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Brewed by Porterhouse
Style: English Strong Ale
Dublin, Ireland

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RATINGS: 250   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Our secret weapon. A fulsome, winsome strong ale. A deep copper tinged brew for the true aficionado, longer fermentation and thrice hopping bring about a complex soft bitterness allied to a malt induced sweetness with the characteristic oily Fuggles hop perfume. Not just for students. Once "stuffed" savour the flavour of a glass as a digestif... True "Aroma-therapy".

Grain: Pale Malt, Roast Barley, Black Malt, Flaked Barley.
Hops: Galena, Nugget, East Kent Goldings.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
saxo (14158) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2011
Bottle from Salling. Medium head with medium duration. Color is brown. Aroma and taste are dominated by rich caramel, toffee, malt and hops. Quite sweet yet still bitter.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
yngwie (14146) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 7, 2012
Bottle. It’s a clear, dark amber colored beer, with a dense, finger-thick light beige head on top. The aroma is sweet and fruity, with some maltyness and alcohol. Fruity and sweet flavor with a light malty touch. Some bitterness and alcohol. Medium to full body. Some bitterness and alcohol in the finish too. Sure drinkable, but rather boring and uninteresting. 110826

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (14138) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2006
On draught at Porterhouse, Covent Garden. Like the Thomas Hardy Ale and the Sarah Hughes Ruby Mild I had earlier this is very malty. The malt here is tempered by a good dosing of hop. Still alcoholic and malty. Hop finish is in fact quite harsh, but doesn’t alleviate the rich malt and alcohol. Coffee/choc/syrupy malt aroma and in mouth with some sweetish berry fruit. Hit of harsh hop on end. Sweet tangerine in there too.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dedollewaitor (14110) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2011
Bottle @ Kolding Ølmesse , 2011. Pours clear copper with a white head. Pepper, alcohol, fruit and hops. Medium bodied. Dry end

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (13801) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2011
Bottle at home. Clear deep red/brown - white head. Bitterness, medium malty, roasted, cocoa dryness, chocolate, berries, light fruity, citrus, red berries, nutty, bread. Bitter and dry malty finish. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (12999) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 29, 2006
Draught@brew pub, Dublin. Amber color, steady off-white head. Complex aroma has apricot, mango, glue and brandy. Creamy mouthfeel. Dried fruits mixed with alcohol and hops in the flavor. Hoppy and alcoholic aftertaste. Winter-warmer.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Oakes (12789) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 29, 2010
Keg, Covent Garden. Pale dull amber. The aroma is caramel-accented and fairly clean. A little bit of caramel on the palate with light alcohol back notes. Drinks mellow for a 7% beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rasmus40 (11899) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 26, 2013
Bottle from Vinspecialisten, Aalborg. Clear brown with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, nutty and light hoppy - fruity. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 260213

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Leighton (11874) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2012
Bottle at home in London, on a lovely, fairly sunny afternoon. Pours caramel copper with a moderate to large, foamy off-white head. Lots of toast, light caramel, grainy hops. Medium sweet flavor with a sturdy dose of booze, light caramel, leaves and toast. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly warming on the finish with really bold alcohol character. Somewhat difficult to break through the alcowall (see what I did there? Alcohol+wall=alcowall!) to any other redeeming characteristics; which isn’t to say that booziness is a redeeming characteristic. Anyway, there are also notes of dry earth, toast and faint caramel. Really, though, the beer lacks any kind of complexity. It doesn’t lack alcohol flavor, though. Perhaps with a bit of age the booze might mellow out and the beer mike take on some nuance. At the moment it’s a bit rough.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
argo0 (11645) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 25, 2005
(Covent Garden Location, London) Clear copper body with beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, ligt peat. Sticky medium-full body.


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