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Old Bear Black Maria

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Brewed by Old Bear
Style: Stout
Keighley, England

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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.48/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Occasional.
A wholesome jet black stout, smooth on the palate, brewed with Maris Otter malt and roasted barley and blended with two English hops, producing a strong roast malt flavour with a fruity finish.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
wimpyjoe (4140) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2014
Cask @ Polished Knob, Todmorden. Black with a thick creamy off-white head. Has a mid roasted and smoked aroma but light roasted in taste and a touch thin.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (9084) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2013
Mari’a indeed ! Cask at the Sussex Arms, Twickenham Green, 04/05/13. Light black with a thin beige head. Nose is roast malt, licqourice, dark toffee, leather. Taste comprises light roast malts, treacle toffee, toffee fudge, dark fruits. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, dry in the finish. Ok stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DruncanVeasey (7249) - NUNEATON, Top 22, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2011
’Black Mari’a’ actually, back room of The Blue Bell, York, 17/04/11. Very deep mahogany with cream drapes. Coal and dark chocolate orange, good minerals, decaying leaves, black cherry aroma. Taste: trails of Bamberg smoked malt through blackcurrant, coal, black cherry. A deep, seductive melding of roast, processed smoked cheese and malt interest. Only the second Old Bear beer I’ve had and I’m thirsting for more.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (7054) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2011
Cask at the Claret Free House, Croydon. It pours black with a reddish hue, thin foamy tan head and soft carbonation. The nose is caramel, charcoal, leather, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla and cola. The taste is charcoal, roasted malt, burnt sugar, wood, dark chocolate, rich-roast coffee, cherry and liquorice. It’s smooth, with a creamy mouth-feel and was served in great condition. A high quality and very drinkable low ABV stout.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (11315) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2011
Cask at the Crosse Keys, JDW. Pours dark brown with a small, off-white head. Aroma is mostly dough and light toffee, with hints of dark malts. Flavor comes from out of nowhere. Hugely smokey. Like biting into a charred piece of moss-covered wood. Ashy, with lots of tobacco, hints of sugar and burned rubber. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. The smokey-roasty malts linger, with subtle mocha as well. Great stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7396) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2011
Cask (handpump) at the Great British Beer Festival Day 2, August 2009. Black as black can be. Dry and roasty. Some chocolate. Fairly bitter finish. Perhaps a little austere but quite impressive.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
caesar (5201) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - APR 30, 2010
Cask @ Three Judges, Glasgow. Dark color, short head. Chocolat, coffee, soft, creamy. Decent balance. Good stout.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
downender (6361) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2010
Cask-conditioned at the Bag O’Nails, Bristol, 15/4/10. Black in colour with a slight, off-white head. Big, dark chocolate and sloe flavours with plenty of black coffee and a dry, lingering finish. Good stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pyobon (943) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 10, 2010
Bottle. The taste was quite surprising and does not accord well with others’ comments, so I wonder if there was something atypical about the bottle I had. Clear dark black with loose beige head. Aroma of dark malt, tobacco and tangy fruit, maybe raisins. Medium body, light carbonation. Flavour was tangy citrussy throughout, developing an oaky spicy midtaste and a clean sharp finish. Overall a very unusual stout, indeed a very unusual beer - tangy and refreshing whilst thick and dark.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - APR 7, 2010
Cask @ Three Judges, Glasgow. Black colored brew. Roasted, chocolate aroma. Flavor is roasted too, chocolate, mild malty and bitter.


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