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Brewed by Butcombe
Style: Porter
Bristol, England

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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.45/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask: Seasonal - January to March.
"Bristol Porter" / "Porter"
This “Dramatically Dark” beer is a complex, satisfying Porter…smooth, rich and distinctive. Pale, crystal brown, and chocolate malts, plus fruit, feature on the nose, whilst the Fuggles and Golding hops ensure a powerful and satisfying finish…bittersweet and hints of chocolate and toffee.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16942) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 2, 2012
Cask gravity @ The Duchess of Cambridge, Stamford Brook W6. Pours a dark brown color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty rich chocolate aroma. Roasted malty chocolate flavor. Has a roasted malty chocolate finish with hints of caramel in the aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (14777) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 22, 2011
cask at NWAF ... deep brown ... soft sweet toffee roast ... light chocolate malt nose ... light thin bittter roast ... light charcoal ... light puff camdy... ok

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (11272) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 16, 2011
Cask at The Black Friar, London. Pours very, very dark ruby with a creamy tan head. Coffee aroma. Flavor is coffee with smooth dark malt, and perhaps a bit of chocolate. Medium bitter. Delicious.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (10497) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2014
Cask conditioned at The Cottage, Bristol. Dark brown with white head. Sweet and fruity beer with quite a plummy, soft note. Some toastiness from the malt, some bitterness. It’s ok.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (9423) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 29, 2013
Cask (Tivoli (JDW), Cambridge)
Toffee aroma. A touch of burnt cake, complete with the raisins touching the side of the baking tray - delicious! Smooth soft palate. Very pleasant roast. Very easy drinker. The roast is quite a rich one, but not oppressive or ashy at all. A very solid porter. More please!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2011
Cask Handpump at the Red Lion, Chester 29/04/2011 Roast and a little fruit aromas. Dark coloured a little rich on the palate and fruity with some alcohol present. Bitter and slightly dry burnt roast finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2013 Cask Conditioned handpump Eastgate Northampton. A black porter. Didn’t make notes on this as didn’t realise it was different to Butcombe Old Vic which showed up as rated. I did however score it, and from those marks it’s obvious I enjoyed it. From memory it was a really smooth porter with good dark malt flavours. Score 3.7
Subsequent rating scored 3.8 Score unaltered

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (7156) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 17, 2011
Cask at Thurrock Beer Festival 2011, Grays, England.
Dark reddish brown colour with small frothy off-white head. Roasted malt, chocolate, earth and farm yard in aroma. Roasted malt, dry hops, chocolate and liquorice in balanced flavour.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
downender (6391) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2011
Cask-conditioned, twice on 12/02/2011, at the Bell, Hillgrove Street, Bristol and Colston’s Yard. Interesting contrast of appearance, in the subdued lighting of the Bell, it was near black with a decent off-white head. In the brighter, cafe style CY, it was a medium brown with some hints of red and a similar head. This was very easy drinking, with some coffee and sweetish cereal notes, before a slightly roasted, dry finish. It’s good to see Butcombe brewing a wider ranger of beers. Excellent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SaintMatty (5391) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 14, 2013
Cask (JDW, Victoria Station, London) - Dark brown with some red tinges. Coffee, chocolate and liquorice in the aroma. Roasted taste with malt, coffee and plain chocolate detected. The finish is very roasted and lingers for quite a while.


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