Brewed by Ramsgate
Style: Porter
Broadstairs, England


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RATINGS: 105   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
Cask: Regular - previously a winter seasonal.
"Winter Porter" (also "Dark Porter")
Strong, dark and handsome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beersiveknown (5053) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 19, 2011
A lively dark brown beer with thick pillowy cream head and a tantalising aroma of coffee grounds, forest floors, aniseed and burnt caramel. The latter comes to the fore in the body of the beer, which is thick and creamy. A brief bitter spike follows and the beer mellows into coffee and chocolate leaving a lasting chocolate and malty note. Just how I like my porters. The bottle conditioning keeps it in fine fettle. I’d happily sup this beer in bottle form again and hope I am fortunate enough to come across a cask version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrisoni (17282) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2006
Cask handpull at Chambers Folkestone. Ok so I had 10 minutes before my train so I could only have a very fast half, but this was good. Deep ruby colour with thin beige head. Really pretty fruity with some coffee and bit of choc. Hoppy drying finish. Exceptional dark fruit nose. Vinous in mouth with good warming alcohol. My friend Martin went back the following day and confirmed that it was indeed a cracking porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
zacgillbanks (4454) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2015
Bottle from Coppers, Newcastle. Very dark brown-black in colour with a thin tan head. It has rich dark chocolate, liquorice, plum and malty flavours followed by an oak and bitter hoppy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SilkTork (5542) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2005
Ramsgate Brewery, Ramsgate - with joet. Creamy, soft, coffee accented dark beer finishing with a woody tang. Vegetable. Fatty. Chocolate. Satisfying, smooth and delicious. Attractive reddish colour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Phil (181) - Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2006
This is a re-do, of the classic Firkin drop. Although on a full mash, rather than the original was maltextract. Can be a bit cloying at times. As Ian says, dark fruit, warm, and moreish porter. Something to look forward to at the end of summer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndrewC (356) - Canterbury, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2007
Wow. This was the first bottled condition version of this I’ve had. It tasted smoaky with a slight milky alcohol to it. Nice roasted malt notes on the end. Good Stuff

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavidGreen (2) - Castres-Gironde, FRANCE - FEB 1, 2008 does not count
Bottled. heavy liquorice aroma with plenty of roasted malt. Clear and a sparkling autumn brown in colour. Initial flavour was both fruity and bitter, heavy after taste of liquorice. Reasonably complex. An improvement on the original Firkin brew by a brewer that knows what he is doing

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - FEB 26, 2008
NorCal Feb ’08 - First, a big thank you to Phil_L for hauling this beer from across the pond to bring to our local tasting. It was quite the welcome addition. An interesting aroma and flavor profile on this beer. One of the few beers that I got big anise aroma and flavor in the beer. The beer pours out a deep blood red, nearly black color with a good khaki head to it. Aroma was anise, chocolate, and light roast. Mouthfeel was smooth, with a nice about of carbonation. Flavor was roasty, toffee, with a nice dose of chocolate. Some subtle vinous notes crept in as it warmed up a bit. Overall, a very nice porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (21612) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 31, 2012
Ok just finished this and realised i hadnt rated it... deep black .. cant remmebr head ... soft sweet mellow chocolate roast ... silky smoth roast malts ... mellow ... chocolate ... low bitter ... depp dark malt flavours ... rounded and tasty

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GBZ59 (1217) - BARCELONA (Catalonia), SPAIN - MAY 23, 2012
Botella de 500ml. Vaso Tumbler. Saboreada en abr´12. Color rubí oscuro con tintes marrón rojizo a contraluz. Espuma bronceada de burbuja amplia. Capa fina con algunos collares. En nariz aromas de maltas torrefactas, frutos oscuros, levadura, notas de pan y lúpulos florales. Maltas torrefactas y fruta agria al primer sorbo, matices de caramelo de regaliz con notas de café. Los lúpulos reaccionan y liberan un refrescante amargor que lo inunda todo. Cuerpo medio y carbonatación suave. Paladar afrutado y lúpulizado con sensación aterciopelada. Ligeramente áspera en el intermedio redondeada por una leve astringencia en el final. Frutos oscuros en el retrogusto. Cerveza bien equilibrada: refrescante como una Weizen y sabrosa como una Oatmeal Stout es, sin embargo, una Porter que funciona como una perfecta cerveza para “ir de cañas”. 500ml bottle. Tumbler glass. Enjoyed on apr´12.Deep ruby in color, reddish brown to the light. Tan, large bubbled, froth. Thin crown with some collars left. To the nose roasted malts, dark fruits, yeast, bready notes & floral hops. Roasted malts & sour fruit at first sip, hints of fluid licorice candies & coffee notes. Hops react & liberate a refreshing bitterness all over. Medium body, soft carbonation. Palate is fruity & hoppy with a velvet sensation. Slightly harsh in the middle rounded with slightly astringent finish. Dark fruit on the aftertaste. Well balanced beer: refreshing as a Weizen & flavorful as an Oatmeal Stout but Porter in fact performing as a nice session beer.

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