New Year, New Honest Booze Reviews

Greetings folks, just a few quick housekeeping things.

The updates started in October are now complete. The new Statistics Page is live, and will now be updated as reviews are released. Second if you’ve not noticed there’s a new coat of paint on the site’s design making it more mobile-friendly, nicer to look at, and more useful. Finally the change in Spirits to the Honesty metric is live on all reviews.

There’s been some other tweaks and changes around the site, and some new social stuff is live. We’ve also set up a few donation avenues for you to use. We keep this site ad-free because we know ads can suck, and also the ads that would be here would be targeted and seem like endorsements, and that’s not cool. We also don’t have a major sponsoring deal or setup that gives us product so your donation literally goes to server costs or being able to review high-priced items. Check the Social Links for more.

Finally because of all the site updates, some time in the upcoming weeks from now (on Tuesday’s) we’ll be dropping some updated guides for you all including.

  • 2017 HBR Rewards – The best spirits of the last 7 years
  • How to Stock a Bar under $100 in 2018 – What to get for Mixers/Spirits for the best value.
  • The Bermondsey Beer Mile – Our review of this London institution
  • The Oban Distillery – Includes multiple reviews of hard-to-get spirits from the town itself.


3 Major Updates for October

Greetings folks, and to those who find us via Google or follow along weekly – just a bit of an update. There will be no posts (Spirit/Beer/Wine) for the month of October. We’ll be taking a break to make serious headway on three upgrades to the site itself detailed below.

  1. An updated look – you may noticed our temporary look due to some overall backend updates, but we’ll be doing a few things in regards to styling, some page changes, changes to the cocktail page, an updated contact and FAQ page, and more. This includes
  2. The Stats Page – as you see in our posts we mention a stats page, but if honest it’s not been updated in years since we moved and expanded, and it doesn’t include beer or wine. We’ll be updating that into something that’s actually useful. This is the main reason for the time off as even doing this semi-automatically from database scripts will take time to clean and process the data. Once it’s up though it’ll be much easier to keep regular updates on it.
  3. Finally we are changing (may have seen last week) Manliness to Honesty. No before a bunch of ‘oh PC culture is ruining everything’ folks get up in arms – kindly sit down and shut up you cunts. When we started this endeavor we weren’t even called Honest Booze Reviews (back on the Nerdfit site) but we needed a term. Something that captured the text on the bottle, the look, how it made you feel, whether it was classy, or rugged, but mainly true to itself. It was the X-Factor, but we couldn’t think of a good word to catch all of that so we went with a broad term of manliness (being mostly male reviewers) and that was that. Recently though our head writer had a conversation with someone (at a bar) describing the site, and that category, and the person said ‘Well if you’re Honest Booze Reviews, why not make it Honesty and review that?’ After discussing with the others the lightbulb of an idea caught fire, and now it’d be dishonest to not change it – because quite frankly it’s not because it’s ‘PC’. It’s just better. And if you don’t like it? Fuck off. We’ll be going through the backlog and updating, and aside from direct reference to the metric name the text and scores will remain the same.


Now we’ll be back to regular updates for November and December (as it’s the holiday’s and our busiest site traffic months). So see you all then.

No Weekly Wine, How About Story Time?

So as previously mentioned I am not able to attend my beloved regularly scheduled tasting. I was linked to a story by one of my compatriots and I felt the need to share. It’s the story of a man trying to visit every bar in Worcester (my home town), and so far he’s already broken the 100+ mark.



Aside from applauding the local hero I share this because it resonates with what we do here at Honest Booze Reviews – namely that we constantly are trying new things, and we’re reporting back. It’s what sets this site aside from many review sites which are not as structured, award points like it’s their birthday, and are more interested in page views than honest reporting. (I’ve visited some of the bars on his tour and for the most part I agree or respect his views)

This though is the point – in that anyone who views this site should also continue to try new places. It’s easy to see people who fall into the same kind of spirit or beer or even bar, and because friends or family, or Yelp reviews they never leave that comfort zone. I’m not saying if you find a scotch you like you shouldn’t get it on occasion – but keep searching and you don’t know what you’ll find.

– Buffalo out.

Tripel Karmeliet Beer Review

Tripel Karmeliet and The Goblet of The Gods

Tripel Karmeliet: 9/10 – William Henri Neve IV’s favorite beer. A golden color with a glut of foam even off a perfect pour. Wheat and coriander mixed in the first taste with caramel and hops in the aftertaste. An intoxicating aroma of the above helps round out an amazing beer. A great, expensive, beer that can be found at craft beer store near you. Best to drink from the glass above (Thank you Lee).

Google Shop Average: Tripel Karmeliet $7


Bruery Tart of Darkness

Bruery Tart of Darkness: 1.5 – It’s a stout, wait no it’s not. They decided to put spices and age the beer in barrels, and I have to wonder if they just had a large bad batches of beer, and are trying to pass it off as a ‘sour stout’ which are words that just seem like they shouldn’t be in the same sentence. I enjoy tart things, but even for tart this beer is just awful. Bruery is a fantastic company, and we enjoy many of their beers, but not this.


Google Shop Average: Bruery Tart of Darkness $24