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Downton Chimera Dark Delight

Brewed by Downton
Style: Stout
Salisbury, England


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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
HaakonBjerkeli (18) - 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 (252) - 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 (1948) - 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 (3985) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arve_Christian (3031) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 3, 2014
On bottle as Downton Dark Delight, 500 ml bottle abv 5,5. Dark brown color, some reddish tones. Some roasted aromas, malt, dried fruits. Medium body & complexity. Good bitterness and balance. Very enjoyable , especially like the good malty backbone along with good complexity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Finn (4134) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Inbreak (2013) - 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnar (5219) - 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.

   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
a_cross (600) - 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.

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