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Chocolate Marble lands winter gong

By editorial assistant Sandi Toxic

Posted February 17, 2016
Chocolate Marble lands winter gong
And the winner is... What it says on the label. © Marble Brewery

Marble's Chocolate Marble stout crowned Champion Winter Beer of Britain.

Chocolate Marble, a 5.5% stout from Manchester's Marble Brewery, has today been crowned Champion Winter Beer of Britain at the National Winter Ales Festival (NWAF) at the Roundhouse in Derby.

According to a fresh-off-the-press press release from the UK's Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), which organises the bash, the decision follows more than a year of local tasting panels and regional heats.

The chocolately stout, so the press release states, "was crowned the Winter Champion over a host of other finalists in four different beer categories (barley wine strong old ales, old ale strong milds, porters and stouts), including beers from both small microbrewers and large regional brewers".

"Marble Chocolate is a more than worthy winner of one of CAMRA's highest accolades," says CAMRA national director Nik Antona.

"It embodies everything a great winter beer should be, packed with flavour, complexity and depth, but still incredibly drinkable."

"No beer gets through to the final of the Champion Winter Beer of Britain without being good and our three finalists really stood out for our judges in Derby."

"It's a fitting close to three fantastic years of the National Winter Ales festival in Derby."

"I think we can all raise a glass to the great team here and wish Norwich [the setting for next year's NAWF] well for 2017."

"The Chocolate Marble had a lovely chocolately aroma, with flavours of marmalade, mocha and raisins," adds Christine Cryne, chair of the NWAF judging panel.

"The chocolate notes perfectly underlaid the mocha character and made a second drink a must."

Last year's winner, Elland's 1872 Porter, meanwhile, scooped Silver, with Inncognito Stout from Plain Ales taking Bronze.

All three beers will be available to sup and enjoy at the NWAF, which, kicking off today, runs until this coming Saturday.

More info on that here.

And now, here are the full results, with the winning beer's name in bold:

Overall winners

Gold: Marble, Chocolate Marble

Silver: Elland, 1872 Porter

Bronze: Plain Ales, Inncognito Stout

Gold winners from each category judged at Derby went through to the final round of judging:

Barley Wine Strong Old Ales

Gold: Tring, Death or Glory

Silver: Orkney, Skull Splitter

Bronze: Robinson's, Old Tom

Old Ale Strong Milds

Gold: Old Dairy, Snow Top

Silver: Beowulf, Dark Raven

Bronze: Adnams, Old Ale


Gold: Elland, 1872 Porter

Silver: Ayr, Rabbies Porter

Bronze: Red Fox, Black Fox Porter


Gold: Plain Ales, Inncognito Stout

Silver: Cairngorm, Black Gold

Bronze: Thornbridge, St Petersburg Russian Stout

Manchester Beer Festival Winners

Each gold winner from the categories judged in Manchester in January were put through to the final judging in Derby.

Barley Wine Strong Old Ales

Gold: Darwin, Extinction Ale

Silver: Moor, Old Freddy Walker

Bronze: Broughton, Old Jock

Old Ale Strong Milds

Gold: Marble, Chocolate Marble

Silver: Palmers, Tally Ho!

Bronze: Brampton, Mild


Gold: Facer's, North Star Porter

Silver: RCH, Old Slug Porter

Bronze: 8 Sails, Victorian Porter


Gold: Wibblers, Crafty Stoat

Silver: Thornbridge, St Petersburg Imperial Russian Stout

Bronze: Cairngorm, Black Gold

The NWAF will now move to the iconic Blackfriars Hall in Norwich for the next three years.

See also Winter Ales Fest starts tomorrow, posted 16/2/16.

Sandi Toxic
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