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Thornbridge Murmansk

Formerly brewed at Thornbridge
Style: Baltic Porter
Bakewell, England


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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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This Porter was brewed to take part in the Great Baltic Adventure in which 7 different breweries were asked to brew a strong stout/porter which would travel by yacht to Saint Petersburg in Russia and be tasted and judged alongside some fresh bottles of the same beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
SilverfoX (407) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2014
smells like toast, looks like a flat cola and tastes like chocolate covered toast! its nicer than ive made it sound but its quite watery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jamesie1857 (1472) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2014
Cask at Steel City Beer Festival 2014 at Kelham Island - Rich deep brown body, off white - grey to beige - thick head. Nose is lots of chocolate, toast, roasted coffee beans. Taste is helped by a nice oily mouthfeel, very black coffee bitter, can feel the booze warmth as well. Medium finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wimpyjoe (4424) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2014
Cask @ Old Gate, Hebden Bridge. Very dark brown with a creamy off-white head. Smooth textured with lovely milky-smooth roasted malts in both its aroma and taste accounting for this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Garrold (1697) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2014
Cask. 40th Steel City Beer Festival, Sheffield. Evidently out of retirement. Clear, dark brown. Bubbly, tan head. Dark chocolate. Some liquorice. Sweet, dark berry fruits. Taste is dry, and light bitter. Smooth, chewy palate. Super drinkable. Liked this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (5853) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2013
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. Dark brown pour with a tan head. The aroma is full of chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor is a bit more complex. I get a lot of roasted malt, but there is also an ashy smoke character. I also get some chocolate, cream and bitter roasted malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martinus (3045) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - MAR 22, 2012
Bottle in the Alchemy series, yellow label with hand written ’Murmansk’ and ’7,4’ ABV
Pitch black beer, fluffy tan head. The very last out of the bottle has some weird floaties. Aroma of coffee, light brett, minerals, ash, mocha, caramel, light dried sour cherries. Coffee bitter flavour, coffee, roasted malts and dark chocolate. Silky texture, really soft and creamy. Firm hoppy finish, burned malts and coffee. Nice!
(From 50cL bottle, shared while visiting tderoeck.)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (4250) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 12, 2012
50 cl. bottle purchased @ Alvinne: label bears the Alchemy etiquette with Murmansk & 7.4 (besides ABV) written with a pen, appearance is usual black with mocha head, smell is mocha, cocoa, coffee, touch sweet & sour, taste is creamy milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, going into a bitter chocolate truffle, slightly vinous coffee, touch sour red berries, slightly bitter roasted coffee & bitter hop finish, body is creamy but a very nice smoothness to it, highly drinkable, great beer, glad it wasn’t a 33 cl. bottle

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tderoeck (5109) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 5, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2012 4/III/2012 33cl bottle as Alchemy series, yellow label from Alvinne brewery and shop (Moen) @ home - BB: n/a (2012-216) Thanks to Martinus for sharing the bottle!

Dark brown to black beer, small brown creamy head, adhesive, little stable. Aroma: bretta start, mocha, sweet caramel, sour red fruits. MF: low carbon, full body, thick creamy texture. Taste: dark chocolate, heavy caramel, fudge, mocha, coffee, creamed coffee. Aftertaste: pretty hoppy, coffee, mocha, bitter dry hop ending.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2012
(500ml bottle) Pours an opaque black body with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and caramel. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, bread, and toffee with a dry, bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2012
In short: A big heavy sweet dark beer like many others. Good.
How: Bottle 500ml. Consumed probably fresh, 6 months after first bottle rating
The look: Black body topped by medium beige head with medium retention
In long: Nose is big fat roasted malts, peat, light smoky notes. Tastes is chocolate fudge, peat, roast, a shot of a quality pale single malt Scotch, burnt brown sugar, waffles, note of smoked wood. Not much hops to speak of. High sweetness sensation. Big full body with appropriate medium carbonation. A decent beer, but a bit too heavy for its own good, a single 500ml bottle was more than enough for me. This is a nice big sweet heavy beer but it doesn’t really stand out. Not a bad beer at all but when considering the hefty price tag I regret purchasing this one. I need to be more selective when buying pricey beer bottles, I think I need more discipline, and I don’t mean the spanking kind, however if you know someone offering this service please beermail me.

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