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Hawkshead Brodie’s Prime

Brewed by Hawkshead
Style: Stout
Kendal, England


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A dark premium beer with an unusual medley of flavours. It is rich and malty with a roasted stout-like edge, yet also light and dry with spiciness and fruit, from the blend of hops: Exuberant American Cascade restrained by traditional English Fuggles with a touch of Bramling Cross.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mR_fr0g (1974) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2014
Cask gravity at the Wandsworth beer fest preview night 26/03/14. Dark caramel red coloured pour with a loose tan head. Aroma is mineral, farmyard some hedgerow berry and choc. Flavour is low roast, nutty malt and raisin. Palate Is medium. Lingering dirty roast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
s_hartshorne (601) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2014
Cask west riding dewsbury. Red black colour good beige head lacing. Aroma is fruity malts. Taste is is dark fruits and slight roasted malts dry bitter finish. Medium body soft carbonated. Decent not your usual stout profile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (6986) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2014
Cask at the Cask, Pimlico, 07/03/14. Dark chestnut brown with a moderate tan covering that clears to the edge. Nose is treacle toffee, biscuit malt, liqourice, syrup. Taste comprises light woody tones, cocoa dusting, light roast, dark toffee, hint of papyrus. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, drying close. Solid enough crossover stylee, had it down as an ESB as I started to rate it but when I saw it was a stout on RB I could begin to appreciate some stoutlike qualities.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Finn (3759) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2014
NWAF 25 Jan 13. Dypbrun / svart. 0 skum. Sterk & god plommearoma. Syrlig tørr fruktsmak. Blir litt kjedelig.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CraftyBeerTour (16) - Barcelon, SPAIN - JAN 27, 2014
A rich and appealing pour, frothy coffee-cream head, laces nicely. Raisiny, plenty of body, yet with a bitter and acidic edge that makes it really quaffable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gegwilson (616) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2013
Cask from the Old Gate, Hebden Bridge. Very deep mahogany with a small cream head. A little fruity at first before a bitter dry finish with coffee and burnt toast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daniele (4888) - ITALY - AUG 19, 2013
scura con riflessi ramati medie tistature piuttosto secca buona luppolatura lieve caffe non molto corpo

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
My Bottom Line:
This beautifully crafted dark ale presents toasted, roasted, caramelized and coffee-like malt flavours in a cuddly body rounded out by earthy, leafy hops and their bitterness .

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the clear dark brown.
-Mild raisin fruitiness is found as well.
-This brew is full of nuances. And it’s not trying to wow the palate by screaming at it. Major kudos to Hawkshead!
-If you are looking for a specific style to describe this, let’s say it’s somewhere between a Brown Ale and a Porter.
-These guys simply excel in traditional British stylings. I need to get up to Cumbria next time in England!

On cask at Craft Beer Co., Brighton.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardGretton (4176) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2013
Cask@The Criterion, Leicester. Black beer with a reddish tinge. The aroma is lightly roasted, and the flavour is more deeply roasted with quite a bit of bitterness at the finish. Overall a nice dark roasted beer with bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jamestulloch (1046) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 28, 2013
Aroma: Creamy coffee with hints of red fruit.

Appearance: Ruby body with a thick tan head. Flat carbonation. Great lacing.

Taste: Coffee, chocolate and a hint of blackcurrant. Very light flavour for a Porter - not too rich or heavy.

Palate: Thin body with a slick, oily mouthfeel. Flat carbonation.

Overall: The brewery tap described this as a Porter, not a Stout. Either way, it’s a light version of the style. Smooth, well balanced and very drinkable.

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