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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 15/20
AdiBeer (2273) - 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 (6190) - 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 (1549) - Ely, 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 (379) - - 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 (2560) - 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.

   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 (1795) - 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 (4525) - 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 (3160) - West Bromwich (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.

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