Nick Stafford: Hambleton Ales: Nightmare Stout (England: Stout:5%)
Visual: Extreme dark red to the point of blackness with a creamy brownish head of moderate thickness.
Nose: Creamy, stewed apples and black treacle. Vanilla essence and cheap ice cream.
Body: Burnt wood, chocolate. Thick and slightly oily, Sweet but biting back. Syrupy. Tiny coffee bitterness.
Finish: Treacle/Syrup. More burnt and bitter elements. Slightly dry touch.
Conclusion: A good firm stout, thick and slightly sweet but with enough punch coming through. Heavy enough to take your time on but not sickly.
Well created and balanced. This is a great example of a stout with a lower gravity.
Maybe slightly too sweet for some, but would cut just right with some seafood.