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Brewed by Fuller’s
Style: Foreign Stout
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RATINGS: 220   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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Double Stout is the second in the series, brewed to a recipe from 4th August 1893 – a time when ’stout’ meant ’strong’. Its signature ingredient is Plumage Archer barley, carefully malted and kilned using 19th Century methods. Dark, brown and creamy this beer is brewed to 7.4% ABV and balances a rich fruity aroma with smoky, bittersweet chocolate notes.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koelschtrinker (9998) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - OCT 13, 2012
Herb-malziger Beginn, würzig, erstaunlich hell, mild, röstig, Karamellnoten. Malziger werdend, recht trocken. Dann röstiger werdend, geringe Süße. Nett, kräftig malzig im Abgang. 9/10/11/11/11/11

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gr0ve (2114) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 2, 2012
Cask. Black, but not opaque. Round oily roasted aroma. Soft and velvety. Fairly low carbonation level. Lots of roasted notes, but balanced.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zacgillbanks (1872) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2012
Bottle from Sainsbury’s, Washington. An inky black beer with a smooth, rich mouthfeel. It has an initial chocolate and leathery flavour with vanilla, oak, whisky and slight smoke on the finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fairwater (125) - Reading, Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2012
Bottle. Rich, almost whisky like aroma, coffee notes. Absolutely opaque black. Liquorice, fading to a deep roast coffee on first sip. Gorgeous beer!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (9077) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - AUG 28, 2012
from Au Grain d’Orge, Crissier - black beer with a little foam left; roasted aroma of coffee and vanilla; low carbonation and quite full-bodied; some sweetness and a late earthy bitterness; hints of licorice meet the coffee in a long roasted finish

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jimthechap (1492) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 25, 2012
I held my glass up to the light and not a scintilla of light got through. This is seriously dark. It held a rocky latte coloured head. The aromas are rich, so, so rich: I got licorice, currants, port, chocolate, nutty sherry, pecan nuts, souffle, toffee brittle, molasses. My god this is a piece of work. Second nosing brings out more of the licorice and spices. I get heady notes of cinnamon, garam masala, mace and cardamom. Just beautiful. Upon tasting, everything I wrote was augmented suddenly by plumminess and oddly enough, cured ham and bacon. There’s a smoky wonder about this beer reminiscent of Ardbeg Uigeadail. It is lip smackingly generous with plenty of oily body and coffee grounds. And then there’s a return to amontillado sherry, currants, ground brazil and pecan nuts. You could taste this a dozen times and write a dozen reviews with salient differences. This is a beer for restful contemplation, for sitting and talking about. This beer isn’t just a past master, but a current champion. One for me that is so devoid of fault that it immediately enters my pantheon of simply sublime beers. So far, alongside Middlemiss Hodgson IPA, this is my beer of the year.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (7005) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2012
Purchased from the brewery shop at Fullers Griffin Brewery, Chiswick and poured into a Fullers ESB large pint goble (drank Mar ’12). Pours a very dark brown ’almost’ black in colour with a large frothy tan head. Dark roasted malts make up the majority of the aroma and in the background a definate whiff of chocolate allied to a little nut and smoke. Great tastes in this well balanced beer, picking up on all the favourites of a good old school stout that so many beers lack. From chocolate and coffee to leather, nut, a little dark fruit, a good dose of smoke - more so than on the nose and a small pinch of liquorice. A little woody on the finish. Medium to full in body, well disguised alcohol for a 7%+ beer! A fairly creamy texture which teases the throat for more and a small amount of carbonation which befits this style of beer. Overall a very good beer and I’ll definiately seek out again.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goozen (2727) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JUL 29, 2012
Bottle 0,5ltr: Very dark black brew with an good taste of roasted malts and hints choclate, coffee and a slightly but very faintly smokey feel. And very sticky dry-bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gary (1305) - Brentford, London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2013 (Bottled). Beige above brown. dark fruit smells - bitter dark chocolate palate. I’d rather drink London Porter if we are going on non bottle conditioned Fullers stouts.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7008) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 19, 2012
500mL bottle. Poured cola brown with a fairly short-lived yellowy-tan head. The aroma picked up near-burnt black malts, dry-roasted chocolate, and nice, toasty barley with accents of vanilla and churned earth (way deep down). The flavor found similar stuff.. mostly roasted barley and chocolate notes at the core, with vanilla, lesser molasses, and some tart malty notes around.. picked up some earthy bitterness to join vanilla and toasted barley/chocolate on the finish. Medium-bodied with a few too many residual sugars on the palate.. smooth, almost creamy feel across the middle.. very good feel and flow. This drank very well, but it certainly didn’t try to stand out in any way.


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