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Brewed by Frog Island
Style: English Strong Ale
Northampton, England

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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Croak & Stagger is a 5.6% dark, full flavoured beer. This recipe for this chestnut-coloured brew includes American Cascade hops which contribute a sweet and spicy note to the aroma. The use of English Marris Otter pale malt, crystal malt, wheat malt and chocolate malt gives a flavour that is initially roasted and slightly bitter and develops to give a slight hint of dried vine fruits. The flavour of the Cascade hops and bitterness produced by the addition of English Target hops combine to produce an astringent aftertaste. This bottled beer was described as "a cold weather winner" in the Times newspaper of 18th April 1998, when it was rated as joint-second against bottled beers from around the country.

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3.3
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2010 Cask conditioned. Ruby coloured with a cream-coloured head. Aroma and flavours of coffee and chocolate yet hoppy at the same time. Very drinkable and moreish even at this strength. One of England’s finest winter ales.Score 3.9
Subsequent ratings scored 3.7, 2.4 and 3.3. Average becomes 3.3

3.8
RichardGretton (4770) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2003
The appearance is a combination of a stout and porter with a coffee and bitter aroma. A very bitter and very dry flavour. Overall a very nice dry beer.

4
Ungstrup (37677) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2003
[Bottle conditioned] The aroma is sweet, malty with smoked notes. The color is brown and it has a fine but disappearing head. The flavor is strong, sweet with strong notes of roasted bread, roasted malt, and a little smoked malt. A great beer - great palate for 5.6% ABV.

3.9
rauchbier (3891) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2003
Bottle conditioned. Deep chestnut colour, good creamy white head and low condition. Good aromas of hops, roast barley and chocolate. Quite sweet flavours with the chocolate dominating at the start but the roast barley returns and lingers in the dry finish, along with a warming alcoholic kick.

3.9
DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 13, 2002
Orange brown. Raisin and sirup aroma. Sweet flavor with fudgetones and a growing big bitterness.

4.5
omhper (25160) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2002
Bottled. Deep ruby. Complex vinuous nose. Full bodied and deliciously malty with soft mouthfeel. Flowery, orangey and very bitter finish. A winner in my book!


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