Hambleton Nightmare (Extra Stout Porter) | Hambleton Ales

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Hambleton Ales
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 78 |  Reviews: 72
Reviews by coldmeat23:
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Its been awhile since I have had a UK beer so I decided to go with this Yorkshire porter today,poured a clear deep amber/brown with a thinner but well formed head that left two nice rings of lace as it settled into a soapy-like mass atop.Love the aromas alot of things going on very roasty with hints of wood and smoke a real nutt elemant shows thru as thit lighter bitter chocolate as well.The mouthfeel was a little sharp and maybe not as full as I would like but the flavors are very nice highly roasted and quite dry and woody thee is a touch of molasses-like sweetness underneath a dark roast coffee aftertaste lingers.Outside of the mouthfeel there is nothing to say bad about this porter,roasty and dry, very tasty.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – I swear this beer was damn near purple. That’s right, a deep, dark, almost black purple. The head was rather flat.

Smell – Very rich in the nose. There’s some deep, luscious cocoa here along with Welch’s grape juice and a touch of alcohol.

Taste – Grape juice, raspberries, and cocoa powder is what I’m getting here, and believe it or not it is pretty damn good. There’s also a mild tart note that sets things off. This is really good.

Mouthfeel – Typical of English drink, this one is medium-bodied and very smooth. If you’re expecting something like a Stone Porter you’ll be greatly disappointed. This is much thinner but also much smoother.

Drinkability – This went down really well and will go down as my first session Porter.

Comments – My reference to grape juice may sound nuts, but chocolate cocoa and grape juice actually have pretty similar tastes, especially when the grape juiced is mixed with something tart. Don’t take my word for it. Mix two ounces of vodka with a half a shot of black raspberry liquor (very grape-like), a dash of sour mix, and fill with Sprite or 7-Up. It will taste amazingly like cocoa.

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Photo of sponberg
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown with a tan head that lasts. A nice toffeelike aroma does not hint of the complexity to come.

Starts out toffee and slightly roasty, then a peppery component not dissimilar from the smoky peppriness of a good Anejo tequila cuts in mid sip, followed by some roasted coffee and chocolatey notes. At first I thought I was weird for tasting tequila in this, but a bud of mine who's a tequila fan picked up on it as well. Finishes pretty clean, with a lingering roast-toffee character. Slightly thin but not offensively so. An interesting, very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of innominat
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of ADR
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost black color with medium brown light at the bottom. Head stays at 1/4 of an inch after a hard pour. Short loops and dots for lace. Aroma of nutmeg, slight rum raisin tone. Medium in body, carbonation is higher but very fine and effervescent across the tongue. Chocolate malted milk impression early, roasted malts come out as well-done almost burnt toast with an earthy nature. Finishes somewhat sweeter and thinner with just a bit of distinct bitter that ends things sharply but with a less-than-coffee nature. Pretty good presentation overall.

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Photo of kbrock
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from brown pint bottle into a pint glass. Excellent, attractive wraparound label.

Appearance: Nearly opaque black with ruby highlights. Nice brown head that dissipates rapidly but maintains a thin cream-colored presence on the surface and sides of the beer. There's also nice, persistent lacing throughout the glass as it empties. Quality.

Smell: Roastiness is the primary aroma. I also sense a bit of alcohol and some sourness (especially over time).

Taste: Nice, classic porter taste. The sourness is there, but the principal characteristic is a roasted chocolate flavor that starts about midrange and continues through the finish. It's a pleasant taste that even lingers on the tongue. Cool.

Mouthfeel: This has some body to it, with a light oily feel. There's a little bite of carbonation. Not watery at all--you know you're drinking a beer with this one.

Drinkability: For those who like porters, this is an excellent beer. Flavorful but not overwhelming; good body, but not too heavy. I could have a couple/few pints of this one.

If you can find the Nightmare Yorkshire Porter, give it a try. It's one of the better porters--a style I very much like--I've had.

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Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A simple and enjoyable stout. SImply postum barley, could be roasted chicory, well malted by a variety that takes the edges off sourness and bitterness and makes for a reasonably light satisfying beverage. Must be great on cask.English of them to call this extra stout a porter.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear brown highlights show through a very dark brown body. Pours a nice, frothy, light-tan head that holds well and leaves excellent lace. The aroma displays notes of toffee, cocoa, and maybe a little butterscotch. The body is medium-thin and the carbonation is moderate giving a light bite on the tongue. The taste is gently fruity, lightly chocolatey, somewhat toasty and mildly bitter. Roastiness appears in the finish along with a gently lingering toffee note. Very round and well balanced. An excellent session beer! This an English porter that should be enjoyed at close to cellar temperature to realize it's full character. Well worth seeking out. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of dgallina
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml brown bottle without freshness date.

Pours clear deep brown with minimal tan head and decent lace. Smells richly malty. Burnt bread notes dominate with sweet dark chocolate, raisins, and plums in the background. The initial flavor showcases dark fruit elements, but segues into a cookie dough and carmel center. A strong burnt toast finish is drying and quite long. Body is medium-thick, a bit oily and quite creamy for a 5% beer. Not the most complex porter, but very tasty if you like well-toasted malt.

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Photo of Tibi81
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of andrewm190
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An interesting taste, roasted malts, sort of a bitter after taste. This beer is both more and less than I expected. I usually don't anticipate such an aromatic smell from a dark beer. I like the taste, but the bite was a bit over powering and didn't live up to the hype. Still a great winter beer. An interesting beer to pick up.

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Photo of edchicma
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Name is definitely a misnomer...appearance was extremely dark with a beautiful head. Smell was lightly aromatic and suggested what taste would be like. A light, smoky taste was extremely pleasing and well-rounded. Mouthfeel was light but rounded, extremely drinkable and refreshing....a definite try for Porter lovers.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When poured into my glass, this brew had a small tan head with fine-small bubbles. The head quickly diminished. The body was dark brown in hue. This brew left good lacing on all sides of my glass. The aroma was that of malt and coffee. It had a smooth coffee flavor that I enjoyed drinking.

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Photo of Jredner
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of the maliter smelling beers I have come across. Smells like those non-alcoholic sweet malt beverages. Black with a thich head that compresses down to the thickness of a quarter. Coffee and malt dominates. Some bitterness in the finish and a mild roastiness. Palate is fairly sturdy for a porter, but there is a watery tinge in the aftertaste.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown or red with bright white head and minor lace on the glassware.
Aroma of minor chocolate, heavy coffee and some piney bitterness.
Flavors of chocolate , oatmeal, resiny bitterness and some light espresso.
Mouthfeel starts with oatmeal and minor sweetness shifts to a slightly charcoal and oily and resiny finish.
Drinkability is pretty good. A little thin or atery for style but nice beer.

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Photo of scooter231
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown wth a nice tan head, and some lacing. Smells like a very, very rich chocolate. Next to Kelpie, this is a bit deeper, a bit stronger. Taste is similar, with more coffee flavors. Definitely a dessert brew- and/or a sipper. I think I'd rather have this than cake. Or cookies. Or whatever the sweet might be. Mouthfeel is chewy, smooth. This is a tasty beer- if I could get it easily, I would have it more often.... alas, I purchased this over a thousand miles away. Poor me.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hand pulled pint as a nightcap in my local Spoons 10th Feb 2012.

What the hell is an extra stout porter? Well this one was dark creamy and tastey!

Aroma of dark chocolate and ground coffee beans.

The taste was a rich blend of the smells with a mini bitterness and dry finish.

I really enjoyed it (after an evening of golden bitters it did the trick and I went home happy).

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Photo of BuckSpin
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 500ml bottle in a flared mouth pint glass

Not thick out of the bottle, it had a nut brown hue out of the bottlemouth. However, in the glass it was a deep, earthy, port/garnet red, very deep in color. Head was a solid fat finger of active, loose, latte hued foam that laced curtain like, very sticky, fading steadily & quickly but not altogther.

Nose is initially breadlike, biscuits, even a wisp of cinnamon, but that soon gives way to a more pronounced & lasting burnt coffee and high end dark chocolates. Perhaps a hint of black licorice.

Its creamy on the tongue, mild, warm (not hot) black coffee that has lost that severe bitter edge, but a hint of bitterness does remain. Its a little watery though, maybe a echo of that black licorice but a whisper at best. This mild quality continues on the pallete, warming nicely & allowing the taste to meld and mingle to a soothing, comfortable mouthfeel, but certainly not overwhelming, or even strong. Ironic the deep cocoa on the nose is non-existant in the flavor. On a whim, I try it with a bite of dark chocolate brownie (aka a "grownup brownie") and that does seem to activate some of the bitterness on the pallete, which to me beats the rather dull melding prior to said brownie. I've found chocolate (good chocolate) to be an excellent trigger for taste qualities in other porters & stouts, so remember that if you would like to try.

It finishes thin, with a nice little bittersweet kick and the aftertaste of coffee, while watery, is nice.

Keeping in mind this is an English Porter, I guess I'm just I'm predispositioned to the stronger, more intense & vibrant interpretations of the American Porter genre. Having been spoiled silly on GLBC Enmund Fitzgerald, this comes up lacking to me, but again that is the style. Its a nice porter, and I would drink it again if offered one, but personally I don't think I'll be having any more "Nightmares", dreaming instead of American versions, and not lose any sleep as a result.

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Photo of spearson28
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A -Dark black with a hint of red, lovely thick creamy off white head.

S - Big notes of roasted coffee beans and chocolate

T - Initial smokiness leading to sweet caramel with a mild gentle hoppyness to finish with a hint of nuttiness

M - Gentle carbonation with the smallest amount of gas bubbles. Leaves a sticky lingering mouthfeel with a small amount of drying

O - Overall a very good take on a stout. More depth of aromas and flavour than standard stouts with a lovely finish on the palate. Serving type: bottle,

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Photo of gbontrag
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's looks like coffee with a red hue at the edges. It looks a bit like a red light bar at the end of an alley. Nice economy-it fits perfectly into an english pint. The head caresses the rim, and becomes an outline to the pitched darkness in the center of me mug. Oh hello you dark chocolate bar, you smell like you walked through a grass fire. This beer definitely smells like it's done some manual labor on machinery, it's oily. As such, it tastes like a dark roasted,oily coffee bean. My palate's warming up now. It's not terribly high in alcohol. Coffee-malt; bittersweet chocolate; molasses-blackstrap molasses. There's a little 'old horse barn' in there, kind of musty, a little straw, and leathery. Smells a little like old timber, now. Umm, I'm liking how this opens up. As it gets warmer it tastes like an over-done black forest torte.

Actually, I think it's a little too bitter. A little oily. It pushes my opinion of english porter, and I like that. "Champion Winter Beer of Britian 1997" it says. A one time champion, perhaps. A damn sassy champion, but I think I'd rather split this with a drinking buddy, move slowly through it, then move on to something completely different.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle

Pours a rich black color with a creamy tan head that thins, but maintains. Mild, speckled lacing on the glass.

Nice roasty aroma full of cocoa and espresso tones. There is also a light breadiness present.

Deep roasted taste upfront melting into dark espresso and cocoa flavors. Mild bitterness before it finishes with a lingering roasted taste.

Light body, mild carbonation.

A flavorful and easy drinking English porter. Would make for a very nice session brew, wish I had more.

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Photo of fretlessman71
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pertinent Preliminary Comments: Says here on the bottle that this was the Champion Winter Beer of Britain in 1997. Hope it hasn’t lost its touch – it’s been 8 years, fer cryin’ out loud. Cool label.

APPEARANCE: Deep ruby/mahogany and somewhat clear (maybe it’s just that dark). Firm tan head, 2” thick. Light lacing.

AROMA: Dark chocolate and dark fruit first, then a somewhat metallic but not unpleasant odor joins. No hops. Coffee grounds on last smell.

FLAVOR: Here the hops come through a little better. Good balance of hops and malt; chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit flavors all have a go at the same time. Just enough black malt to keep things from getting too sweet. Toffee comes out as the beer warms. This is getting better and better.

MOUTHFEEL: REALLY nice. Frothy and light while still having a certain weight to it. Not many beers have managed to do this in my estimation.

DRINKABILITY: At 5.0% ABV, this is definitely a quaffer. And one that won’t become uninteresting as the night progresses.

OVERALL COMMENTS: I can see why this one won! Quite an achievement for this beer, and one that I’ll be certain to revisit whenever I can.

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Photo of lillitnn92
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Sigmund
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, bought in Scarborough. Dark reddish brown colour, nearly black. Large and creamy tan head. Pleasant vinous aroma, notes of prunes and tobacco, hints of liquorice, chocolate and red wine vinegar. The mouthfeel is rich and creamy. Flavour of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate, a hint of liquorice. Moderate hops in the finish. Good beer!

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Hambleton Nightmare (Extra Stout Porter) from Hambleton Ales
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