Brewed by Bootleg Brewery
Style: Porter
Margaret River, Australia


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RATINGS: 71   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   EST. CALORIES: 213   ABV: 7.1%
More often than not, most high alcoholic beers possess astringent spirity flavours, detracting from the other aspects of the beer. The reverse is true for the Raging Bull. At 7.1% alc./vol., the Bull begins with the intense malty flavours ranging from the crystal flavour and all its diversity to the coffee flavours of the roasted barley. A slight bitterness is apparent from the Pride of Ringwood hops but the main essence remains with the intense warming body structure. The Bull finishes with a resounding sweetness which, like chocolate, begs for another mouthful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 29, 2006
Pours a deep dark brown with a head with such poor retention that its gone before you can comment on the colour. Sweet chocolate aroma, quite simple but nice. The palate is again simple but nice. Not as much body as I would of expected considering the ABV. The finish is clean with few hops anywhere to note. A nice clean porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2006
Bottle at the London Gathering, November 2005. No complaints about this one. Deep reddish colour. Plenty of dry chocolate and roast malt. Warming alcohol is apparent but well integrated. Although not very hoppy, it finishes quite dry and slightly bitter. Goes down nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
highlandlad (1474) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - NOV 30, 2005
A decent Western Australian strong ale regardless of style. Teak brown in colour with ruby highlights and a brief now-you-see-it-now-you-donít head. Wow: thatís a hearty wintry aroma, quite phenolic, with strong licorice root and dry cocoa powder. The alcohol comes through so strongly that Vodka flashed through my head. Itís medium bodied, verging on thin, and a little flat in the mouth. Could use a little more body to carry those big flavours. It shows some early vinous Belgian ale qualities and some Granny Smith but the sweet chocolate and licorice say porter/stout. Despite the spiritous aroma, the 7.1% abv sits easily here. The finish is lactic-phlegmy and shows some late POR bitterness. Very easy drinking for the abv. (330ml bottle, IBS Perth)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2005
Bottle at London Gathering, Nov 05. Raisins with rummy malt aromas. With lots of sweet malt flavours.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2005
Bottled at the Chris_O Beer, Cheese and Curry powwow. A black beer with no head. The aroma is sweet with caramel and chocolate together with good alcohol notes. The taste is more of the same. Sugary sweet Doppelbock qualitles rather than a porter for my liking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (17337) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2005
Bottle at London Gathering Nov 05. Very dark ruby colour with thin beige head. Port style vinuous dark fruit flavours. Very nice with some nice dark malts and those good dark fruit flavours. Hmmmm

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
SilkTork (5557) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2005
Nov, 2005. Kilburn Palace Bottle Fest. Chocolatey ale with mild fizz. Apple notes in the finish. Pleasant chocolate. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stew41 (1941) - Phuket, THAILAND - SEP 6, 2005
Apparently a porter? Dark brown with a thin coffee coloured head. Dry stout nose with roasted beans and malts. Again Iím thinking stout to taste - chocolate and roasted malts, maybe a hint of licorice. Almost shiraz like. Reasonably dry and plenty of fizz keeps the beer lively. Porter on steriods perhaps?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (9592) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 2, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2005 Dark coca-cola brown with a creamy head that lasted. Definite spicy coffee aromas, and a little bready yeast. Delicious roasted malt palate with notes of chocolate, cedar, and caramel. The only Bootleg brew other than Settlers Pale Ale that I would bother buying again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (23711) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - JUN 10, 2005
Bottled. Dark mahogany, rich firm head. Nutmeg aroma. Elegant, woody and solidly malty, Thereís a rich cookie malt flavour and lots of milky chocolate. The hop late is low, and does not distract from the richness of the malt flavours. Complex, and really, really good!

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