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


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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JonMoore (2066) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2006
Bottle conditioned. Dark chestnut coloured with a slim cream head. Nice malty, nutty and fruity aroma with some light chocolate notes. Flavours are roast malts, chocolate, nuts and some coffee with a nice bitter and dry finish. Medium bodied, low carbonation. A nice well balanced ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sm89walt (1972) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 11, 2009
Cask - Planet Thanet Beer Festival ’09. A browny amber in colour with a thin layer of tan foam. Sweet aromas of honey and fruit with some smoked malts. Full flavours, smokey and malty with a dry malty bitter finish. Commendable palate texture, though the finish is perhaps a bit short.

   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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - DEC 13, 2005
(on bottle at CPH Yeha05)Not impressing, bad bottle? Murky, brown brew, no head. Small port nose, but just a rotten, oxidaded taste. What gives?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tombyars (1595) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - DEC 14, 2011
Tasted this at the Troon Beer Festival in October 2007. Cask, gravity dispense. Clear dark ruby red in colour with a thin white head. Vinous, port like aroma which is strong in intensity. Robust yet smooth creamy mouthfeel and good lacing. Dark malt complex gives a sweet maltloaf base with rich roasted grain, roasted coffee, black plums, figs and treacle toffee. Spicy hops add a slight peppery note to the short bitter aftertaste. Malt returns to the smooth finish with rich plain chocolate, dry tiffin cake and walnuts. Slightly similair in style to Dent T’ Owd Tup. A superb English Strong Ale in style and long may they continue to thrive.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bobinlondon (1292) - 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 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.

   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.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
MPA (977) - Amager (form. Nørrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - JUL 31, 2011
Bottle (from the november 2005 RB-tasting at Dixens place - notes have been damaged by flooding of my basement, but this was such an insane tasting for me as I was new to such massive tastings, so I gave up on the detailed notes quite early). Eeeeew. Earthy and sour in the baddest way. Not good! All I wrote abouyt this...

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