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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsga (7219) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 5, 2006
Thin offwhite film for a head. Body looks opaque black, but might actually have a red tinge. Chocolatey aroma. Watery earthy dry licorice taste with notes of wild berries. Dryish aftertaste with some alcohol heat. Nice, but not too great. (0.5pt on cask.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Svesse (7725) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2006
(Cask at White Horse, Parson’s Green, London, 26 Nov) Black colour with ruby notes, small head. Malty, roasted nose with distinct notes of liquorice and soy sauce. Malty, roasted taste with liquorice, soy sauce, prunes and raisins. Slightly vinous, but in perfect balance. Lovely beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2011 1. Cask Handpump at the Penny Black, Northwich (JDW) 31/10/2001 Black strong in alcohol and roasted. Warming bitter hop finish. 2. Cask Handpump at the Waterhouse, Manchester (JDW) 29/10/2003 Dark strong and fruity. Slightly chocolaty crisp roast finish. 3. Cask Handpump at the Penny Black, Northwich 13/03/2005 Black strong and fruity. Some dryness and roast in a warming finish. 4. Cask Handpump at the Penny Black, Northwich 15/03/2005 Dark red slightly rich strong and fruity. Some dryness and bitterness in a malt finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garrat (1326) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2009 From A Bottle.Black in colour with a nice ruby red hue,medium head, aroma is of dark malt and peanuts, taste is of dark malt,chocolate,smoke and some bitter coffee. A great porter,very smooth,a deceiver,I won’t be going up on the moors tonight.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2005
Cask (gravity) at Burton Winter Ales Festival 2005. A porter with muscle. Dark brown, roasty whiff, sweet finish with crystalline fruits anf buttered nuts, deceptive palate for a stronger ale, probably beer of the festival for me.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2004
Too sweet, too cloying, and generally overdone. A beer that doesn’t know what it wants to be. Nasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2004
Cask conditioned - handpump - White Horse - Parsons Green London SW6. A very dark brown beer with a short-lived tan coloured head. A bit of roast and smoke in the aroma. The taste has caramel, licquorice and an oily texture. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DanielBrown (4353) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2004
Hand pulled at the White Horse, Parsons Green, London (as part of their Old Ale festival), with Joeh and Maeib. Dark brown, no head and a Porter style smell (this as written not knowing the style of the beer!) Very smooth and clean. Nice, sweet roast flavour, very slight increased sweetness on the finish. Nice enough strong ale - better than the Moonrakers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2004
Cask conditioned at the White Horse, Parsons Green, London. Roasty beer with malt and coffee/chcocolate notes, slightly sweet but more than anything Roasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichardWilding (201) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2004
A good brew. Roasty, malty flavours detected, but also some sweet dark fruit flavours. It doesn’t feel like a 6.6% beer, which I found to my cost! Very good.

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