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Elgoods Snake Slayer (prev Old Black Shuck)

Brewed by Elgoods
Style: Stout
Wisbech, England


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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.35/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Cask; Seasonal. Available November/December.
Old Black Shuck is a cask conditioned dry stout with an abv of 4.5%. The recipe uses five different malt types including Amber, Chocolate & Crystal. To give further roast character Crystal Rye malt is also used. The full roasted notes of the malts are complimented by Fuggles hops and a small late addition of Challenger.

Note name changed to Snake Slayer in early 2010.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beese (2560) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2014
Cask at The Waterend Barn, Bracknell on 26 Mar 2012. Poured a murky, dark brown, with a halo of off white head. Aroma of dark malt, dates and chocolate. Watery mouthfeel. Some burnt malt in the flavour, with raisins and cocoa. Finish was treacle, molasses and very light roast notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2014
Cask – JDW Fest Spring 2012 - Black in colour. Malty; roasty malts, liquorice, coffee. Hoppy; earthy hops. Mildly bitter throughout. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RichTheVillan (3784) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2012
Retro review from Spring 2012 Wetherspoons Beer festival; midnight black colour, slight chocolate, heavy roast malts really good beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wimpyjoe (4934) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2012
This ale has some slight roasted notes in both its aroma and in its flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
worldbeertaste (1704) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2012
Solid black with no tint and brown head. Smells of liquorice, roasted malt. Chocolate, coffee. Medium to full body. Taste of fruity plums/blackcurrant with some licorice and a full dry roasted malt finish. Some chocolate and coffee to the roast. Nice Stout but seems to lack something that makes me want more.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mr_h (3245) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - APR 21, 2012
Cask by handpump at Society Room, Glasgow (17 Mar 12) - very dark brown ale, thin tan head, roasted malt / chocolate aroma, good temperature, chocolate flavour, a bit sickly sweet, dry finish, smooth

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (16552) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2012
14th March 2012
Liberty Bell Spoons. Clear deep amber beer. Little pale tan head. Light dry palate. Tiny hit of dark malt, whisper of smoke. Nice berry fruits with a little dry hop bitterness. Trace of tangy orange hop before the finish. Alright.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wheresthepath (1660) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2012
[Cask at the Hope Tap, Reading] Ruby-brown with amoderate cream head and a slight fizz. Coffee up front, with smoke and roasted malt following through. A tasty, competent, well-balanced, easy-drinking stout. Nice one! c8

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (7875) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2012
Cask at Wandsworth Beer Festival, March 2012. It pours deep ruby-brown, with a thin off-white head. The nose is filter coffee, roasted malt, caramel and wood. The taste is caramel, roasted malt, rubber, cocoa, toffee and filter coffee, with a dry finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. Not much to it, but easy drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stravale (2315) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - MAR 25, 2012
Cask @ JDW Muckle Cross Elgin 180312
Dark chestnut brown, clear, think off white head, good lacing.
Aroma - dark caramel malts...soft roastrd malts...light plain chocolate
Taste - soft roasted malts...soft coffee...plain chocolate...light dark berry fruits...blackcurrants...bit of toffee...soft flavour but really nice
Palate - soft carb...medium body...smooth...silky. Finish - light bitter...dary...light roast...silky...malty...cleans well...perhaps a touch dull
Overall - Its a good stout with quite a complex flavour

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