Brewed by Bristol Beer Factory
Style: Sweet Stout
Bristol, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Bottle conditioned; Regular and Cask; Occasional.
Previously 4.8%.

Sweet, black and extremely full-bodied. Unfermentable Lactose sugar (added during the boil) sweetens the Chocolate and Black Malt derived roast / burnt flavours.
Ingredients: Maris Otter Pale Malt, Crystal, Chocolate & Black Malts. Challenger Hops.
An historic beer, recreated for the modern drinker.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (7058) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2011
Bottle at Brouge, Richmond. It pours very dark brown, with an off-white lace. The nose is cafe latte, milk chocolate, sweet liquorice and a touch of roasted malt. The taste is milk, chocolate, caramel, cola, sweet liquorice, cafe latte and some toasted malt, with a sweet finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. Solid, but a too sweet for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - DEC 1, 2011
4.5% version. Bottle as part of the 12 Stouts of Christmas. Deep black, very little head. Nose is big on the milk, little on the stout - vanilla ice cream, red fruits, milk chocolate. Palate is sweet upfront, surprisingly fruity (strawberry sweetness even?), chocolate, and a nice roast streak leading through to the finish. Slightly thin body, but this was preceded by Dark Island Reserve so that’s probably why! Lovely beer, great start to the selection!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sm89walt (1766) - Northern Beaches, Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 23, 2011
500ml bottle. Poured a bit flat, particularly compared to the recent few BBF beers I’ve had in bottle form. Deep, near opaque ruby/mahogany with a fine, disappearing creamy tan head; slight touch of lacework. Juicy dark, dried fruits, roast, milk chocolate, a hint of coffee and a touch of caramel on the aroma. Dryish roast balanced by a creamy, sweet milky chocolate character on the tongue accompanied by a juicy dark fruitiness. I felt the lactic character, especially on the tongue, gave an emptiness to the mid to end palate, but otherwise fine & more than drinkable. Finished with a lingering dry, soft roast & choccy bitterness. Soft, low carbonation, medium body but like the appearance not as much life on the tongue as previous bottles from the brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beersiveknown (3072) - NORTHERN IRELAND - OCT 29, 2011
Bottle from westcountry ales. Sweet vanilla icecream aroma from this dark brown beer with gentle carbonation, fairly sweet with a touch if stewed plums and roast barley in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
shoulderbroken (2107) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 24, 2011
Cask at Pineapple beer fest. Dark brown with no head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt and a bit of coffee. Taste is nice and milky, creamy, the intensity of which increases at the finish. Slightly oily feeling in mouth. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
planky84 (2113) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2011
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Black pour with a tan head. Coffee, malts, caramel and a little smoke aroma. Coffee, chocolate, raisin and licorice flavour. Dry, malty finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rune (8200) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 19, 2011
Half pint, cask, 4.5% abv, air pressure, at Euston Tap. Tiny, fawn-coloured layer, fragile lacing. Ruby shade to a black body. Smell of sweet chocolate malts. Milk chocolate with mild notes of lactose. Roasted bitterness to the ending. Alright (London, 31.07.2011).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tommann (2769) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2011
500ml bottle. Pours black with a bubbly head. Aroma is roast malt and sweet coffee. Taste has sweet roast malts, coffee finish and some dark berries.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (20619) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 24, 2011
Cask@Cask Pub And Kitchen, London. Very deep ruby red colour, small beige head. Aroma is dark dry fruits, some mild toasted notes as well as mild ashy notes as well. Flavour is roasted malts, some syrup, sweet fruityness as well as some mild sweet malty notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KnutAlbert (6143) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 22, 2011
Cask at CASK, Pimlico. Very dark beer. Sweet beer, some smoke, a hint of burned toast. Too sweet for me.

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