Brewed by Arbor
Style: Stout
Bristol, England


on tap


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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.55/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Cask; Special - Freestyle Fridays #2. Also available bottle conditioned.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (12712) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2011
Cask at CP&K (under the name of Arbor Freestyle Fridays #2 Approved). It pours opaque black, with a thin dark tan head. The nose is smoke, salted liquorice, hay, roasted malt and ash. The taste is salted liquorice, varnish, roasted malt, dark cherry, tar, salted caramel, smoke, ash and alcohol warmth. Full body and fine carbonation. Tasty and full in flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stravale (2847) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - MAY 30, 2012
Bottle from West County Ales
Black, no light through, frothy tan head that dissipates to thin layer, some lacing
Aroma -soft dark roasted malts, chocolate, soft good quality coffee, fruity dark malts, well blended
Taste - soft dark roasted malts, dark fruits, soft bitter chocolate, touch of coffee, bit of burnt wood, lots of fruity dark malts, quite complex
Palate - very soft carb. medium body, smooth texture, touch of warming alcohol on palate, smooth fruity malts and soft woody. Finish as main flavour, smooth, lingering fruity roasted malts
Overall - Really nice smooth mellow gentle imperial stout

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (21899) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 6, 2016
Bottle at home... Dark black.. Thick tan head.. Soft sweet woody fruits... Dark chocolate roast malts nose... Dark roast

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GlasgowTAD (1389) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 6, 2016
Pours opaque black with a large beige head. Aroma is cocoa, vanilla, rum and dark berries. Taste is rum, cocoa, dark berry tartness, spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
McNeillR (2235) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 6, 2016
Very dark brown, sandy brown head and spicy boozey choc nose. Initial taste spicy, soy and brassy bitterness. Carbonation is holding firm and a spriteful boozy mouthfeel. Finishes firm enough, a fairly creamy vanilla and long soy salty bitterness.

Bottle fae Citizen Brock, Pig Out Tasting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (17351) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2011
Cask handpull at Craft Beer Co. Pitch black. No real head. Its got some very decent roasted and juicy malts. Bit of carbonation. Some blackcurrant edge on the finish. Tasty. I will give you that. Grew on me. Dark choc. Pretty good. I liked it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
downender (7960) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2011
Cask-conditioned at the Three Tuns, Bristol 21/11/2011. Opaque black with a touch of a tan head. Big dark chocolate and roast malts aroma. Flavour had more chocolate, some sweetish dark fruits and a toasty finish with warming alcohol. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackl (7069) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Cask @ Cask Pub and Kitchen. Named "Freestyle Fridays #2 Approved Stout". This is possibly the sweetest stout I’ve ever tasted. Like melted coffee ice cream. Coffee notes and sugar dominate the palette. It has a luxurious mouthfeel, but doesn’t have the depth of flavor to make this truly elite. A little more bitterness would be appreciated. Still, this is quite worthy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (18744) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2012
Bottle at home in London. Pours thick black with a frothy, beige foam head. Really deep roasted malt nose with dirt, soil and seared earth. Also rich cocoa. Medium sweet flavor with hefty dark malts, strong roast character, charred malts, burnt cocoa, bitter dirt. Medium bodied with average, creamy carbonation. Lightly warming on the finish, more burnt cocoa, strong roastiness, perhaps some slight prunes. Very decent brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2013
Bottle from West Country Ales. Big fat dark nose with figs and raisins and sump oil and treacle. Pours lifeless, black and seething. Flavour is rich and full of vineous dark notes - cocoa, licorice, Finishes malty and molasses sweet with a fine underpinning bitterness. Very nice.

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