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

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RATINGS: 125   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   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.


3.8
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (3366) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2006
(cask @ The Old Toad - Rochester, NY) Dark black pour with a nice and thick tan head. Aroma is a nice mix of roasted malts and dark fruits. Taste is very roasty at the front with a nice and fruity sweetness after that and a surprisingly bitter finish. A bit thin for a stout, but very tasty and slightly spicy on the palate.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Black pour with walnut-highlights. Even with a gentle pour a huge layer of densely packed beige head that leaves a persistant layer of foam all the way through the glass. A solid roasty aroma, with a nice play of esters, and a restrained touch of berry sweetness. Evokes a vanilla association, though I can’t say I actually smell it there. Fairly dry, strong roast flavors. The brambles are there, but just barely breaking into the threshold of perception, adding a little tartness to the smokey roast in the finish. Dry, a little chalky. It’s a funny style fusion, but I think it works.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DruncanVeasey (7098) - NUNEATON, Top 13, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2007
Glugs from the bottle a satisfyingly thick and tar-like pitch. Chocolate, barrelwood and a hint of fruity sourness in the nose I wouldn’t have picked out as blackberry. There’s almost a lemony edge to it. Big, roasty and chocolatey with a distinctly sourish sharpness as it warms. Puckeringly bitter charred malt finish. Proper, grown-up, roastily bitter and full-bodied stout with an intriguingly fruity tang. A pint is plenty, mind.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RoyceH (1196) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - AUG 14, 2007
Cask, GBBF 07. Very dark ruby, thin off-white head. Nose is massive roasted coffee malt, some chocolate. Mouth is roasted, slightly burnt maltiness. Some hops and winter fruit. Finish is slightly dry and sweet malty. Quite nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (6041) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - OCT 1, 2008
(Bottle, Monk’s Café, Stockholm) Black colour with lasting, frothy, pale brown head. Roasted, malty nose with coffee, milky chocolate and wild berries. Roasted, malty taste with notes of coffee, chocolate, wild berries and generous doses of cocoa bitterness in the finish. Fairly dry with lots of bitterness coming through towards the end, nicely balanced by the fruity blackberry flavours. Very nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
peter48er (180) - Liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2009
500ml bottle. Poursvery dark, almost coal coloured with a small white head.Plenty of lacing. Strong aroma of coffee, malt, berries and burnt wood. In the mouth- chocolate/coffee, winter berries, charcoal and quite a lot of bitterness. Little carbonation. Overall a very enjoyable beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilverfoX (191) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2014
raisin, smoke, roasty, aromas, cream coloured foamy head, pitch black body, medium bitterness, lightly sour, salty, full body, oily feel, lively, bitter, dry finish, not much fruit really. not incredible.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2005
Bottled. Black coloured. A very fruity stout with notes of sweet berries in the aroma and i the flavour. The finish is quite hoppy and bitter. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (8996) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 3, 2007
Cask (Kitty’s, Helsinki) Black, and with a thick bready head. Sharp crisp hoppy aroma, hints of coffee too. Smooth coffee-like initial taste, fills in with sharp sour bitterness. Slight saccharin feel but not in a way that detracts from the beer. Wonderfully full and pungent. (Allegedly, it’s like "snus")


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