Brewed by Okells
Style: Porter
Douglas, Isle of Man


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RATINGS: 144   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (13567) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 10, 2008
Bottle, as Coal Fire Porter. A nice-looking beer, clear, dark brown body, and with a lasting, dense tan head. Quite sweetish on the nose, with some burnt malt, coffee and a little chocolate. A bit weak though. The flavor is much the same, but quite dry, yet there’s a sweet touch, and of course the burnt malt, coffee and notes of chocolate. Not much fruityness going on. Some hoppy bitterness though. A good dash of coffee-like bitterness too. Quite thin on the palate, but considering it’s 4.6% ABV, it is expected. As the beer warms up, some licorice occur in both aroma and flavor. Nice. The finish is a bit fruity, quite sweet, and with the same flavors found initially. Sure easy to drink, and quite enjoyable. (080510)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogcliffeLenny (162) - Christchurch, Dorset, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2008
Bottle 500ml, from Waitrose, Christchurch. Labelled Branded Coal Fire Porter. Pours a dark brown/going on black, with a medium brown head. Sweet malty aroma. Strong flavour of brewers yeast, followed with dark roasts and a certain smokiness. Thinner than some porters, which made it reasonably refreshing rather than warming. Nevertheless, still a good brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (8049) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAR 8, 2008
500ml bottle as Branded Drinks Coal Fire Porter (bb. Oct.08). Dense, brownish head resting on a devil-black body. Pruney fruitiness to the nose with hints of dark malts. Quite multi-flavoured with smoked malts, liquorice, wood and bitter fruity notes towards the end. Approved as a winter warmer on a Friday eve up north (07.03.2008).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsniclas (5613) - Billdal, SWEDEN - FEB 28, 2008
Bottled at Beefeater Inn, Gothenburg. Pitch black with a medium, beige head. Loads of salty licorice and peat in the aroma. Dito in the flavour but also some tar and dark toffee.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2011 Cask at ’Spoons, Milton Keynes. Very dark brown with a beige head. Faint earthy aroma but a delicious sweet ashy taste with some cocoa and with a late and lasting bitterness. No, not very complex, but just right for a particular moment on a Friday night. Cask at Wellington Arms, Bedford. This time I fancied there was liquorice and blackcurrant in the aroma. Sweet, oily ashy taste with some cigarette. Rating:6,4,7,4,13:3.4

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pxii (12) - Stånga, Gotland, SWEDEN - FEB 6, 2008
500ml Bottle This is one of the best beers I have tasted. An Aroma from Heaven I usually poor it from the bottle an hour before I drink it so that i can go smell it while making dinner. And while standing in the room it gets the perfect temperature. Takes about an hour to drink sometimes more. Really enjoys this one...hard to get in sweden though but Wickedwine can help you to import it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (7416) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2008
Cask at The National Winter Ales Festival, Manchester 2008, thanks to Mes for this one Poured dark brown with a nose of smoked malts, there was a smokiness to this but having had more than a couple of the Scherlenka Urbocks this was beaten into submission. This was still a pretty decent beer with coffee in the mouth and some bitter chocolate, these flavours lingered but again I just kept dreamily thinking of Urbock which was another beer that Mes had pointed out to me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (4399) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 20, 2008
500ml bottle purchased in London. Deep black color. Smooth and creamy, with a mild smoky taste. Deliciously soft on the tongue, a completely subtle treasure. Minimal hopping and the low alcohol gives it a watery drinkability. This is a great Porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2008
Bottle from Uto. Pours quite viscous, deep mahogany with a thin beige head. Nose is dark chocolate, coffee grounds, ginger, liquorice, orange and sprucey hops...Reminds me of Yeti as I just had one earlier today. No smoke detected as of yet, a bit rubbery if anything. Ok, smoke does come through in the taste right away with roasted malt, coffee and a dry bittersweet chocolate and hop finish. It lingers(smoke), again with a somewhat rubbery note. Interesting brew, almost a hybrid between a porter and a stout, I like it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - NOV 19, 2007
(Stockholm Beer festival 2007) Pours black and a brown head. Weak aroma for being a porter. Some coffee and orange in the aroma. Coffee and burnt malt in the flavor. Boring.

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