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McMullen Stronghart

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Brewed by McMullen
Style: English Strong Ale
Hertford, England

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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.48/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Seasonal - Christmas. Also available bottled.
Specially brewed from the finest malted East Anglian barley and whole leaf English hops, CAMRA chose McMUllen Stronghart as thir first ’Best Festive Ale’ award, describing it as "Liquid Christmas Pudding. A beer that is rich, dark and exceptionally smooth, demonstrating the very special skills of Hertfordshire’s Independent Family Brewers".


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Philym (976) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2014
Appearance: Clear ruby/brown with 2 finger thick beige head. Aroma: Dried fruit, toffee, golden syrup, slight spiritous note. Taste: Medium bitter and sweetness with low sourness. Palate: Thick coarse texture, light/medium body, average carbonation, lingering dry, burnt toffee, syrupy, fruity finish. Comments: Lovely.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (3937) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown with a medium head. Sweet and powerful and left lots of lacing. Distinctive and one that hits you.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2014
Bottle - Very Malty; roasty/burnt malts, burnt sugar. Very Fruity; dark fruits, raisins, plums. Spicy. Hoppy; grassy hops. Full bodied and very smooth. Bittersweet very fruity roasty/burnt malty with a sour fruit/hop edge. Nice Beer!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (3598) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2013
500ml Bottle: BBD end of Aug 2013, poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard on 4th Aug 2013, at home. Ruddy brown body with a good, full head of tan coloured foam. The nose is of dark fruits and malty molasses. The taste is moist fruit cake and extra sweet malts with a mild liquorice undertone. Rich and heavy in the body, hides the alcohol nicely: this is an armchair and coal fire sort of brew, a Winter Warmer!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (10841) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2012
Clear reddish brown with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dried fruity and dark sugar. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet finish. 280212

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chrisv10 (10871) - DENMARK - FEB 28, 2012
Bottle. Clear dark amber with small beige head. Aroma is malt, caramel, fruit and a little toffee. Flavour is malts, plume, medium sweet, toffee, caramel and dried fruits.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (13851) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2012
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is brown. Aroma and taste are dried fruits, caramel, malt, nuts, candy sugar and hops.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gowdy (725) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - FEB 21, 2012
Bottle at Craig’s house. caramel, resin, brown, minimal head, medium sweetness, medium body, creamy, average carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (14175) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 21, 2012
bottle at home ... deep brown ... bubb;y tan head ... sweet dark tracle plum nose ... little fizzy ... sweet suger roast ... brown sugers ... plums and figs ... dark fruits ... malt extract tones... some cherry ... ok

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tombyars (1352) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 9, 2012
First tasted this at the Glasgow Winter Beer Festival in February 1997. Cask, gravity dispense. Ruby black in colour with a thin off white head. Sweet toffee notes in the powerful malty aroma. Creamy but thin mouthfeel and poor lacing. Dark malts give a moist maltloaf base with sweet juicy damsons, sultanas and prunes mixed with treacle toffee notes. There is a slight prickle of earthy hops in the aftertaste but this is short lived. Robust powerful malt returns with booming notes of dry oak cask and vinous fruit. A superb, strong Old Ale in style and highly recommended.


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