Brewed by Nethergate
Style: Porter
Sudbury, England


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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 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mike_77 (3602) - 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 (1578) - 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 (56) - - 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 don’t believe that it’s 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 (8055) - 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 (4520) - 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 (542) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AshtonMcCobb (3398) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 22, 2014
On tap at the Barony. Appearance - opaque black with a red chink around the edges. Nose - prunes and alcohol with a chocolate backdrop. Taste - black cherry and some tirimasu gojng on. Maybe Black Forest gateau is more appropriate. Palate - medium to full bodied with a creamy and I’d like to add silky texture. The finish is elegant though. Overall - it was unusual to look at my friends rates and find several lines of notes by cgarvieuk. However Craig’s enthusiasm was well judged. What a lovely beer which has Old World elegance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SarkyNorthener (2624) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2013
Cask@the blackcountry arms, walsall. Reddish black beer with small head and good lacing. Aroma of roasted malts and pepper. Taste is roasted malts, pepper, coriander, spices and a little licorice. A very nice porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rauchbier (3640) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2013
9ask, at Wetherspoons, Wembley. Red black, thin but lasting creamy white head and fine condition. Liquorice and burnt toffee in the nose with a slight spiciness. Quite soft in the mouth with a muted liquorice sweetness, a hint of pepper and a faint herbal burdock note, slightly earthy finish with liquorice giving a dry ligering finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (11117) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2013
Cask at the Sussex Arms, Twickenham Green, 12/01/13. Very dark mahogony brown with a thin off white/tan head that clears to the edge and leaves a film. Good lacing ensues. Nose is dark malts, spice, molasses, leather, liqourice. Taste comprises spice, dark malts, dark fruits, Xmas pudding, touch of mint, liqourice. Medium bodied with soft carbonatin leading to a fruity dry finish. Good stuff!

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