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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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
imdownthepub (9622) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StueyD (1065) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2007
A dark, black to brown coloured beer with reddish tints and a thick, off-white head. A sweet, smoky malt aroma, a little fruity, banana and bubblegum! The taste is lightly bitter sweet, smooth and fruity.Banana, bready and a touch yeasty, then the artificial fruity, bubllegum flavour. There is a clove spice as well through to a bitter sweet but smooth finish. (Cask - The Fox & Hounds, Heacham, Norfolk).

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2008
A Mes rate: Cask at The Crown.
Very dark brown with a slim tan head. Incredible coffee malt and earthy aroma with some stunning aromatic hoppage in the background. Proper stout flavour. Thick black car tyre malt with lots of dark fruit and a lovely delicate bitterness from the hops. Gorgeous chocolate on the finish eventually leaving some more bitter hops. Great stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerCast_Rich (1840) - 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 it’s really nice. Personally I like a bit more roast in my Black IPA’s – they may be hoppy porters, but styles are meant to be blurred, after all. I’d 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 (1877) - , 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9158) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2006
Cask Handpump at the Assembly Rooms, Derby 08/02/2003 Black stout which is smooth on the palate. Poured lively. Pleasant roast malt finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (7012) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2009
Cask at the Church Inn, Ludlow, Salop ,24-09-01 Pours black with a creamy head. The aroma is nutty with a light coffee touch. Some creaminess, bit fruity, dark chocolate its a fine stout. A6 A5 F7 P4 OV14 3.6

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tombyars (1316) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (18944) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 18, 2003
Sampled cask conditioned at Nynäshamn Real Ale Festival, Sweden.
Black with coffee aroma. Sweet and creamy with very soft mouthfeel and notes of chocolate. Velvetty finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
downender (5896) - 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.


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