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Brewed by Brown Cow
Style: Porter
Selby, England

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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.65/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
medallaisla (91) - - SEP 9, 2012
Shared on cask with my husband at Volunteer Arms. I didnít love this beer as much as he did and maybe because itís not my style but it was obvious that this is a world class porter. It smelled and tasted of chocolate and vanilla. Very pure and natural. It was also very smooth. A wonderful dessert beer.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wimpyjoe (3475) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2014
Cask @ Three Pigeons, Halifax. Very dark with a thick off-white creamy head and a deep roasted malt aroma and taste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2014
Gravity Half Pint at Battersea Beer Festival 2014, London in Feb 2014 - Dark Brown in colour. Malty; roast malts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla. Fruity; hints of berry fruits. Hoppy; some hop bitterness. Sweetish roast malty balanced by slight bitterness from the fruit or hops. Quite dry. Very drinkable. Decent.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stravale (2035) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - NOV 6, 2013
Cask @ The Guildford Arms, Edinburgh [031113]
Caramel brown with a thin beige head. Nose of light bitter roast, some English twiggy hop, bit mineraly and slight hedgerow fruits. Taste of soft dark fruits, soft roasted malts, dark caramel, hedgerow fruits, that slight mineraly edge, soft bitter. Palate is fairly thin with a dark fruit soft roast finish. Didnít get any vanilla in this at all. Average as a porter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
McNeillR (1088) - SCOTLAND - NOV 3, 2013
Darkest brown, dissipating tan head. Simple soft roast and light sappy sweetness. Decent enough mouthfeel, stressing on slumped oily matching with creamy sweet roasted Ness. No vanilla, and not matching up to the name. Sludgy finish, gritty steely malt and linger of cold Brazilian coffee bitterness.

Cask, Guildford Arms

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
alanjones1956 (1) - Exeter, Devon, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2013 does not count
With many years of drinking I am drawn very easily towards malty, smoky, tangy, even milds that sometimes have a soapy edge! Mrs Simpsonís Thriller in Vanilla served at the Commercial in Slaithwaite is by far the best mild I have ever drunk. Many, many thanks to the Brown Cow Brewery. Alan Jones Exeter

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
omegamike (152) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2012
Bottle from the Hairy Fig, York. Pours thin, dark, short lived had, very high carbonation. Aroma is lemon sour and chocolate, not terribly appealing. Flavor is lacking in most regards; to sweet, not enough richness, vanilla just adding to the overload. Not a spot on Brass Castle or Liverpool Organicís offering. Really thin, uninteresting body, tart sweetness in the finish. I didnít enjoy this, Iím afraid to say.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zacgillbanks (2088) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2012
Bottle from Hairy Fig, York. A very dark brown beer with rich chocolate and vanilla flavours, red fruity notes and a roasted finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 30, 2012
In bottle at home. Pours a very dark brown colour with a decent tan head. A nice vanilla aroma before roasty malt, caramel and burnt toast. Similar flavours with lots of chocolate and vanilla coming through. Moderate carbonation and a foamy mouth-feel. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (8995) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 9, 2012
Gravicask (PBBF2012) - the majority of this review was of a tainted sample, as the fucking nobhead behind the bar decided he should blend it with a bit of boggart hole rum porter. However, Anna had grabbed an untainted sip before buying the unwanted blend, and I grapped an untainted sip after hearing of the tainting.
7 Lovely rich chocolatey vanilla aroma. Oddly I get hints of egg.
4 Lovely dark reddy brown, small head.
7 Lovely small roast, lots of mocha, plenty of vanilla. Not to a caricatured level though.
4 Soft palate, low carbonation. Smooth palate, but a little watery at times.
14 Very tasty porter. Alas the rum from the tainting did make itself quite obvious. Fortunately the blend was fantastic, better than either component, just not a tick.


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