Brewed by Brewster’s (UK)
Style: Porter
Grantham, England


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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Cask; special for the Wetherspoons Real Ale Festival October 2013.
Wetherspoon real-ale festival and is a dark ale with a rich, roasted character, balanced by the tropical fruit flavours supplied by generous amounts of aromatic hops.
Hops used: Citra, Galaxy

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fairwater (143) - Reading, Berkshire, - NOV 1, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2013 Cask @ Back of Beyond. Dark ruby, fresh fruity hop aroma. Little head. Fruity light hoppy taste, and a very little bit of coffee underneath. What?s the difference between this aromatic porter and a black IPA? Buggered if I know... But it tastes good... (uprated after more of it at Monks Retreat)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mr_Pink_152 (2459) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2015
Bottle from the Real Ale Store, Newark. Deep Ruby colour with a thin head. Light fresh fruity aroma. Taste roasted bitter taste with a mellow finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (11836) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 11, 2015
Gravicask (PBF2015, Wednesday) (6+:4:6:4:13=3.3+)
Very nice hoppy fruity aroma. Cherry wood brown, small loose head. Tastes closer to an IPA then a porter. Some slightly earthy aspects, but still a nice soft palate. More a dark hoppy beer than a hoppy dark beer. And as such an odd, but perfectly decent, black IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gegwilson (2391) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2015
Gravity at Bardfest 2015. Pours mahogany with a fading beige head. Unexpectadly floral aroma with grapefruit too. The taste is grapefruit before a little chocolate. More a black IPA than a porter for my money and that’s no bad thing. Pretty good, though a touch on the thin side.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (7829) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 15, 2015
Cask at the Standing Order. Pours black, thin, sweet, dry chocolate roast, light fruit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerViking (3482) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2014
Cask at the Express Tavern, dark red with a thin head, malty floral aromas, dry and lightly bitter, with a roasty floral body, hints of liquorice and coffee. More like a roasty mild, maybe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2014
Cask Pint at Wibbas Down (JDW), Wimbledon, London in Oct 2013 during Spoons Festival - Very Dark Reddish Brown in colour; almost Black. Very Malty; roasty malts, coffee, caramel, some chocolate. Fruity; tropical fruits. Hoppy; aromatic piney hops. Slightly Spicy. Nice malt/fruit/hop balance. Sweet roasty malts meet mildly bitter fruity hops. Hoppy Porter or Black IPA? Liked this. Nice Porter!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork (5450) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2013
Unrecorded JDW - Autumn 2013. A citric hoppy dark beer with a light and soft body. Some licorice and clove notes. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (7253) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2013
Cask-conditioned at the Commercial Rooms (JDW), Bristol, October 2013. Dark brown with next to no head. Some camp coffee character, a touch of sweetness, before a dryish finish with a hint of roast. A bit dull.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wheresthepath (1876) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2013
Cask at the Monk’s Retreat (JDW), Reading. Dark chestnut with a moderate beige head. Bit thin in the mouth, although it had a pleasant fizz. Roasty, almost burnt malt up front, wih pine, flowers and a little lime behind. Quite bitter from the hops, and this is exacerbated by the burnt malt- there’s little sweetness to balance. Definitely tending towards black IPA territory, but just too bitter for my liking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ManVsBeer (6462) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2013
Brewsters Coffee Porter. Very dark brown with a bubbly head. More sweet fruits than any true porter style, but its good at being what it is - tasty.

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