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%
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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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

DruncanVeasey (8456) - Nr NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2008
Cask, ’The Joy of Six’ Merchantfest ’08, Rugby. Swigs of Octo’s, to be precise. Yeah, barnyard, mouldering fruit and dessicated frog. Ruby with rapidly diminishing head. Intriguing interplay of beansprout/mushroom earthiness and (strawberryish) hop fruit way back in the mix. A hint of roast, maybe chocolate. ’Interesting’.

Finn (8305) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 11, 2009
Cask at Guildford Arms, Edinburgh 11 Nov 08. Dark red brown colored. Almost black. Modest fruity flavor. Pleasant flavor of dark fruit. Dry fruity aftertaste. Quite good!

Sigmund (8029) - Tau, NORWAY - JUN 1, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2005 Bottle conditioned, 500 ml. Trade with maeib. Dark reddish brown colour, slightly hazy, large to moderate head. Fine aroma of oak, leather and camphorwood, some roastiness, brown sugar and prunes too. Flavour is very malty and slightly spicy with a moderate roastiness, but first and foremost dominated by a pronounced hoppy bitterness from start to finish - it’s debatable whether they have overdone the Target hops here. Aftertaste is definitely astringent. Still, it’s nice to have a beer where the use of both malts and hops obviously has been generous. This is not a beer for the "Carlings Black Label" crowd! Thanks, maeib!

MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2008
A Mes rate: Gravicask at Ealing Beer Festival.
Dark brown with a thin off white head. Good prickly hops, massively fruity malt and some spice and liquorice. Interesting stuff. Good malty and herbacious finish. Enjoyable.

Emil (6064) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 6, 2005
Bottle. Ruby colour with a small off-white head. Herbal almost French aroma and taste. Medium body and a harsh finish. This could have been a French beer.

johndoughty (5600) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2004
Tried in bottle form as ’The official Offie ale’ from Murees off licence in Leicester.When poured it had a massive head which you had to fight through to reach the beer.When you did all you got was dissapointement.Bitter with that acid like edge that cask ales have when they are poorly bottled.

thebeertourist (5188) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 7, 2008
Bottle. dark copper colour with a dense, creamy yellowish head. Complex chocolate aroma with hints of fruit and spices. Fruity flavours, even somewhat tart, take over with dry chocolate in the background. Full and smooth body. Delicious.

ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2005
Cloudy orange beer with an off white head. Light roasted malty aroma with a sweet caramel note. Roasted malty flavor with some caramel sweetness.

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