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


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RATINGS: 129   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   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 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jackl (4932) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2012
Bottle. Pours a deep brown color with a medium-sized tan head. The nose is mild, some chocolate, cream, light hops. The taste is mellow, mildly sweet, very little bitterness. Some roasted malts, but generally all you get is the smooth mouthfeel. Light carbonation. Overall, OK, but there isn’t enough in the flavor department for me...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nocturne (882) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2012 500ml bottle. My first encounter with a milk stout. Black with a thin brown cap. Aroma doesn’t give away much; slightly roasty and chocolately. Fairly low carbonation and slightly viscous. I like the silky smooth mouthfeel, which can probably be attributed to the lactose, but I just feel this is lacking something. There isn’t a great deal in the taste and it feels a bit weak. Not bad though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
omegamike (152) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2012
Pitch black with thick toffee head. Aroma is smooth, milky coffee and chocolate syrup, flavours of milk chocolate shake, fudge, finishes with a lovely creamy yet smokey aftertaste which is very pleasant indeed. Enduring flavour is sweet and delicious. Mouthfeel is thick and indulgent, awesome.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerCast_Rich (1891) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 21, 2011
[500ml bottle courtesy of cgarvieuk, as part of ’12 stouts of Christmas’] Black pour, decent white head. Slightly creamy, cereal nose. Not as roasty as the Bristol Stout. Creamy finish, relaxed, quite mellow. Finishes quite chalky – milk of magnesia on the aftertaste [20122011]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 20, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2012 12 stouts of Christmas tasting with Craig and Rich. Pours a dark brown colour with a thin, light tan head. Aroma of Weetabix malt, chocolate and a little milk. Similar flavours with mild carbonation and a little CO2 prickle. This would make a nice breakfast beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (19945) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 11, 2011
Bottled at oh6gdx’s birthday bash at chriso’s. Really dark black. no head. Cocoa aroma. Mid sweet with clean, rounded mouthfeel and medium body. Earthy finish with low bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (7380) - 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 (1780) - 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 (3236) - 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.

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