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Traditional Scottish Ales Double Espresso Wild Oat Stout

Formerly brewed at Black Wolf
Style: Stout
Stirling, Scotland


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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
Cask: Occasional
This stunning wild-oat stout is brewed with double-strength coffee beans, delivering the buzz of coffee and a toasted oatmeal flavour, while light hopping helps to balance and complement the smooth, silky character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ManVsBeer (6461) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2015
Cask during a Wetherspoon Beer Festival in 2010. No notes as pre-Ratebeer for me but rating transferred from the Facebook Beerseek app.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (7810) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 15, 2014
Cask at Cafe Royale. Pours black, nose is coffee and chocolate, taste is similar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2014
Bottle at home. Poured black with a dark tan head. Aroma has a good dollop of coffee, some dark chocolate. Roasted malts. Flavour has obvious coffee, sweet malts, finish is a little bitter. Quite enjoyable really, just many great beers of this style that do it better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (20445) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 25, 2013
Cask @ GBBF 2013. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty coffee aroma. Roasted malty coffee flavor. Has a roasted malty coffee and chocolate finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SarkyNorthener (3333) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2013
Cask@the black country arms, walsall. Black beer with medium beige head and decent lacing. Aroma of espresso. Taste is espresso, burnt malts and oats. Creamy body. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (15322) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2013
Cask at GBBF 2013. Very dark brown beer with a beige head. Huge espresso aroma, coffee, tar, dark chocolate, hay, burnt, woody notes, licorice, prunes, some vanilla. Coffee flavor, fruity, prunes, hay, chocolate, truffles, vinous, biscuits, a bit roasted, espresso, some caramel. Quite drinkable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nilz (470) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAY 15, 2013
Bottle pours a raven black ale with a tan head which dissipates. Aroma of treacle and coffee. Taste a smoky treacle with black coffee. An interesting offering, one that intrigued me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jamestulloch (2462) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 29, 2013
Aroma: Rich coffee and dark chocolate.

Appearance: Jet black body with a medium tan head. Good lacing.

Taste: Unlike previous raters, I found this to have quite a harsh bitterness (to be fair, the previous rate was from eight months ago...) Dark chocolate and espresso (living up to its name). Strong flavours but not the smoothest blend/balance.

Palate: Medium body with a watery, slightly oily texture. Flat carbonation.

Overall: As a Stout, it’s extremely rich, bitter and flavoursome. The balance isn’t quite there though and so it’s not very moreish (after half a pint, I’d almost had enough).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nuffield (3910) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 21, 2012
I am going to be going against the grain here, but I absolutely loved this. My notes reported, "Lovely! Exciting!" Great nose--vanilla, coffee, toffee/caramel. Fabulous flavors--jumping with coffee and interesting notes. Thin body, of course, but it’s British afterall. The best thing about this, we talked about, was its overwhelming tiramisu quality. Benjii agreed. I got this from a woman next to be at the bar, so she gets credit, but she’s absolutely right. This is tiramisu in a freakin’ glass--spectacular. (cask at the Scottish Real Ale Festival, Edinburgh, June 2012)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 29, 2012
On cask at the Scottish Real Ale Festival, 2012. Pours a very dark brown colour with a fair light tan head. Aroma of tiramisu, caramel, sweet coffee and alcohol. Similar flavours with mild carbonation and an oily mouth-feel. A little sweet overall.

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