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Style: English Strong Ale
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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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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.


2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 6, 2005
Bottle. Ruby colour with a small off-white head. Herbal almost French aroma and taste. Medium body and a harsh finish. This could have been a French beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - DEC 6, 2005
Some very dusty maltyness in the nose. Dark brown to reddish body with a small off-white head. Mlaty flavor, with notes of nuts and slight tobacco.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madsberg (10107) - Søborg, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2005
Bottled: Reddish coloured .Unclear. Beige small head. Sweet and malty with light cocoa notes. Flavour is herbal and has cocoanotes. Roasty and sweet. Is quite full bodied, but a little vague in character. Dry and refreshing with a light bitter touch in the end.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2005
Cloudy orange beer with an off white head. Light roasted malty aroma with a sweet caramel note. Roasted malty flavor with some caramel sweetness.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
joergen (20476) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2005
Bottled. Cloudy orange coloured with an off white head. Aroma of malts, caramel and spices. Flavour of mlats and caramel with acidic notes.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2005
Handpumped at Derby Beer Festival. Big beer with a big reputation. And it delivered; roasty, toasty, malty, pushed all the buttons. Beauty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2005
Bottle conditioned at GBBF 2005. Very little head. Amber brown colour. Aroma was of malt, leather, chocolate and coffee. Doughy, bready sourness in the taste. Very dry finish. Makes a refreshing change after all those golden ales.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sigmund (4932) - Tau, NORWAY - JUN 1, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2005 Bottle conditioned, 500 ml. Trade with maeib. Dark reddish brown colour, slightly hazy, large to moderate head. Fine aroma of oak, leather and camphorwood, some roastiness, brown sugar and prunes too. Flavour is very malty and slightly spicy with a moderate roastiness, but first and foremost dominated by a pronounced hoppy bitterness from start to finish - it’s debatable whether they have overdone the Target hops here. Aftertaste is definitely astringent. Still, it’s nice to have a beer where the use of both malts and hops obviously has been generous. This is not a beer for the "Carlings Black Label" crowd! Thanks, maeib!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DanielBrown (3697) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2005
Hand pulled at the Wellington, Birmingham. Dark, with ruby shafts. Big creamy beige slab atop. Aroma of jam. Some strong jammy, berry, with a coffee tinged pudding mouthfeel and flavour. Very rich finish - a little sour, bitter and faintly warming. A very smooth mouthful all told. Not tremendously defined, but big and slyly powerful.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - APR 4, 2005
Bottle conditioned. Dark amber with a good off-white head. Full flavored; malt, walnut, herbal-spicy hops, chalky.


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