Brewed by Mauldons
Style: Stout
Sudbury, England


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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
swooper (1248) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Simon8 (6) - 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 (2141) - 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 (3437) - 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 (2116) - , 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Philym (1004) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2014
Appearance: Dark brown with finger thick tan/ivory head. Aroma: Chocolate, nutty, woody, toast, liquorice and prune. Taste: Medium bitterness, low sweetness and low/medium sourness. Palate: Thick coarse texture, light/medium body, average carbonation, lingering dry roasted malty finish. Comments: Tasty and glass lace.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2014
Bottle - Black in colour. Very Malty; dark chocolate, coffee, roasty malts, caramel, hints of liquorice and nuts, some smoke. Fruity; dark fruits, raisins. Hoppy; low hop bitterness. Well Balanced. Smooth and mellow. Sweet chocolate roast malty throughout; leading to a drying finish. Very drinkable. Nice Stout!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackHaddock (3912) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2012
12 Apr 2012: hand-pulled pint in my local Wetherspoons. Black as the ace of spades with very little head showing, this looked a mean brew. The aroma given off was of roasted, slightly burnt malts with a nutty feel (like an over cooked nut roast, that veggie’s eat). Sweeter in the mouth than the nose: some caramel hints in with the malty nut roast. Deep and thick bodied, couldn’t call it ‘rich’ or ‘creamy’, but certainly had a depth of flavour. An OK Stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gary (1407) - Brentford London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2012 (cask @ Victoria Station- Wetherspoon). God bless roasted malt . I missed my train home accidently on purpose so I could down several pints of this suave ,smooth black liquid . I was content to wait . This beer was vibrant , it spoke to my senses the refreshing simplicity and beauty of cask beer , especially the merits to a stout .This black liquid is living and wants to screw you. There is generous amounts of smooth roasted malt benefits ..coffee ,roasty bitterness. dark chocolate notes ...rather winey and raisiny . Lovely dry finish that twists your arm and makes you buy another . Excellent!!!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mr_h (2955) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - MAY 8, 2012
Cask by handpump at Henglers Circus, Glasgow (5 May 12) - very dark red ale, creamy tan head, roasted malt and chocolate aroma, good temperature, roasted malt, coffee, toffee,smooth, easy to drink

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