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Burton Bridge Top Dog

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


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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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 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 (3400) - 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 (186) - - 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 (2560) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RichTheVillan (3933) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2014
Cask at JDW Bishop Vesey; dark brown pour with a creamy tan head, chocolate and coffee aroma, taste has roasted malts, hints of coffee and chocolate nice smooth mouthfeel and a moderate bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeissGary (285) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 14, 2014
Cask at JDW Counting House, Glasgow. Brown frothy head, black body, light milky and smokey beer with cridp coffee notes. Dependable ale; inoffesensive and easy going.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (5320) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JAN 3, 2014
Cask at The Playhouse, Colchester.poured a clear dark brown with a bubbly light tan head. The aroma is dry malt and light smoke. The flavour is medium bitter with a smooth malt liqourice hop bitter palate and a long bitter finish. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BlackHaddock (4435) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2013
Hand-pulled half-pint in The Station Inn, Oakengates on 6th Dec 13. Black and Stout like (what a surprise): Almost Jet Black in fact with a thin tanned foam covering. Malty, dark chocolate nose and taste: semi-bitter front and back, nice almost burnt feel to the flavour: a decent Stout on all counts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tommann (2967) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2013
Cask at the Wagon and Horses, Halesowen. Pours black with a thin head. Aroma is dry, roasty and yeasty. Taste is dry and roasty, with some coffee on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8328) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
My Bottom Line:
This fluffy Stout offers dark chocolate, coffee beans and blackberries moving effortlessly into a tandem of roastiness and resinous hops.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy sheet of foam covers the darkness.
-The roasted malt finish lingers nicely.
-This is the perfect middle ground between very drinkable and very flavorful.
-The mouthfeel was rich yet airy.

On cask at The Raven, Bath.

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