Brewed by Exmoor
Style: Porter
Wiveliscombe, England


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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   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 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 (4265) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2003
Deep-brown, almost black. Really sweet buttery toffee malts, some slight roasty finish to give it some balance.I think theres too much butter toffee and raisins in there, really not my kind of beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
imdownthepub (12161) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2003
Cask Conditioned. Beware the Beast for he creeps up on you. A big dark beer with roasted malt, chocolate, prunes. This does not drink its strength, the night was young and the warning signs were there, but we had to go and have a sesh. It drinks like a best bitter with more flavour, but boy when he kicks in. I don't like Exmoor Beast, I love it! as I've heard before in another context.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
johndoughty (4619) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2003
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2003
Porteresk coffee and chocolate aroma. Black hue with light brown head. Roasted malt and chocolate flavour. Long lasting coffee finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobBestwick (732) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 4, 2003
toasted malty aroma, porter style appearance, toasted malty taste, coffee, chocolate, dry malty finish, alcohol notes, v good

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
SilkTork (5467) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2003
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.

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