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Marstonís / Bells Brewery Kalamazoo Black Silk

Formerly brewed at Marstonís
Style: Porter
Burton-on-Trent, England


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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 2.99/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
Cask: Special - 2011 JDW Autumn Festival.
John Mallet, from Bellís Brewery, has travelled to Marstonís Brewery (Staffordshire) to brew this especially for this Wetherspoon real-ale festival. This dark beer uses malted oats (long noted for the distinctive effects which they impart to beer), resulting in the rich chocolate depth of a traditional porter, beautifully balanced by the smooth body typical of oats Ė and finishing with a gentle, fruity hop note. Hops: cascade, fuggles

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
harrisoni (17353) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2011
Cask handpull at Thomas Ingoldsby Spoons Canterbury. I was looking firward to this and its pants. Like SilkTork I get diacetyl all over this then liquorice and really poor condition. Anything that is likely to turn me off a beer? Diacetyl, liquorice and poir condition. Barely sippable and I left a quarter of a pint. And I only ordered a half. Poor beer

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
SilkTork (5569) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2011
JDW Autumn Beer Fest 2011, Rochester. Diacetyl nose. Black appearance. Muddled flavour. Not nice. Rather hoppy for a dark beer. This is just plain bad. Doesnít work at all. Drinkable, but only just.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bullit (4473) - Burgos, SPAIN - OCT 8, 2011
Cask @ Edward Wylie, JDW. Spoons Real Ale Festival autumn 2011. Pleasantly surprised about the collaboration by Bells and high expectatations for this one. Very dark brown, beige head. Nose is roasted malts, bit of chocolate, dark fruits. Flavour is dry roasted malts, chocolate, fruits, cacao. Fairly bitter and dry finish. Good drinkable, but too many concessions for the UK market. A bit disappointed with this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 6, 2011
On cask at the Counting House in Glasgow. A black beer with a thin light tan head. Aroma and flavour of Wertherís Original caramels. A little thin and one dimensional. I expected more toasty malts but there was only light roasted barley to finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2011
Cask conditioned Handpump Moon On The Square Northampton. A near black beer with an off-white head. A dry, dusty smoky porter. A light body. Ashy malts. A hint of chocolate. Nothing special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
berkshirejohn (6088) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2011
Cask at the Old Manor (JDW), Bracknell. Dark brown with a tan head; demarara sugar aroma; demarara sugar flavour with some dry fruity malts; the finish has a touch of chocolate and some light peppery hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tombyars (1616) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - OCT 5, 2011
Tasted this in the Saltcot, Saltcoats (JDW) in October 2011. Cask, handpump dispense. Black ruby in colour with a thick creamy buff head. Slight hint of sweet bramble fruit in the well hidden aroma. Creamy texture to the silky mouthfeel (is that the oats?) and good lacing. Dark malts gives a roast grain note in the mouth, followed by creamy sweet blackcurrants. Slight dusty hop notes in the short aftertaste. Smooth fruity finish. Tastes like a fruity mild. A nice session ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2011
Cask at Pilgrimís Progress (JDW), Bedford in Wetherspoons Real Ale Festival, October 2011. Very dark brown, near black, with a small beige head. Sweet malt aroma. Malty taste of dusty, dry sacks, with some sort of berry fruit or maybe figs. Some bitterness. Very good after a long walk. Reminds me of my favourite Glen Miller number, sung by the wonderful Tex Beneke: íI got a gal in Kalamazoo. Donít wanta boast but I know sheís the toast of Kalamazoo.í

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (18745) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2011
Cask at the Crosse Keys, JDW, London. Pours red-black with a small, creamy tan head. Milk chocolate aroma. Medium sweet flavor, mild roast, lots of milky, lactic chocolate. Medium bodied with fine, smooth carbonation. Faintly dry finish with light roast, hints of cocoa and burnt wood, light bitterness. Smooth and easy but nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (9956) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2011
Cask, Wiiliam Wygston, Wigston. Black with a coffee foam. Aromas are roast malts with cream and chocolate milkshake. Earthy with underlying caramel. Oaty with light berry notes. Flavours are very milky coffee with earthy, dry hops and a peppery finish. Surprisingly a bit thin.

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