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


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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2011
Bottle 33 cl. Courtesy of yespr. Pours an almost clear orangey brown with a huge and frothy beige head leaving a nice lacework. Distinct Bamberg smoke in the nose. Medium body, again the smoke dominates with some chocolate and hard roast. Malt astringent finish. 050111

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fin (9213) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2011
Bottle that Loz picked up from the brewery & shop for me 31.12.10 consumed 02.01.11 A beer that I’ve had before but never got around to rating.This pours dark amber with some reddy glints shining through, good clarity. Nice bitter chocolate in the mouth, soft carbonation, a bit thin at times with a little dark fruitiness. Nice beer. A6 A4 T7 P4 Ov13 3.4

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
madmitch76 (20984) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2010
15th November 2010
On tap at the Rake. Clear mid brown beer with a ghost of a cream coloured head. Light dry airy palate. Smoky malt and lots of bitterness sit oddly in the context of the palate. A trace of orangey hop - well buried. Finishes dry and bitter. Hmmm smoke, bitter and dry with no other features. This was never going to work for me!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (39078) - 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 (7117) - 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 (1699) - 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 (2820) - 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 (334) - 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 (9151) - Ottobrunn, 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 (9895) - 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........

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