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Traditional Scottish Ales Double Espresso Wild Oat Stout

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Formerly brewed at Black Wolf
Style: Stout
Stirling, Scotland

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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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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.


3.4
   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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16719) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SarkyNorthener (1956) - Walsall (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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (10655) - Göteborg/Jönköping, 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.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nilz (385) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jamestulloch (1395) - 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).

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nuffield (3671) - 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)

3.6
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vesavee (6) - FINLAND - MAY 19, 2012 does not count
Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a tan/cappucino head. Didn’t get much lacing and the head is quite short lived concidering the low ABV. As for the aroma, well, coffee. Yes. Definitely coffee. And some chocolate. But mostly coffee. The aroma sort of writes a check the taste can’t cash – slightly disappointing, but not bad as such. A lot of cappucino in the taste, some chocolate here as well and a hint of vanilla. Slight roastiness in the finish and the cappucino lingers. Mouthfeel not as thin as I feared, totally acceptable. Sort of thin cream. Well that would basically be milk, now wouldn’t it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tombyars (1362) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - MAR 11, 2012
Sampled this speciality stout in the Salt Cot, Saltcoats (JDW) in November 2010. Cask, handpump dispense. Black with hints of ruby around the edges. Thick creamy buff tan head and good lacing throughout. Strong intense aromas of creamy mocha coffee that overwhelms everything else. Good creamy thick mouthfeel. Dark malts give full stout flavour with black malt giving a burnt toast note, followed by strong roast coffee beans, black treacle and fudge notes. Hard to detect any fruit notes, but coffee comes to the fore in powerful waves. Might be hop resins in this but hard to detect amongst the coffee onslaught. Finish is rather dry with sweet chocolate coffee cremes full in the mouth. This stout is by far the most coffee flavoured of any beer I have tasted so far. Some might find this too cloying though and I could only manage a pint - so not an ideal session stout. If you really like the taste of coffee though, then this is highly recommended.


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