Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Porter
Reading, England


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RATINGS: 439   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.89   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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This special holiday porter is made for winter - rich and warming, the way they like it at the North Pole. It was inspired by this famous line from a well-loved children’s storybook:

"And Santa sat on his great butt, enjoying a hardy brew..."

In case you find that amusing, the brewer hastens to point out that in England, "butt" refers to a certain sized barrel, in fact, holding 108 Imperial gallons. Back in the day it was quite a normal thing for a brewery to put its beer up in a large butt for storage. Still snickering, eh? Get your mind out of the gutter, or Santa will be skipping your house entirely this year.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Camons (5958) - Hasselager, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle @ DØE julefrokost, Århus Bryghus. Pours dark brown with a offwhite head. Aroma of raosted malt, grain, little coffee, light smoke. Flavor is malts, coffee, grain, little dark chocolate, peat, hints of smoke. Thin to medium body, soft carbonation. 181213

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
thome50 (1030) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - DEC 19, 2013
Bottle leftover from the Christmas party I host every year. Pours a deep brown to black with a very small tan head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is thin toffee and chocolate with peat. Taste is cola, thin chocolate candy, bland. Overall, not Christmas.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (1624) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2013
Draft at Monks. Very dark clear copper pour with a light froth. Potent dark red fruit. Cherries jubilee. Plum pudding. Nuts. Rich Christmas brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerhammaren (1066) - FINLAND - DEC 8, 2013
.5l bottle @ Brick’s Pours dark red, almost black. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, nutty. Dark fruits. Flavor is nuts, coffee, roasted malts. Dark fruits. Purned palate and after taste. A bit boring somehow though...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lambister (208) - FINLAND - DEC 3, 2013
50 cl bottle. Pours a dark brown, almost black color with a long lasting and small tan head. Has a mild roasted malty and chocolate aroma. Sweet roasted malty chocolate flavor follows.Too light to keep flavors strong and finishes quickly to mild spices.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 24, 2013
Bottle. Dark mahogony beer with a dark tan head. Chocolate and caramel aroma with malt. Caramel and chocolate flavor. Medium bodied. Chocolate and caramel linger with malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
richc (239) - Bolton, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2013
Aroma has some mild chocolate and some herbal notes, perhaps borage. There is a slight coffee note as well but all aroma is very mild. Flavour adds a chunk of sweetness and fades really fast. Over all an OK but a bit dull beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alcaponejunior (438) - Texas, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Looks good, ruby brown and clear, nice brown head that lasts and leaves sticky lacing. The aroma and flavor have a slight astringent note, a little bit of metallic as well. Toasty, nutty, malty, and a little bit of roasty flavors and smells are noted. I note a little graininess and some sweetness, like brown sugar. The body could be thicker, it’s a bit thinner than I’d prefer my porters. Overall it’s an interesting choice, but not particularly outstanding.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hanoi (394) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2013
Nose is roast, some coffee. Faded almost immediately. Taste is cola, leading to slight coffee, faint bread and yeast, a little pepper and spice in the finish. Bland. Mouthfeel is thin. This is really bland and not a porter, I’m surprised by the good reviews.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
toml219 (209) - California, USA - SEP 27, 2013
Appearance- very dark brown with very little head Aroma- roasted dark malty aroma T/ P - – Not too heavy for such a dark beer malty somewhat sweet Nice and smooth light carbonation Overall- Very drinkable, nice on a cold winter night or an early spring with a slight breeze would get it again if I could find it locally.

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