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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (20923) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2002
Sampled cask conditioned at Oliver Twist, Stockholm, Sweden.
Near black. Dry and very roasty - yet fruity (apples and plums prominent). Notes of licorice. Long, dry bitter finish. A very pleasant cask porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2004
Cask conditioned at the Market Porter, Borough Market, London..
Dark, sweet & slightly fruity. Loads of dried fruits and a wonderful strong malt character. Best beer of the night so far.
Sampled on the Ratebeer London Meetup & Pub Crawl, December 2004. With Silktork, Chris_o, Maeib & Kook.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7482) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2004
Deep, dark colour - almost black with a red tinge. Roasted malt and licorice in the aroma. Less on the palate than in the aroma. Quite dry, with bitter coffee notes. Not the biggest stout, but nicely balanced and supremely drinkable. A good ’un. Cask (handpump) at the Market Porter, Southwark, London.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2010 Cask conditioned - handpump - Market Porter Borough London (RB London Xmas Crawl 2004). A ruby tint to this very dark beer. Aroma is sweet and has licquorice notes. The taste is sweet, malty and roasty and a bit chewy. A good warming beer. Score 3.6
Subsequent rating scored 3.9. Average becomes 3.7

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SilkTork (5398) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2010 Dec, 2004 Market Porter, Xmas London Crawl. Ruby coloured. Peanut toffee. Sweet. Touch of fruit. Bit of orchard twigs. Nice indeed. [3.8]
Nov, 2009 New Wheatsheaf, Southwark. Kook’s crawl. Marmite and burnt toast. Buttery and tasty. [3.6]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gnoff (8377) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - DEC 29, 2007
(Cask at Oliver Twist, Stockholm) Shady dark red color, tan head. Roasted and grainy scent. Roasted, grainy and chocolate taste with an acidic touch. Smooth mouthfeel. Medium bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (17016) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 19, 2012
cask at standing order ... deep brown... creamy light tan head ... dark blackcurrant fruits ... deep malt roast nose ... chocolate roast ... hint of coffee ... juicy malts ... light bitter linger ... quite nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wheresthepath (1770) - 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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2006
cask at maltings in York: dark muddy brown in color. aroma was very nice and roasty. flavors were mostly roasted and burnt malt flavors with a nice balancing bitterness. medium to full palate. overall a solid and enjoyable stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 18, 2012
On cask at The Standing Order for the Wetherspoons beer festival. Pours a brown colour with a fair light tan head. Aroma of chocolate and caramel. Similar flavours with lingering Chico sweets. Mild carbonation and an oily mouth-feel. Interesting.

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