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Hambleton Nightmare (Yorkshire Porter) - Hambleton Ales

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Hambleton Nightmare (Yorkshire Porter)Hambleton Nightmare (Yorkshire Porter)

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Reviews: 27
Hads: 44
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 7.14%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: AMo on 02-29-2008

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Photo of Offa
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

I find this to be an outstanding porter.

Deepbrownish re,it has a medium tan head steadily shrinkingto foamy ring, wisps.

Aroma is full roasty -prune character with caramelised barley, coffeecandy, prunes, chocolate- full and strong - a great English porter aroma.

Taste is wine, coffee, prune,sweeter up front,drier and more toasty in the finish with light woody bitterness, zesty. Complex toasty elements combine with hints of molasses, and maple syrup.. It's wonderful. (475 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

New at Liquor Shed.

It pours a very dark brown with some reddish highlights, about a 1" head of off white foam. Pretty good with the lacing.

It smells roast, with some dark chocolate, a bit of a fruity note or 2, and a hint of anise.

The taste follows the nose except the fruitiness isn't as noticeable.

Smooth mouth feel thanks to the medium body and lightish carbonation. Last minute thought, I get a very very light smoke taste but perhaps I am wrong about that.

Super smooth and yet very tasty. I am impressed. (525 characters)

Photo of shand
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Nightmare is a solid English Porter, and not too much more. There's a nice treacle flavor over roasted malt and barley. The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, and the drinkability is great. Overall, it's just an average English porter. Tasty, but lacking any sort of wow factor. (280 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown (SRM 23) with ruby highlights. A modest ochre head is rocky and short-lived, while ample carbonation forms on the Harp nonic glass. Sticky lace resides above this clear Porter.

Roasted malt with fudge brownies and some sweet coffee while molasses is released by warmth.

This Porter is quite bitter for its style, with more of a roasted malt bitterness than one would expect. Nutty, with light black coffee and no real chocolate. Burnt sugar and pumpernickel bread are detected in a long, dry, bitter finish. This improves with warmth as it adds some peat and smoke to the experience.

A medium body with rough texture, prickly carbonation, and no alcohol. This one is quite dry.

This made for a good compliment to a cold, damp day. One can imagine wearing an oversized wool sweater while drinking a few pints and conversing during a card game all afternoon. (871 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the cask into a half pint/tumbler like glass. Asked which version this was and they said Yorkshire.

A gorgeous light tan/caramel head, and a fluffly like top is presented. Very solid uniform bubbles in the head all over and sitting on a real nice woody brown dark mahogany body, hints of red hues all throughout as the light can just get through. Shimering, just a gorgeous color great looking.

Mild hazelnut sweetness on the nose, but then classic charing porter richness with a huge tannic nut sense. Roasty, dry. Smells great.

Taste matches the nose quite nicely. This is like drinking a bowl of dark nuts, walnuts, chestnuts hazelnuts it's all there. Rooftop dry mouth tannins. Slightly creamy/buttery cask feeling but also a hint of wetness and light texture. Roast malt hits with a large dry action but controlled.

Overall this is a real fun beer out of the cask, with lots of playful attitude. Easy going and real enjoyable. (947 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a garnet red color, with shades of darkness and a monstrously tall and firm head. The aroma is nutty, with a fresh-earth quality. Woody, toasted, bread-like, and a little dark fruit. Nice smell. The taste is quite dry, with a continuation of the nutty, toasted malt. At times, its a bit slick on the tongue, although the carbonation does remain a little higher than expected. Medium-full in body. The finish is clean, with a lingering malt-flavor and just enough bitterness for balance. (499 characters)

Photo of biglite351
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - light through the middle of the glass. Quick falling head.

S - actually has a strong sweet booze smell. Barley and malt is there as well.

T - quite smokey, maybe a mild burnt barley. Sweet middle with a bitterness in the after taste.

M - very light coating with a very mild tingle on tip of tongue.

D - the bitter after taste would get old. (348 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nutty brown with an equally nutty brown head; retention & lacing are a bit low for the style.
Smells of mild roasted malt, nuttiness and brown sugar.
Yummy, mild toast that you would expect from an English style beer. The more you let it warm to room temp and smell and taste, the more you notice the chocolate and roast qualities that it possesses. The only down quality to this beer is the body/mouth-feel; it seems more like a robust brown ale than a porter, not enough harsh characteristics that accompany a porter. I would gladly have it again, nothing monumental, just good. (588 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a mahogany brown color and a somewhat hazy consistency. There was a half inch of off white, creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A nice and strong aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits. Very smooth, but not as complex as you might think.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a surprisingly dry and crisp finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A solidly made, drinkable English porter. (496 characters)

Photo of mgbickel
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Duck-Rabbit snifter. Formed a thin layer of beige bubbles on top of clear, dark brown (black tea) like body. The "head" quickly dissipated leaving no lace in it's wake.

The nose has lots of sweet malts up front that meet with some roasted notes and bunches of chocolate. There is something else in the background...honey maybe??

This is a pretty interesting porter. It starts off rather bland, but gets stronger throughout the drink and hits it crescendo in the aftertaste. The sweet malted flavor turns into a burnt chocolate center before acquiring a bitter hop finish that stays throughout the aftertaste even after meeting a roasted coffee/alcohol burn.

The mouth feel is medium, somehow oily and astringent at the same time and mildly carbonated.

This is a pretty mean drinking porter! Tasty for sure, complex as any other, and a sweet bottle to boot! Got this while traveling through OH, wish I would have pick up a few more! (970 characters)

Photo of ToasterChef
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a cellar temperature bottle into an Allagash glass. The beer is a dark brown in color; it's nearly opaque. There a re a few spots where some ruby colored light makes its way though. On top there is a big brown foam head. It settles down to a smaller foamy layer, kind of similar to a glass of soda. The aroma has some bitter dark malt smells. It's also slightly estery. There are smooth, earthy malt flavors that I can taste as soon as the beer hits my tongue. I swish the beer about and can taste a bit of sweetness. After swallowing, a mild bitter aftertaste makes an appearance. The coat left behind has a root-like bitterness to it. Overall, it's an average porter taste. It has a medium body with some carbonation I can feel (especially when I move the beer around in my mouth). There is thin coat left behind that packs more flavor than some other beers. It's also a little bit sticky. It seems to have a body that I would expect to find in a heartier beer. This beer drinks very easily. It's smooth and none of the flavors are too strong. At 5% ABV, I could see myself enjoyign a few rounds of this on a dreary day over a plate of British food (much like I am doing today). (1,192 characters)

Photo of froghop
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear dark brown with a ruby tint, a small tan head, and good lacing.

smell is of cocoa, some coffee, and a touch of vanilla.

taste is of cocoa, weak coffee, a touch of vanilla bean, and some malt, ends a tad bitter.

overall not that bad of a porter. (261 characters)

Photo of templar316
2.89/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a beutiful pitch black until held to the light when large amounts of ruby highlights emerge. The head vanishes light a bad dream nonexistent and insubstantial. The aroma is enticing bready, chocolate, dark fruit, hints of pipe tobacco and coffee. But the flavor is flat all the subtle character of the nose is gone, buried by a sulfery explosion to a bitter hop bite. It goes down smooth and is easy drinking, but I wanted to like this beer alot more than I did, especially after the sniff. (496 characters)

Photo of Richardberg
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 500mL into a beer stein. Dark opaque brown/black topped with a decent cream head.

S: toasty malt leads the way, cocoa powder, general sense of earthiness and must

T: in line for an English Porter, but lies on the bland side. only a hint of bitterness at the end keeps things interesting.

M: crisp ale fizz, rather light overall feel especially for a porter

D: could be easily sessioned all afternoon. It smells lovely, and while there are no flavors that pop out, it's still enjoyable all around. Think of it as an alternative to typical bar fodder that doesn't suck, or as a pub ale that happens to look dark. Long way of saying it doesn't come close to stacking up to other porters in robustness, but does its thing nicely. (747 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color. 1/2 inch head of a pale tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of roasted malt, earthy malt, grass, slight hops, and some slight spice aroma. Fits the style of an English Porter. Mouth feel is smooth and thick with a high carbonation level. Tastes of strong alcohol, smooth earthy malts, slight hops, and a strong overall bitterness. (370 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle. Has a dark brown color and is clear. One finger of tan head forms and has good retention. Moderate lacing is left on the glass. Nice malt aroma with chocolate and tobacco elements. The flavor is good with chocolate and coffee flavors. Also has a slight earthy quality as well. Finishes with a slight burnt bitterness. The body is a bit thin and overcarbonated. A nice mild porter. Would like to see more substance in the body however. (462 characters)

Photo of Douglas88
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle bought at College Liquors. Pours a dark ruby-brown color with a swirling off-white head. The aroma is very interesting; dark fruits, figs maybe, some chewing tobacco, red man for sure. The taste is also interesting; initial sweet notes of toasted malts and sweet fruits, but a powerful tobacco presence, some hops in the finish. Not anything like any porters I've had, but pretty nice. The mouthfeel is a bit lighter than I'd like though. (452 characters)

Photo of Goregazm
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

NOT AS SCARY AS YOU MIGHT THINK

Appearance: Blacker then the worst nightmare of your life. Seems to have the consistancy of oil. Has a small head which leaves only a few bubbles of lacing.

Smell: This beer has a sweet smell, like dates or figs. Some molasses and caramel along with some slight chocolate and coffee traces. Malty and rich.

Taste: A nice, suttle sweetness with rich maltiness. Not overly bitter or sweet, but somewhere in the middle of both. Has some unsweetened chocolate notes along with the toasted malts, and a little burnt taste in the undertone.

Mouthfeel: Not as thick as expected, a little on the thin side. Kind of tingly and overcarbonated on the tongue. Aftertaste is a suttle taste of burnt coffee and malt.

Drinkability: With the exception of the mouthfeel, this is a good, easy porter. It is more "laid back" then heavy, and that was something different that I enjoyed. Overall it's a nice, smooth porter that can be enjoyed anytime. (967 characters)

Photo of donteatpoop
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear dark brown with ruby red highlights and no lasting head.

Smells malty, vague chocolate scent.

Malts malts mlats, lasting yeast impression, vaguely chocolatey.

Creamy in the mouth but not as thick as most porters.

I don't know how pleased I was with this one, it wasn't bad but I've had some much better porters. (330 characters)

Photo of mcsquint
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a dimpled mug.
A - Dark brown with red, thin tan head that diminishes immediately.
S - Toasted malt, chocolate and dried dark fruit.
T - Tastes a bit sweet. Lightly chocolate with raisins and coffee.
M - Kind of thin and watery for a porter. Pleasant fruit chocolate aftertaste.
D - While it is drinkable, at $5.49 per bottle there are better deals to be had. (391 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up a liquor mart in Boulder, review based on notes:

Pours an effervescent chestnut with a pinky of tan head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Roasted malt & brown sugar

T: Toasty malt, brown sugar, & dryness up front. Chocolate breaks through as this warms. Finished dry, toasty & roasty

MF: Medium body, slick with minimal carbonation & good balance

Drinks very easy, a good English porter that could pass itself off as brown ale too. Too pricey at $6.50 a pint (481 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a very dark, brown body with some reddish hints to it and a small, off-white head.

Smell: Aroma of roasted barley and a blend of semi-sweet chocolate and molasses.

Taste: Chocolatey, roasty malts with a slight taste of raw barley. Fairly restrained sweetness. Medium earthy bitterness. Whisper of smoke. Drying finish with a ramped up roastiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Touch of creaminess to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A fine, relatively pleasing English porter. (510 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Pours a dark brownish black color with a solid light tan head that leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass. The aroma is very dark and roasty with some dark fruits, plums and even just a touch of molasses. The aroma is very different than any other porter I have tried. The taste is dark roasted malts, with some bitter coffee flavors with a dry roasty finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation. (492 characters)

Photo of tmitch75
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep dark black, just a little brown light gets through. Fluffy white head. Looks great.

Roasty and creamy aroma, and there is definitely an oaty character there too.

Roasted malt is prominent with a touch of chocolate. All the flavors seem a little muted.

Smooth creaminess helps overcome the light body, but it really could use a fuller body.

The body is too light, but it helps make this beer a little more refreshing and drinkable. This would go well with barbeque on a warm summer day.

Sampled on 4/24/08. (515 characters)

Photo of hustlesworth
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- deep ebony with mahogany highs beneath a pourous beige cap. ok retention with little fingers of lace.

S- tart dark fruity aroma, sweet berry, strawberry, cherry, plum, dark caramel, and roasty toasty aromatic wood, cocoa, raisin and prune.

T- taste is very similar to the aroma but with more roasted coffee and chocolate flavors. earthy slightly bitter english hop finish.

MF- nearly full bodied with medium carbonation. slightly gariny feeling but that's ok given the style.

D- very easy and smooth thanks to the low abv. though i love traditional porters, i always desire the american flair. (602 characters)

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Hambleton Nightmare (Yorkshire Porter) from Hambleton Ales
85 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.