Brewed by Okells
Style: Porter
Douglas, Isle of Man


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RATINGS: 164   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (5799) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TavernWench (15) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2014
500ml bottle. Pours jet-black with little to no tan-coloured head. Aroma is very earthy and smoky with brown sugar. Taste is caramel, cereal and bread with a bitter kick to finish. The texture is gloopy and warming. A very good beer, a hidden gem!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
zacgillbanks (4557) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2014
Bottles from The Ale Cellar, Darlington (now closed) and b&m, Team Valley, Gateshead. A black ale with a rich chocolate, coffee and brine flavour, coffee and red fruity notes with a sweet, silky, dry, gentle smoked finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JukeBoxJury (3) - Douglas, ISLE OF MAN - FEB 9, 2012 does not count
Another flavoursome beer from Okells. Almost black with a tan head. A good sweetish start with liquorice coming through with a fine bitterness. Unusual for a porter but this is 4.7% and several pints can be drunk. Recommended

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Manslow (1121) - Warsaw, POLAND - APR 19, 2015
UPDATED: APR 20, 2015 Butelka 0,5l Kolor prawie czarny, piana mocna kremowa. Aromat palonego słodu. Smak czekoladowy, palony słod, kremowe, miękkie doskonałe piwo. Dzięki Sępie.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (17351) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2006
Cask handpull at Folkestone Wetherspoons. Black beer with thick bubbly beige lasting head. Porter is such an under made and under appreciated style, every brewery should make one and brew it on a regular basis, it’s a great style. And this is an interesting version. Odd burst of hops on aroma. You expect roast malt/choc/coffee or sour liquorice, but it’s choc hop instead. In mouth there’s liquorice and choc and then tight hop bite on the end with more liquorice. Interesting hop/liquorice/choc balance

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sigmund (6770) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (21902) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 30, 2008
Bottle at cropredy 2007. Thanks to Fin for this (one of many we swapped there) ... deep brown/black ... rich fruity smokey malt ... sweet cherry ... rich malts ... little honey ... fruity sweetness but a bit fizzy.3.7

TK2 Cask at Manchester Winter ale festial 08 ... deep black ... woody roast malts ... sweet blackcurrent amnd cherry ... little toffee ... little drying (3.4)

Tk3 ... BAH humbug a rebadge this time as Coal Fire Porter ... Still its a solid beer... Deep black ... light off white head ... wonderfully complex toffee malts light roast ... some smooth coffee in there ... and something else i cant identify but is realy rich and tasty ... 4.2

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (12136) - Kolding, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2008
Bottle. [thank you, faroeviking]
Pours deep, almost black, with slight red edges. A big, frothy, light-beige head - fine creaminess. Settles as a few millimeters. Super aroma with good, balanced smoke, dark chocolate and softly roasted. Low carbonation, fine mouthfeel. Wonderfully balanced smoky flavour, dry cocoa and a long, lingering aftertaste with mild bitterness. Great!

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