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Brewed by Lymestone
Style: English Strong Ale
Stone, England

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RATINGS: 60   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
berkshirejohn (4381) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2011 50cl bottle from Londis, Barlaston, Staffs. Reddish chestnut with a foaming caramel coloured head; aroma of spiced caramel and apple; rich fruity flavour, thinner than expected; then a dry caramel finish with a hint of smoke and a gentle bitterness. Really nice.</br></br>Cask at the Standard Bearer (JDW), Stevenage. Just as good as the bottled version. Dark ruby in colour with a creamy head; rich fruity and earthy taste with a smooth, dry finish. Rather like Hobgoblin.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardGretton (4222) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (4022) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 14, 2014
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines, Birmingham. Poured a clear dark brown with a thin bubbly light tan head. The aroma is malt light caramel and red berry fruit. The flavour is medium to strong bitter, light sweet with a slightly watery strong hop liqourice bitter palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Nice and drinkable but the liqourice does dominate and that’s not so good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2010
Cask at Wellington Arms, Bedford. Dark brown with a small off white head. Ashy log fire aroma. Sweet, thick leathery taste with dates and prunes, thick, rich... I almost want to say meaty, like a cup of Bovril. Mid bitter finish. Full of character. Almost like a Hopshackle beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (3859) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2009
Bottle. Much better than their Foundation Stone. In fact a cracking beer. Dark with a small head and a fruity maltiness. A bit thin for its strength but stilll well balanced with a complexity of flavours that was most interesting.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
wimpyjoe (3492) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (3485) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnRMurdoch (3172) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 16, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2012 Cask @ The Bow Bar. Rich dark brown colour, good head. Roasted coffee malt aroma & flavour. Sweet aftertaste. Not bad.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 16, 2012
On cask at The Bow Bar. Pours a very dark ruby colour with a thick, light tan head. Aroma of coffee caramel, chocolate and alcohol. Similar flavours of roast malt, coffee and chocolate. Very tasty and just a little dry to finish. Mild carbonation and an oily mouth-feel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tommann (2604) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2013
500ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with a large head. Aroma is Juicy Fruits and marmalade on toast. Taste has Juicy Fruits and a little chocolate to start. Sweet, burnt malt finish. Some alcohol in the finish.


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