Got a spot of midweek ‘guh’ today. A few late nights catching up with me i suppose. Still am looking forward to going to Berlin at the weekend, and had the idea today of using some travel vouchers i got for my 30th to visit a friend in Aberdeen, and maybe pay a visit to the Brewdog bar that recently opened there.
Have played Shugo Tokumaru’s Port Entropy a few times this week. He’s a Japanese singer-songwriter, and this is his fifth album. It reminds me a bit of Jim O’Rourke’sEureka or Gastr Del Sol’s Camofleur, both of which are favourites of mine. There’s some nice unexpected sounds on a few of the tracks, and it’s arranged really well. Anyway, i recommend this album. I won’t try to over-describe it. As someone wise once said – writing about music is like dancing about architecture. Instead, listen/watch:
Coming home tonight i was held for something like 20 minutes outside Oxford Circus tube due to overcrowding on the platforms. I get caught out by this about once a week, and it’s getting pretty tiresome. The whole area is being renovated, dug up, pulled apart and fucked with in new ways every day it seems. Just when i thought the journey from work to the tube couldn’t get any more annoying, they’ve recently dug up the road by Topshop, narrowing the usable pavement on that stretch in the process, and causing a bit of a scramble to get to the tube past Topshop. Anyway, while stuck outside the tube, i noticed it actually looked pretty dangerous, with quite a lot of people spilling onto the roads while waiting. There’s a crossroads there and it does seem if this continues, someone will probably get hurt. Not cool, Boris. Hurry it up! I also noticed that when you’re standing there at the top of the stairs waiting to go down into the tube, a lot of people, i assume mostly tourists and amateur photographers, think it’s ok to take pictures of you waiting. I felt i was a creature in a zoo for a moment. Deep breaths.
So after an annoying journey home tonight i fancied a beer, and Laura and i shared a 22 oz. bottle of Rogue Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout (6%abv). Ratebeer.com says this is the sixth best stout there is. I’ve had the fifth best (Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout), and i have to say that was pretty delicious, if a touch heavy. I’d had the Rogue bottle for quite a few months, and was a bit worried it might have spoilt. Decided not to drink the last centimetre of beer in the bottom of the bottle. Probably needn’t have worried, all seemed fine when i poured it. It’s a very dark brew, almost black and opaque, with just a little dark brown at the edge of the glass. The head was a lightish brown that popped away, before dwindling a bit, remaining in some form until the last couple of sips. This isn’t a beer with a whole lot going on in terms of aroma, or at least i didn’t get a lot from this bottle (possibly the age, or perhaps it was served a touch colder than it should have been). Chocolate was definitely dominant in what i did smell, and i detected some roasted malts, some sweetness (almost treacle-like), and just a tad of alcohol. Dark chocolate was certainly the main flavour when first tasting the stout. Also some nice malts and coffee-like bitterness, and just a touch of sweetness. It had quite a thick mouthfeel, but it also had a pretty lively carbonation. I think i’d have preferred less carbonation actually, but overall this was pretty tasty, and not too heavy. I’d like to compare it to a younger bottle some time. There seem to be a few more online places stocking Rogue beers now, so shouldn’t be too difficult to get hold of. I love Rogue Dead Guy Ale, so i think i’ll pick a few bottles of that up too. Win!