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Downton Chimera Dark Delight

Brewed by Downton
Style: Stout
Salisbury, England


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RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Palme (3546) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 5, 2014
0.5l bottle. This is a really deep dark bronze colored one. Almost black-bronze in color and it has a nice big bubbly and super-lacing light beige head. On the nose it’s at first slightly cardboardy. There’s lots of cardboard indeed but also some red sticky dark fruits with dark plum sugar, vanilla, tones of chocolate and a little malt sweetness. Grows and ends up smelling quite nice after a while in the glass. Tastes quite nice also I have to say. It’s dark malty, lots of nice licorice tones all the way here. Mild chocolate and chocolate wrapper. Creamy feeling in the mouth and it’s the same with the carbonation. Yeah, I liked this one. Could easily drink this again. 19.07.2014

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (8484) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 16, 2014
500ml bottle bought at Vinmonopolet Langnes. Crocheted lacing down the glassware from a frothy, long-lived, fawn-cooured head. Clear mahogany coloured body. Good looking, indeed. Roasted malty taste, mid-sweet hints of grainy chocolate. Fine blended taste of chocolate and coffee, nicely roasted. Herbal and leafy bittering hops to the ending. Medium bodied. Well made, true to its name (Tromsø 15.11.2014).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (6309) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 25, 2014

First rating: Big beige lasting head. Clear dark brown body with light carbonation. Earthy strawy fruity aroma with grainy mineraly notes. Dryish spicy earthy fruity taste with caramelly roasty notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, soft, mealy, slightly flat mouthfeel. Dryish spicy perfumy roasty aftertaste with dried fruit notes. Nice, drinkable, harmonic. Highly drinkable. (0.5l bottle, from wine monopoly, Strømmen.) Score: 6,4,6,3,13

Second rating: Huge beige head. Clear dark brown body with light carbonation. Spicy fruity rye aroma with perfumy nutty notes. Dry-sweet spicy fruity perfumy roasty taste with earthy wooden notes. Mid-bodied. Sharpish mealy mouthfeel. Sweetish roasty earthy coffeeish aftertaste with chocolatey wooden notes. Lovely! Full of rich flavours. The aroma is kind of so-so, but in the mouth it opens up. (0.5l bottle, from wine monopoly, Vika, Oslo.) Score: 6,4,7,3,14=3.4

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Foffern (1294) - 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 (1717) - 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 (1457) - 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 (1391) - 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 (870) - 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 (480) - Xiamen, CHINA - 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?)

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