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


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RATINGS: 134   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Garrat (1303) - 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 (1904) - 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 (2500) - 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 (2592) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2004
I had mixed emotions about this one - while I liked the rich stout pour and the unusual fruit (blackberries perhaps) aromas the flavour and finish were both found lacking. Overall it was drinkable but if you want a fruit beer you can get much better and if you want a stout you can get much better. why combine them.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - SEP 3, 2004
Bottle. Black colour with nice head. Roasted, coffee, lightly fruity. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (4114) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2004
Not as dark as some stouts but overall better than many,Quite complex with lots of interesting and pleasant flavours surfacing.Slight smokiness-a very nice stout.

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