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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Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2005
Bottle shared with HogTown Harry and Blankboy at Smokeless Joe’s. Dark brown / red/purple / no head. Slight hints of chocolate and fruit in aroma. Really nice taste of Black Forest Chocolate cake, with emphasis on berries. Lovely sweet taste, balanced. Thin, and I could see how some may dislike, but I thought it kept its stout backbone while bringing something new and unique to the table. Enjoyable!

HogTownHarry (7065) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - DEC 6, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2005 Bottle (500ml). At Smokeless Joe, shared with blankboy and tupalev. Poured deep deep red/purple brown with essentially no head at all. Aroma of prune juice, sour cherry, sweet chocolate candy and roast malt. Taste of tart berry fruit, burnt malt, licorice and coffee - this is *very* tart and bitter, moreso as it warms. Mouthfeel a tad on the watery side, very acidic, and flat. Overall it’s a stout, yes, but the huge infusion of tart/sour fruit juice tends to overwhelm everything - interesting, but not a winner for me.

joergen (29216) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2005
Bottled. Black coloured with a beige head. Roasted aroma of coffee with notes of berries. Roasted flavour of coffee and berries with bitter notes. Too roasted for my liking.

Papsoe (25056) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2005
(Bottle 50 cl) Completely pitch black and opaque beer with a creamy, light brown head. Marked aroma of burned malt. Flavour full of the same burned malt - almost coffeeish. Too burned for my palate. I really don’r detect the added brambleberries - only dryness and a pronounced bitter finish from the malts. 011005

Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - OCT 2, 2005
Very roasted aroma, faint notes of some kind of berries. Jet black body, with a beautiful medium sized tan head. Very roasted flavor, cofee all over it, very dry and ends quite bitter. A lovely stout.

Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2005
500ml sedimented bottle from Hogs Back. When opened this gushed out of the top. Pours almost black with a light brown, head. Aroma is chocolate malt and fruit with a touch of alcohol presence. Flavour is chocolately and slightly roasty with some fruit sharpness. Quite thin and boring, really.

kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - FEB 25, 2005
Very dark, almost black in colour. Long lasting dark tan head. Big roast coffee aroma, with some chocolate notes. Flavour is chocolate with some fruity berry notes. Quite roast in the finish, with a coffee-like aftertaste. Medium bodied, Not bad.

Garrat (1347) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2010 From A Bottle.Nice gothic shades in colour,small head.Dark fruit and chocolate aroma,big tarty fruitness with dark chocolate and liquorice,quite bitter in the end with some malt.A bloody good experience.

JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2005
Black with a slim tan head. Fruity, edging on sour, roasted malty aroma. Similar taste, with a fruity sourness superimposed on a roast malty, hoppy stout. The blackberries almost don’t work, but it just manages to get away with it.

YogiBeera (2569) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2005
Nearly black - still purple color. Small creamy layer of a head on top. Blackberry nose - also clay and chocolate. Mocca long lasting bitter taste. Some fruityness comes through but leads to a weird finish.

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