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

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RATINGS: 169   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


BrotherLogic's rating

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrotherLogic (252) - California, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Reasonable - think it lacked the oomph needed for a low abv stout. Not sure what the lactose adds but pleasant enough


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SarkyNorthener (4043) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2016
Bottle from Waitrose, Michaelwood Services. Black beer with large mocha head. Aroma of dark chocolate and roast malts. Taste is roast malts, coffee, chocolate and sweet lactose. Good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ndburns (165) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2016
Half Pint from keg at Cheltenham Real Ale Festival. Pours a dark brown with a foamy beige head. Coffee, chocolate, caramel aromas. Sweet taste, a little bitterness, plenty flavourful.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tricksta_p (3494) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - AUG 10, 2016
Bottle at home. Aroma is dark malt, cocoa, creamy lactose, powdery chocolate, some roast, touch of dark fruits. Flavour is above moderate sweet and light bitter. Body is medium. Nicely creamy and smooth, a very fine Milk Stout!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gegwilson (3198) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2016
Bottle from a Waitrose in Bath. Black with a nice foamy cream head. Nic chocolate aroma. The taste is quite sweet with chocolate and a touch of spice. Creamy mouthfeel. Decent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9319) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 21, 2016
My Bottom Line:
Raisins and roasted cereals move into bitterness in this lean Milk Stout.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy head of foam tops the brown-hued black.
-This is not that sweet for a milk stout. Good job there.
-Malt flavors are well developed.
-Meaty accents are found.
-Carbonation is really low (lower than the average cask, I mean) and doesn’t prop the malts up all that well.

On cask at The Evening Star, Brighton.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
minutemat (4272) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2016
Cask @ The Dolphin, Shrewsbury. Pours dark brown, good creamy beige head. Aroma is tobacco, cocoa. Taste is smooth cocoa, tobacco, autumn leaves, burnt toast, lactose and red berries. Complex, but just lacks a bit of balance.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vighals (3148) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - MAY 5, 2016
Svart med to fingre høyt beige skum. Lukter søtlig lakris og melkesjokolade. Middels fylde. Søtlig, lett salt smak. Sjokolade, brunt sukker, kakao og noe salt lakris. Kort

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chrisv10 (15274) - DENMARK - APR 28, 2016
Cask. Very dark brown with medium beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, lacto and a little coffee. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, lacto, medium sweet, hop, little coffee and medium bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martin243 (1016) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2016
Pint at the Split Chimp Newcastle. Pitch black with a creamy tan head. Bitter chocolate and roasted nut aroma. Aromas present in the flavour, with some milky liquorice sweet shop flavour and an understated ashiness. Avoids over-sweetness. Oily palate. Good example of the style.,

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkel07 (5145) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 30, 2015
Bottle from Cool Wine Hobart 291215. This is my first beer from Bristol Beer Factory and hopefully it won’t be my last. Unfortunately I haven’t ever seen their beers anywhere here in Brisbane and I picked this bottle up from Cool Wine in Hobart last time I was there. You would hope that an English brewery would know how to brew a good stout and these guys surely do. Brewed with local raw ingredients and bottle conditioned this milk stout looks good in the glass with a shiny black colour and a smooth crest of light coffee coloured foam. The thing that I really like about this beer is that it is not overly bitter as some stouts tend to be and there is a touch of sweetness that cuts through into the finish. The aroma is very much chocolate and malt and the flavour also tends to lean towards chocolate as well. This is not a beer that you want to drink really cold and I found as the beer warmed up the aromas and the flavours seemed to intensify. This beer is all about the malt and hops barely get a look in. The beer is full in the mouth with a rich creamy mouthfeel and a finish that makes you think that you have just eaten chocolate. Although stouts are more traditionally drank in the colder winter months this one was enjoyable in the balmy summer heat. A beer and a brewer that I would go back to without any hesitation and at 4.55 ABV one that you could easily drink a few pints of.


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