overall
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80
style
Brewed by Burton Bridge
Style: Stout
Burton-on-Trent, England

bottling
unknown

on tap
available

Regional Distribution

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RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Mainly winter months with occassional brews in the summer.

The Top Dog is Watchman III (a Staffordshire Bull Terrier) mascot of the Staffordshire Regiment, once a regular at the brewery tap.

Colour: Black
Nose: Strong Chocolate malt
Taste: Malty with full-bodied rounded bitterness
Hops: Challenger
Malt: Pale & Chocolate

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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dantheman278 (1361) - - DEC 5, 2011
Cask at cloisters. Dark brown, red highlights, creamy off-white head. Mild dark chocolate, coffee, slightly tangy fruit. Savoury palate, ashy, dark chocolate, herbal spiced finish. Not bad at all.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Grumbo (2100) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2017
Cask at the Fat Cat, Norwich. Pours almost black with a small beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, smoky, ash, chocolate. Moderate sweetness and medium bitterness. Medium body and slight slick texture, carbonation is soft.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rasmus40 (18814) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2017
Cask @ Fat Cat, Norwich. Black with a small off-white head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt and light chocolate. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet and roasted moderate bitter finish. 180217

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Camons (11351) - Hasselager, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2017
Cask @ Fat Cat, Norwich. Pours black with an offwhite head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, coffee, light chocoolate. Flavor is light sweet, roast malt, coffee, dark chocolate. Medium body, soft carbonation. 180217

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
saxo (17637) - Hjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2017
Cask @ The Fat Cat, Norwich. Nice head with good duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are caramel, roast malt, chocolate, hops and has a light bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuu666 (11964) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 9, 2016
Cask at the Guildford arms. Pours deep brown, nose is chocolate, cocoa, toffee, taste is sweet, chocolate, thin.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mr_Pink_152 (4378) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2016
Tried at the Felix Holt, Nuneaton. Black colour with a tan head. Light fruity and toasted malt aroma and taste that is light sweet to roasted but light bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerViking (4457) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2016
Cask at the Moon under Water, Hounslow. Near black with a lasting tan foam, a little chilled so a bit light on aroma, but rich and dry, with a sweet burnt-bitter edge, notes of red fruit and ash, hints of burnt cocoa and liquorice. Lovely.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Biroholik (1097) - Sosnowiec, Poland, POLAND - AUG 2, 2016
Cask @ White House, Luton
Kolor: Czarny, nieprzejrzysty. Piana brązowa, piękny lacing na szkle. Piana opada do minimalistycznej otoczki. W aromacie delikatna kawa, ciemne owoce lasu (jeżyna, jagody). Troszeczkę czarnej porzeczki z tyłu. W drugim niuchu bardzo solidna paloność i mnstwo gorzkiej czekolady. W smaku mocno palone przechodzące w popił. Silne posmaki papierosw i cygaro. Prcz tego owoce lasu i czarna porzeczka. W oddali odrobina kawy i ponownie gorzka czekolada. Średnia tekstura, dość wytrawny finisz. OK, ale bez szału.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
minutemat (4924) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2016
Cask @ Montgomerys Tower. Pours black with ruby hints. Initial smooth chocolate with nods towards liquorice and roast. Thought this would be a high-rater but finished rather thin and seemed to fade fast.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
The_Osprey (7431) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2016
Cask HP at The Crosse Keys London as Burton Bridge Top Dog Stout, 5.0%. Highly patriotic pump clip. Opaque black with a minimal brown head. Aroma is quite airy, molasses, some smokey notes. Body is pretty smooth with low carbonation. Taste is sweet roasted malts, treacle, some date, touches of ashtray, light drying astringency in the finish but not enough bitterness to balance out the sugars. At least not for my taste, anyway. Big bodied and sweet. Very much a pre-craft-revolution stout! I think this is decent enough, and it grew on me as the bitterness built up. I could see some people going above 4.0 on this one.


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