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Dancing Duck Dark Drake

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Brewed by Dancing Duck
Style: Stout
Derby, England

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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.44/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Cask; Regular.
Delicious malty, caramel and liquorice flavours combine wonderfully in a velvety smooth drinking stout with a freshly roasted coffee and toffee finish.    


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
a_cross (593) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2014
Cask at Exeter Arms, Derby; black, thick tan head; taste is smooth, well-toasted malt and oats; dark fruit, liquorice; thick; dry, bitter finish; decent stout.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2014
Cask Third of a Pint at GBBF 2013, Olympia, London Aug 2012 - Black in colour. Very Malty; coffee, roasty malts, chocolate, liquorice, caramel. Full bodied. Smooth. Sweetish roasty coffee malty throughout. Liked this a lot. Good. Nice Stout!

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beese (1526) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2014
Bottle from the Red Squirrel Chesham Brewery Shop. Poured almost black, with a rapidly dissipating tan head. Aroma of sweet chocolate, vanilla and fruit cake. More roasty bitter flavours, some coffee, toasted malt and grassy hop. Finish is toffee, molasses and liquorice.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sschwab (48) - London, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2014
On tap at the Harp, Chandos place 23 Jan 14. I was quite underwhelmed by this stout. It looks and pours the part of a classic smooth stout, but everything from the smell to the taste and finish was quite thin. Individual tastes were hard to distinguish, and not prominent enough. All that being said, this was still a nice inoffensive and individual brew, which was easily drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Garrold (1118) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2013
Cask at MoCa, Matlock. Darkest mahogany colour with a thin, milky coffee coloured head. Aromas of coffee, cocoa, a hint of licorice. Taste is a roast coffee bean bitterness. A smooth mouthfeel keeps the bitterness from overpowering. Good beer that belies its low ABV.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (16410) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 23, 2013
Cask @ Southampton Arms, Gospel Oak NW5. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate aroma. Roasted malty chocolate and caramel flavor. Has a roasted malty chocolate finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6063) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2013
August 18, 2013 - hand-pull cask at Southampton Arms. Black pour, ruby fringe, small but lasting creamy tan head. Light roast, mild blackstrap molasses and a little toasty caramel - a bit sweet, but dark. Taste follows, still quite sweet, a little anise and perfume hop bitterness; a hint of peat. Light and slick, some light life to the mouthfeel, finishes quick and treacly. Okay.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (2483) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2013
Cask at Duke of York; almost black pour with velvety beige head, mocca aroma, bitter chocolate taste a bitter finish, wonderfully slick mouthfeel.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (2880) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUN 18, 2013
On tap at the Exeter Arms
This was a decent stout though I have had better. It did go well however with the food which is always excellent at the Exeter Arms. Both Dancing Duck and Shiny are worth the trip to Derby if heading north.

Aroma / Appearance - A solid black base is wrapped by a thin mocha head. Lukewarm oatmeal, malt, and a sugar cookie in a glass provide sweet textures. Overall this is well balanced but does not stand out much.

Flavor / Palate - Dry sweet gingerbread invites future sips. Oatmeal transitions to a malty finish. The mouthfeel is a trace on the thin side. Black coffee from a gas station hangs in the finish which adds some depth. I’d drink this again if the options were limited.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (6018) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 27, 2013
On tap at The Wellington, pours an amber-tinged black with a small tan head. Aroma of lightly roasted malt, light powdered cocoa, and some toasted malt. Flavour of dry roasted malt, toasted malt and some bitter dry cocoa. Finishes on dry, bitter notes of cocoa and toasted malt. Light-bodied and very drinkable for a stout. Good stuff.


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