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Marstons / Sinebrychoff Porter (Marstons version)

Marstons / Sinebrychoff Porter (Marstons version)
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Formerly brewed at Marstons
Style: Porter
Burton-on-Trent, England


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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.22/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
NOTE! IF YOU HAD SINEBRYCHOFF PORTER ON DRAUGHT/KEG AFTER JUNE 2009 - THIS IS NOT A CORRECT ENTRY. RATINGS GO UNDER THE "Sinebrychoff Koff Porter"! This entry is for the special one-off cask version only.

Cask, Special;
The brewer from this famous brewery has visited Marston’s Brewery, Burton upon Trent, to re-create this classic beer, renowned by beer critics and drinkers throughout the world. Virtually black in colour, this is brewed using four varieties of malt (pilsner, Munich, brown and caramel), providing intense aromas of toastiness, chocolate, coffee and liquorice. It is strongly hopped to provide an impressive, bitter finish to this outstanding, complex imperial stout-style beer. Hops used: Saaz

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (20984) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2011
15h April 2009
Opaque black beer. No head, no carbonation! Rich dark malt with a trace of dark chocolate. Somewhat stronger in tone is coffee. Smooth. Some dark fruits coming through at the end and even a little port. Complex nice beer. Some condition on it would have been nice!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2009
A Mes rate. Cask handpull at Baker Street ’Sporks.
Pitch black with a thin but good beige head. Massive toasty chewy malt. Loads of liquorice, tangy bitterness and lots of dark fruit. Good smoky peaty notes too. Really good actually. Only thing letting it down is a hint of diacetyl in the aroma. Despite that, it’s an easy second best of the cockily titled "World’s Biggest International Real Ale Festival". Mainly because pretty much all the others are shite but whatever.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - JUL 4, 2009
Cask at HBF 09. Black, tiny coarse head, fading out quickly. Berryish licorice nose, raw coffee beans, mostly just acidic and straightforward licorice syrup. Very bland, simple flavor with charcoal, stale coffee, licorice, tangy unpleasant hops and gluey notes in the finish, overall feels like a bad homebrew. Watery, almost flat palate. A shadow of a man.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
bobinlondon (1286) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2009
Handpulled cask at JDW Watford. Black with a thin tan suddy head. Burnt rather than roasted malt appologetically balanced by sickley sweetness. Not what I’d call a decent porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mirjukka (752) - LOHJA, FINLAND - JUN 19, 2009
cask 200ml as left over gift on Urho’s Sahti day’s 2009 murky black no head. Strong roasted malts body. Round almost smooth if I start to compare it to Koff Porter bottled version. Dash of sulfur decent hops. Tasty anyway.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (42843) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2009
Cask (handpump) @ The Bankers Draft, 1–3 Market Place, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England S1 2GH.
Clear meddium to dark black color with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, light brown head. Aroma is roasted, burnt, chocolate, coffee, licorice. Flavor is light heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20090419]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KimJohansen (10409) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2009
Black with a medium beige head. Sweet aroma with sweet roasted malt and coffee. Flavour had roasted malt, chocolate and coffee notes. Finished sweet. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (9552) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2009
Cask, Last Plantagenet, Leicester. Black with a small beige head. Aromas are coffee and liquorice with herbal notes and rich, dark chocolate. Flavours are rich coffee with dark chocolate malts. Dry and moreish with an oily palate. Bitter grapefruit towards the finish. Some light berry notes. Woody and dry on the aftertaste. Slightly gritty but strangely all the better for it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjs (6065) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 15, 2009
(Cask at St. Urho’s Pub, Helsinki, on 2009-05-15) Black. Hardly any head. Roastedness and coffee in aroma. Full bodied and dry palate. Burntness, roastedness, liquorice, cough mixture, bitterness and smoke in taste. Burnt and bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (12797) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 14, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2009 Cask (St Urho’s, Helsinki)
Black, tan head. Modest burnt aroma, not as much punch as the real stuff. Again, a slightly understated roasty taste - it’s definitely roasty and burnt, but has no guts. More like a UK style porter than the imperial style that Sinebrychoff was fundamental in the maintenance of. Finish is a bit dry and ashy. I definitely enjoyed this, but it’s nothing compared to the real thing. The Finns who have rated this have done so with their heart on their sleeve - this is almost an insult to the truly fantastic Koff Porter.
Note: Had an absolutely horrifically bad sample at HBF2009.

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