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Brewed by Lymestone
Style: English Strong Ale
Stone, England

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RATINGS: 65   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8750) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nocturne (888) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (4109) - 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.

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 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.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (4150) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SarkyNorthener (2391) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2013
Cask@the billiard hall, west brom. Dark ruby beer with medium head and good lacing. Aroma of malts. Taste is chocolate, dark treacle, bramble hedge fruits and malts. Full bodied and chewey. I liked this, very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madbeerproject (14) - - OCT 12, 2014
cask @ Cloisters, 12/10/2014, brown with little head, bread crust, little nutty, low carbonation, medium body, nice balance with bitter finish

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (7698) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
niquillis (1208) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2014 On cask at JDW, Stoke. Pours dark ruby with a foam head. Some hops and dark fruits but a bit too malty for my liking. On cask at Coachmakers, Hanley - 06/11/14. A fine example of a strong bitter must have been in much better condition than when I had it 3 years ago.


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