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Style: Stout
Harleston, England

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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.38/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Cask; Regular. Also available bottle conditioned.
A traditional black stout made with Maris Otter and roasted malts. Smooth and smoky with burnt toast dryness and a hint of coffee.


viktorvee's rating

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
viktorvee (510) - Greater London, - FEB 3, 2014
Classic roasty, sweet, minerally profile, good stout. Quite syrupy, some chalky character, very nice.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (6526) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2014
Cask-conditioned at the Gryphon, Bristol 5/9/2014. Near black, with a thin, creamy, beige, head. Ashy, roasted, malts, some milk chocolate sweetness and a toasty finish. Good.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kdoc (14) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2013
Draft. Thick black colour, thin head. Smells of dark chocolate. Light roasted flavours. Little thin for my tastes but quite enjoyable.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Garrold (1732) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2013
Bottle from Ringstead Village Stores, Norfolk. Darkest brown. Tan halo of head. Aroma of licorice, dark fruit. Some coffee. Taste is roast dryness. Light bitterness. Slightly watery mouthfeel. Thin finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cuso (5103) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 30, 2013
Cask. Dark brown color with medium beige head. Roasty aroma with coffee, cocoa, chocolate. Taste, roasted malt, coffee, wood, bitter hops. Drinkable stout.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JorgeLee (1271) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2012
Tap at Pig’s Ear 2012. Black in colour. Malty aroma, hint of booze lurking in there. Taste is also malty as one might expect, although I found something fruity rather than pure stout roasty flavours. Palate a little thin and finish brief.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (15170) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 31, 2012
bottle at home ... deep black ... thinest lacing ... soft coffee roast ...light charcoal nose ... over fizzy ... dark malts ... little rought ... dry roast ... soft chocolate ... ok

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (11893) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2012
Bottle at the CBC Tune-Up Tasting, London. Thanks to Paul. Pours dark brown with a fine, bubbly tan head. A bit less roasty on the nose than the porter, but it has more chocolate in the flavor. Some peat and earthy bitterness. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Mild roasty finish with some tobacco, earth and chocolate. Well-made stout.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackHaddock (4150) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2012
Brown 500ml bottle, 5 days out of date (best before End of Nov 2008, drank on 5th Dec 2008). Poured into a Westmalle Chalice and the rest into a Palm tulip, it had yeast within (bottle conditioned), so I had to pour in one go. Really deep, dark brown/black in colour. A small tanned head soon became a collar and wisp. Burnt toast, coffee, dark chocolate and tarmac all came to my nose along with a Peat Bog Fire aroma. Very dry and bitter, the toast and smoke from the Peat Bog fire come through in the taste. A bit thin for a 5.0% Stout, very little body. The rear label mentions wheat as an ingrediant, that might explain the lack of a deep feel to the beer. Overall not bad, but I was expecting a little more from this beer.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jackl (4994) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2012
Bottle at Scopey’s CBC Tune-Up. Deep murky brown with no head. The nose is light berry, toasty malts. Quite neutral and faint aromas. The taste is light coffee, dark autumn berries. The finish is toasted wood. Like the Grain porter, I found this a bit watery and thin. In fact, it was almost indistinguishable from the porter. Overall, not bad.


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