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Style: English Strong Ale
Buxton, England

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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.53/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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Cask; Seasonal - Christmas.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (34434) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 15, 2009
Cask (handpump) @ Marble Arch Inn, 73 Rochdale Rd, Manchester, Greater Manchester England M4 4HY.
Clear medium to dark brown color with a average, frothy to creamy, excellent lacing, fully lasting, off-white to light beige head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, burnt, coffee, prunes. Flavor is moderate sweet and moderate to heavy bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20090124]

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (29172) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2010
Cask at Marble Arch, Manchester. A hazy red-brown beer with a lazing brown head. The aroma has notes of sweet and roasted malt. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of roasted malt, leading to a dry and lightly roasted finish.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrisoni (13288) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2005
Cask gravity at Notts BF 05. Ties as my beer of the festival. Black beer with lasting beige head. Intense hop, dark malts, some tar and bitter choc. Like a really good imperial style stout. Beautifully balanced, hops on end plus more bitter choc. Not too strong not too intense, not too alcholic, perfect balance

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2006
Cask Handpump at the Crown Inn, Stockport 31/12/2001 Dark coloured and strong in alcohol with some fruit aroma. Lasting fully roasted malt finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (7995) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2003
Describes as a strong english although its more stout like. This is black with a tint of red while aromas are earthy and stout like. Tastes of winter fruit and xmas pud. This is smooth, with a fair degree of sweetness with roast coffee and chocolate character. Like a strong porter, actually. Best of Leicester Fest for me.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7347) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2005
Cask (gravity dispense), Reading Beer Festival, April 2005. Deep brown colour. Looked a bit cloudy when held up to the light but it was so dark that it was kind of hard to tell. Hovers round in style between a strong ale, a stout, a porter and a barley wine. As this is obviously a Christmas ale, they’ve either made a special late batch or, more likely, given it some barrel ageing. It has a spicy, fruity aroma. but also has a surprising level of resinous hoppy notes. Lots of berry fruit and spices in the flavour. Slightly woody and quite bitter. Some licorice and dark chocolate. Full mouthfeel. Christmas ales can be a bit overblown and cloying, but not this one. perhaps its the extended ageing. A very fine beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2009
A Mes rate. Cask at the Marble. Black mahogany with a thin but very stable beige head and great condition. Lovely dark chewy malt with plenty of coffee and roasted nutty notes. Some liquorice. Tarty fruity finish. Clean. Drinkable. Excellent.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2005
Cask@Reading BF. Nice one, interesting. Chocolate, raisin, christmas cake spicyness. Sweet to start, dries out a touch towards the end. Really nice. Quite a soft mouthfeel aswell.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichardGretton (4229) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2009
Cask@Derby Winter Beer Festival, 2009. Blackish/reddish beer with a smokey and fishy aroma. The flavour is herbal, fishy and smokey. Overall a plain smokey beer with a weird element of fishiness about it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DanielBrown (3748) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2005
Gravity at Reading Beer Fest, with Kook, Duff, Chris_o and Joeh. Black beer of no fixed style. Nice Dunkel and fruit aroma. Tastes strong. Prickly hop and nettly grapefruit flavour. Meaty and big, with a long finish. Certainly amongst the best of the festival.


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