Brewed by Burton Bridge
Style: Porter
Burton-on-Trent, England


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RATINGS: 209   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Cask: Regular. Also available Bottle Conditioned.
Also sold as Festive Christmas Porter and Santa’s Christmas Porter.
Ingredients: Hops: Target & Challenge. Malt: Pale, Crystal & Chocolate
Originally brewed as ’something different’ for a small beer festival, Porter has now become a regular beer of the brewery’s portfolio. A dark fruity beer with a distinctive bitter after palate.
Colour: Very dark brown but not black. Nose: Fruity. Taste: Fruity beer with a distinctive bitter after palate

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tommann (3004) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2011
500ml bottle, as Festive. Pours a very dark brown with a thin head. Aroma is woody, sour dark fruits. Taste is a little watery, dark fruits to start, some sour fruit on the finish. Barely any carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2011
A - Chocolate, cinnamon, citrus and dried fruit A - Dark and hazy with thin to no head T - Light sweet with soft roasted bitter P - Full and soft O - Decent porter

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
olio (7528) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 2, 2011
50 cl bottle @ Kahdet Kasvot, Tampere.
Pours murky red colour with medium head. Aroma of cherries, berries, malts, grass and stomach acid. Flavour of berries like strawberry and bilberries, mild malts, ripe fruits and vegetables. Quite repulsive to be honest, the berryness is too dominating for a watery palate like this.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
ration (2022) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 2, 2011
I actually managed to rate the alias before. A new bottle, just as bad as befone. Tastes like stale real rinsed in dirty dishes. What were they drinking when they thought this is good?
Earlier Rating: 11/11/2011 Total Score: 1.1
Bottle. Looks like stale cola. Tastes like spent real in a bottle. This cant.be right.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 24, 2011
In bottle as Festive Christmas Porter. Pours a slighty hazy, deep ruby colour with a thin tan head. Yeast, apple seed and alcohol nose. Some roasty malt flavour with apple seed and alcohol again. Moderate carbonation and CO2 prickle. Not my thing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Miksu (5027) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - NOV 20, 2011
0.5 l bottle (as Festive Christmas Porter) at Old Brick’s Inn, Jyväskylä. Hazy dark brown color. Dry vinous, acidic, woody and stale taste. There is woody spicy notes like ginger and clove, but it hard to say if these come from actual spices. A bit thin and fairly woody palate with low carbonation. Stale aged taste is not negative but feels a bit one sided and unbalanced. Perhaps there is too much woodiness for a low gravity beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
stravale (2495) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - JUN 20, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2011 Cask @ Wetherspoon. Black with no head. Aroma of roasted malt. Thin, watery, bitter roasted malt, bit of coffee. Unpleasant, very dry finish. A poor example of the style. 2.2
Re-rate from bottle as Festive Christmas Porter 25/12/11
Aroma - Earthy hops, roasted malt, minerals, some yeast
Taste - Burnt toast, bitter very earthy hops, mineraly, some yeast, stale - not good.
Palate - Moderate carb, thin body, bit oily texture. Finish - dry, burnt, bitter, earthy, rust, minerals.
Overall - Nope - not for me. Every aspect of this beer is below par. A really awful porter. Nothing festive about this beer. Drain pour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bullit (4163) - Burgos, SPAIN - MAY 28, 2011
Cask @ Sir John Moore, JDW. Dark brown colour, creamy off-white head. Nose of slight roasted malts, bit of coffee. Flavour is roasted malts, light coffee, some fruits. Very light porter. Fairly bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
madmitch76 (18167) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2012 April 2009
Clear brown beer. Bloody dry palate! I don’t want every drop of saliva sucked out of my mouth! Why do brewers think this is a good thing? The only other time this happens is at the dentist when you are getting a filling and the nurse is there with that mouth hoover! I don’t want to pay to repeat that experience in a beer - so stop making them so bloody dry dammit! Some dust. Rich malt and not much else in this bloody overdry beer! Original rating 2.3

25th November 2009
Cloudy dark brown beer. Frothy short lived cream coloured head. Light frothy palate. Creamy malt, no bitterness. Tangy dark malt and minerals lead up to the dry finish. Bitter aftertaste. Still dry but nowhere near as bad as first time around!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
BeerCast_Rich (1905) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 19, 2011
[500ml bottle, The Bottle, York] [Sampled as Burton Festive Porter] Yeasty, bready aromas from the bottle conditioning, with a rather odd stewed apple nose. Dark brown-coloured ale with a very thin head. Taste is very subtle, some malt and more of that appley fruit. Really strange – not festive, not a porter, and not nice [22122008]

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