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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-03-2002

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Reviews: 71 | Ratings: 77
Photo of rkhaze
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a mahogany color with a nice sized creamy head. Decent lacing.
Nice smells. Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, raspberries and a bit of licorice.
All the aromas were in the flavor, but it didn't seem to quite come together. The tangy bittersweet interplay was good, but it seemed to lack the intensity of taste that the smell promised. Finishes dry and chewy with an almost green wood tartness. It definitly improved as it warmed.
Light to medium bodied with a smooth, creamy, chewy mouthfeel.
Good soft carbonation.
This was an easy drinking Porter...almost too easy. Good thing it's only 5%.

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Photo of cbl2
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Absolutely black with a nice tan head.


Hints of marshmallow abound with a little smoky character.


Damn yummy. Sweet chicory flavor tickles the tongue at first sip. A slightly bitter finish that does not at all detract from this delicious brew.

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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 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 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 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 edchicma
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
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 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 crookedhalo
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown color with red highlights and a tan head that disperses rather quick. Aromas of toffee, chocolate, butterscotch and scorched maple syrup. Big creamy maltiness- diacetyl butteriness and bitter chocolate and toffee notes, not a lot of hops. They're there, just masked by the malt. A little thin, but not out of its style, being English and all... Overall, a good English porter best drank a bit on the warmer side to appreciate the big maltiness this beer showcases. At 5%, very drinkable.

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Photo of sponberg
3.95/5  rDev +1%
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 TheDM
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured a small head of fine to medium sized light brown bubbles with a good lacing and a opaque black brown body. Its aroma is that of a mild malt. It starts off smooth and finishes smootly with a lingering coffee/chocolate after taste. Its a bit heavy for a porter, more like a stout. Notes of coffee dominate its flavor.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
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 budgood1
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a relatively dark, dark brown colour. simple tan head that dies down to fine thin lace. awesome roasted and chocolate malt aroma. one of the best smelling brews i've sampled lately. typical porter character...lots of dark roasted malt...ample characteristics of choco and caramel...not really bitter but sort of sweet. maybe a bit thin in mouthfeel but awefully smooth and drinkable and extremely delicious. lots of residual malt sweetness and flavours to be had. this is a damn fine brew...one that should be had and contemplated in the darker months of the year. a whole lot of goodness for porter lovers and a chocolate malt lover's delite. if this had a bit more body to hold up the flavour profile...it would be world class. oh well....a summer surprise it is and appreciated nonetheless.

just what the hell is an "extra stout porter" anyway?

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Photo of nomad
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very dark brown with a tiny frothy head and negligible lace. Nose was of nuts, toast, a hearty malt body, and some earthy hops. Taste was burnt toast, chocolate, and malt that was complex but in a muddled manner to me. Hops were heard to get a bead on. Soon developed a strong nuts taste. Thin mouthfeel, this beer had a pretty talc-like dry finish.

Definitely a “real ale” – beers don’t taste like this in America. Surely complex but too quietly so, if at all.

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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 Shiredave
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfect condition and pour , beautifull deep clear garnet color when back lit; low, creamy tan head- a 1/2 inch halo clung to the top of my glass mug and remained w/ out drooping till the next day when washed. Aroma is all smokey charred coffee with hints of sweet and sour apples. Light to medium body, the initial sweetness fades quickly to complex hop flavors blending with the nutty dryness of the dark grains. Finish is long and bitter with great hop flavors surrounding the tongue.
A Classic.

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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 Viking
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark and murky coppery-brown. Good initial head that, sadly, just doesn't last. Nice aroma of creamy chocolate and caramel with hints of coffee and roasted malt. Taste is a bit weak, but still pretty good. Mostly roasted malt with backing chocolate and caramel flavors. Not as thick as I like in a porter, but still a bit chewey and creamy.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown in color with a pretty thin but persistent head. Aromas of roasted malts, a touch of burnt toast. Smooth / creamy mouth feel and a medium body. On the palate....robust flavors... were notes of roasted malt, tiny hints of chocolate, and toasted bread…all flavors become more assertive as it warms a bit. Overall a very enjoyable brew porter...

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Photo of Wildman
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This porter is a very dark color that has a nice dark tan head. A slight chocolate flavor gives it almost a sweet stout taste. It has good flavor but is a little lighter than some other porters I have tried.

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Hambleton Nightmare (Extra Stout Porter) from Hambleton Ales
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