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19th February 2016

Marble’s Chocolate Marble crowned Champion Winter Beer of Britain at the Great British Beer Festival

After over a year of local tasting panels and regional heats leading up to the finals, the Campaign for Real Ale, CAMRA, has announced that today Chocolate Marble has been crowned the Best Winter Beer in Britain at the National Winter Ales Festival, Derby.


The Manchester stout was crowned the Champion Winter Beer of Britain five years after coming place in the 2011 Champion Beer of Britain. 


CAMRA national director Nik Antona said: “Marble Chocolate is a more than worthy winner of one of CAMRA’s highest accolades. 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 well for 2017.”


The chocolately stout 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.


Comments from Christine Cryne, chair of the National Winter Ales final judging panel:

“The Chocolate Marble had a lovely chocolately aroma, with flavour of marmalade, mocha and raisins. The chocolate notes perfectly underlaid the mocha character and made a second drink a must”.


This year’s Silver went to Elland’s 1872 Porter while Inncognito Stout by Plain Ales took home the Bronze award.


All three of the beers will be available at the National Winter Ales Festival.


NWAF winners

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 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





Notes to editors-

Gold from each of the categories judged at the two festivals were put through to final judging for Champion Winter Beer of Britain                       


Darwin, Extinction Ale

Marble, Chocolate Marble

Facer’s North Star Porter                        

Wibblers, Crafty Stout

Tring, Death or Glory

Old Diary, Snow Top

Elland, 1872 Porter
Plain Ales, Inncognito

NWAF Press Contacts:

Tom Stainer,
Head of Communications, CAMRA
07801 720379

CAMRA Press Office:

Telephone: 01727 337863
Ayo Kila, CAMRA, Communications Assistant
01727 337863