Brewed by Burton Bridge
Style: Stout
Burton-on-Trent, England


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RATINGS: 137   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Bottle Conditioned year round. Cask; Mainly in Winter, with occasional Summer brews.
Brewed as Top Dog Stout with the addition of blackberry juice to add a faint sweetness. Winner of many awards including the S.I.B.A National Bottled Beer of 2005.
Colour: Black.
Nose: Strong chocolatey aroma with a hint of fruit.
Taste: Full-bodied with a smooth bitterness.
Hops: Challenger.
Malt: Pale & Chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - OCT 2, 2005
Very roasted aroma, faint notes of some kind of berries. Jet black body, with a beautiful medium sized tan head. Very roasted flavor, cofee all over it, very dry and ends quite bitter. A lovely stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2005
500ml sedimented bottle from Hogs Back. When opened this gushed out of the top. Pours almost black with a light brown, head. Aroma is chocolate malt and fruit with a touch of alcohol presence. Flavour is chocolately and slightly roasty with some fruit sharpness. Quite thin and boring, really.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - FEB 25, 2005
Very dark, almost black in colour. Long lasting dark tan head. Big roast coffee aroma, with some chocolate notes. Flavour is chocolate with some fruity berry notes. Quite roast in the finish, with a coffee-like aftertaste. Medium bodied, Not bad.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Garrat (1322) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2010 From A Bottle.Nice gothic shades in colour,small head.Dark fruit and chocolate aroma,big tarty fruitness with dark chocolate and liquorice,quite bitter in the end with some malt.A bloody good experience.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JonMoore (2052) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2005
Black with a slim tan head. Fruity, edging on sour, roasted malty aroma. Similar taste, with a fruity sourness superimposed on a roast malty, hoppy stout. The blackberries almost don’t work, but it just manages to get away with it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
YogiBeera (2554) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2005
Nearly black - still purple color. Small creamy layer of a head on top. Blackberry nose - also clay and chocolate. Mocca long lasting bitter taste. Some fruityness comes through but leads to a weird finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pivo (2647) - GERMANY - JAN 30, 2005
Acidic sour nose, dark opaque brown color, low tan scumy head. Nice toasted, raosted malt up front, then a tobacco bitter. Unfortunate artificial and metallic aftertaste. Thinish, but with a creamy mouthfeel. OK, I guess.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 7, 2005
Bottle @ HBK Black Beer Festival, Nynäshamn Backlog 26 Nov 2004
Bitter! Slight off tastes of cucumber and rubber. Oxidized.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2004
Bottled. Murky black, no head to speak of. Slightly toasty aroma with a hint of woody fruitiness. Far sweeter than most stouts I’ve tried, strange astringency in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DeepBlack (386) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2004
Had on draught from the Cask in The Alex, Derby. No Sparkler. This is a good solid Stout. Couldn’t really decern the Bramble influence myslef. Nice but not as good at the Top Dog Stout, also from Burton Bridge.

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