Brewed by Nethergate
Style: Porter
Sudbury, England


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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Cask; Regular. A dark roasty ale.
Based on a 1750's recipe from the old Taylor Walker brewery for a mild with corriander. Launched in 1988 without the corriander as an Old Ale. The corriander version is sold as Umbel Magna. In 1994 the style was changed to a Porter. In 1998 sugar was removed from the recipe and the abv was dropped from 5.5% to 5%.
Ingredients: Maris Otter, Crystal, Black malts and Wheat Flour; Challenger hops.

Leighton's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (15317) - London, Greater London, - JUN 3, 2011
Cask at the Crosse Keys, JDW. Pours a clear, ruby-brown with a vaguely tan head. Aroma has light to medium roast malts, with notes of blackberry jumping forth. Medium sweet flavor of mild roastiness, nice dark fruits. Medium bodied with fine, tingly carbonation. Decent finish, some sugar, fruits, roasty bitterness on the sides of the tongue. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hippoman (403) - Durham, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2015
Cask at The Water House (JDW), Durham, £2.05/pint. Dark ruby brown beer with a smooth, slightly bubbly cream head. The aroma is pleasant with sweet malt and light caramel and floral tones. The flavour is malt-driven with rich, sweet caramel and toffee, as well as smoky, toasty character and a good, crisp, bitter bite. A real winter warmer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mjs (5616) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 8, 2015
(Cask at O’Connell’s, Tampere, 20150808) The beer poured clear and dark brown. Its head was medium sized, dense, nearly white and it lasted long. Aroma had toasted malts, sweetness and earth. Palate was medium bodied with low carbonation. Flavours were toasted malts, earth, sweetness and bitterness. Aftertaste had earth and bitterness. A very watery brew and the finish was almost unpleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MissPxx (911) - - JUN 24, 2015
A dark ale. Looks a bit like cola. Hardly any head. Thin and tastes very syrupy. Quite sweet ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
davidtjm (976) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAY 15, 2014
Dark pour, small foam head, aroma is dark roast malt, red wine. Taste is coffee, roast malt, some acidity, bitter finish. Very nice

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
dtater (28) - Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Nice aroma & a pleasant porter from start to finish. Good brew just nothing stood out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cuso (6601) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 7, 2013
Tap at Maypole, Cambridge.
Very dark brown color with medium off-white head. Roasted malt aroma together with, coffee, chocolate, citrus hops. Taste, roasted malt, dark chocolate, licorice, caramel, big amount of floral hops. Hoppy bitter finish. Tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OwainTurner (425) - Leicester, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2013
Dark, thick head.... Malty, Bitter, very smooth... lovely - flavour develops nicely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jjsint (1658) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2013
Brownish black porter, tastes of liquorice, caramel with woody/smoke overtones. Intensely satisfying. Note that it is often sold under ’Growler Brewery’ imagery although Nethergate remains the brewery name.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (14316) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2013
Cask at the Merchants Inn, Rugby - 17/04/13. Extremely dark mahogony brown with a good sized beige head that retains well. Nose is treacle toffee, dark malts, light strains of coffee, grain, mineral notes. Taste comprises dark toffee fudge, background chocolate, dark fruits, nutty tones. Medium bodied with a little bite, moderate carbonation, dry in the finish with a hint of bitterness. Ok stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Grumbo (937) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2013
Cask from The Ivory Peg, Chelmsford. Dark brown, with quite strong roasted biscuit aroma. Enjoyable, though was served a little too cold which may have affected the appreciation of the beer as have had this better before, elsewhere. May re-rate after next time.

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