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Feb 2015

Chocolate Marble, Marble Brewery

Added: Sunday, February 1st 2015

Style Stout ABV 5.5%

Marble Brewery Chocolate Marble 5.5%

The beer is available in bottle (bottle conditioned), cask and keg from the brewery in Ancoats, Manchester. In common with all the brewery’s beers, it’s suitable for vegetarians and vegans as no finings made from fish bladders are used.

It’s brewed with Maris Otter pale malt from Warminster Maltings in Wiltshire, with crystal malt and wheat malt. The hops are Admiral and Whitbread Goldings Variety. In spite of the name, there’s no chocolate in the beer – colour and taste come from the high level of dark roasted grains – though the original cask version in 2000 did use cocoa.

The beer has a powerful nose of creamy malt, chocolate, liquorice and latte coffee notes. The full-bodied palate offers biscuit malt, burnt fruit, rich chocolate, liquorice and coffee notes and a developing bitter hop undercurrent. The finish starts bittersweet but roasted grain and hops give a bitter edge and the finale is a fine balance of creamy chocolate, liquorice, caramel and tart hops.

The cask version is available in the brewery’s three pubs: Marble Arch, 73 Rochdale Road, Manchester, 57 Thomas Street, Manchester – the name of the pub is also the address – and the Marble Beer House, 57 Manchester Road, Chorlton. It’s also widely on sale in the free trade in the Greater Manchester area, with a keg version in specialist bars.

Bottle: £34.80 for case of 12 from Marble Brewery online: www.marblebeers.com or £3.29 single bottle from Beer Hawk: www.beerhawk.co.uk/marble-chocolate-marble

Chocolate Marble, Marble Brewery