Freeminer Deep Shaft Stout

Formerly brewed at Freeminer
Style: Stout
Cinderford, England


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RATINGS: 183   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
Cask; Seasonal - Autumn and Winter. Also available bottle conditioned.
Packed solid with malt, hops, and oats. Possibly the darkest stout of all time, a single varietal beer, made only with Fuggles hops, packed with bitterness, and brimming with aroma hopping, a deep and complex beer, worth taking some time over, and exploring the Hampton Court like maze of complex flavours. Initially, the dry, biscuit flavour of roast barley attacks the palate, soon to be replaced by the soothing Fuggles balm of rich smokiness, and then layer upon layer of malted oats, rich dark malts, and an unidentifiable eutectic finish of pure stout character.

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john44 (3954) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2017
Three Cask Pints – 1 @ JDW Fest Autumn 2012; 2 @ JDW Fest Spring 2011 - Jet Black in colour with a deep coffee coloured head. Very Malty; roast (burnt) malts, espresso coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, some liquorice, oaty (lots of oats). Fruity; some dark fruit, raisins. Hoppy; grassy hops. Full bodied. Creamy. Very roast malty and fruity throughout; dry with a bitter roast finish. Lovely stuff. Terrific Stout! (2012-11-03)

Beese (4848) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2014
Cask at The Moon Under Water (JDW), Watford on 3 Nov 2012. Poured black, with a thin, rocky tan head. Aroma of cocoa, coffee and vanilla pods. Dark chocolate in the flavour, with dates and roasted malt. Very smooth palate. Finish was burnt malt, rich treacle and dark fruit.

Finn (10510) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 3, 2013
Wetherspoons Victoria 2 Nov 12. JDW festivaløl. Svart. Lavt mokkafarget skum som fester seg litt til glasset. God sjokolade/lakrisaroma. Smaken er røkt lær med litt sjokolade.

Rune (16616) - Tromso, NORWAY - DEC 1, 2012
One-third pint glass served on a sample tray from cask at JDWs Victoria Station. Devil black body, good lacing down the glass. Fine aroma of dark fruits. Roasted dark malts in the flavour profile strengthen by blackcurrants. Dark bitter ending. Medium bodied. Enjoying stuff (London, 02.11.2012).

wheresthepath (2743) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2012
[Cask at the Monks Retreat (JDW), Reading] Black with a moderate tan head and a light fizz. A big fruity berry flavour up front is followed by lots of coffee, then some ash and charcoal that is (unlike some stouts) not too overpowering. In fact there’s a lovely balance between the upfront sweetness and the bitterness from the heavily roasted malts. But the big winner here is the mouthfeel - rich and velvety smoothm and oh so easy to drink. For a beer of this strength it’s pretty dangerous how quickly it goes down - and how much you want another one straight away afterwards. A truly wonderful stout, marvellous stuff!

Gary (2116) - SCOTLAND - NOV 11, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2013 (cask @ Golden Lion . Rochester) Pretty much the perfect low boozed stout ...6.2 is ’light’ stout for me ; shitloads and craploads of smooth rich flavour . Bitter roast dryness in there ...toffee. rich roast-bitter roast sandwitch . Dark chocolate. Some hazelnuts , i reckon. I could drink this every day, very sick stuff.!!!

leaparsons (11952) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2012
Cask, Highcross, Leicester. Black with a beige head. Aromas are coffee and dark chocolate with winter berries and creamy oak. Boozy with burnt toast and nice smokiness. Flavours are roast coffee and bittersweet dark chocolate with vinous, plummy fruitiness. Xmas pudding with good smoke and some floral notes. Bitter, roasted and fruity to finish. Excellent.

mr_h (7379) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - NOV 6, 2012
Cask by handpump at Hengler’s Circus, Glasgow - black with a bubbly tan head, sweet malty aroma, roasted malt, chocolate, bit smokey, very sweet for a stout

stravale (3297) - Tullamore, IRELAND - NOV 6, 2012
Cask @ JDW Becketts Bank, Leeds 1/11/12
Black, thin tan head, some lacing
Aroma of deep soft roasted malts, chocolate malts, sweet rich dark mellow malts
Taste - mellow dark rich malts, soft rich roast, chocolately, smooth, touch of toffee, slight dark fruity malts underneath, really well balanced, alcohol well hidden, great flavour
Palate - soft carb, medium body, oily, smooth texture. Finish as main flavour. really smooth nice mellow soft chocolate malts
Overall - Superb stout - great to see such a good beer on at the JDW festival. I was pleasantly surprised by this - a fantastic UK brewed stout

Nocturne (2561) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2012
Cask at JDW. Jet black with a relentless brown head that clings on forever. Forceful roast and dark chocolate aroma. Huge roasted malt taste with a dominant coffee and liquorice character. Thick and chewy mouthfeel; not to the extent of most imperials but not far off. Having said that, I’ve had much bigger stouts that didn’t pack in such depth of flavour. This is probably as good a cask stout as you’ll find in the UK.

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