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Brewed by Felstar
Style: English Strong Ale
Dunmow, England


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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.8/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
Cask; Occasional. Mainly available bottle conditioned.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7533) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2011
From bottle at the Pigs Ear Beer Festival, London on 6 December 2006. Black, with no head. Rich stewed berry fruit aroma with a burnt, roasty edge. Luscious, juicy, dark fruit on the palate. Slightly plummy. Some warming alcohol. Mellow mouthfeel. Very tasty but didnít quite pack the punch one might expect from a 10.5% beer. Difficult to place style-wise (which is often the case with Felstar beers).

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Noctilucus (106) - All over Belgium, BELGIUM - NOV 13, 2010
I canít help but to give this one a straight 5... Tried it at the Bruges beer festival in 2007 (?) and returned at the end for another serving, seeing that this was only sold in full-size kegs rather than bottles. Amazing blackish dark-brown brew that blew me away, very sweet, extremely full-bodied and complex taste that doesnít hide its strength (10.5% ABV) either even if the alcohol in itself isnít very present. Any fan of sweeter, very solid & heavy beers should try to taste this one, I found it to be absolutely amazing!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2007
[email protected] Ear BF. Rich, warming and chcolatey. Odd notes of dog biscuits. Some warming alcohol also noticed, but quite well hidden, especially for an English Strong. This was nice, but perhaps too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (18052) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2006
Bottle Pigs Ear BF. Black colour, tan head. Really lovely aroma. Strong dark beer, bit like an Impy stout crossed with a barley wine. Fine, some fruits, dark, some espresso coffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2006
Bottled. Pigs Ear BF. A black beer with a beige ring of bubbles. The aroma is oily, fishy and malty. The taste is oily with light roast. A smooth mouthfeel but doesnít carry its weight. However does have good character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (9882) - Ursel, BELGIUM - AUG 3, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2007 Black concoction with red-brown highlights; greige-brown sturdy head. Dull but intrigueing spicey nose - a bit like the peels of pistacchionuts, some black cardemom and restrained coffee. Short spicey-bitterish onset (again cardemoms), then swinging to sweet and dark malts, the black cardemom flavour never gone from the picture. The sweetness is also not strange for cardemoms. Some nuttiness as well, and chocolate in the finish. Serious body and texture, alcohol however fully hidden. No indication if this was oak-aged. Maybe none of the bottles are. Itís sweet, but in a nice, (chocolate/coffee)dessertlike way. The beery equivalent of cafť Liegeois ? Big thanks to Mat W!
Cask Nose with lots of cacao powder and bay leaf. Chocolate flavours, portwine accents, meaty esters, and very vinous, with still some hops in the finish. Chewy but not syrupy, extremely velvety MF. Excellent, very complex beer. Iron fist in velvet glove.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2005
This was excellent, says its a stout on the bottle but the guy i got it from said it was a barley wine? Anyway packed full of flavour, some serious dark fruits, nuts maybe, sweet. Ill need to get this again as it was some seriously good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUL 14, 2005
[bottle from magic_dave6] pours black with a moderate tan head. nose is coffee, chocolate, some forest fruits and a little hoppy grapefruit. well bodied with a sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2005
Black with slim tan head. Aroma of chocolate and coffee, malt and some hops. Similar for the taste. Alcohol is well hid, creamy mouthfeel. Very good.

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