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Sainsbury’s Celebration Ale

Brewed at Black Sheep

Style: Stout
London, England


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Available in 500ml bottles at Sainsburys supermarkets as part of their Taste The Difference range.

A dark, velvety stout with a complex chocolate and spice finish. Beautifully balanced with sweet raisin notes. The brewers use Challenger and Fuggles hops along with chocolate malt to give a distinctive aroma to complement the warming spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2014
Bottle at home. Aroma has a hint of smoke, some spice, roasted malts, coffee. More smoke in flavour although not a very smokey beer, roasted malts, dark fruit, chocolate. Not bad really.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichardW (1517) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2014
Rich and bitter with lots of chocolate and raisins in the aroma and taste. Quite tangy, with some traces of sulphur, which becomes more obvious late on

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (3994) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2014
Bottle.Black with a small head. Chocolate and spices combine to produce a powerful, complex beer. This was very impressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2014
Bottle - Dark Reddish Brown in colour; Deep Ruby against light. Very Malty; roasty/burnt malts, dark chocolate, coffee, some liquorice, caramel. Fruity; dark fruits, raisins. Spicy. Smokey. Hoppy; some earthy hops. Slightly salty. Bittersweet roast/burnt chocolate malty and spiced fruit throughout. Dry finish. Very drinkable. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SarkyNorthener (1958) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2014
Bottle from Sainsburys. Almost black beer with small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, port and raisins. Taste is chocolate, charcoal, some port notes and dried dark fruits. Light carbonation and slightly oily on the palate. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
planky84 (2105) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2014
Bottle from Sainsburys. Black pour with a light tan head. Toffee, raisin, chocolate, licorice and coffee aromas with some rich port notes. Nice flavours of dark roast coffee, chocolate ice cream, black treacle, raisins and licorice. Packed full of flavour. Dry roast finish. Very tasty and something I’m drinking quite a bit at the mo thanks to Sainsbury’s 3 for a fiver deal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mr_Pink_152 (711) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2014
Bottle, from Sainsburys, Lincoln. Almost black with thin beige head. Pleasant aroma of chocolate, liquorice and a touch of burnt coffee. Tastes great. This is a very good supermarket offering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beeebon (181) - Cornwall, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2014 This is a nice stout. Taste is charcoal smokey before notes of dark chocolate and dark fruits/dates. Pleasantly sweet with just enough dry bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wheresthepath (1532) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle from Sainsbury’s, High Wycombe. Deep brown with a small beige head and a light fizz. Charcoal at first, but it’s not overdone and is pleasingly balanced by milk chocolate. Dark fruits like prunes and dates come through to round out and balance the beer. Very impressive for a supermarket own brand, and I was astonished to see that it was brewed by Black Sheep, whose beers I normally dislike. Nice one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerViking (2478) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2013
Red-tinged black with a lasting fine coffee-coloured head, roasty nose with hints of treacle and coffee. Roast malt body with burnt bitterness, black treacle and cocoa, touches of soy sauce and more cocoa in the dry finish. A bit too gassy, but very tasty.

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