Brewed by Redwillow
Style: Stout
Macclesfield, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
Cask, Occasional;
Born from a conversation between a chocolatier, Lee from Pure Origin Chocolate and ourselves we embarked on creating a chocolate stout. After much enjoyable sampling we decided on a bold and complex 85% cacoa single origin Colombian chocolate which provides a lovely dry balanced bitterness and a long espresso finish, we think it works rather well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Svesse (7501) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 14, 2013
(Cask at Craft Beer Co Clerkenwell, London, 23 Nov 2013) Black colour with foamy, pale brown head. Malty, roasted nose with chocolate, coffee, vanilla and roasted malt. Malty, roasted taste with notes of chocolate, coffee, dark bread, chocolate truffles and a slightly citric bitterness in a fairly dry finish. Medium body, with a hint of sweetness. Excellent and well balanced stout with a generous chocolatey character. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pizd (433) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2013
(Bottle): Pours black with ruby tinges, very little off white head. Aroma of dark chocolate, espresso, roasted malt. Flavour is subdued chocolate, milky coffee, malt and that’s about it. Quite watery and no big flavours to speak of. Not a bad beer but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
The_Osprey (4887) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2013
Cask at CPK. Black with small, thin beige head. Smell - chocolate syrup, spice, smoke. Body is medium, not foamy at all, low carbonation. Taste - genuine chocolate flavour here (not the usual chocolate syrup) , some ash, woody finish. Ever so slightly metallic and maybe a bit watery, but overall I was impressed with this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (7237) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2013
Cask at the Euston tap. Opaque black colour with a dense light tan head. Aroma is milky chocolate coffee. Very mellow. Flavour is chocolate milk light mellow roast. Palate is full fat milk. Light carb / nitro. Clean and mellow stout and very drinkable. I could session this very easily.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
gegwilson (2524) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2013
Pitch black with long lasting cream head. Strong chocolate and coffee aromas. Same in the taste with an underlying burnt toast note.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
madmitch76 (20064) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2013
17th March 2013
Almost opaque brown beer, no real head. Palate is smooth and a little dry. Low carbonation. Insipid tangy malts. Touch of chocolate and coffee. Neutral finish. Inoffensive but frankly a bit dull.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
The_Bish (1123) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2013
Rather fizzy. This was a drink that was drunk fairly slowly over an evening. Some richness and a little thick, not hugely though. Good choc. Cheers. Not long to go now. Been enjoying RedWillow plenty overall. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2013
Appearance: Dark brown, no head other than ring of tan bubbles around glass which quickly disappeared. Aroma: Strawberry/cherry, weak chocolate, balsamic tartness. Taste: Smoky, roasty,toasty, tart, medium sweetness, low bitterness. Palate: Thin texture, dry and light body, no carbonation, quick finish. Comments: Did I have a dud bottle? No real chocolate taste, overall a bit empty, no glass lace, no carbonation, Disappointing. I need to try another one to either justify or banish this review.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
ianwelby (869) - SCOTLAND - MAY 11, 2013
Black pint with a decent foamy head. Aroma is dark chocolate and a hint of malt.Livelier on the tongue than I expected and the taste is less sweet than I imagined. It doesn’t have as much body as you’d expect of a stout and the flavour isn’t as sweet as I anticipated, it’s surprisingly dry. Not at all what I thought it would be and possibly better for it. It’s not my favourite of this style but it’s quite drinkable all the same.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
niquillis (2312) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2013
On cask at The Congress, Longton. Pours black with a tan head. Strong chocolate aroma but a very smooth stout. Chocolate, hops. A stout you can enjoy rather than the strong ones you have to fight with!

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