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Brewed by Kelham Island
Style: Stout
Sheffield, England

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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.52/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Cask; Seasonal - January.
A dark, ruby winter beer with little aroma. Malt and caramel, along with some fruitiness and dryness, are in the taste, which also has plum notes and chocolate, and develops into a dry, but sweet, aftertaste.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wimpyjoe (2967) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2014
Cask @ White Hart, Todmorden. Black with an off-white bubbly head. Sweet aroma with a bittersweet dark fruity taste.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (7004) - The Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2013
Cask at the Victoria, Rugby, 17/04/13. Extremely dark mahogony brown with a good sized beige head. Nose is dark malt, light sour fruits, dark toffee, hint of chocolate. Taste comprises dark malt, earthy qualities, black forest gateux, dark fruits. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, dry in the finish. Ok.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Grumbo (493) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2013
Cask handpump from The Mark Addy, Salford, Manchester. Black beer with a coffee cream head. Coffee, chocolate aroma, and a hint of liquorice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerCast_Rich (1841) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 30, 2012
[cask at Cloisters Bar, Edinburgh] [Badged as a Black IPA] Blackish, but with definite ruby edges when held against the light. Nice white head. Aroma is of chocolate malt and some citrus hop on the flavour the roasty parts come over a little more than the hop. I guess if I were judging this on style I would mark it down, but as a beer its really nice. Personally I like a bit more roast in my Black IPAs they may be hoppy porters, but styles are meant to be blurred, after all. Id definitely seek this one out again [17072012]

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
planky84 (1878) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2012
From the handpump at the Grape and Grain Spring Beer Festival 2012, Crystal Palace. Black pour with a tan head. Coffee, chocolate and vanilla nose. Smoky-roast flavours of chocolate and coffee with the latter dominating. A bit of chocolate ice cream in there too. Malty, dry roast finish. Quite tasty.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
niquillis (783) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2012
On cask at malt n hops, Fenton. Pours jet black with frothy tan head. Heavy, molasses, dark fruit, feint plum. Decent stout ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tombyars (1317) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 3, 2012
First tasted this at the Paisley Beer Festival in March 1994. Cask, gravity dispense. Dull ruby black in colour with a dark tan but loose head which vanished. Slight note of treacle toffee in the short aroma. Oily texture to the smooth sweet mouthfeel and very poor lacing. Dark malts give a rich maltloaf base with hints of chocolate sponge, molasses and ripe figs. There is a very slight prickle of hop resins but this fades fast as malt dominates. Finish is malty with dry vinous port and bitter chococlate notes coming through. An unusual stout but highly recommended, unfortunately very difficult to find north of the border.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
markas101 (1788) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 1, 2011
50 cl bottle, Sheffield, UK. Jet black, tan head. Burnt molasses aroma. Some lingering hop resin in the background. Sweet with an immediate burnt chocolate herbal hit. Creamy then a little thin, long bright finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
downender (5913) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2011
Cask-conditioned at the Seven Stars, Bristol 7/03/2011. Jet black with next to no head. Aroma of plain chocolate, black coffee and dark fruits. Easy drinking for the ABV, with plenty more chocolate and a dry finish. Very good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
imdownthepub (9642) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2009
Cask conditioned at The Rose & Crown, Charlbury, Oxon. Black with white head. Sweeter than expected, but still fully flavoured heavy Stout. Roasty notes throughout with a smooth maltiness, background bitterness. Really quite good.


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