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Ellenberg’s Black Ale

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Formerly brewed at Ellenberg’s
Style: Schwarzbier
London, England

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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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bottled, regular
A very dark ale, inspired by the German Schwarzbier style. It has a dark malty nose with a hint of blackcurrant, a malty sweetness, and a long, subtle bitter finish. Food suggestions: enjoy with a wide range of savouries and desserts, including chocolate.


3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beese (2555) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2014
Bottle obtained from the Watford Beer Festival 2014. Poured black, with a massive off white head. Aroma of peat, dark fruit and roasted malt. Huge amounts of CO2 in this one. Spice in the flavour, with some dry grain and liquorice. Finish was aniseed, burnt malt and coffee.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mR_fr0g (3965) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2014
Bottle at home split with Sarah picked up at the Watford Beer fest 2014. Dark caramel brown coloured pour with red highlights and a big frothy light tan head. Aroma is yeasty, nutty choc and quite a bit of soap. A little bit of dark fruit on the nose. Flavour is dark crisp grains, like charcoal, tart cherry, berry fruits and a little Belgian yeast. Palate is very highly carbonated that attacks the tongue and medium light bodied and a little tart fruit in the finish. Pretty tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johndoughty (4077) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2014
Bottle. Black with a massive head that took a long time to go. The bottle was also quite lively which didn’t help with my first impressions. Even after all this I had to plough through a mass of froth to eventually taste a slightly malty beer of no real significance. I see that this beer is now retired-not before time.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (8972) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 23, 2014
Bottle @ weekly tasting shared by Dutchdrebus. Opaque black color, medium to full sized light brown head. Aroma is malts and surprisingly a hint of hops and red fruit. Or perhaps my nose is failing me. Taste malts, lightly iron, lightly roast, nicely bitter. Roasty bitter finish, medium body, firm carbonation. Quite nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DutchDrebus (4297) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - OCT 23, 2014
Bottle @ benzai. Black colour with a large off-white head. Smells liquorice, roasty, slight hint of red fruits. Tastes roasty, malts, hint of red fruits, some iron. Thin to medium body, nice carbo.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gary (1448) - the hood Brentford, London,, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2014
500ml: the last I remember Schwarzbier’s are black lagers, not ales. Details like that, while pedantic are maybe why these guys are out of bizness. And that’s a shame their beers get better as you try um. This is an excellent schwarzbier. Loads of roasted malt -giving texture of coffee.raisin.dark choc. burnt toast. fucken love the bitter dry roast accent on this. a mild sweet caramel flavour too. This good /was good stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
downender (6523) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2014
Bottle from Beer Emporium, Bristol. Deep, ruddy brown with a billowy, off-white, head. Aroma of brown sugar, toasty malts and some plum fruit. Full mouth feel, with dense malts, more dark fruits and a lingering, bitter, finish. Enjoyable.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuu666 (3544) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 18, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours black, light roast chocolate nose, taste is sweet, dry roast, light chocolate, bit fizzy.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
allmyvinyl (4224) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 12, 2014
500ml bottle from Drinkmonger. Pours hazy dark brown with an enormous head, carbonation a bit high as it kept growing out the glass. Aromas are light fruit and some hints of dark malt. Light chocolatiness on the taste, but ultimately a bit bland.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theydon_Bois (9930) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2014
Bottle, from ABM, split at Colin and the Vikings tasting, Nol, Goteborg, Sweden 22/03/14. Light black with a good sized tan head that retains well, good lacing ensues. Nose is dark fruit, light soap, bready notes, faint hoppage, citric peel. Taste comprises light roast, cocoa powder, bitter dark fruits. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Ok.


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