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Downton Chimera Dark Delight

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Brewed by Downton
Style: Stout
Salisbury, England

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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Finn (4032) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUL 5, 2014
Flaske 500ml fra Vinmonopolet Tromsø Sentrum. Mørkebrun med litt rødskjær. Høyt luftig skum som varer og etterlater litt lacing. God karamellaroma med spor av malt. Smaken er sjokolade som glir over i lakris. Blir veldig tørr & bitter etter hvert. Tynt sedimentlag igjen i flaska.

1.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Inbreak (1897) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JUL 5, 2014
05.07.2014, 0,5l bottle (labelled only Dark Delight, 5,5%) @ home:
Small slightly bubbly mediumlasting head, looks very diluted for being a stout. Aroma is slightly roasted, mild coffee, roasted grain, hay, grass, caramel, paper, hints of chocolate. Taste is slightly dry and roasted, hay, paper, roasted grain, minerals, grass, burnt caramel, coffee. Medium bitterness, dry metallic and very watery mouthfeel. Meh!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnar (5148) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JUL 4, 2014
Bottle from Vinmonopolet, Kvadrat. Pours clear deep amber with a big creamy off-white head. Aroma of light roasted malts, some prunes, nice. Smooth & creamy mouthfeel. Taste is fruity, plums, well noticeable hops, dry light roasted finish. Good one.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
mattstrib (18) - Truro, Cornwall, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2014
Bottle. Nose pleasantly malty chocolate. Good creamy coloured head which lasts. Medium body. Taste slight creamy, malt and roast is nicely balanced making it easy drinking. Lightly hopped, giving a good bitterness in taste and finish. Chestnut brown coloured

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
a_cross (593) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2013
Cask, as Downton Dark Delight; dark mahogany brown with a few golden tints; medium off-white head; aroma of chocolatey malts; smooth, understated dark chocolatey malts with unexpected chilli spice lurking throughout; dry, increasingly hoppy finish; give me a cold evening and a real fire and I’d be onto this again straightaway.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (3139) - Radom, POLAND - JUN 6, 2013
Bardzo dobry stout, tresciwy goryczkowy wytrawny z mala ale mocno zbita piana. Nugatowo-orzechowo-kawowy posmak w oddali mnostwo gozkiej czekolady. Aromatyczne umiarkowanie, osadu sporo i niskie nagazowanie. tresciwosc i sytosc tego piwa jest bardzo bardzo na plus.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (7938) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2013
Gravity dispense at the 23rd Battersea Beer Festival - 06/02/13. Hazed mahogony brown with a thin tan head that clears to a film. Nose carries roast malts, cardboard, touch of coffee. Taste comprises roast malt, dark toffee, light chocolate, paper. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, dry finish. Ok stuff - not bad!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jackl (4379) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Cask @ The Priory Arms. The pour’s deep brown with a small off-white head. The nose is light red berry, general roasted malt aromas. Some chocolate, fresh cream. The taste is light lactose, rich carmel, milk chocolate. Hints of red fruits. Slightly roasty, bitter finish. Light body, a bit thin. Overall, a decent stout. Serviceable stuff.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kermis (4793) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 23, 2012
Sampled at home tasting. Amber Town pour with small off white head. Malt, dark fruit and slight chocolate aroma. Flavour sweet fruit, chocolate, coffee flavour. Light body and low carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
deanso (5077) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 23, 2012
50cl bottle shared by Kermis. Thin white head. Clear amber pour. Coffee in the aftertaste.


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