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Style: English Strong Ale
Northampton, England

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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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kevin (2056) - New Mexico, USA - FEB 5, 2005
bottle from one of the best class acts on the site. thanks Mark. dark cloudy brown with a thin bubbly head. smokey nose, chocolate coffee flavor that lingers. very nice. bitter is smooth and sour wood that mixes well.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2005
(Bottle) Pours an amber-brown body with a small off-white head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, bread, and mustiness. Flavor of sweet malt and smokiness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2005
Poured reddish amber with thin tan head...great lacing...toasty malt aroma...started malty and doughy...finished with a nice sour bitterness...really interesting...

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2005
Bottle. Nose like fresh cut wood. Very earthy. Notes of light roasted coffee, smoke, and light bitterness. Very nice mild flavor. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Very complex. I really am at a loss of words for this one. All I can really say is that I liked it very much. Thanks maelb.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (3665) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2005
Toasty with some coffee notes in the aroma. Hazy brown, with a red to yellow spectrum in the light. A bitter twitch builds while various smoky, tangy, and slightly woody notes build. An interesting beer. What a treat to have a proper and uncommon English beer after a long gap without one. Thanks Kevin for sharing!

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
johndoughty (3880) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2004
Tried in bottle form as ’The official Offie ale’ from Murees off licence in Leicester.When poured it had a massive head which you had to fight through to reach the beer.When you did all you got was dissapointement.Bitter with that acid like edge that cask ales have when they are poorly bottled.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
leaparsons (7965) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2005 Toffee coloured with an off-white head. Aromas are smooth chocolate and peppery hops. Flavours are, again, smooth chocolate with a dry bitter finish. Some plain chocolate, too. Moreish and as chocolately as Youngs Double Choc Stout.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maeib (8598) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2010 Cask conditioned. Ruby coloured with a cream-coloured head. Aroma and flavours of coffee and chocolate yet hoppy at the same time. Very drinkable and moreish even at this strength. One of England’s finest winter ales.Score 3.9
Subsequent ratings scored 3.7, 2.4 and 3.3. Average becomes 3.3

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardGretton (4227) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2003
The appearance is a combination of a stout and porter with a coffee and bitter aroma. A very bitter and very dry flavour. Overall a very nice dry beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (29134) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2003
[Bottle conditioned] The aroma is sweet, malty with smoked notes. The color is brown and it has a fine but disappearing head. The flavor is strong, sweet with strong notes of roasted bread, roasted malt, and a little smoked malt. A great beer - great palate for 5.6% ABV.


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