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Beer – #897 – Marble – The Pit and The Pendulum

Marble The Pit & The Pendulum. A Barrel Aged version of a beer. Barrel Aged. Everything is BA these days, I think I used to be more impressed, now I confused as to what’s coming out of all these barrels and if you can use them more than once?

Doesn’t look toooo thick

This is an un-labeled 330ml bottle, it instead carries just a neck tag, and has beer of 9% ABV,  that’s 270 calories a serve, this would be

Brewed by Marblein the style: Imperial Stout and they’re from Manchester, England

the pits

the pits

A bourbon barrel aged bretted version of Marble’s incredible Portent of Usher Imperial Stout, brewed in celebation of Edgar Allen Poe.

You’ve earned this

So, What could possibly go wrong?

What indeed, I read the label this has sediment, which my wild waving around of the bottle might have stirred up. Ah well, what’s the worst that could happen.

marble-the-pit-and-the-pendulumA big chocolate burst on opening, then a wash of a sour note followed. That really might also be like a red wine aroma in some ways.

By red wine I mean of course Tannin things, or it might be the alcohol. It’s there and it’s noticeable and it’s not worrisome.

And by crikey this all comes together and ends up a rather nice bit of sipping beer. Which I have to do because it really is quite boozy, or intense in the mouth.

(c’mon c’mon we really got a good thing going….)

This then, a dark beer, rich fruity, aromatic, chocolaty, and sour.. I’d never have written that as a list of things that went together. Who would, and why would you. More remarkable is that this is rather good, and despite my sneering about sour beers is a sour beer of some merit and note.  Brilliant.

Would Pit and Pendulum again.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 of its things from the thing. I like this beer a lot, it really is quite a clever thing, and has mad scientist weirdness in the concept, that’s a big gamble really, which has paid out. Of course the use of ‘brett’ might now be quite the art and this can be controlled. I’m going with that this was the end result they wanted and they should be smiling and I’d hug them if we met.

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? my Liquorland had some, the good ones would.
  • Am I enjoying it? Yes, I burst into song (came on so loaded man,,,,)
  • Would I have another? Yes, I’d go one of these again, at the other end of the evening.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? Yes, because it is both tasty and intriguing and clever and not at all weird, despite the obvious weirdness of dark sour beers. I sang a lot.

Music for this:  David Bowie ” and ” Ziggy Stardust” on Vinyl, but it’s on spotify

Remember back in the day that albums were short 20 minutes a side things? This is 38 minutes of brilliance.  I did get up and have a sway dance singing to Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide, mad if you don’t.

Also had to play the second side twice, there was beer still to drink 🙂


Imperial stouts are usually extremely dark brown to black in color with flavors that are intensely malty, deeply roasted and sometimes with accents of dark fruit (raisin, fig) or milk sourness. The bitterness is typically medium and often the low sie of that. Imperial stouts are strong and often exceed 8% by volume.


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