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 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 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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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 oberon
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
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 NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
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 BuckeyeNation
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't know why this British-brewed 'Yorkshire Porter' is designated as an American Porter, nor do I quite know what an Extra Stout Porter is, if not some version of a Baltic Porter. Since these are but two of the many things I don't know, I'm not too concerned.

I expected Nightmare to be light-sucking black, but it isn't. It's reddish mahogany with light visible all the way through the glass. Without at least a moderately bright light source, however, one would never be able to tell that it isn't opaque. The head is light toasty brown and is exceptionally creamy. It isn't huge to start with, but its dense whipped creaminess allows it to persist nicely and to leave nearly unbroken sheets of lace on the glass.

The aroma is of roasted dark malt and dark chocolate fudge. There's a smidgen of coffee and pipe tobacco as well. I wish the nose was stronger because it's a good one. This beer has a wonderful, classic porter flavor regardless of which side of the Atlantic its spiritual origins lie. Roasted barley and chocolate again assume center stage and they work well in tandem, neither hogging the spotlight. The coffee is unmistakable now, but is still in the background.

Mildly sweet at the start, fading to mildly bitter on the finish. The transparent color led me to expect nothing more than a medium body and that's exactly what I got. A full, creamy chewiness would improve things substantially, but it's pretty pleasant in the mouth as is. Drinkability is on the high side due to the first-rate flavor and the relatively light body.

Hambleton Nightmare is an impressive porter. I'd like it to be bigger and more mouth-filling (Extra Stout would be nice), but otherwise it's hard to find fault. Rather than a nightmare, this is the stuff of which daydreams are made.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A two finger head atop tight bubbles. Beautiful black body and tan head that caps a flavorful roasted malt and chocolate malt flavored ale. This beer has a crisp finish with slight to little hop bitterness. Coffee, caramel, toffee and sweet chocolate notes dominate with woody hop spice and mild yeast, alcohol presence give a highly drinkable quality to the medium bodied ale. With a white horse on the label and black beauty in the bottle.

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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 feloniousmonk
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown, tipping into black, with a nice, raucous, toasted tan head.
Aroma, perfectly portery: big, creamy, with distinctive coffee and mocha notes, richly roasted, spicy, earthy, even oily...an impressive amalgamation of all the things I want out of a good porter.
Taste: smooth, clean, creamy, but again we're treated with a helping of flavor, rich, roasty, abundant with chocolate notes, slightly bittersweet. Full-bodied, great, gritty texture, some fruity character shimes in, too, a little taste of cherries. Body bottoms out some, though, toward the end. Still, a great porter, right up there with the best.
I haven't had this in years and forgot how good it is. I'd still say your money could go farther with a 6'er of, say, Anchor Porter, but don't let that stop you from trying this gem out.

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Photo of WesWes
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a very dry scent that boasts of black patent and chocolate malts. It is quite rich and complex. The taste is good. It has a very smooth black malt flavor that goes down quick and finishes dry and chocolatey. It has a bit a black malt/earthy aftertaste which resonates. The mouthfeel is great. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good Yorkshire porter. It has tremendous aroma and flavor; a good drinker.

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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 biegaman
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The flavour certainly carries well, a true porter if I ever had one. Mouthfeel is alittle thin. Posseses no smokiness but a bold roasted taste which is very aggreeable and most suitable for this style. The roastness comes through nicely in its bouquet and certainly adds the neccesary depth for the beers body. When held up to the light you notice a beautiful ruby brown, a sensational colour! The beer didn't overly-impress me Im sorry to say, but is for certain a good porter!

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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 jdhilt
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a two-finger tan head that fades quickly to just a thin layer leaving an even lace. Deep red/amber color nearly opaque. Light carbonation, medium bodied. Nose is a smokey roast. Starts with a roasted sweetness and finishes smooth with no bitter aftertaste. A good porter too bad it is $6.25 for a 500ml bottle.

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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 wl0307
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The name of my bottle is slightly different: it doesn't state that it's "Extra Stout Porter"; instead, "Nightmare Stout" is printed on the back of the label. Never mind, maybe the version sold in the UK bears a slightly different emphasis on the label than that shipped over to the US?! BBE 10/2006, served cool in a jug.

A: dark reddish brown hue, with almost no beer head and a rather static body, looking more like gravity-dispensed straight from a cask~~
S: sweetish dark malts backed by more roast-nutty, chocolatey, and burned sugary backbone. Being a stout there's surprisingly very restrained presence of stronger note of roasted barley, but that doesn't compromise the pleasant aroma coming from mixture of four malts (as stated on the label).
T: extremely smooth-textured bitter-sweet dark-malts and an understated but still concrete flavour of roasted barley flow onto the palate; developing at the back of the palate are lightly sour edge of dark fruits, and more aromatic, burned and nutty barleys. Moderately bitter finish with a wee touch of dryness.
M: the mouthfeel is utterly, creamy-smooth/lubricating, almost too smooth and lack of fizz if taking into account that this is a bottled beer, not a "flat", cask-version~~ But the body does hold, supporting the medium-strong alc. and the medium-flavoured stout just well.
D: all in all, this is a delicious, semi-sweet/not-so-bitter stout and a very quaffable one. Calling it a porter, and it does ring a bell too, and surely a moderate one. Anyway, a sort of balance is retained in this dark ale, but I'm afraid it's not the cup of tea for someone looking for stronger hop or heavier malt presence here.

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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 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 tavernjef
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Super dark brown nearly black color, thats favorably thick and rich, a tall one inch crown of light chocolate brown sits on top all smooth and lumpy much like a whipped frappucchino. Settles slowly down to leave a solid skim always present and the lace in thin sheets and of all kinds of inky blobs that have amazing sticking power.

Aroma is heavenly roasted, just right, not to burnt, rich and welcoming with some excellent cocoa/chocolatey tones that maintain an acute drying sense within. Really nice at first but it seems to lose some of its power as it sits.

Flavors are just right from becoming too mild with a favorable but lightly placed roasted malt tone thats substantially smooth. An ample chocolatey/cocoa creamy thickness lasts throughout each sip and gulp yeilding a bit of chocolatey sweetness over the top of the roasted bitterness. Its like a thick chocolate milk with some roasted coffeeness to it. Enticingly fine flavors that sit well across the palate.

Feel is medium bodied with a light fluffy, almost chalky sense in a few areas that's very light, yet it continues to be smooth and creamy with a light finish that kinda drops out a bit. Could use a boost there, for most other porters that I like, thats where all the fun happens, in the finish. This fades out too quickly with a very light drying cocoa sweetness.

Still, not a bad beer, not at all frankly, in fact its quite nice to behold, the overall smooth character and security of flavors sets it apart from most. One thing's for sure, that it's altogether drinkable and at 5% will make for a good session porter. But price wise @ $5.50 per 500ml bottle may be a bit much. Still worth checking out if ya get the chance.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
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 GCBrewingCo
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured blackish brown with ruby translucent highlights. The head was off white and lasting to lace the glass.

The aroma was toffee, caramel, chocolate and diacetyl.

The flavor was smoky with chocolate and slight coffee. The smoke reminds me of summer sausage and is restrained. The bitterness is large enough to balance the malt, but the smoke rules the day. There is also a restrained fruitiness in the flavor.

The finish was dry and chocolate smoky. The body was just a smidge past medium.

16.9 ounce bottle.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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 ADR
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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 RonfromJersey
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brown-ruby body (a description used no else in nature except the beer world). Topped by an large oatmeal colored foamy head. Head settles quickly into a a half inch thick table top. Leaves some nice lacing . A lot of cocoa in the aroma, with some licorice lurking about. Taste is cocoa and coffee, coffee with a big dollop of cream tossed in. Slight hop signature in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel starts full and rich, but finishes a bit thin, actually the opposite of my preferences. Smoothly drinkable. A nice example of an English porter.

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Photo of woemad
3.37/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $7.63. Label says there's a best by date somewhere on the base, but, try as I might, I find no sign of it.

Poured what appeared to be a color darker than the mood of any fan who watched the New Orleans Saints last night (go Seahawks). However, when held to the light, a very slight rubyish color can be seen if the glass is peered at closely. Very sparse, tan head that vanished quickly, though it fizzed noisily upon it's appearance.

The smell is more or less what one expects from a porter, though perhaps a little on the sweet side. Along with a roasty maltiness, there is a dominant odor of chocolate.

The taste is a little weak on this one. It's roasty and chocolaty, but the chocolate flavor has too much of an upper hand. Too much sweet, not enough bitter. This could use a little more coffeeish flavor, which is only a vague whisper here.

This is disappointingly thin for a porter, far too watery than it has any right to be.

This is a very average porter from the bottle. Yet another case of a fantastic beer on cask being bottled, thereby becoming rather dull.

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Hambleton Nightmare (Extra Stout Porter) from Hambleton Ales
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