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Brewed by Abbey Ales
Style: Stout
Bath, England


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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.44/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
Cask: Seasonal - Winter.
Ingredients: Maris Otter and Chocolate malts; Northdown and Bramley Cross hops.
Originally brewed to celebrate Abbey Ales fifth birthday. The beer, a stout, is a complete contrast to the regularly brewed golden Bellringer, stronger and darker.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, - APR 29, 2008
Cask conditioned @ Star Inn, Bath. Liquorice, dried fruits and brambly hops in this tangy slightly bitter porter (as I wrote in my notes).

SilkTork (5946) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2010
Cask gravity at White Cliffs BF 2010. Grain sack. Doughy hessian. Warm and soft. Better than I make it sound.

harrisoni (19754) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2010
Cask gravity at White Cliffs BF 2010. Recommended to me. Black, ruby edges, lasting dark beige head. Roasted aroma. Good in mouth, lovely choc. Good roast on swallow and finish. Satisfying.

DruncanVeasey (8607) - Nr NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2010
Cask handpull, The Star, Bath. Seriously pitch with a thick tan head. Cocoa, Black Forest, toast and oily hop aroma. Sweet but balanced with drinking chocolate, Xmas pud, deep background roast. Full and generous. Burnt silk. Very impressive.

thebeertourist (5188) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 26, 2010
Cask at The Southampton Arms, Gospel Oaks, London. Almost black, small head. Roasted malts aroma. More complex in the mouth - chocolate, fruit and hints of coffee. Nice.

sm89walt (2092) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 14, 2010
Cask - White Cliffs Festival 2010, Dover. Quite a dark brown coloured beer with lighter edges and a fine off-white/beige head. Predominant notes of roasted malt with touches of raisin and prune. A coffee darkness on the palate with liquorice, roasted malt and chocolate. Has a yeasty, musty sort of edge that makes it a bit muddy. Soft on the tongue with light carbonation and a lingering dark chocolate, liquorice edge to the finish.

chriso (7536) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2006
Cask at The Star, Bath, April 2006. I’d say this is more like a porter than a stout. Vary dark red colour with no head whatsoever. Distinctly woody and vinous on the nose and finish. Lots of licorice and sharp fruit to go with the roast malt on the palate. Dry and fairly hoppy (for a stout). Light mouthfeel - certainly not a smooth, velvety stout. Atypical it might be, but I enjoyed this one. Drinking it in a classic pub may have helped enhance the experience.

DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2005
Cask Stillage at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Oldham 29/03/2003 Dark red in appearance with some degree of richness. Poured quite lively. Chocolate roast in the finish.

sayravai (4711) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 27, 2004
(Cask conditioned) Deep red, quite clear - not as black as most porters. Mild aroma, almost nonexistent. Slightly sweet flavor, but dry finish. Quite bitter. Medium-bodied palate. Ok, but won't remember this experience very long.

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