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Oakham Hawse Buckler

Brewed by Oakham
Style: Foreign Stout
Peterborough, England


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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jjsint (768) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mjp12 (336) - 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 .

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SilverfoX (266) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2014
leather, very black with foamy tan head. rich, creamy and hoppy with coffee flavours with a sweet aftertaste. nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SarkyNorthener (1947) - Walsall (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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (3345) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 10, 2014
Cask at Thomson’s. Pours black with a thick white head. Aromas are roast malt, light coffee, dark fruits. Taste is more of the same, sweet finish. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (6420) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 9, 2014
On tap at Craft Beer Co Covent Gardens, pours black with a small beige head. Aroma brings out light coffee, toasted malt, and a little cocoa. Flavour brings out coffee grinds, dry cocoa and roast. The coffee is most dominant, with a light and easily drinking palate. Very good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (20714) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 6, 2014
Cask at Craft100. Black colored with a small off-white head. Roasted aroma of caramel and dark chocolate with notes of hops. Roasted flavor of caramel, hops and dark chocolate. Roasted and hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (6812) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2014
Bottle at my 5K taste-a-thon, thanks to Leighton. It pours near black with a medium tan head. The nose is roasted malt, toast, earth, juicy fruit, jam and dark chocolate. The taste is roasted malt, toast, earth, mild acidity, decent bitterness and ash with a dry, bitter finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Tasty and rather well-rounded. Rather nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (8652) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2014
Bottle split at Scopey’s 5K Extravaganza of Oompah Band meets doorbell music, thanks to the guy who lives up the stairs, all those bloody stairs ... - 15/02/14. Light black with a moderate tan covering that dissipates to edgework. Nose is roast malt, earthy, dark toffee, dark fruit twang, ashy tobacco notes. Taste comprises earthy cocoa, dirt, leather, tobacco, dark fruits. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, drying curtain call. Decent drop.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maneliquor (3103) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 18, 2014
Bottle shared at Scopey’s 5000th rate. Cheers to Scopey himself. Not much to say which hasn’t already been said. A solid, very dry and chocolatey stout. Has an unusual spice focus to it and a little zesty on the finish. Solid drop but nothing out of the ordinary

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