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Oakham Hawse Buckler

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Brewed by Oakham
Style: Foreign Stout
Peterborough, England

bottling
unknown

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 96   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.7
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
niquillis (1208) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AdiBeer (1558) - 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.

4
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
evergreen0199 (2144) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2014
Cask at St Albans beer festival 2014, St Albans, Herts. A dark brown/black coloured pour with a medium beige head on top. Roasty, malty aroma. Tastes similar, roasty, malty, coffee, bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (4000) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2014
Cask gravity at the St Albans beer fest 2014. Dark chestnut brown coloured pout with a lasting light cream head. Aroma is honey, caramel, hint of choc, hay earthyness. Flavour is semi sweet, caramel, nutty honey and semi spicy hop. Palate is semi sweet and good cask condition. Very tasty beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jjsint (927) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Cask at the Lower Red Lion, St Albans. Dark, almost opaque purple-black. Aroma of prunes, charcoal, lavender, dark chocolate. Usual stout aroma components, but there’s something a bit more complex about it: a sweet-umami aspect which I can’t quite place. Taste is fairly bitter with a slightly vinegary aftertaste. Quite good overall. I’d jump at the chance to have this again.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mjp12 (444) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2014
On tap, quite a hoppy aroma, with a thick mouthfeel, relatively easy drinking for its abv. Almost like a dark ipa .

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SilverfoX (417) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2014
leather, very black with foamy tan head. rich, creamy and hoppy with coffee flavours with a sweet aftertaste. nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SarkyNorthener (2396) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2014
Cask@coopers tavern, burton. Very dark ruby brown beer with small head and decent lacing. Aroma of cocoa and dark fruits. Taste is dark fruits, coffee, chared malts, earth and chalk with some licorice. Slightly oily body. Very nice.


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