Brewed by Nobbys
Style: English Strong Ale
Northampton, England


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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.46/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
Cask; Regular. Also available bottled.
Delightfully dark Strong Ale from years gone by. Rich malt and hop balance with a wonderfully warm finish. Not for the faint hearted.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2010
Cask, gravity, at Bedford Beer Festival 10. Very dark brown. Ashy leathery aroma. Hints of sweaty car seat and marmite. Mid bitter finish. This isnt the sort of stuff to be drinking at noon. But its good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (25327) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 15, 2010
Cask. Ambery brown color with small off-white foamy head. Aroma is fruity and floral hops, sweet malts, red berries, some alcohol and mild nutty notes. Flavour is fruits, raisins, sweet malts, some alcohol as well as mild herbal and nutty notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2010
Cask Stillage at the Charotar Patidar Samaj, Leicester 19/03/2005 Dark mid brown coloured strong in alcohol and fruity with a slightly dry lasting malt finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2013 Cask conditioned handpump Criterion Leicester. A dark brown coloured beer with a purple hue and a tiny off-white head. The aroma has stewed fruit and booze with licorice notes. Vinuous and fruity in the mouth with prunes. A good warming strong beer. Score 3.6
Subsequent rating scored 3.7 Score unaltered

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
downender (7925) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2010
Cask-conditioned at the Royal Oak, Bath 25/02/10. Dark brown with a slight, off-white head. Aroma of caramel, dark fruit and chocolate with a vinous, slightly sour edge. Flavour was similar with more fruit, sourness and a dry finish. Very drinkable, given the ABV.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JK54B (1539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 3, 2008
Cask RA. Red brownish colour. Some cloudiness. Some sourness and also baleywine like taste. Some coffee hints.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (9837) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2008
Cask, Leicester Fest 08. Dark brown with a small beige head. Aromas are earthy and smoky with bitter coffee. Some liquorice. Flavours are rich coffee with some berry fruitiness. Viscous and sticky on the palate. A change to all the golden ales at this festival.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (17282) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2008
Cask handpull at The Wellington, Birmingham. Black with lasting tan head. Good intense roasted stout. Bitter choc, little bit of espresso, lots of roasted malt, some dark fruits. Very full and malty. Nice mouthfeel, bit of choccy velvet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FatPhil (13867) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 14, 2007
Cask (Gallows Bird, Espoo, Real Ale Festival 2007). Different taste every mouthful. Some chocolate, some sourness, some wateryness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (9591) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2007
Cask conditioned gravity dispense at Merton Winter Beer Festival 17-02-07. Poured a very dark brown colour with nutty, malty aroma. Warming rich slightly sweet malty taste typical of a winter ale with the alcohol always present, little in the way of bitterness but really nice. I understand they do an oak aged or is it barrel aged version of this which sounds very interesting.

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