Brewed by Exmoor
Style: Porter
Wiveliscombe, England


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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
Cask; Regular. Previously a Winter seasonal.
Brewed with a mix of pale ale, chocolate and crystal malts, and hopped with Goldings, Challenger and Brewers Gold, it is dark mahogany-brown in colour, with the merest hint of crimson tints at its edge. Lush rich aromas of toffee, treacle. Mocha coffee, vinous fruit and chocolate swirl above the glass. There’s more complexity on the palate with rich fruitcake, a hint of rum, more Mocha coffee, an herbal hoppiness, vinous fruit, while the bittersweet finish is smooth yet complex, rich but not cloying.
NOTE: Original recipe used Fuggles hops instead of Brewers Gold.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
berkshirejohn (5988) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2011
Cask at the Union Rooms (JDW), Plymouth. Deep mahogany brown with a red tint and a loose cream head; aroma of rich malts and purple fruit; however it disappointingly thin in the mouth with weak fruit flavours - cherries and blackberries - then burnt sugar; before a caramel finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bullit (4445) - Burgos, SPAIN - FEB 6, 2011
Cask @ Society Room, JDW. Dark ruby-red colour, medium tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, dark fruits, bit of licorice. Flavour is roasted malts, light coffee, sulphur, sour fruits. Ok stuff, and evidently better than the bottled version.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (25327) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 25, 2010
Cask@GBBF09. Deep reddish amber colour with small, but longlasting off-white head. Aroma is roasted malts, some caramel, ashes and mild raisins. Flavour is sweet malts, some roasted malts, ashes, some dark fruits and mild nutty notes. Pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (13867) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 19, 2010
Cask (Kitty’s, Helsinki)
7 lovely sweet roasty caramelly aroma
4 deep red, small persistent head. That head rose beautifully.
8 Retronasals wonderfully estery. Body full, sweet, and caramelly.
4 low carbonation. smooth palate. Finish fresh hoppy finish, long with the rich.
15 Everything fits together perfectly. this is English beer at almost perfedtio. but this is a winter warmer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sm89walt (1946) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 3, 2010
Cask - The Fat Cat, Norwich. Pours a clear deep ruby with a frothy beige head, doming over the glass brim. A strong sweetness on the nose, quite heady notes of prune and molasses and hints of roast malt. Similar, flavour-wise, with full dried fruits, a dry sweet tobacco note and a toasty malt finish. Medium body, low carbonation and a good length, dry sweetness in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (43888) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 28, 2009
Cask @ GBBF 09, Great British Beer Festival, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London, England.
Clear dark amber color with a average, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to light light heavy malty, roasted, caramel, dried fruit, fruity, raisin, prune. Flavor is moderate to light light heavy sweet and bitter with a average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat. [20090804]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (12885) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2009
Brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel, dried fruit, chocolate and a touch of vineous alcohol. Sweet roasted flavour, mostly chocolate, with a fruity touch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ober (2813) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - AUG 11, 2009
Cask @ GBBF 2009. A clear dark red/brown colored beer, with a small beige head. The aroma of some malts and grassy. Some fruits like berries. The taste is bittersweet, fruity with a little spices and nuts. The aftertaste is bittersweet, some cherries with hints of spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (16159) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 5, 2009
Cask@GBBF. Deep amber color, small off-white head. Nutty, grassy aroma. Medium-bodied. Sticky glueish-nutty and malty flavor. A bit sweet. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (7925) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2009
Cask-conditioned at the Knights Templar (JDW), Bristol 13/06/09. Dark brown with some hints of red and a slight tan head. Sweet, doughy malt and red fruit aroma. Sweet caramel and fruit flavours, with some roastiness in the background and an earthy hop finish. Good.

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