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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2009
Cask, Dee Hotel (JDW), West Kirby. Deep dark brown colour with a medium sized tan head. Roasted malt, raisin and licorice aroma .Quite full bodied and rich sliding down. Flavour fairly malt heavy with a healthy dose of dark fruit and booze. Finished lingeringly sweet. Some definite appeal here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2009
A Mes rate: cask at Baker St ’Sporks.
Dark mahogany with a lasting beige head. A good looking beer. Rich bready malt aroma with lots of cake and dark fruit and strong notes of liquorice. Simlar flavour with some clear but inoffensive alcohol. Rich and warming finish with plenty of sweetness that is just about held in check. Pretty good beer overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (9677) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2008
Cask, Peterborough Fest 08. Dark brown with a small head. Aromas are chocolate and toffee malts with some smokiness. Hints of soy, too. Flavours are sweet viscous malts with a peppery, roast character. Earthy, herbal and dry on the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 10, 2007
cask troon beer fest- pours flat rootbeer, smells roast popcorn tastes abit flat. sweet, smokey, and average.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
DonMagi (5594) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2008 Cask at troon beer fest 07. Aroma is liquirce, molasses. Taste is very full on tarrish alcohol liquice and very sweet. RERATE: Cask in Counting House. Full bodied! Sweet, cloying, roasty, liquyirice, coffee, molasses. Soo heavy and alcoholic i could only take 3 or 4 sips out the half pint then left.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 27, 2007
Cask at the White Horse, Parson’s Green, 28th Jan 2007. Pours nearly black with a small head. Great aroma and taste of rich roasted coffee and chocolate. Smooth, soft mouthfeel. Very drinkable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (20724) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 2, 2007
Dark brown coloured brew, with a rich chocolate roast nose and a deep fruity rich roat flavour with a little tang and zip to ip. a little chocolyte , but the strength does tend to show through.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2007
Cask conditioned @ Giddy Bridge (JDW), Soton. Liquorice and roast with malty toffee and berrys. Sweet up front but there is enough drying hoppiness to keep this drinkable. Tasty if just a touch too sweet and thick.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (16931) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2009 Cask handpull at White Horse, Parson’s Green. Very deep ruby colour with lasting beige head. Subtle dark malt aroma. Burnt toast. Good dark strong beer, good mouthfeel. Not great, but extremely competent. Bit of creamy vanilla too. 3.5/5 Re-rate at Metro Bar, JDW, Baker Street. I missed this at the beer festival last year, so pleased to see it. Very deep mahogany, lasting thin beige, lovely choccy strong ale, lots of dry malt. Lots of malty fruity flavour. Tasty as hell, just a little syrupy. Alcohol is well contained in the big malts. Excellent. Dryish finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JorisPPattyn (9252) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JAN 30, 2007
Cask Persistent dense tan head; nearly black beer. Sweetish, some stout-like dark grains nose. Vanilla and some fruity esters. Quite to really sweet; liquorice-like, liquified sugar... and very few things beery. Full-bodied, slick, not quite viscous. Alcoholic to a certain extent. Disappointing - one more. It was better at some moor-tucked Devon pubs in Easter, than in an unseasonaly warm WHOPG.

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