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Dancing Duck Dark Drake

Brewed by Dancing Duck
Style: Stout
Derby, England


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RATINGS: 63   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Cask; Regular.
Delicious malty, caramel and liquorice flavours combine wonderfully in a velvety smooth drinking stout with a freshly roasted coffee and toffee finish.    

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tombyars (1615) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - OCT 24, 2016
Tasted this at the Troon beer festival on the 7th October 2016. Cask, handpump dispense. Black ruby in colour with a thin creamy off white head. Strong malty aroma with sweet notes of coffee crème, long in intensity. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel and good lacing. Dark malt complex gives a moist maltloaf base with sweet undertones of coffee fudge, soft caramel, milk chocolate and chewy roast grain. There is an earthy hop prickle giving an old fashioned bitter aftertaste which is short lived and fades fast. Finish is malty with mocha coffee, liquorice and soft caramel sweet in the palate. Excellent complexity considering the low ABV and great texture in the mouth. A decent session stout and highly recommended - might be too sweet for some though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mr_h (4803) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - SEP 21, 2016
Cask, 1/2 pint by gravity at Ayr Beer Festival, Glen Park, Ayr on 3 Sep 2016, toffee, liquorice aroma, near black with a negligible head, chocolate, vanilla flavour, oily, sweet, malty aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zacgillbanks (4557) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2016
Bottle from The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop, Bakewell. Inky black, super thin head. Chocolate and liquorice flavours followed by coffee and more chocolate on the finish. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dchad56 (369) - - JUL 31, 2016
Bottle - decent aroma of burnt/roast coffee. Pours dark with small tan head which soon disappears. Ok mouth feel, but fairly thin. Good roasted coffee tasting - slight liquorice, easy drinking.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
AndrewC (356) - Canterbury, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2016
Bottle. Dusty with hint of sharpness. Roasted malt, hint of chocolate. It’s okay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jjsint (2379) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2016
Handpull cask at the Crossing, Burton-on-Trent. Darkest brown/black with a sizable light brown head. Sweet latte and liquorice aroma. Taste is equally sweet, with chewy caramel and chocolate notes, but it feels a bit artificial. Silky palate and a long finish, with salted caramel on the aftertaste. Good all in all but too sweet for the likes of me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (18745) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2016
Bottle at home in London - picked up in London somewhere. Pours deep brown with a creamy, beige head. The nose holds creamy milk chocolate, burnt toast, coffee grounds. Medium sweet flavour with more milk chocolate, chalky cocoa, some earthy bitterness, day-old coffee. Light to medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Sweet finish with more milk chocolate, light roast, mocha. Not bad overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
androman (1850) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 13, 2016
33cl bottle at home from George and Dragon, Ashbourne. Nose is roasted malt, light smoke. Body is pitch black, head is very small, off-white, mostly diminishing, good lacing. Aroma is smoked wood, toast, roasted malt. Light sweet, medium bitter. Finish is medium lasting roasty medium bitter. Medium body, dry texture, average carbonation. Easy stout, simple, not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vladivostok (452) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2016
Draught. Unfortunately the pub I drank this in chooses to serve its dark beers with a sudsy rather than a creamy head so aesthetically it wasn’t too appealing. Otherwise this was a pretty decent beer with a good hint of roast malt and a sweetish toffee plate. Not especially in-your-face but what’s wrong with a bit of subtlety once in a while?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fin (9689) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2016
Bottle from Liquid Treasures, Belper, Derbyshire purchased and consumed the same day at dad’s, Kilburn, Derbyshire, Friday, 19th February 2016 Pours dark, dark brown, edging towards black. Dark roasty malts, liquorice, some toffee but mostly liquorice. It’s ok not totally my thing though. A6 A4 T6 P3 Ov12 3.1

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