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Brewed by North Curry
Style: Stout
North Curry, Taunton, England


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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.28/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
Cask; Regular. Also available bottled.
This stout style beer honours the Great King Alfred, who was king of Wessex from 871 to 899. He famously held off the Vikings at Athelney where he constructed a fort; and as the tale goes burnt the cakes of a local woman while in hiding.
This is a black, dry stout with a good, robust flavour. A rounded body is supplied by malted and flaked barley which is balanced by the bitterness of roasted barley and Northern Brewer hops.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (14334) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, - APR 29, 2013
Bottled, 500ml from Sandra (Birthday Present). Dark brown with slight head. Some roastiness, a slightly chalky note with a background caramel hint. There is a coffee husk note. Decent enough.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gegwilson (3645) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2016
Bottle from Favourite Beers, Cheltenham. Pours deep mahogany with a nice thick foamy cream head. Slightly smokey and sour roast aroma. The taste is smoke with coffee. An interesting, if slightly unsuccessful beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ManVsBeer (9993) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2016
Bottle from Sidmouth Wines, Sidmouth. Very dark brown with next to no head. Has roasted malts in both aroma and taste, although never overly stated in this respect, with a small grittiness to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Quack-Duck (9391) - Down South, GERMANY - SEP 1, 2015
bottle from Sidmouth Wines. Deep black with a mid-sized beige head, quite creamy. Dark and chocolatey with some shy coffee hints, not too dry, very pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (26447) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 18, 2015
Cask (backlog). Very deep brown colour with some ruby notes, small beige head, which vanishes quite quickly. Aroma is liquorice, some ashes, mild smoked wood as well as some slight toffee. Flavour is a mix of the same along with a mild grassy and earthy tone from the hops. Easygoing brew, which works well as a session beer too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (7074) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2013
500ml Bottle conditioned: BBD 23 Oct 2013. Poured carefully into an ’Abbot Ale’ glass tankard at home on 27 Jun 2013. This is one dark beer: on top of the deep, deep brown/black brew sat a creamy covering of tanned foam. The head gave some heavy lacing before turning into a wisp and collar mid-tasting. I don’t think any sediment left the bottle, but the beer is so dark it was difficult to tell, not a lot of liquid or grist in the bottle after pouring though. The nose was roasted, almost burnt malty, dark chocolate and peat bogs. The taste is dry, malty and clean: a bitterness arrives mid-sip and carries on into the aftertaste. The peat bog aromas do not get into the taste, the dark (bitter) chocolate does, that’s a relief! Good body depth and a very pleasant Stout in deed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (48040) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2012

Cask (gravity) @ 28th Pigs Ear Beer and Cider Festival 2011, at The Round Chapel in Hackney, London, England

Clear dark black brown color with a small to average, frothy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white to light beige head. Aroma is moderate to light heavy malty, roasted, caramel, chocolate malt, dark chocolate, coffee, light burnt. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, dusty dark roasted, dusty roasted, sod notes. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20111209]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (24293) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2012
9th December 2011
Pigs Ear. Opaque black beer. Residual bubbly tan head. Smooth palate, a little dry. Tangy dark malt that is also roasty coffee bitter. Tangy dark fruits underneath. Not bad. Dry finish.

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