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Brewed by Blue Monkey
Style: Porter
Nottingham, England

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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Regular. Also available bottled.

An unusual combination of fruity hoppyness with a dark, malty side. This beer is distinctly difficult to categorise – is it sort of a porter or maybe a mild? You decide!
Colour: Dark Ruby
Hops: Pilgrim, Celeia, Others


leaparsons' rating

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
leaparsons (8070) - Leicester, Leicestershire, - FEB 23, 2010
Cask, Derby Winter Fest 10. Dark brown with red tints and a small beige head. Aromas are chocolate and weetabix malts with raisins and citrus. Medicinal with some floral notes. Flavours are earthy hops with mellow berries. Quite malty with citrus. Some metallic elements. OK.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mr_Pink_152 (709) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2014
On tap at the Bracebridge Heath cricket club beer festival. A deep amber coloured beer with a off white head. Aroma has caramel and deep malt and decent hops. Taste is roasted malt dark fruit and hops. Nice. pour with a decent off white lasting head on top. Fruity, malty aroma.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
edsspoon (411) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2014
Ruby red with an off-white head and some lacing. Aroma of citrus, hops, roasted malt and some orange. Taste of citrus, slight bitterness, roasted malt and coffee with some sweetness and hints of chocolate and orange. Its very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Garrold (1332) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2014
Cask at SIBA Beer X. Clear, reddy amber. Big, off white head. soft, toffee maltiness. Ripe fruit. Dry, fresh finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2014
Bottle - Dark Brown in colour with Ruby tinge. Very Malty; burnt malts, coffee. Very Fruity; grapefruit citrus. Hoppy; citric hops. Initially grapefruit citrus narrowly dominates the malts, followed by a long lingering bitter burnt malt taste. Blue Monkey ask "Is it sort of a porter or maybe a mild?" I thought it was more like a Black IPA. Unusual. Drinkable.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (8668) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2014
Cask at CBC Islington, 07/02/14. Dark amber with reddish hues. Nose is biscuit malt, caramel, orange peel, candied sugars. Taste comprises biscuit crumble, earthy twang, bitter fruit strains, caramel, orange peel. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, semi dry closure. Not a porter - amber ale in RB parlance ... surely !?!?

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scott_ (21) - South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2014
Pours very dark, off white head with medium carbonation. Malt in the nose, but almost missing something to liven it up. Chocolate malt taste, almost between a mild and a bitter, an ok beer, nothing special.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
maneliquor (3104) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 8, 2014
Cask at CBC islington for Bruce’s birthday. I fail to see how this is a porter. Pours like an amber ale. Smells of honeycomb, treacle and flowers. Smells like an amber ale. Tastes of sultana, honey, oats, floral and citrus zest. Very porridge like as far as single components go. Far closer to an amber ale than a porter

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (3347) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 4, 2014
Cask at Craft Beer Co, Islington. Pours clear golden amber with a thin white head. Light caramel malt aromas. Taste had a light sweetness, very mild hop bitterness. Thin finish. Ok.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SaintMatty (5242) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 31, 2014
500ml Bottle - Dark brown, almost black. Dried fruit, cocoa and a hint of coffee in the aroma. Roasted malt, coffee, cocoa and notes of raisins in the taste. Enjoyable and tasty.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gegwilson (1157) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2014
Cask at the Beamish beer festival. A mahogany coloured beer with a bit of a tan head. Some nice roasted malt flavours, burnt toast and coffee. Could do with a bit more depth and body, but a decent easy drinker.


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