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Blakemere Deep Dark Secret

Brewed by Blakemere
Style: Porter
Northwich, England


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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.54/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Cask; Regular. Also available bottled.
Has appeared under both the Northern and Blakemere branding.

A rich, satisfying coal-black porter - it has a pronounced liquorice taste on the palate derived from a generous infusion of liquorice root in the copper.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (4212) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 25, 2015
Bottle thanks to allmyvinyl. Appearance - close to opaque black with a thin crema head. Nose - toffee, light nuts, something very earthy too. Taste - toffee and nuts. Palate - close to medium bodied with a creamy texture and a dry balanced finish. Overall - not unpleasant. Lacking the liquorice though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (7166) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 25, 2015
Bottle at Ash’s. Pours opaque dark brown with a thin beige head. Aromas of chocolate, hazelnut, that dung notes again. Taste is toffee and nuts. Sweet finish. Nae liquorice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stuu666 (7828) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 25, 2015
Bottle at ash’s. Pours black, nose is chocolate, nutty, roasted, dung, taste is dry, nutty, sweet chocolate, toffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gegwilson (2390) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2015
Gravity at the National Winter Ales Festival in Derby. Mahogany with a cream head. Nice coffee aroma. The flavour is sweet mocha, but slightly watery. Nice enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
miquelcrush (1937) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUN 25, 2014
Bona cervesa, bastant equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza, bastante equilibrada y sabrosa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (15390) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2013
Gravity cask at the Bree Louise - London. Pours dark brown with little hed. Baking cocoa and dirt in the nose. Light sweet flavor with pleasant, dry cocoa and ash. Light bodied with soft carbonation. Lightly dry to finish, moderate burnt sugars, light roast, burnt marshmallows and baking cocoa. Decent.
Earlier Rating: 9/17/2011 Total Score: 4
Cask at GBBF 2011, Day 2. Pours dark brown with a bubbly, off-white head. Chocolate and chalk roast malt nose. Some sharp coffee in the flavor, medium sweetness, bit of sweet mocha. Medium in body with fine carbonation. Sweet finish, dark sugar, mild roast. Lingering mocha, which is quite, quite good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2012
Cask conditioned handpump Wig & Pen Northampton 04/12/12. A black beer with an off-white head and lace. Roasty coffee throughout with what I thought to be whiskey barrel tendencies. Smooth and tasty with late bitterness. Boozy and very good indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
undercurrent25 (1698) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2012
Dark, black in colour, aroma is of coffee, taste is of liqourice and roasted malts

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nocturne (1380) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2012
500ml bottle from a brewery just up the road from me. Lively pour that results in a large head atop a dark brown base. Aroma of smoke and treacle. Roasted taste, medium bodied, slightly oily on the tongue with some fizz from the carbonation. Definitely a bit of a liquorice vibe too. Decent stuff, lacking a bit in the complexity stakes though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Miksu (5030) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JAN 15, 2012
Cask at GBBF 2011. Black color. Plenty of coffee in aroma. Roasty coffee flavor with with nuts and toffee in the background. Nice dark fruity coffee character which brings arabica espresso to mind. Licorice is restrainden, which is good.

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