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Arbor Slumberjack

Formerly brewed at Arbor
Style: Porter
Bristol, England


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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.55/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
Cask; Regular. Also available bottle conditioned.
Originally intended to be an occasional beer, we were surprised at the demand for this strong dark ale and so decided to brew it on a regular basis. The full bodied malty character is all down to the huge amounts of crystal malt used. Northdown and First Gold hops compliment this to produce an old style ale that is in our opinion… just too damn drinkable!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (43244) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2012

Cask (handpump) @ Craft Beer Co., 82 Leather Lane, London, Greater London, England EC1N 7TR.

Clear dark brown colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, brown sugar, light raisin - plum. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20111205]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (24920) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 1, 2012
Cask@Craft Beer Co, London. Very deep amber colour, small beige head. Aroma is liquorice, caramel, sweet dark ripe fruits and mild sweet maltyness as well. Flavour is caramel malts, liquorice, some mild ashes and mild toffee and sweet maltyness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
omhper (23003) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2011
Cask at Craft Beer Co., London. Near black, small head. Caramelly nose. Sweet and chewy with near full body. Treacle followed by sugar and more treacle. Sticky finish with peppery alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fin (9356) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2011
Cask, handpump at Craft Beer Co, Clerkenwell, London, 06.12.11 Pours chestnut with a light beige head. This is nutty and drinks far easier than the abv would suggest it should, malty beer with hops showing this is reasonably straightforward but it is good stuff A7 A4 A7 P3 Ov13 3.4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (11991) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2011
Cask at CP&K. It pours very dark brown, with a decent beige head. The nose is tangy dark dried fruit, chocolate, wood and leather. The taste is toasted malt, caramel, raisin, sultana, cherry, red grape, wood, leather, dryness, chocolate and varnish, with a smooth, somewhat sweet finish. Med body, soft carbonation and good balance. Very tasty and well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2010
Cask Stillage at the Community Centre, Frodsham 12/05/2007 Very fruity aroma. Dark coloured rich on the palate strong in alcohol and fruity with some dryness and bitterness in a full malt finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnas2 (705) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2009
Gravity at Cambridge Beer Festival 2009. Stout-like appearance with no head. Roast coffee and berry fruits in the nose. Lovely mouthfeel. Roasted and smoked malts. Very rich, with berries and an earthy taste. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
downender (7795) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2007
Cask conditioned at the brewery tap, the Old Tavern Bristol 24/11/07. Near black with a thin tan head. Aroma of coffee, dark fruit and some sweet malt. The flavour had more chocolate and fruit plus some tobacco. The finish had plenty of dryness and a tarry edge. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2007
Cask (gravity dispense), St Albans Beer Festival, September 2007. A rather unusual beer that is quite difficult to categorise. I suppose Porter is as close as anything. Dark oak colour, with lively condition. Distinct coffee notes, with a backdrop of bread malt. Plenty of spicy hop comes through on the palate, with a developing smoky roast malt character. The alcohol is evident but warming rather than burning. The general feel is sweet, but bitter. It all goes together to produce an curious, but well balanced and appealing amalgam. If I have a quibble the smokiness was perhaps a little ashy. But overall a clear winner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2007
A Mes rate: Gravicask at St. Albans Beer Festival. Dark, dark opaque chestnut with a thin off white film. Good aroma of fruit, alcohol, slight malt and chocolate plus some delicate coffee and slight smokey notes. Almost an 8 to be honest. Flavour is even better. Smoky, earthy, nice and meaty, peat, light fruity notes and a lovely liquorice malt finish. Lovely soft and velvet like mouthfeel. Jolly good.

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