Brewed by Nethergate
Style: Porter
Sudbury, England


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RATINGS: 82   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Cask; Regular.
The addition of coriander to the Old Growler wort completes the original 1750s recipe for this distinctive dark beer. The powerful spiciness only adds to this porter's appeal.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Garrat (1334) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2016 Cask,Dark Ale Days 2010 - Edwardstone White Horse.Auburn with a hint of blood,aroma of elderflower,hops and rapeseed,taste of coriander,cherry with some sweetness,dry finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Estarriol (5) - ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2007 does not count
Cask, CAMRA Great British Beer Festival. Not quite like any other porter I’ve tried, if this is a 1750 recipe as advertised I see why it was so popular then. Attractive black body but no head to set that off. Aroma is licorice and malt, ginger and coriander, the best aroma I’ve sampled on any beer, absolutely gorgeous; I think the convex glass helped. Taste is as above, beautifully complex yet not too sharp, firm mouthfeel works for a porter but doesn’t match the excellence of the flavour. Best porter I’ve tried, absolutely gorgeous.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2005
Cask (handpulled) at Derby Winter Beer Festival 2005. Starts off spiced, sharp indeed with it, lingers into the aftertaste, lovely smoothness to it all the way. But it needs to go down qwuick (shame); soon loses that coriander tang, DeepBlack couldn’t notice the coriander even when the beer had been in the glass for ten minutes and I must say it ended up tasting weaker at the end. Belt it down like you know you want to.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JonMoore (2066) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2005
Cask at the Swan in the Rushes, Loughborough. Dark brown with ruby red hues. Creamy white head, great lacing. Malty, liquorice and caramel taste, full bodied, very smooth and creamy. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
cgarvieuk (21834) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 15, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2008 Cask, GBBF 07 ... Deep black ... sweet cherry malts nose ... sweet fruity ... rich ... gentel malts very nice ... lots of black berry and raisins....
Tk2 Cloisters Edinburgh (and thanks to them for getting this out of the Celar for me ) ... deep black ... nice roast fruity nose ... again deep cherry and raisins as well as roast malts. (rushed rate but still lovely and concur 4.1) dont really get coriander. more deep fruits ...<tk3> Still on at Cloisters ... oh lovely like this more and more... nice smooth and deep rich flavours. 4.2

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SilverfoX (871) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2014
i cant smell anything but looks thick and black with dark red edging, tastes sweet and smooth with the coriander coming in at the finish, fab!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FatPhil (14021) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 24, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2007 Cask (Live and Let Live, Cambridge) Dark, nearly black, red tinges. Sweet coffee aroma. Rich raisin and coffee taste. Pleasant warming and friendly taste. Quite fantastic. Not noticably corriandery, but does have a certain spicy je ne sais quoi.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fin (9667) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2007
Cask, gravity dispense at Woodford Beer Festival at The Duke, Woodford, Northants, 25-05-07. Pours dark brown, some spiciness in the aroma which also had a slightly burnt note. Tasted sticky, some toffee, some spices, nice malty balance, very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2007
A Mes rate: Cask from ’Spoons @ Baker Street. WOW! Spice herb vegetable and malty porter nose with a hint of baby powder and puppies. Honestly. Black / red / brown colour. Most interesting. Porterish in the mouth with some lovely liquorice and dark malt and obvious ginger, coriander and other spices. Love hate I’m sure but I love it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2012 Cask conditioned - handpump - Malt Shovel Northampton. A black beer with an off-white coloured head. The aroma is spicy and a bit smoky. Coriander notes are to the fore. The taste has some nice gentle roasty notes and tone more spices. Full of flavour and really tasty. Wouldn’t mind a bit of time travel to 1750 if this is what all beers were like. Score 3.9
Subsequent rating scored 4.0. Score unaltered

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