Nottingham Road Brewing Company – Pickled Pig Porter

Pickled Pig Porter is a full, dark beer, slightly bitter, and perfect for cold-weather drinking. It is also brewed with pure spring water, rich in minerals, with no preservatives added. “So what?” you say. Well, that means that our delicious Porter is good for you – the more you drink, the better you feel. It also means that Pickled Pig won´t give you a hangover. So you can get as pickled as… well, as a pig, and feel fine tomorrow morning. Cheers!


Porter :  ABV: 5.5%

This is the last beer from the trio I bought from Nottingham Road Brewing Company. The other failed to impress and, as I love dark beers, I really hoped they got it right on this one:


The Pickled Pig Porter pours dark brown with a Redish glow.

Head is light-brown with high retention and a fair amount of sticky lacing.

Carbonation was surprisingly high as their previous beers I tasted were way flat….. I now had higher hopes for this Pickled Pig!!

As with their other offerings there is a subdued aroma, but in this one much more enjoyable and discernible, with malt, rich caramel & faintly black coffee aromas.

Tasting: The first sip hits you with a sourness followed by rather strong grapefruit peel bitterness.

It ends in black coffee, with rich caramel and toffee. That sourness hangs around till the finish.

Mouth feel is light/medium thickness, and pretty smooth & enjoyable.

Of the 3 Nottingham Road offerings this was by far the best and I am glad I left it for last.


Sadly though, as with their other offerings, this is not a beer I will buy again.

All the flavours you want to experience are there, and when finished, there is a delicious caramel aroma hanging in the glass, the only problem is none of those aromas make it through to Mr Taste Buds & you feel cheated.


Will I Drink it Again?: Not if I am paying!!


Nottingham Road Brewing Company: Tiddly Toad Light Lager

Beer light lager

Tiddly Toad is our lightest beer, but should never be confused with those wishy-washy “lite” brews that make real beer drinkers cringe. Our lager has delicious fullness, and more fine hops than a hyperactive toad. But it´s light enough to ensure that no matter how much you drink, you´ll never feel like you´ve had enough. In fact, some Tiddly Toad fans believe that regular drinking of this brew gives you more years before you croak. Cheers!


Pale Lager :  ABV: 3%


A cloudy golden colour with small, short lasting, white head


A pleasant, although very faint aroma of Malt, candy floss and peaches.

Low carbonation, pours pretty flat.

With far more pleasant aromas than their Pilsner I had earlier this week, my hopes for this were high! (OK.. high-ish).

Right out on the first sip it tasted flat. Added to that, the initial taste was like….nothing…not a good nothing, like in “like nothing I’ve taste before”……more like in drinking semi-flat soda water nothing. Bugger…..

Then, just as you wonder what the heck you had just put in your mouth, bitter hits and carries through to the finish and beyond, where some weird fruity/bubble gum combination wants to appear, but are way too lightweight to punch through the bitterness.

So, in the end nothing more than semi-flat, bitter sodawater that leaves a really weird bitter resinous aftertaste that just hangs around and irritates you.

This is the first beer I had so little desire to continue drinking, that I in fact tossed it down the drain. Oh yea, Natural Light……Lord help us, I’ve tossed one of those too.


I’m slightly pissed at Nottingham Road Brewing Company, at this point they have screwed up 2 beer nights.


The Nottingham Road Brewing Company: PYE-EYED POSSUM PILSNER



Thought I would entertain y’all with some offerings from my neck of the woods, and since the Nottingham Road Brewing Company is practically brewing in my back-yard, I thought it a good idea to start with them.

It took months of careful fermentation and maturation to bring this excellent bottle of Pie-Eyed Possum to you. So savour it. Delight in the rich, bitter flavour and the noble hop bouquet. Designed for serious beer drinkers, this pilsner is also fairly high in alcohol. Which means that more than a few bottles might make you a bit unsteady on your feet. But don’t worry – should you find yourself unexpectedly horizontal, simply explain to your friends that you are playing Possum.


Rawdons estate,
Nottingham Road,
KwaZulu-Natal, 3280,
South Africa

ALC. 4.6%
PET Bottle – 500Ml (cans are available, but they were sold out)


Very cloudy, golden/ peach colour.

Head foams up nicely…and them disappears in.05 seconds flat, just like your car in downtown Johannesburg….gone, never to be seen again.

Feint aroma of caramel & some far off  fruityness, but nothing that jumps up and shouts at you. Let’s just say very muted aromas?

Very light carbonation.

It starts out with a watery, sour & vaguely lemon citrus flavour, with a resinous grapefruit bitterness growing towards the end, which sticks to your palate and then keeps hanging around like a fart in a rubber suit. I no enjoy….

What can I say……

I’ve had this Notties beer before, and did not like it much then, so when I bought these 3 bottles, I really hoped I did NOT pick the same one again, so I could taste their other offerings….sadly I did….. Bugger.

Will I have another:

Probably not….BUT, I am rooting for their other offerings to surprise me……