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Sainsbury’s Celebration Ale

Brewed at Black Sheep

Style: Stout
Holborn, England


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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dchad56 (358) - - MAR 17, 2016
Bottle - dark reddy brown - only small tan head. Chocolate - raison aroma. Slight ting on tongue. Chocolate - vanilla tasting, slight smoke - decent.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Camrakipah (19) - Birmingham, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2016
Disappointing. The label makes it sound much better than it actually is. It is thin with a bitter aftertaste. For a dark ale at 6% this is pretty poor brewing. It is marketed under Sainsbury’s "Taste the Difference" label. Well you can certainly taste the difference between the way it is described on the label and the actual taste, or lack of!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
jasonbenali (134) - Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2016
Pours a dark brown with yellow slight head which quickly faded. Aroma of coffee, liquorice, raisin, touch of clove & cinnamon spice but unfortunately also a strong whiff of chlorine and metal. Flavour is bitter, salty, surprisingly thin and, ew, chlorinated. Classic off-flavours from phenols. Maybe a bad bottle from a change in the water from rain which affected the water treatment? Surely they’re not all like this...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
uckelman (635) - Durham, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2015
Pours dark brown, still clear when held up to light. Thick tan head. Aroma is darkly roasted malt, very faint hint of smoke, and something like boiled vegetables. Full body. Ashy finish, with an odd metallic aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sarauckelman (408) - Durham, Durham, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2015
Dark brown with tan head of varying sized bubbles. Aroma of malt, molasses, and coffee. A lot of bitter coffee and chocolate on the palatte, ending with tannins and raisin notes. Complex and satisfying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrTipple (3588) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2015
Aroma: intense chocolate, light milk coffee and toasted malts. Appearance: black, medium, beige, frothy head. Taste: light bitter. Palate: light bitters continue, toasted malts coming up, chocolate and coffee again, not too strong though, bitters starting up, getting quite intense, dry finish. Overall: quite a nice Stout, excellent palate. Bottle from Sainsburys, Pimlico.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ManVsBeer (8697) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2015
Bottle from Sainsburys, Salford. Extremely dark with a a very thin off-white head. Has plenty of dark malts with a sticky sweetness to its texture and taste and a touch of spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jjsint (2334) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2015
Bottle from Sainsbury’s (obviously). Very dark brown, almost black. Very little head and a reasonable but not excessive amount of carbonation. Aroma of peat smoke, blackberry jam, liquorice, molasses. Taste is surprisingly dry. A tempered fruity bitter leads to a gorgeous rounded finish. A hint of sharpness in the aftertaste. Very, very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tinylightsrecs (437) - - DEC 12, 2014
Bottle from Sainsburys Team Valley. Pours black with tan head. Nuts, roast meat, woody flavours. Strong, tasty and fulfilling

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beese (2570) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2014
Bottle from Sainsburys. Poured a very dark ruby, near black, with a thin beige head. Aroma of mocha, blackcurrants and dark malt. Pretty full mouthfeel. Roasted malt in the flavour, with some dark chocolate and prunes. Finish was very nicely balanced toasted malt, dark fruit and molasses.

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