Brewed by Nethergate
Style: Porter
Sudbury, England


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RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   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.

Estarriol's rating

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Estarriol (5) - - AUG 11, 2007
Cask, CAMRA Great British Beer Festival. Not quite like any other porter Iíve 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 Iíve 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 doesnít match the excellence of the flavour. Best porter Iíve tried, absolutely gorgeous.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (5487) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2016
Cask HP at Crosse Keys, London. Very dark brown with a red hue, still, almost opaque, foamy brown head endures. Aroma has lots of coriander seed powder, cucumber and apple smoothie, orange peel. Nice up front but a bit too much over time. Body is a little frothy, a bit more tingle than most cask. Taste has more coriander which imparts a fruit smoothie vibe, a little floral, spicy, orange peel, green raisin, a little clove. Obviously all these flavours are coming from the coriander, which definitely adds a continental swagger to the base beer. The flavour balance is well judged. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
teorn88 (5743) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2016
Cask at JDW WIQ, London. It pours a clean brown color with small tan head. Aroma is sweet and lightly spicy roasty with notes of caramel and juniper. Taste is also mostly sweet with some more caramel juniper and coffee notes. Light bodied with soft carbonation. Overall, interesting.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jfb (5297) - Freising, GERMANY - SEP 26, 2015
(cask) hazy deep ruby-amber colour with a frothy off-white head. aroma of heavy sugar icing and butter, with a light hint of vanilla, some grass and a touch of walnuts. flavour is mostly butter and toasted malts, with a touch of herbal hops, some yeast and a light-bitter yeasty finish. medium-bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
cjennings1987 (39) - harwich, Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2015
Nice strong tasting beer. Perfect dark appearance. Classic porter taste if a little bitter aftertaste

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mike_77 (4935) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - FEB 28, 2015
Black. Creamy head. The flavour of coriander is very prominent in the beginning. Qualitively good but feels out of balance and wrong.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
undercurrent25 (1827) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2015
Pours a dark colour. Overall the beer is well balanced and quite drinkable, not bad

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoshRaburn (110) - - NOV 26, 2014
Slightly weak mouthfeel for a porter. Some chocolately flavours but not as roasty as you would expect from a porter. The beer is very mild overall. I donít believe that itís from a 1750s recipe because 18th century malts were produced very differently from modern ones. This seems to be a modern base + coloured malt beer. The coriander addition is very subtle and seems to add herbiness. Not bad but could be a bit richer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (11560) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2014
Cask at the live and let live, Cambridge. It pours deep ruby with a small beige head. The nose is sweet liquorice, treacle, toasty, caramel and permanent marker pen. The taste is bitter-sweet, liquorice, treacle, cola cubes, earthy, toast, coriander and medicinal notes with a dry, roasty finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. Interesting and good depth. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mR_fr0g (8069) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2014
Cask gravity at the Watford RFC beer fest. Looks like flat coke, caramel colour with a fleeting cream coloured head. Aroma is odd, smells a bit like cola with light roast and touch of choc. Flavour is sharp roast with a touch of green apple. Some acid lingers in the finish. Palate is medium light with fine carbonation. meh.

   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!

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