Brewed by Lymestone
Style: English Strong Ale
Stone, England


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RATINGS: 74   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stuu666 (10877) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 12, 2014
Cask at Cloisters. Pours dark amber, nose is cheesy toffee, taste is sweet, toffee, a bit thin.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Camons (10455) - Hasselager, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2012
Bottle @ Rasmus House. Pours dark amber with a creamy offwhite head. Aroma of malt, berries, glue. Flavor is malty, berries, oak notes. Thin to medium body, lively carbonation. 020812

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (9949) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2009
Bottle. Dark brown with a small beige head. Aromas are nutty with roast malts and toffee and molasses. Dark syrup with spices. Flavours are raisins with dark syrup and light roast malts. Sweet toffee and chocolate with some herbal notes. Spicy on the finish. Has a nice palate. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (9684) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2009
Cask, at the Hop Pole, Aylesbury, Bucks, 20-01-09 Pours a dark brown almost mahogany colour but with some glints of red in there and with an off white creamy head. The aroma is Tate and Lyle black treacle and Riga’s black Balsam (interesting combinantion) In the mouth is dark muscovado sugars, a nice maltiness and even some liquorice. It has to be noted that the Riga’s Black Balsam and black treacle also get a look in, there is a real furriness at the roof of the mouth with this as well which I quite liked. I found this quite challenging (but in a really good way) and a most enjoyable beer. To be honest I wasn’t 100% certain on the style so I’m happyif someone wishes to change this. A7 A4 F7 P4 OV15 3.7

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2009
UPDATED: APR 4, 2011 1. Cask Handpump at the GBBF, Earl’s Court 05/08/2009 Some hop aroma. Mid brown coloured and fruity with a little dryness in a crisp and bitter malt finish. 2. Cask Stillage at NWAF The Venue, Miles Platting 20/01/2010 Fruit and malt aromas. Mid brown coloured a little rich on the palate and strong in alcohol. A little bitterness in a fruity caramel malt finish. 3. Cask Handpump at Calverts Court JDW, Stockport 02/10/2010 Fruity aroma. Beige head. Dark coloured a little rich on the palate strong in alcohol and fruity with a hint of dryness in a bitter roast finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ManVsBeer (8772) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2013
Traditional ale that stands up well against the designer styles. Dark ruby coloured ale, lacks a decent head but its mild sweet character makes up for it. Medium bodied with a medium bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2012 Cask conditioned handpump Fowler & Co Ryde. A very dark brown to ruby coloured beer with off-white bubbles for a head. A very tasty, malty old ale like beer with extra hopping. Good bready and brown fruit flavours. Nuts in the nose. Signs of roastiness. A very good and complex beer. Score 3.9
Subsequent rating scored 3.8 Score unaltered

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2011
The Baron. Deep ruby with a tight beige drum. Good aroma with berry skins, a dusting of cocoa, blackcurrant.. Fine and soft with a pleasant blackcurrant and orange tang, discreetly floral hops, cranberry hints. Bittering milky coffee, nut husk and well done toast finish. A grower. Good brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (7960) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2011
Cask-conditioned at the Commercial Rooms (JDW), Bristol 30/6/2011. Dark brown with a slight tan head. Floral hop and caramel aroma. Sweetish, chocolate and toffee flavour with a contrasting and pleasant bitter finish. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (7932) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - SEP 4, 2009
(Cask at GBBF, London Earl’s Court, 6 Aug 2009) Dark brown colour with brief, beige head. Malty nose with dark fruit, raisins and chocolate. Malty, fruity taste with notes of raisins, dark fruit and a long, bittersweet finish. More than medium body, fairly sweet. Vey nice beer.

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