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


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RATINGS: 139   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (4986) - 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.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (4022) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RoyceH (1198) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (7850) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
peter48er (185) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilverfoX (871) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
martynhall20 (15) - Hounslow, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2014
Bottle. Large frothy dark tan head, long lasting. Very dark colour, almost black. A sweet aroma of blackberries but also a light smokey smell, the kind that your clothes smell of after a BBQ. The initial taste is sweetness, but its the dry bitter taste that lingers for longer. You can taste the blackberries, but its certainly not overpowering. Good mix of berries and roast flavours. I like this a lot, its a beer with a difference without being other the top.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
niquillis (2344) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2014
On cask at Congress, Longton - 3/10/14. Pours black with tan head. Very smooth easy drinking stout with hints of coffee and cream. Very nice.

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