Brewed by Okells
Style: Porter
Douglas, Isle of Man


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RATINGS: 127   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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Bottle: Regular. Cask: Occasional (originally a Wetherspoons special - May 2006).
This is a smoked Celtic porter, with an initial sweet flavour leading to a full-bodied silky-smooth liquorice on the palate and a bitter hop finish.
Hops used: Cascade, Willamette, Styrian Goldings.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thebeertourist (4654) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 24, 2007
Bottle. Very dark brown with a light brown head. Complex roasted malts aroma with chocolate and smoked notes. The flavours are rather more smoky and sweet, even meaty. Flat, quite full-bodied. The meaty and smoky flavours just aren’t my cup of tea.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsga (5962) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 22, 2007
Huge lasting brown head. Opaque black body. Milky faintly roasty hoppy minty aroma with smoky notes, very harmonic. Sweetish sharp burnt coconut smoke and licorice taste. A bit watery. Dry, smoky, minty burnt aftertaste. Quite nice, but a bit flat. Probably much better on cask. (0.5l bottle from Centra.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OleR (4605) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 22, 2007
500 ml bottle. Nice looking and quickly diminishing big tanned head. Black opaque body. Dry roasted malts, leather, licorice, wood, ash, and whiffs of dark fruits in the aroma. Taste is fairly dry roasted/burnt malts, bitter chocolate, black coffee-beans, with a subued hopbitterness. Medium body. Not the most mouthfilling Porter, but aromatic and tasty with lots of charachter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johndoughty (3716) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2007
Bottle. Dark with an initial smoked maltiness.Well balanced and sweet with being overpoweringly so. The smokiness is also quite subtle. An excellent porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RoyceH (1196) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - AUG 13, 2007
Cask, GBBF 07. Dark brown, thin tan head. Nose is malty roasted with some burnt, slightly sour nose. Mouth is much the same with slightly more hop. Lighter palate, quite alcoholic, but quenching nontheless. OK.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sigmund (4814) - Tau, NORWAY - JUL 23, 2007
UPDATED: APR 14, 2009 Rerate, 500 ml bottle, as Okells Aile Smoked Celtic Porter, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is now 4.7%. My comments are basically the same as for "Branded Drinks Coal Fire Porter", so the two beers must indeed be identical. A lovely drop! Original rating: 500 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal pub, Stavanger, under its alias "Branded Drinks Coal Fire Porter". (Are you sure they are exactly the same beer?) ABV is 4.6%. BB date Oct 08. Pitch black colour, large tan head. Lovely aroma of chocolate, roasted malts and plums, with a hint of liquorice. Distinctly roasty flavour with notes of coffee, hints of peat, smoke and tar, bitter finish. The mouthfeel could have been fuller, but this is still a good beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - JUL 23, 2007
50 cl bottle - as Coal Fire Porter, 4,6 % ABV. Black with big, brown head. Aroma is coffee and roasted malt. Coffee and liqorice ind flavor, with bitter aftertaste. A bit thin, but a nice balanced porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2007
Served as "Branded Coal Fire Porter". Black colour with a tan head. Malty, roasted and light bitter aroma with notes of fruit. Roasted malty flavor with a light fruity sweet note and a light dry and coffee bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (29687) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 26, 2007
CBF07 sample from bottle (as Branded coal fire porter). Pours deep brown/amber with almost no head. Aroma is sweet and smoked malty, slight floral hoppy. Good dark malt flavour going into a dry bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25094) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2008 (Bottle 50 cl) Comes as ’’’’Branded Coal Fire Porter’’’’ at 4.6% ABV. Clear, almost black with a reddish hue and an off-white head. Lightly vinous aroma with some burned malt. Fairly light in body with burned and smoked (peat/whisky) malty accents and a vague bitterness in the finish. A very pleasant example of an English Porter. 120507 and 210908

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