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Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Porter
Reading, England

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RATINGS: 444   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.89   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 childrenís 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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (6860) - 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.

2.7
   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.

3.2
   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, itís a bit thinner than Iíd prefer my porters. Overall itís an interesting choice, but not particularly outstanding.

2.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hanoi (461) - Greater Manchester, 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, Iím surprised by the good reviews.

3
   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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Piero1987 (686) - Iglesias, ITALY - SEP 12, 2013
Dark brown with cremy head. Nice malt caramel and spicy aroma. Light sweet with some alchol notes.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Imaena (1887) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 20, 2013
Bottle. This was a real let down. Thin and not as roasted as I would have liked.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dacrza (543) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2013
date reviewed: 25 January 2013... glassware: Victory Hopdevil nonick... occasion: research paper grading, round one... appearance: jet black body that intimidates as only Santa can; off-white rim more like a dirty Santa... aroma: punchy peat malts--with some grassy, oaty--a bit of cornbread(?); this shouldnít diminish the effect.... palate: smooth, weighty, active strength--drinkable but stern... taste: a scotch-like experience, with a dialed-down peat and ping--delightfully agreeable... overall: I recall this beer catching flak for its name and label; Santaís nothing if not humorous, so the State needs to take some soma and drink this; juvenile packaging aside, the beer is a medium-strength winter warmer that has me in a giving mood long after the holiday season...

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zoucrew102 (616) - - APR 13, 2013
Aroma is strong coffee and chocolate notes. Pours a dark brown, but still able to see through it unlike most porters. Taste is strong chocolate with coffee notes. Finishes very smooth with hints of chocolate that linger. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
J_man (734) - Tustin, California, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Charred/roasted aromas from a crystal clear dark amber/rootbeer colored body with a light tan head. I admire this for being a true English porter which is not heavy or creamy, but rather a fairly light bodied ale with roasted components. However, thereís not a lot going on here other than the charred taste and a bit of bittersweet chocolate. It definitely improves as it warms up (and Iím talking above cellar temperature) and develops more character like a light molasses flavor and even a bit of dark fruit. Finishes dry and a little bitter with lasting bittersweet chocolate flavor.


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