Brewed by Nethergate
Style: Porter
Sudbury, England


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RATINGS: 90   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 (17225) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
theprof (359) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2016
Cask. Pours dark brown with ruby notes. Thin lace top. Aroma dates and malt. Tastes rich with a mild fruitcake quality and lingering licorice. There’s a bit of the Old Growler in all of us.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (5318) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2016
Cask at The Angel, Islington as ’Nethergate Old Growler’, 5%. Very dark brown, still, dense foamy tan head endures. Aroma is light and airy up-front, some bread and chocolate as the glass drains. Body is light, smooth, soft carbonation. Taste is tangy and spicy, burnt cake, rum sweetness, dry into the finish with a little booze showing up. Slow drinking and spicy. Grew on me. This is very much an old ale, not a porter as stated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
teorn88 (5581) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2016
Cask at JDW WIQ, London. It pours a clean brown color with a small tan head. Aroma is sweet and bready with notes of caramel and dough. Taste is also quite sweet with more bread caramel and raisins and a light bitterness in the finish. Light bodied with soft carbonation. Overall, decent

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Towey1989 (1450) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2016
Cask at The Green Dragon, Leek (JDW) A deep ruby brown colour with a thin tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, caramel, some burnt toast, slight chocolate and subtle spicy hops. Taste of roasted malts, burnt toast, some caramel, slight chocolate, a little smoke and subtle spicy hops. Medium bodied and soft carbonation. A dry, burnt malt bitterness in the finish. An interesting porter, started quite sweet and ended dry, a decent burnt malt and soft hop combo in this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SarkyNorthener (3792) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2016
Cask@imperial, Walsall. Almost black beer with medium tan head and good lacing. Aroma of lightly roasted malts. Taste is roasted malts, chocolate and a touch of coffee. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Don2711 (348) - - DEC 29, 2015
Nice one. Good strength. Aroma earthy with floral hints. Caramel and chocolate taste. Dark appearance. Like a lot and will try again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zimbo (863) - SCOTLAND - DEC 18, 2015
At local Spoons. Dark brown with orange highlights. Rich creamy tan head. Some good smooth & earthy toasty bitterness and reasonable length. Structurally sound. Pretty good really and as I kast remember it about 10 years ago.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mr_h (4431) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - DEC 15, 2015
Cask, hand-pulled, Crystal Palace, Glasgow (2 Dec 2015), roasted malt aroma, very dark blood red, brown with a thin, cream head and excellent lacing, dark fruits, toffee, creamy, good carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Desverger (6636) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 7, 2015
Cask@Crosse Keys JDW, London (30/11/2015) - pours dark brown with a off-white head. Aroma and taste is roasted malty, slight burnt dark malty notes, with chocolate, coffee, cocoa, dry roasty finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hippoman (645) - 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.

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