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Brewed by Lymestone
Style: English Strong Ale
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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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Cask; Regular. Also available bottled.
A rich red to black beer carefully crafted from the finest crystal and chocolate malts. Chewy juicy fruit flavours give way to a deep lingering bitterness provided by an abundance of Styrian Goldings, Millenium and Nugget hops.


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rasmus40 (11216) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 2, 2012
Clear dark dark reddish amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and notes of glue (thanks to Camons for giving me that association, you bastard.). Flavor is medium sweet and light bitter. Sweet finish. 020812

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
chrisv10 (11131) - DENMARK - AUG 2, 2012
Bottle. Clear dark amber with medium beige head. Aroma is malt, fruit, little berries and hops. Flavour is malt, medium sweet, berries, caramel, hop and medium bitter.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
saxo (14044) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 2, 2012
Bottle from Kris Wines. Nice head with good duration. Color is brown. Aroma and taste are berries, yeast, caramel, malt, fruits and hops. Quite odd.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
a_cross (600) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2012
Bottle; a lovely deep ruby colour, with a thin but lasting nicotine coloured head; a roast malt and baked fruit aroma; high carbonation; slightly sweet; roast malt amd bitter chocolate in the taste, with a little spice; a hoppy finish with some fruit; perhaps slightly over-carbonated but plenty going on and all told a pretty tasty drink.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (15092) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2012
7th August 2009
GBBF. Cask. Clear dark brown beer. Light dry palate. Good malt with a streak of sour chocolate. Well hidden hoppy fruit at the very end. Nicely joined up and tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardGretton (4247) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2012
Bottle. Black beer with a strong head. The aroma is mildly roasted, and the flavour is pretty deeply roasted with a deeply bitter and fortified body and finish. Overall a really flavoursome beer.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (3772) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2012
Hand pulled pint in a local pub 10 Nov 2011: Dark ruby red body, almost black unless held up to a light source: on top sat a head that was creamy in colour and texture. The taste and smells were very similar, bittering hops (Styrian Goldings, Millenium and Nugget according to the website) and roasted/toasted malts (Crystal and Chocolate malts). The hops just about won the smelling contest, the malts triumphing in the taste, the beer being slightly malt sweet with some mild hop bitterness in the finish. Easy to drink and the body strength hides the 5.4% ABV nicely.

3.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
foxo82 (693) - Tamworth (via Leicester), Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2012
Bottle from Best Western Malt House Hotel, Stoke-on-Trent. Pours a dark, cloudy, cola brown with a small head. Cracking aroma of burnt sugar, syrup, malt, brandy sauce and Christmas pudding. The taste is bitter, hoppy and very long but, if I’m honest, not one I really enjoyed - Benylin cough medicine with a bitter aftertaste. It lacked the depth and range of flavour that its appearance and aroma promised.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nocturne (786) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2012
500ml bottle. Dark amber with plenty of creamy head. Loads of lacing. Nice aroma with malts and some alcohol poking through. Lovely mouthfeel with some pronounced fruitiness and a bitter finish. My memory of the cask version was that the fruit shone through even more, but unless you’re fortunate enough to have this brew on tap locally the bottled version will certainly suffice. A beer I’ll return to many more times.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheCametron (1780) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 18, 2012
Keg at Bow Bar. Dark red brown with off white head. coffee and fruity chocolate. Light hoppy dryness. Very nice.


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