Brewed by Hambleton Ales
Style: Stout
Ripon, England


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RATINGS: 329   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Cask conditioned; bottle: cold filtered.
This is an extra stout porter. Unlike many stouts, Nightmare is not harsh or overly bitter. A smooth, massively flavoured creamy drink, best served on the ’warm’ side, allowing full appreciation of this four malt brew. It was runner-up in the ’Stout and Porter’ class at the Great British Beer Festival 1994, Champion Beer at the SIBA (NORTH) Festival 1995 and CHAMPION WINTER BEER OF BRITAIN at the first Great British Winter Beer Festival in Glasgow 1997. Gold Award - ’Stout and Porter’ class SIBA (NORTH) Festival 1999 and 2003.

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Itstasty (154) - East Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2019
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2019 Bottle. Dark body, malty nose. Medium mouthfeel, coffee grinds, malt and a touch of fruit. Reasonable.

deanso (11725) - Georgetown, MALAYSIA - JUL 23, 2018
Half pint on tap at Scholars. Medium creamy beige head. Clear almost black pour. Light bitterness & coffee

Towey1989 (4785) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2018
Cask at The Green Dragon, Leek (JDW) A brown colour with a medium beige head. Aroma of liquorice, some toffee, slight bready malts, a little coffee and subtle treacle. Taste of liquorice, some toffee, slight cola, bready malts, a little chocolate, coffee and subtle treacle. Medium bodied and soft carbonation. A soft, dryish, roasty and spicy bitterness in the finish. A good, classic styled porter stout. Soft bitterness throughout but full of rich, malty flavours. Tad wet in the finish though.

rich8880 (102) - - FEB 9, 2018
Bottled. Black appearance! Nice head. Chocolate coffee aroma. The coffee carries the flavour - there's a malty back taste to this but at the forefront is the mild coffee like bitterness. it's good - a well proportioned beer. Nice on the palate - medium body. Recommended

onceblind (13376) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 20, 2017
Clear deep brownish amber with a thin ivory cap. Nice earthy cocoa nose with a little brown sugar and biscuity black malt tones. Smooth but roasty dry earthy Porter malts on the flavor with a hint of cocoa and a lingering gentle sweetness. A touch of cocoa biscuit and earthy dry roast tones. Pretty mild.

DarkElf (3341) - La Jolla, California, USA - OCT 17, 2016
17-Oct-16 (500-ml bottle)
This English Porter pours a nearly black body and over half an inch of tan head that settles to a bubbly ring. One whiff and something seems off if this is indeed a traditional English Porter. The aromas are gently lactic with some tart berry fruitiness and a touch of roastiness, but the sourness is off-putting for sure. On the palate, too, it’s a gentle sourness and it finishes with a Bretty touch as well, so this seems clearly unintentional to me. Dark, roasty flavors of licorice, watery coffee, moderate char, and some dark chocolate, but all this pretty much falls apart in the dirty, mop-water finish that often characterizes many Brett beers. The beer is medium-light, so the weight seems compromised a bit by infection. Carbonation is medium and the mouthfeel is dry and austere. Overall, I was looking forward to a tasty English Porter but I can’t imagine this beer I’m drinking is what it’s supposed to represent. A retry is in order, but with so much beer out there nowadays, retries are improbable and unrealistic.

Lowenbrau (5327) - Asturias, SPAIN - JUL 25, 2016
Keg @Cara B, Barcelona. 03-10-2015.
As "Nick Stafford´s Porter" (sic).
In short: straight british porter.
Pours dark brown with garnet reflections. Creamy light tan head. Short head retention, poor lacing. Roasty, caramel, licorice nose. Medium body, flat carbonation, oily texture. Taste is roasty, caramel, coffee.

dxbrad (57) - West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2016
Dark with slight red hue. Creamy, bubbly head off white. Coffee and brown sugar flavour, coconut, bitter chocolate - sweeter than most stouts. Not too bitter or cloying. Not overly boozy either , leaves a watery sweetness on the palate.

The_Osprey (10532) - SCOTLAND - MAY 12, 2016
Cask HP at The Webb Ellis Twickenham. As ’Nick Stafford’s Hambleton Ales Nightmare Porter’, 5.0%. Cola black with a red hue, minimal tan head. Aroma is light, molasses, some burnt plastic. Body is smooth and oily with low carbonation. Taste is sweet molasses, some roast malt, plum, raisin. Too sweet for me up front but there is a building ashtray bitterness offsetting that. Definitely full flavoured but I find it a touch cloying. Couldn’t session it. A half was plenty.

Cimbasso (1352) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2016
Sampled on draught at The Mossy Well in Muswell Hill. Mahogany colour with a creamy head. Aroma of toffee and dark fruit. The taste is not quite as good as the nose, but the flavour is an appealing mix of fruit, toffee and chocolate. Only very mild bitterness, making this more like a lightish Scotch Ale than a porter. Not bad though.

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