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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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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 8.4%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: AMo on 02-29-2008)
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Photo of ToasterChef
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
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).

ToasterChef, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of froghop
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

froghop, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of templar316
2.8/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

templar316, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of Richardberg
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Richardberg, May 14, 2009
Photo of Tone
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Tone, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of morimech
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

morimech, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of Douglas88
3.58/5  rDev -3%
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.

Douglas88, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of Goregazm
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4


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.

Goregazm, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of donteatpoop
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

donteatpoop, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of mcsquint
3.8/5  rDev +3%
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.

mcsquint, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev +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

russpowell, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of cjgator3
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

cjgator3, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of tmitch75
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

tmitch75, May 31, 2008
Photo of hustlesworth
3.95/5  rDev +7%
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.

hustlesworth, May 27, 2008
Photo of barefootbrewer
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black/brown with a huge rocky cream colored head.

S - Malty and roasted - faint smell.

T - Roasted malts and coffee dominate the flavors.

M - Full and creamy. Excellent body for this brew.

D - Smooth. This is a good choice for a session brew.

barefootbrewer, May 11, 2008
Photo of AMo
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hambleton Nightmare Yorkshire Porter pours a thin dark brown with a light tan frothy head. The taste is nicely mellowed of malts and barley. Malt aromas are most dominant and moderatly strong in the smell. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and creamy. There is a moderate amount of carbonation and a light and airy feel that makes this quite pleasant as well. Drinkability right off the bat is suprisingly good with its nice smooth mouthfeel; however, the taste is somewhat lacking and really hides behind everything else. The taste comes out a little more as it warms, but still not enough to have a big wow factor.

AMo, Feb 29, 2008
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Hambleton Nightmare (Yorkshire Porter) from Hambleton Ales
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