Brewed by Wadworth
Style: Stout
Devizes, England


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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.25/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
berkshirejohn (6331) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tommann (3572) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2010
Cask at the Square Bottle, JDW, Chester. Poured near pitch black with a medium head. Aroma was roasted malt and blackcurrant, quite faint. Taste was blackcurrant to start and a blackcurrant and roasted malt finish. Couldnt taste its 6%. Not much stout like qualities to it, not that impressed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DruncanVeasey (8217) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2010
The Baron. Pitch with a thick tan collar. Sulphur, boiled sweet, alcohol and faint Ribena splashes nose. Well-blackened with burnt toast, crude charred bitterness. Smokey linger with more convincing fruit than the Strawberry Line. Thin bodied, but carries the booze discreetly. Boring.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
imdownthepub (14039) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2010
Cask conditioned at a Wetherspoons. Black with cream head. Straight from the off i have to tell you I didnt get any Blackcurrant, or fruit in any way, mine must have gone to someone else, its not very stout like either. its thin and slightly bitter, well it confused me anyway. Not what I was hoping for.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (23979) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2010 27th October 2010
Spoons Fest! Clear but very dark brown beer. Big off white head. Touch of bramble and blackcurrant on the nose. Light dry palate. low carbonation. Tart but light blackcurrant over a dry dark malt base. Nice combination but severely let down but some very unwelcome sulphur. Not enough to ruin it completely but just really annoying. Finishes very dry. This would have been a 3.6 without the sulphur, hope I can try a better kept version.
Update - tried twice more in 2 different pubs. Same sulphur - bah!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (10311) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2010
Cask, William Wygston, Wigston. Near black with a firm beige head. Aromas are rich roast coffee with black currant and earthy, leather notes. Spicy with some underlying melon. Flavours are bittersweet dark chocolate with roast coffee. Fruity and peppery with a dry, bitter finish. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
downender (8341) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2010
Cask-conditioned at the Commercial rooms, Bristol 26/10/10. Near black with a tight tan head. Light aroma of tart blackcurrants, with some dark chocolate and roasted malts. Flavour was similar with a short bitter finish. Very easy drinking for 6% ABV and no sign of the Wadworth house character, which is a good thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (23013) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 27, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2010 cask at AGBell ... dark brown red ... creamy tan head ... light fruit roast malt nose ... big blackcurrant front ... little sulpher ... soft roast malts ... ok but not quite there sulphur ruins 2.9.... tk 2 same colour ... roast malts ... dark fruits ... blackcurrant front ... soft roast ... fruit ... no sulpher ... much better but not stunning 3.5

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