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


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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wheresthepath (1787) - 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 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 (1486) - 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 (1260) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 13, 2002
Orange brown. Raisin and sirup aroma. Sweet flavor with fudgetones and a growing big bitterness.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
MPA (862) - 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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Otje (678) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 16, 2007
Rough beer, but i quite liked it. Smells like green apples, pear, caramelish and a touch of mango. Tastes completely different, lots of bitterness(off course with all those fruity flavours), bit musty and then caramel and some of those fruits. Long bitter finish ending in a varnish like alcohol kick. Thanks maeib!

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