Wadworth Pixley Blackcurrant Stout

Brewed by Wadworth
Style: Stout
Devizes, England


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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.25/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
This exciting, special brew is based on an original 1900 Wadworth double-stout recipe. It is a rich, dark beer, with a big chocolate aroma and flavour up front. The addition of pure blackcurrant juice, from the Pixley Blackvariety, imparts an intriguing fruit finish. Hops used: Bramling Cross, Cascade, Fuggles and Goldings

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tombyars (1640) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2012
Sampled this cracking stout/old ale in the Saltcot, Saltcoats (JDW) in November 2010. Cask, handpump dispense. Dark mahogany black in colour with clear ruby tints around the edges, thick creamy off white coloured head. Looked good visually. Strong lingering sweet aroma of dark berry fruits and smokey roasted malts. Delicious thick creamy mouthfeel and superb lacing which showed supping levels really well. Dark malt complexes give a plethora of flavours (had the last pint drawn from the cask)Black malt and roast malt combination giving an initial taste of burnt toast and grain. Strong winey flavours from the malt base give a rich fruity overtone of boiled brambles, damson jam and then treacle toffee, dark bitter chocolate and fudge all evident. Slight hop prickle in the aftertaste but this is rather fleeting as sweetness dominates through into the finish. Sweet sherry and rich, warming woody port notes come through at the end. Popular beer here, as the regulars finished the barrel off in a day. Tasted more like a traditional old ale than a stout though. Highly recommended. Wadworths take note, there is a market for this type of old ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (46057) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2011

Cask (handpump) @ The Standing Order, 62-66 George St, Edinburgh, Scotland EH2 2LR.

Clear dark brown colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, dark roasted, burnt malt, fruity - berries (blackcurrant maybe). Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet, light acidic and light to moderate bitter with a average to long duration, berries - blackcurrant acidic. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20101029]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (17571) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2010
Combined rating from Willow Walk and Samuel Peto pubs. Second sample better than first as no diacetyl. Baked blackcuarrant and sour liquorice flavour. Just bizarre. Cant tell if it is work of genius or just not quite right in terms of flavours. The sour baked elements I like. Crazyness in a glass.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2010
Cask at Bankers Draft (JDW), Bedford, after the end of Spoons, Beer Festival 10. Very dark brown, near black, with an off white head. Sweet buttery caramel aroma. A vaguely fruity sweetness in the taste, which I wouldnt really have noticed as blackcurrant, a fruit which I spent the Summer of 1970 harvesting. Slight bitterness. Fair enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bullit (4510) - Burgos, SPAIN - NOV 11, 2010
JDW Fest Autumn 2010
Cask @ Society Room, JDW. Dark brown / dark red colour, beige head. Aroma is roated malts, little fruityness. Flavour is roasted malts, coffee, blackcurrants. Well done.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2010
Cask Conditioned Handpump Eastgate Northampton. A black beer with a thick blanket of off-white head and lace. A pretty decent sweetish stout with indeterminate fruit but a warming chocolate note. A thin aroma but certainly quite good in the mouth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerViking (4388) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2010
Cask at the Plough & Harrow (JDW) in Hammersmith. Tastes more like a strong ale than a stout. Looks great - dark brown with a beige head, chocolate and a hint of fruit on the nose, then a fruity body with the fruit sweetness well balanced with dry and roasty malt. Tasty, but somehow it is not quite all there.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
wheresthepath (2203) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2010
[Cask at the Back of Beyond (JDW), Reading] Deep ruby-brown, negligible head. Dryness is dominant, but theres some sweetness behind. Flavour is quite strong on blackcurrant leaf, rather than the actual blackcurrants themselves. Theres a fair bit of sourness behind, as if the balckcurrants used werent quite ripe. The roasted malt of a stout is fairly well hidden behind this. I was looking forward to a rich stout enhanced by a rich Ribena-type flavour, and this wasnt it. Overall a very unusual beer - something I would normally welcome, but it didnt quite work for me in this case. I ended up feeling the blackcurrant leaf flavour would have been better used in a golden ale than a stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Borresteijn (6628) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 3, 2010
Cask at Standing Order, Edinburgh, Scotland. Black colour, beige head. Aroma of chocolate, black currant, hard roasted malts. Flavour is blackcurrant, coffee, bit of chocolate, roasted bitter finish. Light bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
berkshirejohn (6236) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2010
Cask at the Old Manor (JDW), Bracknell. I was really looking forward to this one as Im a fan of the Wadworth brewery and addicted to blackcurrants - but in the end I found this rather disappointing - the chocolate malts almost completely masking the fruit.

The colour was deep mahongany with a ring of cream head; the aroma was rich and chocolately; the consistency was rather heavy with a dry chocolate flavour to start, then some sweeter fruit appeared, but these were not obviously blackcurrants; the finish was dry and biscuity.

A good stout, but not what I was hoping for.

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