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Burton Bridge Top Dog

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


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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Cask; Mainly winter months with occassional brews in the summer.

The Top Dog is Watchman III (a Staffordshire Bull Terrier) mascot of the Staffordshire Regiment, once a regular at the brewery tap.

Colour: Black
Nose: Strong Chocolate malt
Taste: Malty with full-bodied rounded bitterness
Hops: Challenger
Malt: Pale & Chocolate

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
minutemat (3998) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2016
Cask @ Montgomery’s Tower. Pours black with ruby hints. Initial smooth chocolate with nods towards liquorice and roast. Thought this would be a high-rater but finished rather thin and seemed to fade fast.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
The_Osprey (5729) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2016
Cask HP at The Crosse Keys London as ’Burton Bridge Top Dog Stout’, 5.0%. Highly patriotic pump clip. Opaque black with a minimal brown head. Aroma is quite airy, molasses, some smokey notes. Body is pretty smooth with low carbonation. Taste is sweet roasted malts, treacle, some date, touches of ashtray, light drying astringency in the finish but not enough bitterness to balance out the sugars. At least not for my taste, anyway. Big bodied and sweet. Very much a pre-craft-revolution stout! I think this is decent enough, and it grew on me as the bitterness built up. I could see some people going above 4.0 on this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Towey1989 (1648) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2015
Cask at The Green Dragon, Leek (JDW) A deep brown colour with a foamy off white head. Aroma of roasted malts, some coffee, some blackberry and earthy hops. Taste of roasted malts, some coffee, slight sour dark fruits, cherry, nuts and earthy hops. Medium bodied and soft carbonation. A dry, roasted bitterness in the finish with a lasting fruity aftertaste. An ok stout, roasty and slightly fruity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
planky84 (2748) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2015
Cask stillage at the Foots Cray Rugby Club Beer Festival, April 2015. Dark brown pour with a beige head. Raisin, coffee and chocolate aroma. Flavours of chocolate, coffee, light smoke and licorice. Solid stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jimbonga (92) - - APR 28, 2015
Cask, Claret, Croydon. Almost black with lots of chocolate aromas. Taste is malty chocolate and coffee with a some dark fruit and vanilla at the end. Body a bit lacking but all round decent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
theprof (446) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2015
A pleasant surprise as I’m more a porter than a stout man. Aroma more black coffee than chocolate for me. Thin head with lace. Dark through and through. Smooth tasting with hop finish. Almost sorry (almost) it’s 5% as it could monopolize my attention for an evening. And that is not usual in a stout. Admittedly the other 8 ales on offer tend towards the extra pale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2014
Cask Pint at Wibbas Down (JDW), Wimbledon, London in Jan 2014 - Black in colour. Very Malty; roasty malts, coffee, chocolate, a bit ashy. Hoppy; good hop bitterness. Fruity; hint of dark fruits. Bitter roast malty throughout and quite dry; increasingly bitter into the finish. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (5036) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 19, 2014
On cask at the Alexander Graham Bell. Appearance - opaque black with a decent head. Nose - some roast then tar. Very slight note of dark chocolate. Taste - more tar going into liquorice. Still not hugely chocolate. Something savoury in there too. Palate - medium bodied with a dry tangy texture and a long dry finish. Overall - interesting stout. Got better down the glass.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Don2711 (373) - - FEB 17, 2014
UPDATED: APR 26, 2014 Lovely chocolate taste. Looks good and with a good strength to it. Definitely will drink again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beese (2561) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2014
Cask at the Moon Under Water (JDW), Watford on 31 January 2014. Poured black with a dense, creamy tan head. Aroma of dark malt, prunes and some earthy bitterness. Pretty full mouth feel, smooth texture. Dark chocolate, dried fruit and some cinnamon. Finish was slightly smoky with burnt malt and cocoa.

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