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Pope’s Yard Whisky Cask Dark Ale

Brewed by Pope’s Yard
Style: English Strong Ale
Watford, England


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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.4/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
An exceptional, strong, dark, malty brew. Matured for 3 months in 12-year old single malt whisky barrels. Its restrained hop bitterness allows the rich dark ale to marry perfectly with the finest whisky notes without either dominating the other. A beer for those cold dark winter nights when you need something special.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (44143) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2015

Bottle 330ml. - [ during RBESG14 ],

[ As Popes Yard Whisky Cask Dark Ale ].
Clear dark brown color with a average to large, frothy - creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to light beige head. Aroma is moderate malty, chocolate, dark malt, whisky, wood, prunes, light roasted. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and light moderate bitter with a long duration, chocolate, wood, sweet fruit - prunes, alcohol. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft - fizzy. [20140807]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (4538) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - FEB 24, 2015
Black colour, off-white head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, malts, only a hint of whisky. Caramel flavour, malts, whisky, light wood, light vanilla. Finish vanilla, whisky cask, caramel and malts.
(from 33cL bottle @ RBESG, London 2014. Thanks for sharing, madmitch76!)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Beese (2570) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2014
Cask gravity at the Watford Beer Festival 2012. Poured a dark brown, with a dense off white head. Aroma of oak, insipid sweetness and cooked fruit. Bready malt flavour, with some vey sweet whisky notes and light liquorice. Finish was copper, grain and molasses.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (6812) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - SEP 3, 2014
How: Bottle.
Where: Shared during RBESG 14.
Appearance: Black colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Caramel, dried fruit, a bit artificial.
Body: Full body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Caramel, fruit, alcohol, plum, malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (14270) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle shared by Madmitch. Black color, average sized beige to light brown head that lasts for a decent while. Aroma is malts, dark fruits, plums, slightly raisins though it’s a bit more sweet imo than normally I get with raisins. Taste malts, dark fruits, plums, slightly alcohol. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (12903) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 7, 2014
Bottle - Boozy bourbon, chocolate and dark malts. Dirty dark brown with a brown head. Dark malts and sugars, boozy heat, barrel notes and a long finish. Bourbon and heat overwhelms.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (22400) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2014
28th May 2014
Tasting at Chez Bruce. Thanks to our New England Chugmeister. Almost opaque dark brown beer, small bubbly pale tan head. Palate is smooth and a little dry. Fine carbonation. Sweetish and tangy dark fruits. Very mild whiskey, trace of alcohol spice. Semi dry finish brings light berry fruits. Pleasant and engaging.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (17229) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2014
Bottle split at Bruce’s pad, thanks to Ell-Kay-Ess, 28/05/14. Extremely dark mahogany brown with a moderate tan swirl and egework. Nose is light spice, toffee, vegetal notes, candle wax, papyrus, whisky tinge. Taste comprises dark fruits, sherry twang, dark berry fruits, spice, hint of booze, fruitloaf. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, drying close with port notes. Ok stuff, relatively simple but pleasing!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (18714) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2014
Bottle shared in London - picked up at Kristoffer Wines. Pours clearish, amber-brown with a bubbly tan head. The nose holds meaty dark fruits, brown bread, light prune. Medium sweet flavor with a bit of red wine, berry fruits, cherry, prune, light bready sweetness, low earthy bitterness. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Well balanced to finish, more ripe fruits, berries, subtle wood character, light alcohol, low bitterness. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (12711) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2014
Bottle thanks to Leighton. It pours dark brown with a small light tan head. The nose is earth, dried fruits, berry, blackcurrant jam, earth and port. The taste is smooth, fruity, cherry cola, light caramel, wood, dull whisky, toast and earth with a dry finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. Soft, easy going and quaffable.

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