Brewed by Whitstable
Style: Stout
Maidstone, England


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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Bottle: Filtered. Cask: Unfiltered.
Rich, dry, chocolate and mocha flavours. This is great chilled and served with oysters.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
altonbrownd (3766) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JAN 18, 2008
On cask at Market Porter, London. Very plain flavour, then kicks into high-gear with full on oyster taste. Tart. Ends smooth and creamy, reminiscent of vanilla ice cream. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
berkshirejohn (4381) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2007
330ml bottle from Waitrose, Hythe. Black with a milk chocolate head; intense aroma of bitter chocolate and coffee; thick and oily and intesely bitter chocolate flavour; dry finish with some underlying sweetness. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HarryFlashman (469) - Chatham, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2007
Another good drop from the Whitstable Brewery. I thought this had that chocolate-coffeeness that makes a good stout and had a nice bitter taste too. Very smooth and palatable.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SilkTork (5157) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2007
June 2007Filtered 330ml bottle Well, to put it simply, this is ordinary stuff. This is not the bottle conditioned Swale brewery glory. This is a stout sure enough - nice flavours, sure enough. But that edge, that freshness, that glory, is missing. The flavours are muted, thin, metallic. Some watery chocolate. Some indifferent roast. Artificial carbonation buzzing away. Blah! Not the same beer at all.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (10696) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 31, 2007
Bottle. Aroma of chocolatey roasted malts, along with underlying coffee. Opaque brown/black color with a tan head that laces a little. Didn’t last long though. Starts with smooth roasted dark malt, not at all harsh, but definitely roasted. Mouthfeel tends to thin. A little sour component lurks, but this is very nice stuff. The finish is dry and coffeeish, but not bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 27, 2007
Half pint at The Market Porter at London Bridge (London), dark black with a filmy beige head. A sweetish and tobaccoey malt aroma, only slightly roasted. A very smooth palate, a slightly roasetd malt flavour with tart and smokey plums in the finish,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hoser (367) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 10, 2007
Definitely one of the most interesting labels I ever seen. Bought this at Toppers in Helana Montana and drank this in the car driving to Vegas. Rich with a bit of sourness and an interesting beer I would like to revisit some day. Page 448 of Michael Jackson’s Great Beer Guide and only 241 of his Classic 500 Brews to go.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivnizub (8729) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - FEB 23, 2007
Bottle: Almost black with reddish spots, small brownish foamy layer; distinctive coffeeish - like fresh ground coffee or cacao powder - ,a bit fruity, a bit sourish-vinous nose; solid bitter-sweetish flavour, light to medium bodied; drier, coffeeish-bitter finish with a faint sourish-sweetish fruity touch. Pleasant Stout..........

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
BBB63 (5943) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 29, 2007
Bottle and served in my NB worthy glassware: Nearly opaque with ruddy highlights that developed a pencil thin mustache head and zip for lace. The aroma shows a dash of bittersweet chocolate in addition to a roasty malt, cheap coffee, licorice, and ashy yeast vapours. The taste is a simple combination of sweet chocolate and bready malts backed by a minor acidic fleshy fruit. It finishes with some more ashy notes and a nip of coffee. The aftertaste is a boney and left an oyster shell calcium tablet feeling upon the palate. The rest is a watery and coffee-ish. A poor example of a stout, no thanks, I will pass on this and try a better dry stout with my oysters. (Almost every good rating of this beer are at least 2 years or more old, did they change the recipe? Hey TAR methinks a rerate is in order...)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndrewC (321) - Canterbury, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2006
33cl bottle bought 10 miles from source: Smelt of milky coffee and cocoa powder. Black in colour with a thin copper cream head. Slight metalic taste at the front of the mouth with a rich, almost tart, flavour at the back of the tounge. Not much bitterness at the side of the tounge but plenty of coffee on the finish. Like most bottled beers the fizz kills the flavours.

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