Brewed by Arbor
Style: Stout
Bristol, England


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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.41/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
Cask and bottle, special; Freestyle Fridays #25
Brewed with a selection of roasted malts, smoked malt and a few buckets of dates thrown into the boil

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Stuu666 (15075) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 14, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose is roasted, chocolate, taste is sweet with roast chocolate taste.

Finn (8267) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 15, 2014
Microbar, Manchester 21 Jan 13. Kullsort. Lavt. litt farget skum. Litt lacing - med farge. Svak røykaroma. Smaken er gjennomgående røyk med hint av lakris.

wyzzywyz22 (2752) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2013
Bottle, Corks of Cotham, Bristol. Black pour with a thin tan head. Dark fruit, roast and chocolate in the aroma. Similar traits in the flavour which was sweetish alongside some malts and lively carbonation. Quite enjoyable.

jackl (8451) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2013
Bottle @ Croydonia Tasting. Cheers to whoever brought this along! The pour’s brown with a small tan head. The nose is somewhat tart. Jammy red berries. A bit of fart. Some roasted grain. The taste is smoky malts. Cocoa powder. Red forest fruits. A bit of yeasty funk. Medium body, fine carbonation. Overall, not too bad.

fonefan (51635) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2013

Cask (handpump) @ Microbar, Market Hall, Arndale Centre, Manchester, Greater Manchester, England M4 2HU.

[ @ There Winter Ale Festival ].
Clear dark black brown color with a average, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly to fully lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, licorice. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, chocolate. Body is medium, texture is oily and creamy, carbonation is soft to flat. [20130123]

SarkyNorthener (4921) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2013
Bottle conditioned a month past BBD. Black beer with medium head. Aroma of roasted malts and a touch of smoke.Taste is a bit of chocolate, roasted malts, smoke, earthy yeast and a touch of dark fruits. A bit over carbonated for my taste, but then I am no fan of carbonation. OK stout.

Theydon_Bois (20926) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2013
Bottle at the Croydonia Tasting, from Bitter Virtue - Soton, 13/07/13.
Light black with a good sized light tan head.
Nose is light roast malts, sugars, dark fruit, pinch of cocoa.
Taste comprises dark fruit, light mineral tones, touch of chocolate, residual sugar.
Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, dry finish.
So so stout.

Scopey (15885) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2013
Bottle, thanks to Colin. It pours darkest brown with a thick beige head. The nose is light toast, smoke, roasted malt, wood, ash and vanilla/coconut. The taste is roasted malt, toast, light smoke, earth, ash, cocoa, dried fruit and light spice with a dry, earthy finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Easy drinking. Decent enough, but nothing special.

stravale (3145) - Co. Westmeath, IRELAND - MAR 30, 2013
Bottle from Tomlinsons, Inverness [300313]

Black, bit of a gusher, massive tan small bubbly tan head

Aroma - Dark roasted malts, bit woody, touch of charcoal, soft leaves, dark plum fruits

Taste - Rich roast, some smooth dark malts, some dark fruit like plum or raisin, slight hint of wood, bit yeasty, touch of chocolate, overall taste is pretty good if a bit odd, didn’t get the smoke but that’s fine, it gets better with the drinking

Palate - Medium to high carb and medium body, over carbonated - when settles down (and a bit of a swirl) there is a smooth malty texture. Finish as main flavour, smooth dark quite rich but soft roast malts, some dark fruit late in the linger

Overall - This was spoilt by the over carbonation, but it was rather nice and a little unusual - I liked it more as I drank it. I like these unusual Arbor beers - it’s gettin’ a 15

Leighton (22555) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2013
Bottle at home in London with Chris and Lyoli. Pours brown with a fine, yellow-beige foam head. Subtle ashy roast in the nose, hints of milk chocolate. Light sweet flavor, some milky chocolate, light roast, mild earthy bitterness, suggestions of raisins. Light bodied with high, energetic carbonation. Further ashy roast in the finish, minerals and dirt, mellow bitter cocoa. Pretty basic but easy drinkin’.

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