Brewed by Exmoor
Style: English Strong Ale
Wiveliscombe, England


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RATINGS: 71   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
Cask: Regular. Previously a Winter seasonal.
Ingredients: Pale ale, chocolate and crystal malts; Goldings, Challenger and Brewers Gold hops. Original recipe used Fuggles hops instead of Brewers Gold.
Dark mahogany-brown in colour, with the merest hint of crimson tints at its edge. Lush rich aromas of toffee, treacle. Mocha coffee, vinous fruit and chocolate swirl above the glass. There’s more complexity on the palate with rich fruitcake, a hint of rum, more Mocha coffee, an herbal hoppiness, vinous fruit, while the bittersweet finish is smooth yet complex, rich but not cloying.

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cgarvieuk (26100) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 2, 2007
Dark brown coloured brew, with a rich chocolate roast nose and a deep fruity rich roat flavour with a little tang and zip to ip. a little chocolyte , but the strength does tend to show through.

Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2007
Cask conditioned @ Giddy Bridge (JDW), Soton. Liquorice and roast with malty toffee and berrys. Sweet up front but there is enough drying hoppiness to keep this drinkable. Tasty if just a touch too sweet and thick.

harrisoni (19425) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2009 Cask handpull at White Horse, Parson’s Green. Very deep ruby colour with lasting beige head. Subtle dark malt aroma. Burnt toast. Good dark strong beer, good mouthfeel. Not great, but extremely competent. Bit of creamy vanilla too. 3.5/5 Re-rate at Metro Bar, JDW, Baker Street. I missed this at the beer festival last year, so pleased to see it. Very deep mahogany, lasting thin beige, lovely choccy strong ale, lots of dry malt. Lots of malty fruity flavour. Tasty as hell, just a little syrupy. Alcohol is well contained in the big malts. Excellent. Dryish finish.

JorisPPattyn (10072) - BELGIUM - JAN 30, 2007
Cask Persistent dense tan head; nearly black beer. Sweetish, some stout-like dark grains nose. Vanilla and some fruity esters. Quite to really sweet; liquorice-like, liquified sugar... and very few things beery. Full-bodied, slick, not quite viscous. Alcoholic to a certain extent. Disappointing - one more. It was better at some moor-tucked Devon pubs in Easter, than in an unseasonaly warm WHOPG.

larsga (7670) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 5, 2006
Thin offwhite film for a head. Body looks opaque black, but might actually have a red tinge. Chocolatey aroma. Watery earthy dry licorice taste with notes of wild berries. Dryish aftertaste with some alcohol heat. Nice, but not too great. (0.5pt on cask.)

Svesse (8832) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2006
(Cask at White Horse, Parson’s Green, London, 26 Nov) Black colour with ruby notes, small head. Malty, roasted nose with distinct notes of liquorice and soy sauce. Malty, roasted taste with liquorice, soy sauce, prunes and raisins. Slightly vinous, but in perfect balance. Lovely beer!

DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2011 1. Cask Handpump at the Penny Black, Northwich (JDW) 31/10/2001
Black strong in alcohol and roasted. Warming bitter hop finish.
2. Cask Handpump at the Waterhouse, Manchester (JDW) 29/10/2003
Dark strong and fruity. Slightly chocolaty crisp roast finish.
3. Cask Handpump at the Penny Black, Northwich 13/03/2005
Black strong and fruity. Some dryness and roast in a warming finish.
4. Cask Handpump at the Penny Black, Northwich 15/03/2005
Dark red slightly rich strong and fruity. Some dryness and bitterness in a malt finish.

Garrat (1347) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2009 From A Bottle.Black in colour with a nice ruby red hue,medium head,
aroma is of dark malt and peanuts,
taste is of dark malt,chocolate,smoke and some bitter coffee.
A great porter,very smooth,a deceiver,I won’t be going up on the moors tonight.

haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2005
Cask (gravity) at Burton Winter Ales Festival 2005. A porter with muscle. Dark brown, roasty whiff, sweet finish with crystalline fruits anf buttered nuts, deceptive palate for a stronger ale, probably beer of the festival for me.

johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2004
Too sweet, too cloying, and generally overdone. A beer that doesn’t know what it wants to be. Nasty.

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