Brewed by Frog Island
Style: English Strong Ale
Northampton, England


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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
Croak & Stagger is a 5.6% dark, full flavoured beer. This recipe for this chestnut-coloured brew includes American Cascade hops which contribute a sweet and spicy note to the aroma. The use of English Marris Otter pale malt, crystal malt, wheat malt and chocolate malt gives a flavour that is initially roasted and slightly bitter and develops to give a slight hint of dried vine fruits. The flavour of the Cascade hops and bitterness produced by the addition of English Target hops combine to produce an astringent aftertaste. This bottled beer was described as "a cold weather winner" in the Times newspaper of 18th April 1998, when it was rated as joint-second against bottled beers from around the country.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bembelembe (218) - Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 12, 2008
Roasted malt, sweetish but balanced with fine bitterness. Citric fruits, spicy, bits of herbal notes and wood, caramel and chocolate. Even little sour. Muddy deep brown, dark orange body. Medium carbonated. Bitter, spicy and roasted aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (40454) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2008
From cask at Guildford Arms. Pours clear and deep amber golden with a deep reddish glare. Aroma is fruity and mild acidic to citric. Flavour too is quite citric yet with a solid roasted note. Smooth malty and roasted finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (25388) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 31, 2008
Bottled@Chris O Post GBBF tasting. Amber colour, beige head. Aroma is strange sweet notes I can’t lay my finger on, apricot, some mild grass and caramel. Flavour is a bit sour, some hops and nectary sweetness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
KimJohansen (10420) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - AUG 9, 2008
Hazy brown with medium off white head. Sweet aroma with roasted malt and caramel. Sweet flavor with roasted malt, caramel sour fruits. Somewhat sour finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebeertourist (5187) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 7, 2008
Bottle. dark copper colour with a dense, creamy yellowish head. Complex chocolate aroma with hints of fruit and spices. Fruity flavours, even somewhat tart, take over with dry chocolate in the background. Full and smooth body. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2008
A Mes rate: Gravicask at Ealing Beer Festival.
Dark brown with a thin off white head. Good prickly hops, massively fruity malt and some spice and liquorice. Interesting stuff. Good malty and herbacious finish. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bobinlondon (1288) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2008
Gravity cask at Ealing beer fest. Dark brown with an off-white head. Smells of good coffee but tastes of liquid chocalate! Good spicy bitter finish. Excellent!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wheresthepath (2122) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2008 [500ml bottle direct from brewery] Relabelled as "WheresThePath Peat Bog Porter" for my brother’s 30th Birthday under the brewery’s superb bottle personalisation service. Slight carbonation, very sweet, lots of malt, an over-riding taste of treacle, some stewed plums, a large dash of coca-cola and a hint of chocolate. A beautiful beer in small quantities, feer it may become rather cloying in larger amounts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2008
Cask, ’The Joy of Six’ Merchantfest ’08, Rugby. Swigs of Octo’s, to be precise. Yeah, barnyard, mouldering fruit and dessicated frog. Ruby with rapidly diminishing head. Intriguing interplay of beansprout/mushroom earthiness and (strawberryish) hop fruit way back in the mix. A hint of roast, maybe chocolate. ’Interesting’.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 10, 2007
cask troon beerfest- pours deep ruby with a foamy sudsy head. smells really fruity, barnyard, and a faint quaff of alcohol. buttery taste. hoppy nice full body, with a sweetness at the end. some complexity to it.

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