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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Reviews: 71 | Ratings: 77
Photo of charlatan
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Half pint at Wetherspoons in Greenock. A peaty coloured beer with a big offwhite head. A slightly woody, smoky roasted malt nose with a hint of plum and dried fruit. It did indeed taste fruity (plums and figs) and smoky. This is the taste of getting drunk in a bothy with a roaring fire on the go: highly recommended, although perhaps not what you would want every day. It has a relatively smooth feel and is damn good beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Pizzeria Paradiso in Old Town. Served in a willi becher. Pours near-black with a good tan head and a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose carries a touch of earth, chocolate, and roast, with just a touch of very light ashy smoke in the background. Flavor has a nice chocolate and roast component with a faint touch of fruit in the background. Body is light-medium with normal cask carbonation. Quite smooth and tasty. I would certainly have this again.

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Photo of spearson28
3.95/5  rDev +1%
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 StJamesGate
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tawny auburn with a puffy cratered tan head. Big whiff of chocolate with coffee and soil underneath.
Earth, espresso bean, some roasty char, then woody hops. Baker's chocolate end with a chalky linger. The light side of medium, smooth, some chew.

Very much a "medium" stout - robust flavours, but in modration. Chocolate and roasted barley rank over any fruit, so closer to a Dry Irish that way. Nice to find an English stout that knows how to use the roast.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
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 MeisterBurger
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label on my bottle is different than what's pictured here. It says: "Nick Stafford's Hambleton Ales: Nightmare." and calls itself a Premium Yorkshire Stout. I can only assume I'm in the right place and some sort of a rebranding went on at the brewery, that Nick Stafford is an egoist, and that people in Yorkshire have nowt a clue what a stout is.

Pours a dark reddish brown topped by a sticky, off-white head and nice, sticky lacing. Top marks here.

Aroma is earthy, like a freshly dug grave, and slightly roasty, like a single coffee bean that was ground on the other side of the room earlier the same day, with a waft of halitosis from a far-off aged Alsatian.

The taste is coffee, baker's chocolate and caramel with a mix of tartness and bitterness that is interesting to say the least. A little nuttiness, a black licorice bitterness lingers in the aftertaste (in a good way). More like an extra brown ale - porter sort of hybrid than anything deserving to be called stout, but whatever you want to call it it's a little different and I like it, and I tend not to like a lot of English beer, so that's saying something.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated. It works.

There's something off about the aroma for me, but overall I kind of dig this beer.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gravity pour at the Brick Store Pub. Poured a very dark reddish brown, approaching black, with a typically rocky cask head- off-white in this case. Smells light, malty, and roasty, with an intriguing nuttiness lurking as well. Tastes of slightly sour grain up-front, then some light roastiness, and some earthy bitterness on the end. Light notes of chocolate fudge throughout. I had this beer freshly tapped, but from a couple of other reviews it seems that this is one best to have fresh before the sour graininess takes over. Light and soft in the mouth, and with just the right amount of carbonation for a cask beer for me. Nice.

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Photo of PartyBear
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a thick black body and slightly foamy tan head. Lots of coffee and chocolate in aroma with an underlying sweetness, and a touch a liquorish . It tastes very similar to how it smells, strong espresso, bitter dark chocolate, oak, and a thick creamy feel. Brilliant stout, one of the most flavoursome I have had at 5%. I will certainly be seeking out the rest of the Hambleton Ales stable.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Winking Lizard. This beer pours a mostly clear dark brown color with a thin dark tan head that dissipates steadily. Thin rings of lacing. The aroma has a slightly smoked character, with roasted malt, coffee and chocolate behind it. Medium-bodied with flavors of malt, coffee and bittersweet chocolate, with smoke in the background all the while. The finish consists of coffee and hops with a lingering bitterness. Above average overall.

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Photo of corby112
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hand pump cask at Cahrlies Pub in Cpenhagen, Denmark.

Pours a very dark brown, almost black with mahogany edges and a thick foamy tan head that settles into a lasting lace. Chcolate malty aroma with dark fruit, hops and oatmeal. This is a very smooth quaffable stout. Huge chocolate malty flavor with dark fruit notes(especially cherry and fig), oatmeal and a bitter sweet dry hoppy finish.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear but very dark brown. Nose is mild. Almost seemed like a mild butter at first. Goes away and an earthy tone comes in, but nothing much is really there. Flavor is nice and earthy. Slightly bitter. Nice and earthy. Feel is about standard on liquid and the carbonation is not very intrusive, but noticeable. A nice English Porter.

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Photo of andrewm190
3.91/5  rDev 0%
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 Sigmund
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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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Photo of BDTyre
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was really looking forward to this and I am quite pleased, but not blown away.

Great dark ruby-black appearance with a thin but persistent tan head. Scent is of espresso, roasted coffee beans, cocoa and burnt malt. Cocoa bitterness is quite noticeable in the scent and the taste. That is my only real complaint about this porter: the very noticeable bitter-sweet taste reminiscent of pure cocoa or baker's chocolate. The other flavours -burnt/roasted malt, coffee beans and fresh brewed espresso are all very pleasant and fitting.

Low carbonation, smooth on the tongue. Very drinkable despite the bitter-sweet flavours.

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Photo of StargherKing
4.67/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beer pours with a two-finger khaki colored hea. Colors of mahonganny and hints of ruby. The scent is slightly bready, malty, light coffee and cocoa. Flavor is very much same as scent with cocoa coming out full force with hints of both coffee and toffee. Little, if any, hops of note. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy; however somewhat lighter than expected. With as heavy as this beer looks in the glass I can see where others would say that it is watery. Drinkability is fantastic! Goes down easy, not too heavy. Still has plenty of character and flavor, and with the ABV not being outrageous, I can easily see this being a great session beer.

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Photo of drseamus
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at Mahar's.

It pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. It had a good biscuity aroma, but it was fairly light. It has a roasted flavor but it's very light. I personally think the body is too light for a porter. I would give this slightly below average drinkability because the body is so off and the flavor is too light.

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Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
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 MaltyGoodness
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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 BillyBrew
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pleasant surprise after sitting in the cellar for almost a year.

I was surprised by the massive, bubbling head that was tan and laced with brown swirls. The head faded fairly quickly, but never left splotches down the glass and a thin, permanent cap on my brew. The beer itself was a deep garnet.

A bready nose (perhaps the 'biscuit' that people say) with a dark roasted malt sweetness. No real hop, but not sickeningly malty.

Nice dark roasted malts, coffee the way I like it and some dry cocoa.

A medium-light body with a slight viscosity and finishes fairly dry.

Drinks good. Lighter body than expected, but could use some more hop if I were to drink a few more. I liked it for an English Porter.

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Photo of Manosbeeroffate
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From McKean and Charles in Waldoboro (thanks again Todd) Pours dark brown, almost no head whatsoever on the pour. Smells like cocoa but not too intensly. Tastes like burnt cocoa, a bit on the bitter side, sweet malt in the background and finishes again bitter. Mouthfeel feels a bit thin for the style. Overall though it's a pretty decent beer. If your looking for an alternative for a dark session beer this would make a great substitute for Guinness.

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Photo of BuckSpin
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
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 SaCkErZ9
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The bottle currently in hand is very different than the one pictured. A black label with lots of shadows of graves and a little emblem with a horse, accompanied by Nick Stafford's Hambleton Ales, is the bottle I will review. This is a Yorkshire Porter (doesnt day Extra Stout Porter anywhere on the bottle). With that assumption:

The beer emerges from a 500ml bottle into an imperial pint glass. A very dark, nearly opaque beer emerges with a nice creamy head of decent size that enjoys the entire session.

Aroma is of chocolate and roasty, toasty malts. Lots of breadiness involved as well. Quite a nice aroma.

Wow! Straight up coffee and chocolate. This one tastes like a dessert, but not sweet at all. Nice, bitter coffee and burnt chocolate to back up the roasted malts. I must say, this is one stout porter. Extra dry in the finish.

Off the top of my head, this is one of the best porters I have had. Nice, smooth and creamy mouthfeel with some bitterness at the end due to the burnt and toasty malts. Mouthfeel does have some astringency that kicks up the bitterness factor. Otherwise, this would be a 5 in my book on taste and mouthfeel. Great sessionability with the 5% abv. This could definitely be something to keep around the house as a dinner time drink.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tumbler at 50 degrees. Beer was a nice porterish dark color. Smell was coffee/toffee with roasted almond smell and quite pleasant. was disapointed it did not taste so. I thought the beer was kinda thin on taste and finished way to dry. I will not purchase gain.

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Photo of dgallina
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
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 brentk56
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

New bottle looks nothing like the picture - very sophisiticated appearance - almost like a wine bottle

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with ruby highlights and a bouyant tan head that persists well and leaves shards of lacing behind

Smell: Roasted chocolate aroma that I could smell all night

Taste: Starts out with a bitter roasted dark chocolate coffee flavor that builds; after the swallow the bitterness comes to the front and dominates - this Porter is unlike anything I have ever tasted in the class before

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not the easiest beer to drink as it challenges with its roasty dark bitterness; nevertheless, well worth seeking out

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