Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Porter
Reading, England


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RATINGS: 455   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 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 1/20
stephencoxy (1) - - JAN 2, 2015 does not count
Poor tasting beer for 6%, felt a bit watery, like flat coke. Lacked balance as mentioned in another comment.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beergeek23322 (2595) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2014
12/24/2010. From bottle. Dark brown with a tan head. Roasted malt, chocolate aromas. Seem a bit watery and unbalanced. Sweet malty finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
finol (2394) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 19, 2014
Bottle at Amaranten. Pours dark brown with a little brown head. Drinkable and simple chocolate taste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
lstorie3 (23) - Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Not a bad beer. Easy drinker. Nothing terribly Christmas-y about it, but I didn’t really count off for that. I wouldn’t seek it out, but I wouldn’t refuse it if offered.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niller (822) - Hammel, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2014
Bottle from Voldby. Pours clear dark amber with a beige head. Taste is sweet roasted malts, coffee notes, caramel, brown sugar. hint of chocolate. Flat carbonation. Dry bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
slowrunner77 (6707) - 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 (2575) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, 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 (631) - 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 (2200) - 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.

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