single Hop: Hallertau Mittelfruh4.00AcceptableIn three days went from 3* to 3.5* and back to 3*. Nothing to get excited about.
Big Bog - Spring Bog4.00PoorThin, unexciting beer.
Purple Moose - Snowdonia Ale (Cwrw Eryri)3.60Not Tried
21 Apr 2012 (Ray)
Week 16-22 April. Beers of the week: Kernel Pale Ale (Simcoe, Centennial) & de Ranke XX Bitter - bottles.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Sadler's (see also Windsor Castle entry) - JPA3.80Excellentas usual.
Banks's - Bitter3.80GoodSolid traditional bitter.
Sadler's (see also Windsor Castle entry) - Mellow Yellow4.10GoodMellow and yellow (well light gold).
Conwy (Bragdy Conwy) - Clogwyn Gold3.60Good
Big Bog - WPA4.20PoorThin mid-brown ale. Unbalanced with some cardboard hints.
Jennings - Cumberland Ale4.00Not Tried
Cannon Royall (located in White Rabbit) - King's Shilling3.80Not Tried
Purple Moose - Snowdonia Ale (Cwrw Eryri)3.60Not Tried
Marston's - EPA3.60Not Tried
Ringwood - Boondoggle4.20Not Tried
Big Bog - Spring Bog4.00Not TriedCan't be good if I drink Banks's instead.
15 Apr 2012 (Ray)
Week 9-15 April. Busy with Easter visitors. Beer of the week: Tesco American Double IPA (bottle).
BeerABVScoreNotes
Sadler's (see also Windsor Castle entry) - JPA3.80GoodGood but a little tart.
Sadler's (see also Windsor Castle entry) - White Fire4.60GoodThis develped a depth of flavour as it aged in the cask which turned it from a nondescript golden ale to one with good chewy toffee flavours and solid malt.
Wye Valley - HPA (Hereford Pale Ale)4.00AcceptableTypically HPA - light in colour, thin in body and flavour.
Marston's - Burton Bitter3.80Not Tried
Marston's - Pedigree4.50Not Tried
Hanlons (formerly O'Hanlon's) - Gold Blade4.00Not Tried
Purple Moose - Dark Side Of The Moose4.60Not Tried
Purple Moose - Snowdonia Ale (Cwrw Eryri)3.60Not Tried
Sadler's (see also Windsor Castle entry) - Mellow Yellow4.10Not Tried
Marston's - Single Hop: Hallertau Mittelfruh4.00Not Tried
08 Apr 2012 (Ray)
Week 2-8 April. Beer of the week (and one of the best of the year) Sadlers Hop Bomb.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Sadler's (see also Windsor Castle entry) - Hop Bomb5.00ExceptionalExplosive American IPA in style. Almost enough body and flavour for DIPA. Deep Golden in glass, booming tropical fruit aroma carries through to intensely hoppy flavours with Citra shining through. Excellent balancing malt sweetness and moreish bitter finish.
Sadler's (see also Windsor Castle entry) - JPA3.80ExcellentBack on form.
Grafton - Jazz4.50UndrinkablePours a light greeny yellow with immediate hit of lime cordial which carries through to an intense fruity taste followed by a phenolic hit at the finish.
Marston's - Burton Bitter3.80Not Tried
Brains - Hancock's HB3.60Not TriedContract brew for brand owner Coors.
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Chiswick3.50Not Tried
Wye Valley - St George's Bitter4.30Not TriedBadged here as 'Supreme'.
Banks's - Mild3.50Not Tried
Purple Moose - Dark Side Of The Moose4.60Not Tried
Purple Moose - Snowdonia Ale (Cwrw Eryri)3.60Not Tried
Marston's - EPA3.60Not Tried
Marston's - Spooner's Ale3.90Not Tried
Wood's - Quaff3.70Not Tried
01 Apr 2012 (Ray)
Week 26 Mar - 1 April. Busy with a more intensive railway timetable in place. Too much emphasis on Marston's beer this week.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Fuller's (part of Asahi Europe) - Chiswick3.50ExcellentFresh, yeasty and tasted solidly of beer and breweries.
Holden's - Golden Glow4.40Good
Salopian - Oracle4.00GoodWell balanced light hoppy ale.
Sadler's (see also Windsor Castle entry) - JPA3.80AcceptableGone is the citrus fruitiness replaced by a dry bitterness.
Conwy (Bragdy Conwy) - Clogwyn Gold3.60AcceptableGolden ale with a light but full bodied mouth feel. Slightly honeyed but good bitter finish.
Marston's - Burton Bitter3.80Not Tried
Sharp's - Doom Bar4.00Not Tried
Wye Valley - HPA (Hereford Pale Ale)4.00Not Tried
Banks's - Bitter3.80Not Tried
Banks's - Mild3.50Not Tried
Purple Moose - Dark Side Of The Moose4.60Not Tried
Purple Moose - Snowdonia Ale (Cwrw Eryri)3.60Not Tried
Marston's - Spooner's Ale3.90Not Tried
Wood's - Quaff3.70Not Tried
25 Mar 2012 (Ray)
Week 19-25. Marston's week. Beer of the week: Caldera Brewing IPA (can).
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wye Valley - HPA (Hereford Pale Ale)4.00GoodNeeds more..... everything.
Purple Moose - Snowdonia Ale (Cwrw Eryri)3.60AcceptableMore hoppy, yeast/malt less pronounced.
Big Bog - Spring Bog4.00PoorGood condition but thin and uninspiring. No character except a little phenol on the finish.
Coors - Worthington Cask3.60PoorServed in good condition but.......thin malty body and little hops; finish, gone. Victory for brand over beer. Why bother?
Marston's - Burton Bitter3.80Not Tried
Jennings - Cumberland Ale4.00Not Tried
Ringwood - Boondoggle (now is 4.2% version)3.90Not Tried
Banks's - Bitter3.80Not Tried
Purple Moose - Dark Side Of The Moose4.60Not Tried
Big Bog - WPA4.20Not Tried
Ringwood - Razorback3.80Not Tried
16 Mar 2012 (Ray)
Week 12-18.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Banks's - Bitter3.80GoodSolid, traditional bitter.
Marston's - Single Hop: Galaxy4.00AcceptableMalts and hops in conflict. No real winner. Wonder if 'Single Hop' refers to the number used in the brew. Maybe 2* really.
Six Bells - Supper3.60AcceptableAgain maybe 2*. Another mid-brown ale with a slightly unpleasant dry catch mid-mouth. Malt and hops maybe 'in perfect balance' with neither really visible.
Mayfields - Tournament Tipple4.00PoorMid-brown beer described elsewhere as tasting of wood chips I saw this as nearer the end product....cardboard.
Wye Valley - Butty Bach4.50Not Tried
Purple Moose - Dark Side Of The Moose4.60Not Tried
Purple Moose - Snowdonia Ale (Cwrw Eryri)3.60Not Tried
Marston's - Spooner's Ale3.90Not Tried

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About the Spooner's Bar

The pub sign. Spooner's Bar, Porthmadog, Gwynedd

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional1
Excellent25
Good50
Acceptable54
Poor14

Website.

The pub is found in Porthmadog, Gwynedd, LL49 9NF.

Bar and cafe attached to the Ffestiniog narrow gauge railway station, this is the ideal place to watch steam trains whilst enjoying a pint or two. Always 6 ales including a dark beer with local and more distant micros featuring strongly. Regular outlet for Purple Moose. Friendly, knowledgeable staff and a 5% CAMRA discount make this a must visit pub.

We have visited this pub 39 times, seen 123 different beers and tried 66 of them.

Map location

Postcode: LL49 9NF