Brewed by Hilden
Style: Stout
Lisburn, County Antrim, Northern Ireland


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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
Cask; bottled; Regular.
A dark chocolate coloured beer as the name suggests with a full bodies character showing through with the use of whole roasted oats. A coffee taste is clearly apparent from the use of chocolate malt. Black, full-bodied beer with coffee and chocolate notes throughout, then a hint of dryness.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
chriso (21656) - London, Greater London, - JUN 4, 2006
Cask (gravity dispense), Cambridge Beer Festival, May 2006. Encouraging to see a new brewpub/micro in Northern Ireland, although not so encouraging to see on Quaffale that the beers will only be available with a meal at the restaurant. I say "will" because the beers are apparently being brewed under contract at Hilden. They may still be in test brew mode. If so, this recipe needs a bit more work in my view. Although there is a very subtle hint of chocolate in the aroma if you search hard enough, those elements are almost entirely absent from the flavour. Without any depth of flavour it comes over as dry, thin and dull. Not unpleasant per se, but there’s not really anything to grab the attention. Colour is dark brown with a dab of red. Must try harder.

john44 (3402) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2017
Cask. Black in colour. Malty; roast malts, chocolate, coffee, caramel. Hoppy edge; earthy hops. Sweet. Creamy & smooth. Very drinkable. Nice pint! (2008)

SudsMcDuff (8496) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2013
on CasK @ the John Hewitt in Belfast .. . a nice subtle beer .. . light roast and light chocolate .. . tons of cocoa .. . smooth as silk .. . enjoyable on all points .. . . wu tang!!!

Stuartyboy (1760) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - DEC 29, 2012
On tap at bridgehouse wetherspoons Belfast dark brown colour with creamy white head bland uninspiring beer with thin body and bitter aftertaste poor

planky84 (3433) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2012
Cask at the 2012 Pigs Ear Beer Festival, East London. Strangely a reddish pour with a white head. Toffee and caramel aroma. Caramel flavours. Sweet. Very unimpressive.

Deu (949) - Nantes, FRANCE - JUL 25, 2012
500 ml bottle at the océan bar in Dublin.Nice chocolate stout but a little bit bitter. I recommend it

Sizzler80 (501) - Dublin, IRELAND - FEB 18, 2012
Cola-like pour with a thin tan lid. Aromas roasted malt, chocolate, hint of coffee, smoky. Very slightly dry and bitter on the palate. Chocolate and a coffee like bitterness the dominat tastes. Simple but tasty. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

tombyars (1770) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - JAN 11, 2012
Tasted this in the Esquire House, Glasgow (JDW) in November 2008. Cask, handpump dispense. Black ruby with light tints around the edges and a thin buff head. Sweet liquorice and dry vinous fruit present in the long aroma. Thin oily mouthfeel and good lacing. Dark malts gives strong juicy blackcurrant fruit and weak mocha coffee notes. Dry bitter hop resins gives a dusty aftertaste with coffee granules. Finish is dry with coffee, toffee and almonds in the flavour. A decent session stout and highly recommended.

Beersiveknown (5302) - NORTHERN IRELAND - SEP 10, 2011
garnet red-brown with minimal head. Noticeable legs for a beer at 4.3 unusual. Hint of beech-smoke then rich roast barley on the nose. Robust body with bitter coffee, dark chocolate and burnt toast. Finishes with a not unpleasant coffee astringency.

MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2011
Trade. Dark beige pour with thich white head.. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee and dark dry chocolate.. A mild hop bite with the taste matching the aroma down to the dryness.

blankboy (7808) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2011
Bottle (500ml) shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus -- c/o garthicus. Pours dark brown with a small diminishing bubbly tan head. Mild aroma of cola, lightly roasted sweet malt and vanilla. Very watery flavour, like bottled cask beer, of roasted malt, chocolate. Quite thin, light bodied, no carbonation. Disappointing, just O.K. at best.

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