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Durham Black Velvet

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Brewed by Durham
Style: Porter
Durham, England

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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.18/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Martin243 (742) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tombyars (1348) - 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.

2.9
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichardW (1461) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DruncanVeasey (7112) - NUNEATON, Top 13, 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wyzzywyz22 (1942) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2008
Cask @ Winter BF Manchester. Deep amber with no head. Nose of apple, caramel and malt. Tastes of roast malt, coffee, cocoa and some fruity hints. Average.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2008
A Mes rate: Gravicask at Manc Winter Fest.
Dark dark brown with just a slight white rim. Aroma of coffee, malt and dark fruit. Flavour is more of the same and a little straight forward. Nice earthy finish with some eventual bitterness from some balancing hops. A reasonable porter but I would expect a little better from this brewer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (9182) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 13, 2007
Cask (Peterborough Beer Festival 2004) 3.8% Odd, this was more of a mild to me. A full bodied and aromatic mild, but still mild. Roasted grains to the fore. Competent as a porter, but not exceptional.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6123) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 3, 2007
They’re good with dark malts those guys. Dark brown pour appears quite headless. Kinda rich, appetizing, earthy liquorice nose with dates flavours that I truly dig. Medium-bodied, soft palate displaying appealing fruitiness and a nice toasty/roasty blend. Excellent balance.


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