Brewed by Quantock Brewery
Style: Dry Stout
Taunton, England


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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.46/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Cask; Regular. Also available bottle conditioned.
This beer was originally brewed as a dark, dry stout for bottling. Some of the first batch was put into casks and proved to be popular with local pubs and hence is now available on draught as well as in bottles.
The beer is brewed from the best Maris Otter pale malt with the addition of flaked barley to give dryness and roast barley giving the distinctive flavour of a dark stout. This highly flavoured beer requires a hop to match it, the variety used being Pilgrim with Goldings added in the latter stages of the boil for additional flavour and aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gegwilson (3033) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2016
Gravity at Newtfest 2016. Mahogany with a cream head. Nice moccha aroma. The taste has lots of coffee and chocolate too. A little light spice. Nice stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (4340) - BELGIUM - JAN 23, 2016
Bottle generously donated by Jeremy and brought to me by Sabine, cheers! Slow gusher upon opening. Towering high, foamy, moussy and very dense, pale beige, lacing head, slowly receding over an opaque black beer which turns out to be a very dark yellow brown in the end. Initially not very stout-like, yet pleasant nose of blackberry, raw rhubarb, redcurrant, fresh orange or even lemon and other fruity odours mingling with the basic, in this case rather subdued aromas of caramel, candi syrup, old bitter chocolate bars and faint coffee grounds, with further spicy (partially phenolic and partially hoppy) hints of mint, fresh ginger, flowers and liquorish. Crisp, refreshing onset of blackberry and redcurrant sourishness mixed with fig sweetishness and a subtle leathery and meaty umami touch, sparkling carbo but softening after a while. Middle phase has nutty and toasted malts, restrainedly sweetish but most of all bittering and mouth-coating, with a very oily, slick mouthfeel; a drying, sourish and deeply bittering, almost ’ashy’ roastedness takes over and dominates the finish, where, all the way in the end, it is reinforced with a spicy hop bitterness yielding some herbal and floral aromas retronasally and lasting quite long; the initial, soft, dark berry sourishness also lingers for a long time. Has more body than expected from a 4.5% ABV beer even if it is a stout; the yeasty effects in the nose distract a bit from the malts but somehow make this stout more interesting and individual than it would have been if a cleaner yeast strain would have been used. The effect is almost that of a Belgian stout... Still recognizably Anglo-Saxon though, and definitely a fine, refreshing, aromatic example of a dry stout. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SarkyNorthener (3920) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2015
Cask@the blackcountry arms, walsall. Black beer with medium head and good lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, cocoa powder and chocolate. Taste is roasted malts, light coffee, chocolate and a touch of dark fruits. Medium bodied. Solid stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tombyars (1579) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - OCT 15, 2013
Tasted this at the Troon Beer Festival in October 2013. Cask, gravity dispense. Dull black in colour with a thin pale buff head. Roast grain and black coffee present in the long aroma. Thin, oily mouthfeel and poor lacing. Black malt gives a distinct burnt toast note at the beginning, but this fades away to roast grain notes, along with dry liquorice and tart blackcurrants. There is a slight hint of dusty hop resins in the short aftertaste but this soon fades. Finish is malty with dry roast grain, woody briar and liquorice flavours. An ok session stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2013
Cask Stillage from the Cellar at Prince Of Wales, Foxfield 04/10/2008 Some roast aroma. Dark coloured a little rich on the palate strong in alcohol fruity and hoppy with a hint of dryness in a crisp and bitter roast finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (9677) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2012
Bottle. Black with a thin beige head. Aromas are earthy with leather and cocoa powder. Nutty with some smokiness. Coffee with hints of blackberry. Flavours are nutty roast coffee with berries and dark chocolate bitterness and some grapefruit. Lightly floral with light soapiness. Fruity and dry on the finish. Pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Miksu (5047) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JAN 15, 2012
Cask at GBBF 2011. Black color. Very coffeish aroma and flavor with grassy and acrid roastiness. A bit one dimensional.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (43244) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2011

Bottle 500ml.

Clear dark red brown colour with a small to average, frothy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, shoe polish, horse blanket - leather, light coffee and chocolate. Flavour is moderate sweet and light to moderate bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. [20111125]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2011
Bottle 50 cl. Courtesy of fonefan. Pours a reddish brown with a small off-white head. Roasty nose. Light body, hard roast and chocolate with a light malt bitter finish. 261111

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yngwie (16423) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 25, 2011
Bottle. It pours a small, beige head over a dark brown body with a reddish hue. Dried fruits, coffee, some chocolate and berries on the nose. Roasted flavor with coffee, chocolate and dried fruits. Lacks on bitterness all the way. Full-bodied and dry, a bit hard on the carbonation. Far from bad, but not a winner in my book. Too one dimensional. 111125

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