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Colchester Old King Coel London Porter

Brewed by Colchester
Style: Porter
Colchester, England


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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.45/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Cask; Occasional. Also available bottled.
One of the brewery’s "Retro Ales".
Note: "London Porter" is much more prominent on the pump clip than "Old King Coel".

1052 og
Rich dark ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 21, 2016
My Bottom Line:
This silky Porter shares chocolate, raisins and roasted cereals alongside leafy hop bitterness and dark berry juices.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam laces around the ruby-tinged dark brown.
-The finish is a blend of roasted malt bitterness, leafy hops and mild fruity acidity.
-That dark berry juice character in the finish gets more and more prominent with every sip.
-Again, malt flavors are quite different in this British Porter than they are in most North American examples.

On cask at The Bridge Inn, Conwy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mr_Pink_152 (3916) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2016
Tried at the strugglers inn, Lincoln. Deep almost black colour with a beige head. Aroma is deep roasted malt, taste a touch of fruitiness. Nice enough.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jjsint (2379) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2015
Cask at the Devonshire Arms, Cambridge. Very dark brown and barely translucent. Flat, no head, no lacing. Coffee and vinegar (ok may not be in the best condition) but the taste makes up for it. A gentle espresso bitterness underpins the Malteaser sweetness. Palate is okay (nice body but again too flat). If this had more life to it the rating would be much higher. Still, decent.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
MissPxx (959) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2015
Very mild aroma. Strong back of the throat taste. Looks like cola. With a taste just as syrupy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wekker84 (2200) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - FEB 4, 2015
Bottle a black colored beer with a beige head aroma malts caramel roasted malts dark fruits and spicy flavor malts roasted malts dark fruits spicy citrus and hops in the finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2014
Cask conditioned gravity dispense Olde England Northampton 07/04/14. A very dark brown coloured beer with a loose off-white bubbly head. A very tasty dark beer. Quite dry in the nose with burnt malts. Good bitterness and some fruit in the mouth. Lots of flavour. Really enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnar (8031) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JAN 13, 2014
Cask at The Cambridge Blue, Cambridge. Pours dark as Coke with a tiny tanned head. Aroma of roasted malts, liquorice, tar and dark chocolate. Smooth mouthfeel. Taste is light sweet, dark tar and malts, ash and some weak sour burnt malts, nice enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (21902) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 3, 2014
Cask at the bow bar... Deep black.. Thin tan head... Soft chocolate roast malt nose.... Sift roast.. Light lactose... Sift chocolate roast

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (44143) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 20, 2013

Cask (handpump) @ 29th Pigs Ear Beer and Cider Festival 2012, at The Round Chapel in Hackney, London, England.

Clear dark black - red brown color with a average, frothy - fizzy and open, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, burnt. Initial flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter, finish flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, burnt bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20121204]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
essexcalf (172) - Essex, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2013
On cask at The Ale House, Chelmsford, 31/03/13. Black-red. Good, creamy head. Very roasty aroma. Slightly sweet, roasty, choccy. Some good, dry, hop balance. Med-full body. A very good porter.

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