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.
johndoughty (3692) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My first thought was that this beer underpunches. For a 6.6% it lacked the initial hit that beers of that strength usually have. Once I accepted this it became a quite reasonable drink.Slightly roast feel with other complex tastes seeping through.It boasts of being a winter beer winner- its a reasonable porter but certainly not a number one.
nigos (630) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2003
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Porteresk coffee and chocolate aroma. Black hue with light brown head. Roasted malt and chocolate flavour. Long lasting coffee finish.
RobBestwick (583) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 4, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
toasted malty aroma, porter style appearance, toasted malty taste, coffee, chocolate, dry malty finish, alcohol notes, v good
SilkTork (5067) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2003
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Exmoor is a microbrewery based in the old Hancock's brewery in Somerset. They started brewing in 1979 and have won a handful of decent awards since then. This is their winter warmer and was tried from the cask in Rochester. It's a dark, coca cola colour and has an initial cola taste - slightly fizzy with sweet caramel tones. It is quite sweet, and this sweetness becomes overbearing after a while.
RichardGretton (4152) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark beer with an intial frothy coffee head. The aroma is very vineous with slight burnt elements. Fairly watery flavour with large hints of malt and a strong bitterness in the aftertaste. A good porter.
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