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

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RATINGS: 123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bov (9050) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 20, 2004
dark coloured, little foam with big bubbles but a nice lacing, toasted mocha aroma, notes of black chocolate and some licorice, the body is rather thin, slightly oily with a robust bitterness, the finish is slightly dry and quite long with more coffeish notes - quality and character

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 28, 2004
black, tan head. sweet and roasty aroma with mulberry/blackberry/currant notes and brown sugar. very nice balanced flavour between the roasty malt, cocoa and burnt sugar of the stout and the berry fruitiness. well done!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2005 Aroma of port, figs and plum. Lightly roasted flavor notes of coffee. Low carbonation. Finishes with a bitter roasted barley flavor. Not a bad little stout.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jercraigs (7348) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2004
Black with virtually no head. Sour olive like aroma. The flavour profile is a bit strange with hints of roastiness in the background hard to pick out from the distractingly sour acidity. Not entirely pleasant but not horrible either. Definitely interesting either way.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DanielBrown (3629) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2004
Hand pulled at the Alfred, Burton on Trent. Jet black, no real head, but some beige lacing. I couldn't really get the bramble here - there was some sweetness in the middle of the palate, but nothing demonstrative. Rich, smooth ale, not too much on the oats flavour, and thinish and metally. Medium dry finish - fairly short. I expected a lot of this one, and whilst it didn't totally deliver the goods, this is still a nice and rather unusual product.

3.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2004
Powerful. Pretty neutral aroma. Very acidic. Quite dry. Still sweet and well balanced.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (28448) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2004
The aroma is sweet dominated by brambleberries. The color is black and it has a beutiful light brown head. The flavor is dominated by burnt and brambleberry flavors. It has a very dry end. A very good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichardGretton (4182) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2004
Black beer with a swirling head, mildly hopped aroma and a bitter flavour. A good bitter stout, but it lacks a quality to make it very good.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CapFlu (4364) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 11, 2003
(500ml bottle) Pours a thin, brown head and an opaque body. Nose of cocoa, coffee, triple bock and wine. Tart fruit flavour, coffee with a flemish sour taste. A new style - Flemish Sour Stout? Chocolaty finish. Good!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 11, 2003
Vinous chocolate puffs emanate from the roasted blackberry boil...A handsome acidity jitters as faint, woody notes are suggested...Almost a Flemish Sour Stout...


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