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Brewed by Fullerís
Style: Porter
London, England

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RATINGS: 199   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask: Seasonal - Winter and Spring.
Smooth and satisfying, this example of an historic style of beer derives its rich, chocolatey character from a blend of Brown and Chocolate malts in the brew. Its notable coffee notes and creamy finish make it a wonderful accompaniment to many sweet foods Ė especially chocolate pudding. 5.4% ABV.

NOTE: Most Fullerís beer in the US is served by handpump kegs and not a cask. Ask your server.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
berkshirejohn (5988) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2007
Cask at the Mawson Arms/Fox and Hounds at the brewery.Dark ruby red with a rustic cream head; rich chocolate aroma; immediate hit of smokey roasted chocolate malt when tasted, very dry and bitter, then developing a potr-like sweetness with hints of tobacco and coffee; finish is dry and very moreish. Even better than the bottled version.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
downender (7925) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2007
Cask-conditioned at the Old Fish Market, Bristol 16/11/07. Near black with a decent tan head that left plenty of lacing. Aroma of licorice, roasted notes, dark chocolate and earthy hops. The flavour started with some sweet malt, before coffee and chocolate kicked in with a dry finish. Excellent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (18199) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 12, 2007
Cask at Charlies Bar, Copenhagen. Dark amber color, bubbly head. Licorice and viol aroma. Roasted flavor, fruity, grapes, licorice, some cocoa. Lots of licorice in this one...

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Egon (478) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - OCT 17, 2007
Cask (obviously). Black with cream, brownish head. Thin bodied for a porter I think. Roasted malt. Some coffee notes? Not bad.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 2, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2010 In the past week Iíve had two bottles, a gravicask version @ St Albans Fest and also cask at JDW. I know JDW isnít exactly the best place for cask ales with all the sparkler business but I have to say it did look quite nice. I was not impressed with the gravicask at all, I found it quite thin and bland and gave it quite low scores, however the one at JDW was pretty good. Dark brown with a thick, lasting malty head. Nose of roasted malts, cocoa, yeast and coffee. Taste is much the same with some nutty caramel notes and hoppy finish. Decent texture in the mouth. Iíll prolly get caned for saying this on here but I actually prefer the bottled version. Will soon be on cask at my local Fullers pub so will re-rate at that point. (7,4,7,3,16)
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@ the Shooting Star, Liverpool St.
Was lovely this time around, Iíd say the best Iíve had to date. Poured jet black with a small beige head, the roastyness of the malts really stood out. Still had the cocoa and coffee notes but the mouthfeel was just sublime. In this condition, itís a world class beer!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2007
A Mes rate: Gravicask at St. Albans beer festival. Considering where I live I find it ridiculous that it has taken me so long to get hold of what is EASILY Fullers best beer. Sadly quality is pushed aside in the name of market control. Black / brown colour with a very slight head. Coffee, malt and dark chocolate with a lovely coffee finish that goes the full circle back to chocolate again. Strange watery yet creamy palate. Jolly good. Sort it out Fullers.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
TheDog (586) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2007
Cask at Cockney Pub Ňrhus. Thin head, aroma and taste of bitter flat coffee. Served too warm for my tasting. Im just not into cask and especially not this one.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HarryFlashman (469) - Chatham, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2007
Pretty good this one. I agree that this has got a bitter, almost coffee like taste. It is a good porter, not too sweet, which spoils some of the other ones out there. Overall - good.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rsmeds (228) - Turku, FINLAND - MAY 25, 2007
Pours an opaque black, with a generous bubbly, brown head. Fairly complex, intense roasted malt aroma of rye, burned sugar and oak barrell, with a hint of dark fruit, brandy and vanilla (the last two probably components of the oak barrell aroma). The aroma mellows down a bit after half a pint. Bitterish and somewhat dry roasted malt flavor starts out fairly intense, like bitter dark chocolate, unfortunately turns a bit cardboardy and bland in mid-palate, but more or less picks it up again in the finish. Splendidly full bodied, virtually no carbonation, dryish mouthfeel. Intense, interesting, and quite enjoyable, except for the slight cardboardyness in the flavor -- pity in an otherwise magnificent beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyit (3756) - Vadum, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2007
Black of color with a beige head. An aroma of prunes, liqurice, chocolate and leaven. A flavor of prunes, liqurice and chocolate.


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