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Downton Chimera Dark Delight

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Brewed by Downton
Style: Stout
Salisbury, England

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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
a_cross (525) - 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 (2961) - 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 (6986) - 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 (3859) - 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 (4256) - 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 (4662) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 23, 2012
50cl bottle shared by Kermis. Thin white head. Clear amber pour. Coffee in the aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 5, 2011
Originally had this in a bottle thanks to Eugene. On cask at The Haymarket. Pours a dark brown colour with a fair, light tan head, Aroma of roasty malt, brownies and caramel. Flavours of coffee, roasty malt and burnt toast. Mild carbonation and CO2 prickle. Very nice.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JohnRMurdoch (2957) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - DEC 5, 2011
Cask @ The Drum & Monkey. Dark brown color, medium head. Fruity malt aroma. Fruity flavour. Hoppy aftertaste. A very average beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EdKing (1754) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2011
Cask in Argyll Arms. Ruby red dark brown stout with medium creamy stout Head. Nose is pruney, ale fruity, bit of roasted malt. Taste is plumy and pruney, with the fruit dominant. Fruity ale notes. Bod is medium and light for a stout, more like a dark ale. Touch of dryer roasted notes on the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (5511) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2011
Bottle at the 2nd East Croydon Beer Tasting, thanks to Leighton. It pours deep brown, with a ruby highlights and thin off-white head. The nose is caramel, red grape, wine and chocolate. The taste is roasted malt, caramel, blackcurrant, blueberry, metal and filter coffee, with a dry, roasty finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Decent.


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