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Durham Black Velvet

Brewed by Durham
Style: Porter
Durham, England


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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.21/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
Cask; Permanent.
This is black like a stout but with the strength of a porter. Body is large and smooth, deceptively fooling the senses into believing it to be much stronger than it really is. Traditional English hops brightly balance rich liquorice and roast flavours. Dark malts and English hops hark back to the 18th century.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichTheVillan (5199) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2015
Cask at 2015 Birmingham Beer Festival; clear coca cola brown pour with a frothy off white head, aroma has coffee and a hint of malt, taste has burnt malts, some coffee a hint of chocolate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sarauckelman (306) - Durham, Durham, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2015
Dark red with thin dense tan head. Not much aroma. Lovely roasted flavor. Smooth and medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fullers (268) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2014
Cask, The Narrow Boat, Skipton, North Yorkshire. From 2008 notes: Attractive dark pour with thin beige head. Pungent grainy aroma. Full bodied. Very pleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fluxing (561) - POLAND - AUG 28, 2014
Z pompy, One Eyed Rat, Ripon. Kolor ciemnobrunatny, klarowne. Piana niska, kremowa, szybko opada do zera i nie oblepia szkla. W aromacie bardzo intensywne melanoidyny, dalej ciemne slody, kawa, palonosc, lekkie ziola. W smaku to samo co w aromacie, do tego za wysoka, i przez to troche nieprzyjemna kwasnosc, dalej wyrazny popiol i lekkie suszone sliwki i morele. Ogolnie smak jest w porzadku, ale ta niepotrzebnie podwyzszona kwasnosc zaniza ocene. W odczuciu gladkie, nisko wysycone, mocno wytrawne, niestety wchodzace juz mocno w wodnistosc. Goryczka niska, ziolowo-lodygowa, lekko sciagajaca.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Martin243 (947) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2012
Pint at the Central, Gateshead. Very dark with a thin beige head. Fruity biscuit aroma, nice mocha and liquorice flavours. Full bodied and generous, it does feel stronger than it is. Easy drinking and tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tombyars (1507) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - DEC 3, 2011
First tasted this in The Three Judges, Glasgow in December 1998. Cask, handpump dispense. Dull black in colour with a thin tan head. Roast grain aroma, strong in intensity. Oily mouthfeel and poor lacing. Dark malts give a sweet maltloaf base with rich caramel, mocha and liquorice notes. Dry hop prickle evident in the short aftertaste. Finish is quite dry with liquorice and barley grain noted. An old traditional porter full of flavour and a great session ale. Well recommended.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gary07734 (500) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2010
Medium-dark pint, dark roasted malts, bitter chocolate and fairly dry overall. Finish is moderately bitter with some hops. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichardW (1813) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2009
Cask, Keighley and Worth Valley Buffet Car. Plenty of roast flavour, accompanied by smokiness, with some bitterness to balance. Good dark black appearance, with just a hint of redness in the light. Blackcurrant in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DruncanVeasey (7854) - NUNEATON, TOP, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2008
Solihull ’08. Dark ruby with an ivory halo. Nice roasted mocca aroma. Cocoa, coffee, burnt curranty fruit. Not a lot of velvet, but good roasty bitterness. OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2008
Cask, Beamish Mary, No Place, Co Durham. Very dark brown, near enough black with a thin biege head. Aroma was sweetish with roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate. Flavour was something similar. Solid and drinkable, but a little diappointing overall.

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