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Oakham Hawse Buckler

Brewed by Oakham
Style: Foreign Stout
Peterborough, England


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RATINGS: 102   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Cask and bottle.
Originally brewed as a cask beer for the Peterborough Beer Festival in 2006; later bottled for sale.
"It’s a dark ale, it’s quite strong by British standards, and the taste is quite aggressive – it’s like espresso compared with instant coffee. It only appeals to confirmed fans of dark beer and is not a huge seller. When we first brewed it, people had ’Marmite moments’ with it. They either hated it or raved about it."John Bryan, Oakham head brewer.
Hawse Buckler takes its name from the plate which fills the hole for a ship’s anchor chain – the hawse-hole – during rough weather.
2008 World Beer Awards: Best strong dark bottled ale and the best dark bottled ale. Second to Tripel Karmeliet for world’s best ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bullit (4258) - Burgos, SPAIN - AUG 12, 2015
Cask @ Edward Wylie JDW. Very dark brown, thin beige head. Nose is roasted malts, coffee and drief fruits. Flavour is roasted malts, coffee, slight smokyness, dark fruits, a very sight sourness. Very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerViking (3323) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2015
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2015 Cask at the Webb Ellis JDW, near-black with a fine tan head and a burnt caramel and pine nose, rich, dry-bitter and dark, with grapefruit, burnt treacle, liquorice and a hint of gravy. Almost a black IPA, but much thicker and syrupy-dry. Lovely. Re-rate at the Crosse Keys, gorgeous roasty winey burnt-bitter stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (7032) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2015
(Cask at Craft Beer Co Covent Garden, London, 26 Apr 2015) Black colour with foamy, pale brown head. Malty, roasted nose with notes of liquorice, coffee and pine needles. Malty, roasted taste with black coffee, cacao, liquorice, a touch of mint and a generous piney, coffee bitterness in the finish. Medium body, quite dry. Tasty and solid stout with a fresh bitterness. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
davidtjm (968) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAY 3, 2015
Tap. Pour is black with a thin head, aroma is sweet, toffee. Taste is malty, toffee, sweet, light warming alcohol, gentle bitterness but a tad thin. Nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ianwelby (778) - SCOTLAND - MAY 1, 2015
Black beer with a thick, bubbly brownish head. Smells mostly of malt but I think there’s a hint of something fruity, almost citrus, under that too. That’s there in the flavour too but it’s mostly toasted malt and a dry, hoppy aftertaste. Unusual but very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mr_Pink_152 (2137) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2015
On tap at the West End Tap, Lincoln. Deep dark almost black colour with a thick tan head. Roasted malt aroma. The taste is also roasted malt with a slight bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldgeezer (72) - brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2014
Cask at Oaka.Pours nearly black with good head.Malty bready ,superb hop balance.Fruity finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
niquillis (1910) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2014
On cask at Hop Inn, Newcastle-under-Lyme. Pours black brown with bubbly tan head. Strange stout, very dry and smoky. Decent but I prefer a more creamy mouth feel to my stouts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AdiBeer (2283) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2014
Aroma: tasted malts, caramel, light grain. Appearance: dark brown/black, medium, beige, creamy head. Taste: light sweet. Palate: intense bread malts with light toasted flavours, light bitters dominate and intensify, quite bitter in the long finish. Overall: great Foreign Stout, fantastic palate. Pint at the Old Fountain, Old Street.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beese (2560) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2014
Gravity at the St Albans Beer Festival 2014. Poured black, with a rocky off white head. Aroma of burnt sugar, grain and straw. Silky smooth maltiness in the flavour, with some cooked fruits and grain. Finish was rye bread, roasted malt and mild hop bitterness.

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