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Brewed by 8 Sail
Style: Porter
Sleaford, England

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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.25/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Cask & bottle conditioned.
A true porter brewed to Victorian tastes. Pale, Amber, Brown & Black malts give this dark beer a rich and full bodied flavour.


Garrat's rating

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Garrat (1301) - Suffolk, - DEC 18, 2010
Bottle.black,small head,aroma of roasted coffee,dark choc,coal and burnt wood.taste of strong roasted coffee,malt and earthy,choc and fruit,bitter finish.


2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
BlackHaddock (4124) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2014
500ml bottle: BBD Jan 15, poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard during a random tasting evening with myself during Dec 14, my 5th beer of the session. Very little head (tanned in colour), just a wisp and collar around the dark brown body. No sediment left the bottle, or at least I did not see any leave. Aroma and taste was leaning toward vinegar like, old wine/port that had been corked if being kind. Some malty chocolate notes coming through the original impressions but this will aid my digestion without a doubt (live rate) in the morning. Lesser men would drain pour this, but I am made of sterner stuff and will carry on. Scottish oat Cakes, soft French Cheese, Onion Rings and home made pickle will see me through. I was going to take this to a bottle share: wish I had now! Coffee esters arrived as it warms a little, but the overriding flavour/aroma/taste is still off-wine/port like in nature. I like this brewery and their beers normally: got to say this bottle did them no favours. Canít remember if I bought this at the brewery or Beers of Europe? Happy to re-visit if I get a free bottle on my next visit to the brewery. Over to you!

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
martynhall20 (15) - Hounslow, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2014
Bottle. Very dark, almost pitch black. Thin head, dark tan in colour, fades fast. Aroma of liquorice, fruit berries, black coffee, but not overly strong. Taste is dominated by black coffee and dark chocolate and not much else. Bitter and hardly any sweetness. Dry, long lasting taste. The aftertaste makes my mouth constantly fill with saliva, this one isnít for me.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wimpyjoe (4424) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2014
Cask @ Navigation Tavern Beer Festival, Mirfield. Almost black with a thick creamy off-white head. Has a full coffee roasted malt aroma and similarly a lingering taste in this respect.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mr_Pink_152 (1036) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2014
500ml bottle from the brewery. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of toasted and slightly roasted malts. Flavour is roasted and burnt with some sweetness and fruit.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tombyars (1411) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - MAY 7, 2014
Tasted this at the Paisley Beer Festival on the 24th April 2014. Cask, handpump dispense. Dull black in colour with a thin buff head. Sweet but short note of dark chocolate in the aroma. Thin, oily mouthfeel and poor lacing. Dark malts give a chocolate sponge base flavour with notes of raisin and cherry fruit in the mouth. There is a slight hint of a hop prickle in the dry roasted aftertaste but this is very short lived. Malt is very much present in the drying finish with bitter chocolate, treacle and sour black cherry notes evident in the palate. An ok session porter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (4223) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 4, 2014
500ml bottle from Beers of Europe. Pours dark brown, thick tan head. Aromas are fruity and dark chocolate. Taste is more milk chocolate, with a building coffee note. Bitter finish. Good.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gegwilson (1455) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2014
Pours black with a tan head. Notes of blackcurrant, burnt toast and coffee. Plenty of flavour going on, but itís not well balanced. OK.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2013
Appearance: Dark ruby/brown with finger thick ivory/tan head. Aroma: Bread/toast, chocolate, roast/burnt malt and rye. Taste: Medium bitterness, low/medium sourness and low sweetness. Palate: Thick coarse texture, light body, average carbonation, lingering burnt malty cold coffee finish. Comments: Tasty and glass lace.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (9915) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2013
Bottle at the (seemingly thus far - NOT SO) Night of Garbage, thanks to Leighton our host with the most (stairs!), 20/12/13 up a shit load of stairs - just resucitaing Kenneth following his arrival ! Dark mahogony brown with a good sized light tan head that retains well. Nose is light roast, dark fruits, tobacco, dark toffee, light smoke. Taste comprises light roast, coffee and walnut cake, earthy cocoa, dark fruit tang. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, drying closure. Ok porter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (7396) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle at the Night of Garbage, thanks to Leighton. It pours darkest brown (near black) with a medium beige head. The nose is bitter-sweet, roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, light smoke and ash. The taste is bitter-sweet, roasty, toast, mild acidity, cocoa, coffee and decent bitterness with a dry finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. A solid porter by all accounts.


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