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Downton Chimera Dark Delight

Brewed by Downton
Style: Stout
Salisbury, England


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RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Cask; Regular at 5.5% (as Dark Delight). Also available bottle conditioned at 6.0% (as Chimera Dark Delight).
A complex, dark brown ale combining subtle coffee and chocolate flavours with a rich, hoppy aroma.
Downton Brewery’s Chimera Dark Delight is a strong dark ale, brewed in Wiltshire. Dark roasted berry and caramel characters sink deep into fantastic roasted bitter flavours which linger long into the finish.
Ingredients: Avon Valley Water; Malted Barley; Corn; Challenger, East Kent Goldings and Pioneer hops; yeast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Foffern (1252) - Bodø, NORWAY - SEP 30, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours a clear, dark reddish brown colour with a medium, beige, creamy head. Aroma of wood, nuts, fudge, roasted malt and some dried fruit. The flavour is light but with more roastedness and burned wood, and some coffee. Has a slick mouth feel, and a medium bitterness. A balanced and well roasted ale, but both aroma and flavour is quite careful. I’d expect more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nilsas (1499) - Bryne, NORWAY - SEP 22, 2014
Duft av malt, kaffe, bek og lakris. Tynn hinne skum, heng langs kant. Dyp mørk kastanjebrun farge. Smak av kaffe og lakris.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gorm (1274) - Sandnes, NORWAY - SEP 22, 2014
Mørk rødbrun farve med lust skum. Lukt av røstet malt og karamell. Smak av karamell, malt, sjokolade og en anelse lakris. Fruktig med en god bitter ettersmak. Vinmonopolet.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Vighals (1222) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - SEP 6, 2014
Mahognybrun klar med lavt beige skum. Karamell, honning og humlelukt. Bitter smak, med noe søtlig brendt karamell i bakgrunnen.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
StilleStorm (753) - Stavanger, NORWAY - SEP 5, 2014
DWG; Bottle 500ml. ABV 5, 5%. Pours clear dark brown with a lasting, lacing, tan head. Nose is roasted malt, bread, caramel and dark fruit. Taste is moderate sweet and moderate to heavy bitter with a lasting finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
GuideDogSaint (352) - Epsom, Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2014
Cask at the Hope, Carshalton on 30 August 2014. Pours dark brown with a white head. Minimal aroma, cream bitter finish. No way is this a stout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
HaakonBjerkeli (44) - NORWAY - AUG 10, 2014
Dark brown with thick off-white head.Dark fruits, cara and bitter choco. Taste gets more bitter and not so much of the fruits. Bit dry and maybe some roasted. Somewhat thin on the palate? (Is it an ESB, BA or a stout?)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ERB92 (335) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 9, 2014
Caramel, dried fruits, grains and some roasted malts in the aroma. Dark brown with a off-white head. Medium sweet and medium bitter. Medium body with a soft carbonation. Overall a nice rich ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
esp0r (2007) - NORWAY - AUG 5, 2014
Bottle from Vinmonopolet Manglerud enjoyed at home
Pours brown, quite dark in the glass with an amber hue, frothy tanned head. Smell of spices, tea, hints of toast, some caramel. Moderate sweet, toast and green grass, chocolate, dark malts, finishes off with moderate bitterness and earthy hops. Enjoyable but not all that exciting

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ClubGonzo (4115) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 4, 2014
Bottle. Pours a dark ruby-hued brown body with a medium creamy off-white head. Nose is dark fruits, rum, bready malts, biscuits and hints of chocolate, burnt toast and vanilla. Taste is bitter herbs, burnt toast, caramel, vanilla and hints of chocolate and dark fruits. Medium body, medium to soft carbonation. Not exactly my idea of a stout, but a fair enough brew nevertheless.

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