Brewed by Okells
Style: Porter
Douglas, Isle of Man


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RATINGS: 148   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjs (4646) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 16, 2008
(Bottle on 2008-08-16) Deep dark brown. Quickly disappeared medium-sized tan head. Smoke and roasted malts in nose. Full-bodied palate with medium carbonation. Smoky flavour. Roastedness. Some coffee flavours. Hints of chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Quack-Duck (7959) - Down South, GERMANY - JAN 1, 2009
bottle from TuckersMaltings. Deep black colour, mid-sized creamy beige head. Aroma of coffee and bitter chocolate. Full-bodied, pleasantly malty and pleasant hoppy flavours with hints of coffee, cocoa powder, bitter chocolate, raisins and a touch of smoke. A delicious brew to say good-bye to 2008.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerViking (2591) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2009
Cask at the Magpie & Crown, Brentford. Deep red-black with a clingy dark beige head. The nose is treacley with hints of sour ale, coffee and dried fruit. The body brings sweet and roasty malt, a touch of molasses, and notes of old ale and black bread, with the aftertaste bringing through coffee and roasty bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikkopen (856) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
downender (6391) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (3273) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (14047) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Psytron (1346) - 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.

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