Brewed by Blue Monkey
Style: Porter
Nottingham, England


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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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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

DruncanVeasey's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (7349) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, - OCT 14, 2009
Cask handpull from the Blue Monkey bar, Nottingham 09. Pale ruby with a diminishing tan collar. Dunked choc digestive aroma with shrubby hop; biscuits, nuts and mostly citrus beneath with a good punch of grapefruit and floral soapiness. Afters pistaccchio and light toasty malt, some gritty coffee ground notes there. Definitely not a porter or a mild in the traditional sense; the hop is soapy, bittering and lingering. Whatever, really tasty brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaghana (4301) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - FEB 19, 2015
Bottle 50cl from Ollie thanks. A clear amber red beer with low head. Nose is on caramel and hops resin. Aroma is on caramel, hops resin, honey, light berries, orange and orange peel, refreshing, light chocolate. For a porter the dark malt notes are a bit shy. Finish is more on grassy hops, more like an english bitter with a touch of licorice, nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MichaelAwesome (4906) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - FEB 7, 2015
Ein Porter, das zwar schwachbrüstig daherkommt, aber dennoch mit seiner leichten Säure und ausgewogenen Aromen punkten kann. Röstmalze, etwas Kaffee, vielleicht gar Nüsse und eine leichte Fruchtigkeit. Nicht schlecht !

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
McTapps (4911) - Ruhrcity, GERMANY - FEB 6, 2015
Bottle from niquillis - many thanks! The beer has got a deep dark brown - blackish colour with a low head and medium body. Aroma of malt, hops and biscuits. Taste of malt, dark roasted hops, amaretto / marzipan, biscuits, cake, bread, flowers, caramel, vanilla and mild herbs. Easy and smooth to drink, enjoyed it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (3279) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 2, 2014
Bottle from Appellation Wines. Appearance - dark brown with some red chinks around the glass. Nose - toffee, nuts and alcohol with marzipan. Kinda battenburg cake. Taste - sweet toffee, coffee and honey. Bitter amaretto biscuit. Palate - medium to full bodied with a rich sweet yet dry texture and a balanced dry malty finish. Overall - very complex given the 4.2%. But is it good. Yes quite!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wimpyjoe (4927) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2014
Cask @ Fox & Goose, Hebden Bridge. Mid-brown with some red in here, clear with a frothy head. Has a sweet malt aroma and taste with a light texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mr_Pink_152 (1327) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
edsspoon (624) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Garrold (2018) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (10571) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, 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 !?!?

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