Brewed by Hambleton
Style: Stout
Ripon, England


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RATINGS: 326   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Cask conditioned; bottle: cold filtered.
This is an extra stout porter. Unlike many stouts, Nightmare is not harsh or overly bitter. A smooth, massively flavoured creamy drink, best served on the ’warm’ side, allowing full appreciation of this four malt brew. It was runner-up in the ’Stout and Porter’ class at the Great British Beer Festival 1994, Champion Beer at the SIBA (NORTH) Festival 1995 and CHAMPION WINTER BEER OF BRITAIN at the first Great British Winter Beer Festival in Glasgow 1997. Gold Award - ’Stout and Porter’ class SIBA (NORTH) Festival 1999 and 2003.

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onceblind (10593) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 20, 2017
Clear deep brownish amber with a thin ivory cap. Nice earthy cocoa nose with a little brown sugar and biscuity black malt tones. Smooth but roasty dry earthy Porter malts on the flavor with a hint of cocoa and a lingering gentle sweetness. A touch of cocoa biscuit and earthy dry roast tones. Pretty mild.

DarkElf (3067) - La Jolla, California, USA - OCT 17, 2016
17-Oct-16 (500-ml bottle)
This English Porter pours a nearly black body and over half an inch of tan head that settles to a bubbly ring. One whiff and something seems off if this is indeed a traditional English Porter. The aromas are gently lactic with some tart berry fruitiness and a touch of roastiness, but the sourness is off-putting for sure. On the palate, too, it’s a gentle sourness and it finishes with a Bretty touch as well, so this seems clearly unintentional to me. Dark, roasty flavors of licorice, watery coffee, moderate char, and some dark chocolate, but all this pretty much falls apart in the dirty, mop-water finish that often characterizes many Brett beers. The beer is medium-light, so the weight seems compromised a bit by infection. Carbonation is medium and the mouthfeel is dry and austere. Overall, I was looking forward to a tasty English Porter but I can’t imagine this beer I’m drinking is what it’s supposed to represent. A retry is in order, but with so much beer out there nowadays, retries are improbable and unrealistic.

Lowenbrau (4728) - Asturias, SPAIN - JUL 25, 2016
Keg @Cara B, Barcelona. 03-10-2015.
As "Nick Stafford´s Porter" (sic).
In short: straight british porter.
Pours dark brown with garnet reflections. Creamy light tan head. Short head retention, poor lacing. Roasty, caramel, licorice nose. Medium body, flat carbonation, oily texture. Taste is roasty, caramel, coffee.

dxbrad (57) - West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2016
Dark with slight red hue. Creamy, bubbly head off white. Coffee and brown sugar flavour, coconut, bitter chocolate - sweeter than most stouts. Not too bitter or cloying. Not overly boozy either , leaves a watery sweetness on the palate.

The_Osprey (9159) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2016
Cask HP at The Webb Ellis Twickenham. As ’Nick Stafford’s Hambleton Ales Nightmare Porter’, 5.0%. Cola black with a red hue, minimal tan head. Aroma is light, molasses, some burnt plastic. Body is smooth and oily with low carbonation. Taste is sweet molasses, some roast malt, plum, raisin. Too sweet for me up front but there is a building ashtray bitterness offsetting that. Definitely full flavoured but I find it a touch cloying. Couldn’t session it. A half was plenty.

Cimbasso (1007) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2016
Sampled on draught at The Mossy Well in Muswell Hill. Mahogany colour with a creamy head. Aroma of toffee and dark fruit. The taste is not quite as good as the nose, but the flavour is an appealing mix of fruit, toffee and chocolate. Only very mild bitterness, making this more like a lightish Scotch Ale than a porter. Not bad though.

mabuzzer (909) - Hamilton, SCOTLAND - JAN 8, 2016
500ml bottle. Dark reddish brown with a bubbly off white head. Aroma of chocolate and coffee. Taste is coffee, chocolate, vanilla with a fruity finish

AshtonMcCobb (6916) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 3, 2016
Bottle from that shop in Malton. Appearance - close to opaque brown but with red chinks. Nose - toffee and dark fruit. Chocolate at the back. In fact almost coffee. Taste - tiramisu with a little dark fruit hinted. Toffee too Molasses maybe. Palate - mediumplus bodied with a creamy texture and a rich but balanced finish. Overall - rich and enjoyable.

ianwelby (1525) - SCOTLAND - JAN 3, 2016
Reddish brown beer, clear round the edges, beige head. Light smell of coffee and fruit. Flavour is coffee and malt, somewhat bitter. There’s a bit of fruit buried in there as well but it’s mostly coffee. Pretty decent.

uckelman (813) - Durham, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2015
On tap at the Elm Tree, Durham. Nutty aroma. Creamy head. Black. Light body. Bitter finish.

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