Brewed by Oakham
Style: Foreign Stout
Peterborough, England


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RATINGS: 107   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Cask and bottle.
Originally brewed as a cask beer for the Peterborough Beer Festival in 2006; later bottled for sale.
"Its a dark ale, its quite strong by British standards, and the taste is quite aggressive its like espresso compared with instant coffee. It only appeals to confirmed fans of dark beer and is not a huge seller. When we first brewed it, people had Marmite moments with it. They either hated it or raved about it."John Bryan, Oakham head brewer.
Hawse Buckler takes its name from the plate which fills the hole for a ships anchor chain the hawse-hole during rough weather.
2008 World Beer Awards: Best strong dark bottled ale and the best dark bottled ale. Second to Tripel Karmeliet for worlds best ale.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
john44 (3041) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2017
Gravity Cask Half Pint at Craft 100 Festival at Craft Beer Co, Clapham, London in April 2014 - Jet Black in colour. Average tan coloured head. Some lacing. Very Malty; roasty/burnt malts, dark chocolate, espresso coffee, toffee/caramel. Fruity; dark fruits, raisins. Spicy. Hoppy; good hop bitterness. Bitter very roasty malty chocolate and coffee throughout. Very bitter roast into the dry lingering finish. Great depth of flavour. Lovely. Really enjoyed this. Terrific Foreign Stout! (2014-04-03)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (20820) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2015
Bottle shared during Scopeys 5K tasting - Croydon, London. Sourced from Kris Wines, I think. Pours clear brown with a frothy tan head. Mild toasted bread aroma with touches of chocolate. Light sweet flavor with dry bread, dirt, bittersweet cocoa, earth. Light to medium bodied with fine carbonation. Light dry earth and bitter cocoa on the finish. Just so so overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (9150) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - OCT 31, 2015
Gravity cask at the Birmingham CAMRA Beer Festival 2015. Poured a clear dark brown with a whispy off white head. The aroma is Citra yeast, light toast. The flavour is moderate bitter with a fresh grass hop, citrus fruit palate. Medium bodied with average carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gegwilson (3645) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2015
Gravity at the Nottingham Robin Hood Beer Festival. Mahogany with a cream head. Not much aroma. The taste has spice and choclate with a lingering bitter finish. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
teorn88 (7647) - Rimini, ITALY - OCT 5, 2015
Cask at CBC Clapham, Craft 100, London. Dark brown small beige head. Aroma has burnt sugar, wood, roasted malts. Taste has chocolate, coffee, licorice, dry wood. Nice one

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bullit (4565) - Burgos, SPAIN - AUG 12, 2015
Cask @ Edward Wylie JDW. Very dark brown, thin beige head. Nose is roasted malts, coffee and drief fruits. Flavour is roasted malts, coffee, slight smokyness, dark fruits, a very sight sourness. Very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerViking (4615) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2015
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2015 Cask at the Webb Ellis JDW, near-black with a fine tan head and a burnt caramel and pine nose, rich, dry-bitter and dark, with grapefruit, burnt treacle, liquorice and a hint of gravy. Almost a black IPA, but much thicker and syrupy-dry. Lovely. Re-rate at the Crosse Keys, gorgeous roasty winey burnt-bitter stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (8484) - Hsselby, SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2015
(Cask at Craft Beer Co Covent Garden, London, 26 Apr 2015) Black colour with foamy, pale brown head. Malty, roasted nose with notes of liquorice, coffee and pine needles. Malty, roasted taste with black coffee, cacao, liquorice, a touch of mint and a generous piney, coffee bitterness in the finish. Medium body, quite dry. Tasty and solid stout with a fresh bitterness. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
davidtjm (1074) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAY 3, 2015
Tap. Pour is black with a thin head, aroma is sweet, toffee. Taste is malty, toffee, sweet, light warming alcohol, gentle bitterness but a tad thin. Nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ianwelby (1330) - SCOTLAND - MAY 1, 2015
Black beer with a thick, bubbly brownish head. Smells mostly of malt but I think theres a hint of something fruity, almost citrus, under that too. Thats there in the flavour too but its mostly toasted malt and a dry, hoppy aftertaste. Unusual but very nice.

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