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Style: Porter
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RATINGS: 139   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikkopen (828) - Oulu, FINLAND - FEB 27, 2009
500 ml bottle. Deep dark reddish brown, nearly black, with a nice brown head. Roasted malts, coffee, liquorice and a little smoke in the aroma. The flavour is roasted, malty, with coffee, liquorice and a slightly smoky bitter hoppy finish. A nice example of how enjoyable a well-made, relatively low-ABV beer can be.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
downender (6246) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2009
500ml bottle. Near black with reddish hints and a big tan head. Aroma of sweet malts, peat, tobacco and a hint of marmite yeastiness. Big, almost vinous mouth feel, with some caramel sweetness, charred malts, some earthy hops, a hint of seaside saltiness and a dry, bitter finish. Very enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
johninmelb (1126) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2009
Deep and dark nose of cocoa, smoke, treacle and earth. Pours very dark with a tan head and strong lace. Flavour is at first thin, but develops well with dark roast coffee, some toasty malt, and a hint of the crispy edges of vegies from your Sunday roast. Finish is long and runs from bitter to honeyed over about thirty seconds. A fair to middlin’ porter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (3154) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 29, 2009
Cask EBF 2008. Dark brown color. Lightly smoked nose. Tobacco leaves and dark chocolate. Smoky, woody notes with dark chocolates and cherries. Lingering smokiness in the finish. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (13901) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2009
Bottle. Thanks Madsnp. Pours black with a small creamy head nad lacings. Roast, vanilla and coffee. Smooth and ashy. Nice one.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rmasa (324) - Vantaa, FINLAND - MAR 9, 2010
Virtually black color, good-sized tan head; aroma roasted malt, sweet chocolate (dominating the aroma when the beer is cool, fading slowly away as it gets warmer), licorice, burned wood and peat; thin body, flat carbonation; roasted/burnt flavor with notes of wood, tobacco and salty licorice - not actually smoky, but more like burnt already; finish is slightly hoppy, dry and almost ashy. It´s nice to see this great porter at only 4.7 ABV, but then again I have to wonder how great would have it been with a percent or two more.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Psytron (1309) - Turku, FINLAND - OCT 14, 2011
Smell of fruits, rye bread, a bit of smoke and licorice. Dark brown colour with mid-brown, large head. Watery and smoky to start with, a bit tar and licorice to be found in the finish. Wateriness also diminishes, finish is much heavier. Lazy palate. Medium bitter, lightly sweet. Less smoky than the Bamberg beers.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (5636) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 3, 2012
50 cl bottle (4,7%) @ home, BBE 03/2012
Aroma is a bit strange with licorice, oat and some sweetish cocoa. Flavour has oat, licorice, some cocoa, dark chocolate, tar, peat and smoke. Slightly sour and somewhat leathery finish with some ash, hay and goldings hops. Good and rather rich stuff for a 4,7% ABV beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
olio (6144) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 21, 2013
50 cl bottle.
Originally rated on 20110323.
Pours dark brown color with a small off-white head. Aroma of malts, faint smoke notes, chocolate, some ash and caramel. Flavor of caramel malts, chocolate and cocoa. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SilverfoX (263) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2014
smells like open woodfire... pitch black body just thin white lacing on top. very smokey flavour smooth and velvety more watery than i expected but still nice.


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