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

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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


dantheman278's rating

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dantheman278 (1361) - - DEC 5, 2011
Cask at cloisters. Dark brown, red highlights, creamy off-white head. Mild dark chocolate, coffee, slightly tangy fruit. Savoury palate, ashy, dark chocolate, herbal spiced finish. Not bad at all.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mr_Pink_152 (3739) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2016
Tried at the Felix Holt, Nuneaton. Black colour with a tan head. Light fruity and toasted malt aroma and taste that is light sweet to roasted but light bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerViking (4141) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2016
Cask at the Moon under Water, Hounslow. Near black with a lasting tan foam, a little chilled so a bit light on aroma, but rich and dry, with a sweet burnt-bitter edge, notes of red fruit and ash, hints of burnt cocoa and liquorice. Lovely.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Biroholik (876) - Sosnowiec, Poland, POLAND - AUG 2, 2016
Cask @ White House, Luton
Kolor: Czarny, nieprzejrzysty. Piana brązowa, piękny lacing na szkle. Piana opada do minimalistycznej otoczki. W aromacie delikatna kawa, ciemne owoce lasu (jeżyna, jagody). Troszeczkę czarnej porzeczki z tyłu. W drugim niuchu bardzo solidna paloność i mnóstwo gorzkiej czekolady. W smaku mocno palone przechodzące w popiół. Silne posmaki papierosów i cygaro. Prócz tego owoce lasu i czarna porzeczka. W oddali odrobina kawy i ponownie gorzka czekolada. Średnia tekstura, dość wytrawny finisz. OK, ale bez szału.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
minutemat (4300) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
The_Osprey (6350) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Towey1989 (1820) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
planky84 (2866) - Lee, 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jimbonga (113) - - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
theprof (482) - 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.

3.3
   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.


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