Burton Bridge Bramble Stout
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Burton Bridge Brewery
England, United Kingdom
English Stout
Ranked #43
Ranked #19,414
3.81 | pDev: 8.4%
Jan 08, 2023
Oct 03, 2003
Very Good
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Reviewed by Offa from California

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Bottle conditioned from brewery. Black with minimal foamy ring. Aroma roasty malt and dark fruits with clear hint of blackberry. Taste. Light body and character overall but with nice flavor. Roasty with some dark fruits and hints of blackberry throughout. Dryish. Light sweetness with light roasty coffee. bitterness. Very good. Pretty easy drinking. Blackberry lurks gently in the shadows and gives it an unusual element but otherwise it's a very good dry stout. Not sweet or a rich dessert stout despite what the blackberry might indicate.
Jan 08, 2023
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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

3.09/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
L- Ultra deep ruby red, clear, pours with 2mm pale-tan head. ps. 10mins later it's minor foam actually holds surprisingly well and forms lacing.
S- It has a touch of a fruit note to it though if I didn't know already I'd struggle to name it (Ie it seems subtle to me).
T- I certainly get prominent fruit now, dark fruit, and a notable sour edge in the finish.
M- The sour note is the most prominent aspect of it's feel, that sour sensation that seems to leave an instantly dry, slightly numbing, sensation on your tongue and roof of your mouth. I expect there are hops tied up in that somewhere.
O- By now much of the prominent fruit of earlier has blended into the background. Now it's like a sour and quite pungent dark beer, yet it doesn't actually necessarily taste or feel like a stout at all.
Overall it is something different. The presence of fruit comes and goes on my palate, but the notable sour edge remains unchanged. This isn't the first fruit/black-beer I've had, but I believe it's the first sour stout I've had and I do not think it really works too well for me. I can and finish it but I shan't be choosing this one again.
Bought from BeersOfEurope/UK for home delivery. 500ml bottle BB: April 2021.
ps. I suggest you do not drink this and hope to rate/review any other beers afterwards, This is my first beer of the day but my palate already feels blitzed out.
Sep 19, 2020
Rated: 3.53 by risenz from England

Nov 29, 2015
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Reviewed by Hoppsbabo from England

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
A: I opened it up and the foam gushed out for well over two minutes. Lost quite a bit of beer.
S: Smells like a sour.
T: Tastes seventy percent like a geuze and thirty percent like a porter. It’s dry and vinegary. Just a subtle bit of blackberry in the finish. On the one hand you’ve got the stout and the other the geuze, and the middle is a bit of a dyslectic experience. It’s okay, but think of it as a geuze, not a stout.
O: Hmm, not bad but nothing world beating. More an object of curio than anything else.
Aug 06, 2015
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Reviewed by jazzyjeff13 from England

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A 500ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2011, so it's just out of date. Picked up from the Grog shop in Oxford. Label states that it is bottle conditioned.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. Blacker than black, though appears to be a deep brown when held to the light. Yields a massive head of creamy light-brown foam with excellent stability. Reminds me of meringue - it eventually settles as a thick surface layer. The aroma is tart, fruity and slightly sour; notes of roasted malt, burnt grain, coffee and dry, earthy yeast. A subtle hint of blackberries is discernible in the background - juicy but sharp. The other beer that the aroma called to mind was Schlenkerla rauchbier, without the smokiness - most unusual.

Tastes of dark, roasted malt with a dry, yeasty character and a prolongued bitter finish. Notes of roasted malt, burnt grain, earthy yeast, coffee and an acidic juiciness in the background. Slightly sour and very dry, with considerable bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth and full-bodied, with tingly carbonation. Pretty astringent - dries the palate. Aftertaste of bitter roasted malt and yeast.

A tasty stout with a twist. Lots of dark malt and bitterness - this is an ale with character. The blackberries are well hidden but a juicy tartness makes itself known. Excellent - I wish blackberries were more commonly used in beer. Well worth trying.
Dec 24, 2011
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Reviewed by CwrwAmByth from England

3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours nicely, a good dark black and a sturdy coffee brown and white head.

Smells rich dark and malty.

Tastes strong, dark and rich again, bits of tobacco, quite an acquired taste indeed. The blackcurrents are there with a acidic twang on the aftertaste which worsens the drink for me.

Overall not bad but I would not make this a regular.
Nov 11, 2011
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Reviewed by BDTyre from Canada (BC)

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Purchased in February 2010 and drank May 2010.

Good, typical stout appearance except the head is very weak and almost like that of a flat cola.

Coffee, dark chocolate and even hints of cigarette in the nose. Not plain tobacco, but distinctly cigarette tobacco.

Sour, bitter blackberries and coffee and sweet chocolate combine in the taste. I pick up definite hints of tobacco for some reasons. This isn't unpleasant, but definitely unexpected. It seems to work though.

The carbonation is good but this leaves a rough feeling on the throat for some reason. Nice, but this is a once-in-a-while beer.
May 20, 2010
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Reviewed by PartyBear from England

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours as a thick oil black liquid, with a good size creamy tan head, and light carbonation. There is a slightly sour acidic twang up front, and a bretty yeast. Behind that there is a heavier dark maltiness much more typical of a stout. The acidicness from the aroma is in the taste with a sharp bitter taste followed by a darker light coffee flavour. The mouthfeel is full and has a silky almost oily feel. I love the Burton Bridge beers, and this is a unique twist on an English stout that works really well.
Apr 11, 2010
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Reviewed by Gambrinus1184 from Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Served on-tap at Delaney's Tap Room in New Haven, Conn.

A: Poured a very dark, near black color with a two finger thick creamy head of tan foam. Deep garnet colors showed through the brew when held to the light.

S: Smells slightly sweet and herbal, with a grassy, anise character to it. Very earthy and of a medium malt roast.

T: Flavor is a creamy, bittersweet coffee bean and cocoa powder at first with some smooth, milky malt flavors added to the thinning herbal grain taste. Some mercury and saltwater flavors creep in towards the finish which make me feel like this would pair well with a plate of oysters. Finishes clean and relatively smooth if not a little briny.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly chewy with more viscosity at first sip than in the aftertaste.

D: A Guinness this is not, but a rich, creamier more complex malt palate than you Irish dry stouts. Heavier, more refined English malts give this brew a distinct malty character with an added bit of intrigue due to the brininess. At 5% ABV it could session nicely but I don't think this would hang on my palate all that well for a whole night.
Mar 16, 2010
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Reviewed by FreshHawk from Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
A - Deep black with a dark amber hue on the edges. Decent sized thick creamy light tan head. Good retention that settles into a nice bit of lacing.

S - A lot of berry and earthy/woody flavors. Some other dark fruits and some anise/licorice.

T - The berry and woody taste are the most prominent. Also some grape and general vinous taste. They provide a sour and bitter taste. In the background is some roasted malt, a hint of chocolate, and a fair amount of dark fruit and anise/licorice. This softens the bitter and sour taste in the middle, but the finish has a bit of a sour and bitter kick coming out.

M - Medium body with a touch lower than average carbonation. A bit of a puckering and drying finish. Smooth.

D - I don't know if I would necessarily want to drink a number of these in one sitting. The mouthfeel is nice and the flavors aren't bad, there just isn't enough to balance all the bramble flavors. That said it would be nice if you wanted a lot of bramble or even a beer substitute for wine without going to sours.

Notes: Decent beer that has a lot of berry, vine, and grape/vinous flavors. Slightly bitter and sour with some stout flavors in the background. Good wine substitute if you don't want/have a sour on hand. Probably won't seek out and probably won't even buy a bottle again, but if there was a deal or it was offered to me, I would happily take it.
Mar 15, 2010
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Reviewed by farHillsBrewer from Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Stout-black with a full 1 inch head.
Aroma of cofee and roasted malt.
Excellent mouthfeel, as expected from a hand drawn cask beer. Very mellow and drinkable, a dark session beer. I didn't quite get the blackberries, but the complex dark malt came through. Lingering finish. Not so much bitter, but a pleasant tartness, which enhanced the dry stout theme. Caramel, coffee and roasty barley all in there.
Mar 03, 2010
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Reviewed by soulgrowl from England

3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Blackish coffee brown and capped with a thick but short-lived latte head. Nose is heavy on blackberry and also apples, a fruity veil over the typical stout foundation of coffee, chocolate, toast, and molasses. Blackberry is quite well integrated into the flavor, fresh and distinct and a bit tart, but never sweet. In fact the beer is quite dry, with a tangy cola-like finish. A very pleasant and unusual stout that lives up to it's gimmick. Really nice with Stilton.
Dec 05, 2009
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
500 ml bottle, bought in Scarborough. ABV is 5.0%. Bottle conditioned. Pitch black colour, large tan head. Lovely aroma of bramble (blackberries) with vinous notes, also notes of chocolate and a mild roastiness. The flavour has a roasty and hoppy (Challenger) bitterness throughout, notes of coffee and berries (the latter are fairly subdued). Bitter aftertaste. Good beer!
Jun 22, 2007
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Reviewed by DaPeculierDane from Wisconsin

3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
On cask at Magnolia in SF, CA. Dark Brown body, thin brown tinted off white head. Lightly roasted coffee, anise, nuts in the aroma. Taste is watered down coffee with hints of caramel and citrus. Mouthfeel is thin, light bodied, with an ever so subtle sourness. Soft and delicate. Ever so drinkable but lacking in flavor and intensity…perhaps intentionally.
Jun 12, 2006
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Reviewed by wl0307 from England

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Purchased at the Nelson Wines, a fantastic beer shop in South Wimbledon, SW London. Coming in a long-neck, 500ml brown bottle, bottle-conditioned. BB date: APR 06, served cool in a jug.

A: ebony-black colour, the tan-hued beer head comes effervescent, thick and frothy (thanks to the work of the bottle's long neck), slowly settling to a 1cm, ever-lasting froth and leaving tight sheets of lacing behind; carbonation status unknown. Looking just great...
S: hop resins, a touch of mustiness and damp wood manage to pierce through a thick bed of creamy, mildly coffee-ish, licorice- and roast-nutty dark malts, without much roastiness at presence upfront; a swirl awakens a delicate aroma of dark fruits or grapes and sugar-syrup to buttress the overall semi-thick yet soft-textured creamy dark maltiness. So smooth, elegant, yet full of body.
T: an intense wave of utterly sour-bitter and musty flavour floods the palate with a complex profile: roasted barleys, coffee beans, ground Chinese herb-medicine, charred woodchips (from bramble vine?), leather, a bit of damp blue cheese, and a faintly acidic edge of berry-fruits (blackberry juice? bingo!)... The tongue-plucking earthy bitterness (like that of ultra-bitter Chinese herbal soup), elevates the mouthfeel to 3D-structure and lingers endlessly without going thick at all; moreover, it leaves an intriguingly tangy touch of wet wood barrels to accompany the intensifying bitter profile... A light touch of alc. is captured down the throat, making a soothing mouthfeel in the end.
M&D: full-flavoured, medium-bodied, and incredibly smooth on the mouthfeel, despite the bittering-quake on the palate... The beer label says this beer is brewed with blackberry juice (hence the name "Bramble Stout"), yet I get a feeling that maybe "bramble sprigs" are used in the brew as well, as the intensely bitter profile is unlike any other stout I've tasted recently, surely not from roasted barleys alone? This stout is a feast in a glass, not extremely complex, but very, very, impressively bitter. If added with a more assertively dryish edge, this stout could as well wipe Guinness out of the horizon altogether just easily... Tis yet another impressive offering from Burton Bridge!
Jun 02, 2006
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Reviewed by clickpush from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
Pour: cask to imperial pint. It came to the table with about a half finger of brown fluffy, large-bubbled head. The color is an inviting and secretive opaque black complexion that makes me curious about diving in there.

Nose: Although the smell is very faint, I blame that on the fact that it's a cask ale and doesn't have the carbonation throwing its aroma into the air the way other beers do. Upon some agitation, there's a complex bouquet of aromas that come out - the most prominent of which are chocolate and cherries. When probed deeper, there's an array of maltiness, earth, and wood scents.

Mouth: This beer is very smooth yet unexpectedly strong flavored (compared to the relatively weak smell). It embodies the mouth with earthy, raspberry flavors and a very compelling bitterness that hints of wood smoke upon swallowing. There's a slight alcoholic exhale that only serves to accentuate all the flavors remaining in the mouth. Also, surprising for a cask ale, there is a touch of carbonation that tickles the bottom of the tongue if given a chance to rest there.

A very drinkable beer with an excellent flavor and unbeatable mouth-feel.
May 08, 2006
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Reviewed by Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Dark Head-foamy soapy.Dark brown White head.Smokey, coffee, nutty, licorice, chocoholic malt,
Medium mouthfeel
Medium-full flavour
Blackberry juice that adds and complements. an understated less aggressive,not dry stout.
Very drinkable, another Burton original.
Dec 23, 2005
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Reviewed by rastaman from England

3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
(Cask) Really lovely, not big or chunky or anything, just nice and soft and chocolaty. Dark chocolate, roasty, with some citrus and caramel at the end. Quite a long finish. Lovely soft texture, nothing wrong with it, beautiful stuff, great on cask...
Oct 03, 2003
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