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Des de Moor
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Hoggleys Solstice Stout

A shorter version of this review was first published in BEER February 2010 as part of a piece about beers to taste with . For more beers tasted with , see previous post.

ABV: 5%
Origin: Litchborough, Northamptonshire, England


More intense still [compared to the Elmtree mild reviewed in the previous post] is Hoggleys Solstice Stout, from a Northamptonshire micro that’s emerging as one of the real stars of British Real Ale in a Bottle – see my review elsewhere of their top class mild. A once seasonal treat, thus the name, the stout is now brewed year-round thanks to its well-deserved popularity.

This excellent black beer with a light bubbly orange-beige head has fruit cake, cherries, raisins and spicy liquorice on the aroma, and a soft raisiny palate with creamy Schwarzbier-like dark malt, balanced with roast and tangy hop notes that emerge in the mouth. A long and drying roasty finish is lightly astringent with a masterful blend of roast and hops. As with Nightlight, chocolate lightens the flavour profile, lending an almost honeyed note.

Read more about this beer at

For more beers tasted with chocolate, see Red Squirrel American IPA.

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