Hambleton Nightmare (Extra Stout Porter) | Hambleton Ales

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3.92 w/ 77 ratings

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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-03-2002

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Photo of Manosbeeroffate
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
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 -6.9%
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 SaCkErZ9
4.43/5  rDev +13%
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 -13.3%
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 +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 brentk56
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
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 lackenhauser
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep ruby color-borders on being black. Mellow, rich and roasted aroma. Good roasted malt flavor. Somewhat espresso like-chocolatey with a creamy smooth taste to it. Good body-might seem a tad thin but I think that is only in relation to US porters I am used to. Very, very drinkable. Along with the recent UK brown ale I had (Thomas Paine) I am once again appreciating some good British beers.

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Photo of biegaman
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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 Slatetank
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
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 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 MrHurmateeowish
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Half inch thick khaki head with dark brown/black body with ruby red highlights. Has a smell similar to a rootbeer or a black licorice. Tastes rather roasty with sweet malt and licorice notes. Alcohol can also be tasted oddly enough... Medium bodied. Reminds me in many ways of Sam Smith’s Taddy Porter, but fuller bodied and more roasty. Hops also evident. I think I’d like it better if it didn’t have that black licorice quality in the flavor. Still a flavorful solid beer.

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Photo of AaronHomoya
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle.

Very dark auburn color with ruby tones. Good head dissipates to a nice, light tan cap. Very light carbonation. Aroma is malty sweet and roasty. Taste is sweet, a little roasty and also a little mineral-like. Clean finish with just the slightest hop presence. Mouthfeel is fairly light and clean with a pleasing smoothness. Overall, a nice, drinkable beer that has some good roasted malt flavor and a smooth quality.

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

It's a shiny pony!
A pretty shiny pony.
A black, tan headed pony with a rich and pleasant aroma.
Nothing really nightmarish going on here.
Well rounded, well balanced... portery all around.
Roasted notes, coffee notes, chocolate notes, sugary notes, an underlying coffee bitterness...
There's nothing striking going on here but all in all it's good stuff.

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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 jdoolin
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 1 pint 9oz bottle, poured into an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, almost black, but not quite opaque. Had a nice, foamy, light tan head that lasted for quite a while.

Aroma: Heavenly. Roasted malt, chocolate, a hint of coffee, and I detected a hint of whiskey aroma that was very pleasant.

Taste and mouthfeel: Slightly chewy but not quite creamy. A very nice roasted malt character with an assertive chocolate flavor, and a definite sweetness. Hints of caramel and coffee. Not much in the way of hop bitterness, just enough for balance.

Notes: At first I sipped this beer by itself. When I was about halfway done, I paired it with a hot fudge sundae, which was a perfect match. I finished the last few ounces by adding a dollop of ice cream and finished it as a float. A good dessert beer!

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Photo of veech
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased @ Gene's Hofbrau in Charleston, S.C. for $9.Poured into a standard 16 oz pint.
A: Very dark brownish black with a thin head and low carbonation
S: Semi sweet chocolate with mild hints of hazelnut
T: Very strong robust malty flavor that equal the aroma. Less nutty taste than smell
M: Substantially chewy and slightly viscous
Drinkability was limited by price more than alcohol content or heaviness. It is still a very powerful and hearty stout porter that should satisfy fans of the style.

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Photo of wl0307
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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 GuinnessSmurf
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark, brown cola color with a big frothy head. There is a ruby undertone in the body of this fine crafted Yorshire ale.

Smell: It has a real roasty, fruity (raisin, plum, citrus) element. I'm also picking up small hints of pistachio.

Taste: A soft buttery pallete combines with this rich, smooth flavor. The overall malty character is not to be completely shadowed by its other subtle but colorful notes. The end of the taste brings about a refreshing, contemplative quality with a medium lasting aftertaste that begs the tongue for more.

Mouthfeel: The body is very milky and gentle, being careful to cover the tongue with flavor without coating it. This, combined with its low carbonation, makes the mouth right on target in communicating this porter's flavor.

Drinkability: If not for the price, the overall smoothness of this drinking experience would make this an excellent session beer or just great to revisit when you're craving a good Yorkshire Ale.

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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 sevineyes
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown bottle featuring a silver horse.

A: Lighter than what I was expecting, but very red in color. Some highlights were bordering on scarlet. Thin but persistent head, but with little lacing.

S: Light, but roasty.

T: Well balanced. Especially as the beer warmed the initial taste seemed more of a toffee or caramel that moved into the expected chocolate and coffee flavors. Throughout is a very nice roastiness.

M: Great. Coats the mouth, creamy, and a little oily. No "watery" feels from this porter.

D: A really drinkable porter. No problems here.

Overall: I could stare at the color of this for a while. Tasted sweeter than I was expecting, but still it's a balanced beer. Nice variations make this stand out in a good way.

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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 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 woemad
3.37/5  rDev -14%
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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Photo of Sephiroth
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer looks opaque at first glance, but is barely translucent when held in front of a light. It is extremely dark brown. I smell dark chocolte and roasted malt.

The taste is merely a shadow compared to the smell. I taste chocolate and roasted malt. I am not sure that I detect any hops at all. The hint of bitterness may come from the roasted malt. The flavor is good, but too understated. The mouthfeel is a bit thin for my taste. That being said, I could drink this all night if not for the lack of flavor.

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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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Hambleton Nightmare (Extra Stout Porter) from Hambleton Ales
Beer rating: 74% out of 100 with 77 ratings
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