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Brewed by Frog Island
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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (3714) - 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!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 1, 2009
Cask at the Eastbourne Beer Festival, 9th Oct 2008. Deep brown with a foam line of head. Dark resinous fruit aroma. Rich malty taste with an "oldness" about it. Chocolate flavours manifest after the initial sip. Lovely bittersweet finish. Good stuff, despite the name.

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.

3.6
   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 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JonMoore (1898) - 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.

3.6
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tombyars (1411) - 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.

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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DanielBrown (3912) - 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.


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