Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Porter
Reading, England


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RATINGS: 450   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.9   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
slowrunner77 (6160) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
"there’s a very pleasant sweet sugar/lactose aroma and mouthfeel here, maybe a little caramel malt, but the body and flavor don’t have a lot else left to offer. quite boring and doesn’t taste like a porter. thin, almost non-existent head, thin body, no finish. an ok beer, but not a good porter. "

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bulk_Carrier (2309) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUL 29, 2014
Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a mug. The appearance was a dark brown color close to black the further towards the center. There was a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. Light lacing slid into the beer. The smell had some roasty coffee to chocolate qualities with a light cinnamon, nuts and caramel coming through. The taste took those previously mentioned flavors and had them combined fairly well. On the palate, this one sat right at a medium in body with a slight sessionable aspect about it. Carbonation was pretty subdued and smooth. Overall, I say this was a pretty good porter to have again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SilverfoX (469) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2014
roasty, chocolate, cereal aromas from a .. well i know its a porter but it looks just like a dark bitter... with a creamy head, rich, smooth mldly chocolatey bitterness then a quick sweet finishmedium body, creamy, soft carbonation, its actually rather good, even in july!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJestersBeer (2148) - SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2014
500ml bottle. Pours a dark mahogany brown, with a beige head. Roasted, malty, quite complex aroma, chocolate, licorice, ashes, butterscotch. Off-dry, medium body and bitterness, balanced CO2. Roasted, spicy, malty taste, licorice, coffee beans, ashes, fudge, citrus, hops, chocolate. Quite classic for a porter, very drinkable. (2014-01-24)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MattiasA (862) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 7, 2014
Backlog. On tap at Green Lion Inn November 2010. Roasted malts, metallic, herby and weird.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GranvilleTim (1467) - Granville, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2014
Red-brown pour w/ a light brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, toasty. Taste is a little creamy, roasted malt, a slight metallic taste. So-so lacing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Erikh04 (133) - - FEB 2, 2014
Bottle as a Christmas gift. Great name butt that's about it. Weird aroma and similar after taste. Not good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gregwilsonstl (1169) - Missouri, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Mmmm, this is good. Oily slick in head. Chocolate. This doesn’t taste like Santa’s butt at all. Thanks Tony.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Theydon_Bois (10351) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle at home, thanks to my inlaws for another new Xmas gift rate, 01/01/14. Pours an extremely dark shade of mahogony brown with a moderate light beige covering. Nose is cardboard, light cocoa, earthy, touch of spice, dark fruit tang. Taste comprises toffee, nutty notes, earthy cocoa, brown sugars, faint roast. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, dry finish. Very mediocre porter, lacks any great depth and a little overly sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BucannonXC5 (955) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Type: 50cl (16.9 oz.) bottle Glass: Pint glass From: BevMo in Laguna Niguel, Calif. Price: $5.25 w/ BevMo card Purchased: Dec. 23, 2013 Consumed: Dec. 25, 2013 Misc.: N/A Poured a dark mahogany semi-clear color with one finger of khaki tan head. Minimal lacing along the sides of the glass. Below average retention. Smelled sugary malts, roasty malts, toast, nutty, caramel, toffee, cough syrup and faint coffee. Tasted quite bland. Nutty, toffee, caramel, roasty, toasty and slightly more bitter than the nose. Medium-to-full body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Soft carbonation. Bitter finish. Nothing special about this beer. I probably even overrated it a bit. Won’t try it again on purpose.

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