Brewed by Burton Bridge
Style: Stout
Burton-on-Trent, England


on tap


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RATINGS: 139   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Bottle Conditioned year round. Cask; Mainly in Winter, with occasional Summer brews.
Brewed as Top Dog Stout with the addition of blackberry juice to add a faint sweetness. Winner of many awards including the S.I.B.A National Bottled Beer of 2005.
Colour: Black.
Nose: Strong chocolatey aroma with a hint of fruit.
Taste: Full-bodied with a smooth bitterness.
Hops: Challenger.
Malt: Pale & Chocolate.

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avantbland (15) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2017
(Leeds Beer Festival, 17.03.17) Actually could probably have done with being a bit fruitier, but pleasant nonetheless. Not particularly aromatic, but good medium body.

thomat (4090) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 25, 2017
Cask @ NWAF 2017. Reddish brown with a small tan head. Fruity and hoppy tones. Fruit, malt, coffee and hops. Medium body with a roasted / fruity finish.

Pyobon (1481) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 26, 2016
(Bottle) Pours black with ruby hints with big pale grey brown head. Interesting aroma - yeast with blackberry and smokey hints. Medium body with generous carbonation. Taste develops significantly. Starts tangy and fruity with some flinty notes. The fruitiness drops away and some smokey burnt and bitter notes develop for a long finish. Unusual, interesting but a bit intense.

jmgreenuk (9858) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JUL 24, 2016
Cask at the Wellington, Birmingham. Poured a clear reddish dark brown with a bubbly off white head. The aroma is light roast, some blackberry. The flavour is moderate liqourice bitter with a light watery, slightly dry tart fruit palate. Medium to light bodied with soft carbonation.

ianwelby (1476) - SCOTLAND - APR 18, 2015
(Bottle from Trickling Tap in Grantham) Opaque black stout with a reddish tinge and a thick bubbly, off-white head. Aroma is light and fruity, presumably the blackberry. Flavour has that blackberry flavour as an edge, off-setting the main flavour which is chocolatey malt. Quite a rich beer too which is nice as sometimes the fruity ones can end up feeling a bit ’thin.’ The fruit is perfectly balanced too.

Towey1989 (3154) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2015
Cask at The Holy Inadequate, Etruria. A deep brown to black colour with a medium tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, sweet blackberry, chocolate, some coffee and a little sourness. Taste of roasted malt, chocolate, blackberry, maybe plum, subtle coffee and again, some sourness. Medium bodied and a smooth texture. A smooth, fruity finish. A nice stout with roasted malt, bitterness and some fruit sourness.

Stuu666 (14543) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 21, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours deep brown nose is roasted, fruity, taste is thin, sweet roast, light fruit.

MrBlueSky93 (524) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2014
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Sweet from the Blackberry juice, roasted malts, chocolate and a slightly milky, lactic touch. Lovely!

Leighton (22021) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2014
Bottle on the train during the Isle of Wight Jolly. Pours rich brown with a creamy khaki head. The aroma has light diaper, tangy dark malts, grapes. Light sweet flavor with mild brett infection, slight roasted malts, dried and leathery fruits. Light bodied with average carbonation and creamy texture. Nice, lightly bretty finish with soft earthy bitterness, cocoa, leather and burnt grass. Good one, albeit perhaps not altogether as intended.

niquillis (2752) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2014
On cask at Congress, Longton - 3/10/14. Pours black with tan head. Very smooth easy drinking stout with hints of coffee and cream. Very nice.

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