Darwin Cauldron Snout

Formerly brewed at Darwin Brewery
Style: Old Ale
Sunderland, England


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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.68/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
Cask; Regular. Also available bottle conditioned.
Cauldron Snout was originally brewed at the High Force Hotel in Forest-in-Teesdale. When the brewery closed the brand was passed onto Darwin to keep the legend alive. Cauldron Snout is often classed as a strong stout, but in reality was brewed as a dark old ale to help warm up the cold winter nights in Teesdale.
A prize winning old ale. Dark and complex with a solid body lingering into a long aftertaste. Bitterness is perfectly matched to the dark malts with persist to provide a spicy and peaty ending.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RichardGretton (4739) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2006
[email protected] Beer Festival 2006. Dark black beer with a lightly bitter aroma and very sweet, tary beer that is quite fruity. Overall a plainly sweetish beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2006
Cask Handpump at the Ship & Mitre, Liverpool 19/11/2004 Dark slightly rich on the palate with some alcohol. Fruity with some dryness in a lasting roast finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7533) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2005
Since the brewery at the High Force Hotel closed in 2001, this beer has been made under contract by Darwin. For some unknown reason I got it into my head (and, no, I didnt mistake Snout for Stout)that it was supposed to be a stout. It makes a lot more sense as an Old Ale, although, to be fair, its one of those beers that is rather difficult to pin down to style. Not that that matters. Its distinctly black in colour. I picked up lots of coffee and chocolate in the aroma, with powerful malt and dried fruit coming to the fore in the flavour. Licorice and treacle is in there too. Slightly vinous, with some bitter acidity on the finish. Very assured but, somehow, not quite the stunner I was expecting. Cask (gravity dispense), Reading Beer Festival 2005.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrisoni (18028) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2005
Cask at Reading Beer Festival. Black in colour, malty, coffee nose. Bit thin in mouth, but oily coating of the gums. Really good coffee malts on the aftertaste. Oily dry finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NEBS (7) - Sunderland, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2005 does not count
Cask at High Force Hotel. A very, dark - almost black ale. Very heavy and obviously designed for cold winter nights up in teesdale. Rich dark malts give this old ale a smokey liquorice flavour that is well balanced with the deceptively strong alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 7, 2005
Bottle. Classy. Deep brown, almost black. Slightly vinous nose, a little bit smoky/roasty. Medium bodied, but shows a good length of flavour. Palate is smoky/roasty and dry, with some slight acidity and bitterness in the finish. Subtle hint of grapes, and i will agree that there is a slight chalkyness. Some aniseed in there aswell. Really well balanced. This IS really classy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rauchbier (3870) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2003
Bottled. Deep red brown, almost black. Good beige head and moderate condition. Raisin, roast barley and woody port aromas followed by some caramel and hops. Full bodied and chewy dark malts in the mouth with a hoppiness developing along with a lingering fruitiness. Aftertaste is a little syrupy and chalky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
leaparsons (10402) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2002
Chocolate and sweet black coffee notes as expected. Sweet and sour with a long bitter finish on the palate. A good example of the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 25, 2002
Dark brown opaque beer. No head. Chocolate, madeira, molasses aroma. Chocolaty flavor with big bitterness and sweet finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (24635) - Tyres, SWEDEN - OCT 19, 2002
Bottled. Opaque very dark brown, no head. Chocolatey and richly malty Notes of port and salty licorice. Soft and medium sweet with balanced bitter finish. An excellent smooth warming stout.

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