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Hopshackle Experimental Series No:1

Hopshackle Experimental Series No:1
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Brewed by Hopshackle
Style: English Strong Ale
Peterborough, England


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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.71/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
No.1 – 9.2% ABV based on a strong English ale ( Hopshackle Special No. 001 )

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (44143) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2011

Bottle 275ml. @ home.

[ Trade by Fin ]. [ Bottle 6/30 ]. Clear dark brown colour with a large, frothy - fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white to beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, chocolate, dark dried fruit, light alcohol. Flavour is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, chocolate malt, dark dried fruit. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20111017]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bullit (4460) - Burgos, SPAIN - OCT 2, 2011
Bottled @ cgarvieuk’s Need some Cupboard Space tasting. Brown colour, light brown head. Nose is caramel malts, candy sugar, port, bit boozy. Flavour is caramel, candy sugar, slightly alcoholic. Sweet caramelly finish. Really pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (21902) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 1, 2011
bottle at home ... deep brown ... thin tan lacing ... soft sweet toffee treacle... big blackcurrant nose ...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 1, 2011
In bottle. A black beer with a decent light tan head. Aroma of caramel, coffee, treacle, tar and leather. Similar flavours with alcohol fairly prominent. Oily mouth-feel, moderate carbonation and light CO2 prickle. Long alcohol hum with some black pepper.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KimJohansen (10423) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2011
Cloudy amber with a medium a medium beige head. Hoppy nose with toasted malt, caramel and piney notes. Flavor was dry with hops, pine and toasted malt. Finished dry and bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2010
A Mes rate. Bottle at Merton Fest thanks muchly to Fin.
An excellent amber colour with a really impressive beige head. Lots of treacle and some adorable caramel notes. Plenty of fruity character and some absolutely fantastic hoppage. A really good sweet and delicately sour balance. A faint hint of coffee too. All over the place but really well integrated at the same time. Lively yet smooth. Nicely dry in the finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (9689) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2010
Bottle very kindly passed on by Nigel (Hopshackle brewer) Many thanks Nigel, shared with friends at Merton Summer Beer Festival July 17th 2010 I’m afraid that my notes are very sketchy as they were taken onto my phone. Really tangy, soft mouthfeel, the bitterness in particular coffee simply glides through this. Quite malty and plenty of warmth from the alcohol. Quite shocked that this was based on an English Strong Ale, I think Nigel’s wonderful experimentation has moved this away from that category but as I was unsure where else this should go ESA is where I put it, though when we were trying these I think that a few of us would have been led to believe that this was a stout. A7 A4 T8 P4 Ov15 3.8

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