Hawse Buckler | Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap

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Hawse BucklerHawse Buckler

Brewed by:
Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap
England, United Kingdom

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by wl0307 on 12-27-2008

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by EmperorBevis:
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4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep cola black body with big bold brassy coffee with milk coloured head

Aromas cast up such offerings as bourbon creams roasted grains and distinct yeast notes

Deep, deep liquorice tastes, overwhelm any coffee bitter hints of chocolate deep roast flavours utterly devoid of sweetness, intensely dark beyond belief.

Not overtly overwhelming on the mouthfeel and nicely carbonated makes an unusual and very interesting brew.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of mdagnew
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Hanglow
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full pint, well conditioned

A deep black with brown edging, nice head that stays and coats the glass all the way down

I would call this a hoppy black ale, the roasted/coffee/liquorice notes that have been mentioned in other reviews were very much minimal, to the point where I could not call this a porter or stout. It's hop centered with standard Oakham lingering bitterness.Hop fruits, spice and some grapefruit are much more prevalent. An excellent beer whatever you want to call it

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Photo of wl0307
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BB 08/09/08, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass. The beer label says that "Hawse Buckler" refers to "an iron plate that covers the 'hawse hole', such a need arose when a ship encountered severe storms".

A: pours a nearly black colour with brown-ish glows when seen against light, coming with a thick and well-lasting dark khaki froth, on top of rather mild carbonation. Looking gorgeous~~
S: Cascade hops' juicy lychee-ish and sweet grapefruity scent pairs with aromatic cocoa, licorice, gristy-nutty dark malts, backed by a very thick and syrupy touch of sweet fat prunes and dates, while the maltiness overall also renders a somewhat oily smell. Fulsome on the nose albeit slightly sweet for the balance.
T: roasted barleys and/or sweet coffee-ish malts dominate the foretaste, heavily infused with a bucketful of lychee- as well as dark stone-fruits; a considerable level of burned-woody bitterness (with a deeply charred aroma) along with licorice's bitter edge and roast-almond aroma gradually engulfs the main theme, lending a tremendously long roastiness true to a fulsome Stout, but always laced with lovely grapefruit-zesty hop bitterness. The nicely dry palate sustains well, likely as a result of the good amount of roasted barleys. Not particularly "spicy" as the label depicts this ale, but random chewy hints of hops are indeed noticeable.
M&D: very fruity but far less sour (stale) than I would expect from a traditional Porter, but then the hop profile (Cascade, I think) makes this a truly modern version anyway. Despite being full-bodied and packed with fat fruity-malt flavours, the light fizziness, the deep-running bitter edge from roasted malts, and the underlying aromatic hops all serve to lift the overall weight skilfully, making this an utterly delicious and quaffable Porter in my book!
NOTE: I submit this ale as an American Porter mainly because of the predominant US hop presence and a much less stale character for a more traditional English version.

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Hawse Buckler from Oakham Ales / The Brewery Tap
4.15 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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