Brewed by Lovibonds
Style: Porter
Henley-on-Thames, England


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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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Cask & Bottled, Regular;
Deep amber with a ruby glow and creamy tan head. Rich chocolate aroma with a hint of smoke. Creamy texture combines caramel and chocolate flavours finishing dry with bitterness from the dark malts and hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (31480) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2010
From tap at the Rake. Pours clear and deep brown to amber with a small white head. Aroma is roasted malty and vague fruity. Breadish, dark malty, bitter and dry flavoured. Roasted and slight acidic malty flavoured into the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2010
A Mes rate. Tap at the Rake.
An attractive mahogany amber with a thin beige head. This is an interesting brew. Interesting and unusual actually. Rarely do you get something that is such an unabashed blend of smoke and bitter. I know these are elements you would expect in a porter but here they are ramped up and presented centre stage. Big smoky malty stuff inititally with a superb bitter chocolate and coffee finish. Amazing length. Through the bloody roof length. The bitterness just goes on and on. Very much else happening but sometimes complexity is not required. It’s just a bloody lovely beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tdtm82 (668) - Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2010
Cask, The Rake, all-round rating. Dark reding ale (really??), nice creamy head, smooth and very clean on the tongue, nothing offending, nothing particularly outstanding just a good middle of the range quaffer, ok bitterness, some chocolate, lots of grainial elements, too much grain, nice espresso touch and soft on the palate. Some sweet malty caramel. Sorry, just too bland.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
evergreen0199 (2075) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2010
On tap at the brewery in Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire. A deep amber coloured pour with medium head. Smokey, malty aroma. Tastes malty, chocolatey, fruity, caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SeanMacGC (332) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 30, 2010
Cask in the Hobgoblin, Reading, England. Pours dark amber, with off-white finger-deep head. Sweet dark malts on the nose, and quite smoky and sour on the palate, though not particularly fulfilling overall. Rather run of the mill.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MoritzF (8562) - Bochum, GERMANY - APR 27, 2010
(bottle, 33cl) Hazy, ruby amber colour with a big and dense beige foamy head. Moderately sweet roasted and slightly smoked malty aroma with dark chocolate and very subtle fruity notes. Moderately bitter flavour, light bodied with a smooth carbonation. Complex malty flavours: roasty and delicately smokey taste with chocolate, mocha and liquorice; smokey and rich malty finish. Lacks a bit body, otherwise a gem. 11.XI.09

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivnizub (8927) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - NOV 22, 2009
Bottle: A bit hazy, chestnut-amber coloured, big rocky persistent beige head; dark-malty and roasty nose with a solid fruity background; moderate dry bitter and light sweet flavour, astonishingly light bodied for a beer of 4.8% ABV; traces of chocolate and toasted malt in the long bitter-sweet finish. A goody........

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
berkshirejohn (4598) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2008
330ml bottle from Waitrose, Wokingham. Chestnut with a ruby glow and a billowing caramel coloured head; intense aroma of treacle, caramel, burnt sugar and spice, rich and appealing. Syrupy in the mouth, but not as sweet as expected, lots of smoke and peat from the roasted malt giving balance and a slight sourness; the finish is long and lingering, starting with a espresso coffee and then developing a velvet chocolate fullness, and leaving a touch of sweet cherries on the lips, and a warming feeling suggesting a much higher ABV. An excellent porter, the best beer of the Lovibond range I’ve tasted so far.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
wheresthepath (1568) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2008
[330ml bottle from Waitrose, Marlow] Over-priced at £2.09 for a small bottle of average ABV (and comparing with other beers in Waitrose and the brewery’s own website, this is definitely profiteering by the brewer rather than the retailer). Pours a deep reddish brown with a tiny yet surprisingly tenacious head. Some carbonation. Smells deeply vinous and a little smokey, and sniffing it made me feel oddly hungry. Initial taste is quite smokey, very dry, with some sourness behind. A little chocolate and caramel comes through, but is rather hidden by the other flavours. Not much change into the afterness - a dry, smokey sourness is the dominant flavour. Has the feel of a poor quality mild rather than a porter. It’s all a bit disappointing after the rather good Lovibonds Gold & Amber - the dark is definitely the worst of the bunch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (10485) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2008 Bottled, 330ml, from Westholme Stores, Goring on Thames, Oxon. Brown red with cream head. Promising start with a slightly sweetish but deep roasted flavour, some soft fruitiness, but this was quite thin on the palate. Chocolate and nuts in the flavour and a touch of butterscotch, but in the end just not quite there.

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