Brewed by Mauldons
Style: Stout
Sudbury, England


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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
Cask; Regular. Also available bottled straight from the cask by Iceni.
Introduced 1988.
"A dark bitter stout. Roast and nut aromas with a fruity balance of hops and dark malt provide an excellent, lingering finish."
CAMRA Supreme Champion 1991.
Ingredients: Maris Otter and Pearl pale malt, crystal malt, black malt. Fuggles hops.

swooper's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
swooper (1247) - Cambridge and Kladno(Czech Rep.), Cambridgeshire, - FEB 15, 2013
light caramel and malty aroma, total dark colour with brown head which falls in half minute. medium sweetness, medium bitterness, sweet bitter symphony i can say first caramel sweetness coming to bitterness in the end which are in balance. full body, slick feel, average carbonation, very full stout, i thing after two would be under table, but brilliant taste

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gegwilson (2524) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2015
Bottle from a Suffolk Waitrose. Pours almost black with a ruby tinge and some cream froth that fades to almost nothing quite quickly. Roast malt aroma with a hint of liquorice. The taste is treacle, liquorice and chocolate along with some very light spice. Low carbonation and light body make this pretty easy drinking. A pleasant stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (5002) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAY 24, 2015
On cask @ Maypole Cambridge. Half pint. The aroma has chocolate, roast, some nuts. Black coloured beer with a thin, beige lace. The taste is light bitter, has roast, chocolate mainly. Smooth, low carb mouthfeel. Nice one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kita (1671) - Koper, SLOVENIA - FEB 17, 2015
Bottle, 0.50l, shared with colleagues. Pitch black color with thin creamy light brown head and nice lacing. Aroma of heavily roasted malt, smoke, charcoal and leather. Taste starts with light sweet but rich roasted malt with nutty note, following is smoky and mild fruity, mouthfeel is dry, while finish is mild bitter. Medium body, creamy texture and soft carbonation in palate. This one was incredibly hard to drink, smoke and leather notes were too strong...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThirstyBird (2379) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2014
Many thanks to bobinlondon for carting this beer from cask in his local, into a bottle, then onto a train through the chunnel, around Brussels and finally to Düsseldorf - You are a true gentleman!! Pours very dark black/brown with a tan head that quickly dissolves. The smell is big roasted malt, licorice, molasses, a bit of char, nutty, a hint of coffee. The taste is dark roasted malt, char, a little smoke ending quite dry. The body is Light+ with light carbonation. A truly nice dry, bitter stout!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Don2711 (306) - - NOV 14, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2014 Excellent dark malt. Licorice aroma and licorice flavour and nutty. Good strength. Will drink again soon. Second pint even better. Can see why supreme champion 1991. Third pint and going well. Good strength.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CraftyBeerTour (140) - Barcelon, SPAIN - NOV 3, 2014
On cask. Raisiny aroma. Dark brown, light tan dissipating head. Dark chocolate, vanilla, liquorice and smokey notes. Touch dry on finish. Highlight is the smooth roasty flavour combination.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Simon8 (7) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2014 does not count
A very palatable beer, good amber brown in colour. Guest beer at California club, Ipswich

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SarkyNorthener (3483) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2014
Cask@the avion, aldridge. Black beer with medium tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, a little chocolate and nutty. Taste is sweetish nuts, roasted malts, a little dark fruit and ash. Medium bodied. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (7234) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2014
Bottle at home from waitrose, thanks to Sarah for picking this one up. Opaque black coloured pour with a nice compact light tan head that hades to a halo. Aroma is sweet caramel, nutty malts with a little dirty ashy edge. Considerable berry fruits on the nose as well. Later there is some soapy notes. Flavour is rounded milky lactose sweetness, caramel and chocolatey roast. English yeast with fruity berry esers. Palate is nice and rounded pretty full bodied, pretty milky sweet. Nice rounded stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
planky84 (2644) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2014
Cask at the Kidbrooke Beer Festival, 2014. Dark brown pour with beige head. Licorice and chocolate aroma. Licorice, sweet spice and chocolate flavour.

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