Brewed by Hornbeam
Style: Stout
Manchester, England


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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.18/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Cask; Regular. Also available bottle conditioned.
A smooth dry roast malt, dark & full bodied with a rich creamy head. Satisfying with subtle bitterness.ABV of 4.5%

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dogbomb (1254) - ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2013
Cask. Dark ale with ruby corona and a light tan head. Nose is creamy, slight coffee bean and honey. More coffee, and some chocolate in the taste. Medium body, but plenty of "stout". Some burnt wood and a nice bitter hop.

stravale (3145) - Co. Westmeath, IRELAND - OCT 24, 2013
Cask @ City Arms, Manchester [171013]
Very dark ruby brown, off white head, good lacing
Aroma of soft bitter roast, little else
Taste of roasted malts, rathery watery in the middle, some dark sugars, bit dull for a stout
Palate - Light body, soft bitter palate. Finish of soft bitter roast
Overall - Dull stout, little going on here, not great

ManVsBeer (10953) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2013
Bottle. Very dark brown, no head. Has a small nose that only has a very small roasted aroma alongside some sweetness. It doesn’t have a great body either, thin and holds little flavour.

Hanoi (974) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2013
Bottle. Nose is coffee, malt and a hint of cola. Apperance is dark brown with limited head. Flat. Taste is very shallow, Slight coffee, but a strong (and badly chosen) lemon note in the middle, leaving an acidy finish. The palate (as with all Hornbeam beers I have tried) is atrocious, watery, flat and thin. Overall a very poor beer. I am of the suspicion (having tried a few) Hornbeam simply can’t produce bottled beer worth drinking, I suspect the casks maybe better given other reviews. Avoid in the bottle.

finetune (4) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2013 does not count
Bottle served from fridge at Fuel Cafe, Withington. Flat and watery texture with zero head. Little aroma and modest flavor hinting at darkly roasted malts but barely lingering. Disappointing on all fronts which I expect was due to the cold serving.

Theydon_Bois (20632) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2012
Cask dispense into a UK half pint jug at the Sussex Arms, Twickenham (Feb ’12). Pours a ruby black colour (dark chestnut brown held to the light) with a small tan head. Roasted malts on the nose and a little dried fruits and coffee. Taste wise, again roasted malts, a little coffe and chocolate and a smidgen of raisens/dried fruit. Medium bodied stout with a dry aftertaste. The final ’lip smack’ of the aftertaste brought a root beer/germoline flavour to me !!! Overall - OK - not a world beater!

Idiosynkrasie (7974) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - FEB 9, 2012
500ml bottle. Dark brown with good creamy off-white to beige head. Dark malt, roasty aroma, some sweetness, toffee. Bit monotonous taste, but a harmonical integration of roast, bitter and sweet notes, dryer finish. Very smooth.

tombyars (1768) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - JAN 20, 2012
Tasted this in The Three Judges, Glasgow in February 2009. Cask, handpump dispense. Black ruby in colour with a open bubbled white head. Sweet treacle toffee in the short aroma. Oily texture in the mouthfeel and poor lacing. Dark malts give a rich maltloaf base and strong overtones of coffee beans, bitter chocolate and sweet treacle. Dusty hop resins give a metallic tang to the short aftertaste. Finish is malty and dry with oak cask notes mixing it with roasted walnuts. A moreish stout this and well recommended.

Svesse (8803) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAY 29, 2011
(Cask at Market Porter, London Bridge, London, 18 May 2011) Dark brown colour, almost black, with frothy beige head. Malty, roasted nose with dark bread, raisins and coffee. Malty, roasted taste with notes of dark bread, raisins, prunes, roasted nuts, hints of coffee and chocolate. Some coffee bitterness coming through in the finish. Slightly more than medium body, with a touch of sweetness in the finish. Nice one

Bullit (4686) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Cask (gravity) @ Paisley Beer Festival 2011. Dakr brown colour, tan head. Aroma is light roasted malts, bit of coffee. Flavour is roasted malts, bit of coffee. Fruity finish.

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