Brewed by Hop Back Brewery
Style: Stout
Salisbury, England


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RATINGS: 395   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Cask; Regular. Also available bottle conditioned.
A rich dark stout with a strong roasted malt flavour and a long, smooth malty aftertaste.
Ingredients: Optic pale malt, chocolate malt, roasted barley, wheat crystal malt. Challenger and Goldings hops.

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Martinsh (99) - Crewe, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2019
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2019 Cask at Waters Green Tavern, Macclesfield The nose is a peculiar mixture of bacon and chocolate. Pours a very dark brown with a small beige head and soft carbonation. In the mouth there is chocolate and coffee but also fruity hints like black cherries. The dark fruits predominate in the finish, but there is also a sharpness not previously apparent. Quite nice.

DarkElf (3346) - La Jolla, California, USA - APR 5, 2019
UPDATED: APR 5, 2019 25-Feb-12 (500-ml bottle)
This stout pours very dark-brown in color with some deep mahogany at the edges, and half an inch of dark-tan head that fizzes away noisily and quickly to a thin sheet. On the palate, it's moderately roasty, with lots of cola flavor, plus dark chocolate, cocoa, some licorice, very gentle ashtray, oatmeal, dark bread, and medium-dark toast. Sweetness is light-to-medium and bitterness is pretty easy going, but there is a slight tartness that seems to detract from any possible richness the stout might have. Weight seems a bit thin too, perhaps medium in body, carbonation is medium-high and prickly, and the mouthfeel is somewhat dry in the finish. The nose is mostly cola, licorice, and dark chocolate, with a light yeastiness in the background. Not bad, not great, just an easy drinking stout.

Jabah (2145) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 20, 2018
Best thing about this beer was it's appearance, which is very dark/near black. Has a good frothy mocha head caused by the high carbonation. I found it overly carbonated, had that champagne feel to it. The flavor is decent but nothing special....mainly roasted chocolate malts and coffee. Reminded more of a black lager though over the stouts that I enjoy best. This was another imported beer that I recently bought that didn't quite seem worth the price tag.

ironcontra (523) - ATL, Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2017
Cask @ Cloisters. Very cask/UK style (surprise), old leather, paper thin body (although a slightly creamy mf somehow), low head, a somewhat incongruous bitter aftertaste, earthy. Not 4 me.

ianwelby (2253) - Hamilton, SCOTLAND - JUL 21, 2017
Black beer, thin head. Aroma is sweet chocolate and malt, a bit of liquourice. Taste has a bit of the same, some tangy fruit, earthy malt. Flavour is quite light but it’s not watery. Solid.

erikaraeb (336) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 19, 2017
Choco malty smell and taste with a bit of toast. Was suddenly struck with the aroma of dog food while drinking, though I promise this is more appetizing than that sounds. Watery, but decent for what it is.

Psytron (3530) - Turku, FINLAND - MAY 20, 2017
From cask at Beer Hunters. Sweet smell of candy. Cola colour, tiny head. Aroma of sweet malt, sugar, some ash and tar. Mildly sweet, medium bitter. Light body, no carbon.

Grumbo (8839) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2017
Bottle from a now unrecalled source. Poured very dark brown with a tan coloured head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, light coffee and vanilla. Moderate sweetness and medium bitterness. Medium to full body, slick texture, soft carbonation.

john44 (4026) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2017
Bottle. Dry smooth stout. Dark malt. Soft bitterness. Dark chocolate & roast coffee flavours. Roast malt finish. (2008)

redders1974 (2451) - Rochdale, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2016
Pint at the Healey rochdale. Good blackness full bodied. Touch of caramel. Tar and ash decent enough stout.

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