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Spectrum Black Buffle

Formerly brewed at Spectrum
Style: Stout
Norwich, England


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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.53/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Cask; Regular. Also available bottle conditioned.
Named after the brewer’s cat, it’s a smooth, full flavoured & easy drinking stout. It’s also vegan (unlike the cat).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DanielBrown (4353) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2004
GBBF, London. Like others, I wasn’t sure if this was a Porter or a Stout, but I don’t suppose it really matters. A very rich coffee taste, concentrated flavour - espresso-like. Tasty, lingering throat-coating coffee flavour. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Garrat (1326) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2005 Gravity At The East Anglian Beer Festival 05.Black in colour with no head,aroma is of dark fruit,taste is full and fruity with some coffee and roasted malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sigmund (6503) - Tau, NORWAY - MAY 29, 2005
Cask conditioned at the 32nd Cambridge Beer Festival, gravity dispense. (Not mentioned in the festival programme, as far as I could see - must have been brought in last minute as an extra beer.) Pitch black colour, nearly impenetrable for light. Some natural carbonation. Dark chocolate aroma with some roastiness. Smooth roasty flavour with coffee and chocolate notes. Medium dry. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (16932) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2007
Cask gravity at Nottingham BF 2007. Black, tan head. Good condition. Good dark malts, intense roasted malts. Choc aroma, bit like a porter really, full and deep in mouth. Excellent burnt malt finish. Very good choc and malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JUL 9, 2007
Gravity, Merton Beer Festival. Black, just a gleam of brown around the edges. For a low gravity beer some intense color. Dense, reddish brown head. Creamy, chocolate aroma, full, generous. Bitter dark chocolate flavor--a really nice intensity to the roast. Punches well above its weight. Yum.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2010
Cask at dba Brooklyn. Lovely pour. The aroma is loaded with fresh pnw hop, grapefruit and pine, underscoring a roasty body. Light bitterness, hop, dark chocolate, with some acetone. Very mellow and drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 31, 2005
Cask @ Camra National Winter Ale Festival, Manchester, UK 26 Jan 2005
Nicely roasted. Well balanced. Initially sweet that mellows out to a dry pleasant coffe-ish aftertaste. If you like espresso, you’ll like this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (34022) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 10, 2005
[Cask at GBBF 2004] A pitch black beer with no head. The aroma is roasted with notes of coffee. The flavor is sweet with notes of roasted malt and coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sm89walt (1934) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 27, 2008
Cask - The King’s Head, Norwich. A black stout with only the merest hint of a (tan) head. The aromas are full and aren’t afraid to express themselves; roasted malts, coffee and a chocolate sweetness. The flavours are rich and engulf the tongue with more roasted malt, coffee and a certain nuttiness. The palate textre is smooth, and quite light for a stout. A deep, lasting bitter finish tops off each sip. This is a very nice, rich stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bullit (4389) - Burgos, SPAIN - OCT 10, 2010
Cask @ 11th Ayrshire Real Ale Festival. Pitch black colour, no head. Aroma of roasted malts and chocolate and bitter coffee. Flavour is roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, light fruity, blackcurrant. Fairly bitter and dry finish. Aroma is great, and overall a well drinkable stout.

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