Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Porter
Reading, England


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RATINGS: 441   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 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (14020) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2013
500ml bottle from Terre de Boissons Calais. Very dark brown with very thin beige head. Its an ok beer, with some malt. Not very exciting. Some milk choc. Some malt. Thatís about it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BillHick420 (431) - North Dakota, NORWAY - JAN 31, 2013
Pours light brown with a white foamy head. Mild nose of some coffee. Aroma of some toffee, caramel, very bland.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BVery (6833) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Bottle. Nice dark pour with a frothy head. Nice smooth full palate. Kind of some funkiness on the aroma and taste, but it isnít bad. A bit of cocoa here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kjohns (131) - North Dakota, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Dark brown pour with moderate light tan head. Aroma is slightly sweet caramel and toffee with some roasted malt notes. Taste is definitely on the sweet side, very little of the roasted malt flavors come through. Seems a bit "thin" overall. Reminds me more of a minimally hopped amber or brown ale than a porter. Nothing offensive about this brew, just not a great representation of the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cool_Bond (1531) - Kung av ÷l @ Facebook, SWEDEN - JAN 8, 2013
Good Porter. The taste and the smell is pretty strong but good. The aftertaste is also good but are maybe not for too long.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
garthicus (2712) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 7, 2013
Bottle. Appearance: pitch black, cola like, tiny dirty white head. Aroma: Caramel, sweet, a little coffee, pepper, smells muddled. Flavour: sweet, very malty, blackcurrant, figs, hints of coffee, burnt paper, slick mouthfeel, cloying sweetness. Weird.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ozarkspops (368) - - JAN 6, 2013
Dark brown pour. Creamy medium head. Malty aroma. Mild roastiness. Light mouthfeel for a porter. Caramel and toffee flavors come through more than the roast. Sweet finish. ---Rated via iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
scottw86 (1118) - Maryland, USA - JAN 2, 2013
Poured black with almost no head. Aroma is very dry with roasted malts and some nuts. Taste is also dry with more roasted flavors and some slight yeast flavors. Not terribly complex, and a little too dry. Finish has some slightly fruity notes with caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ads135 (3071) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - DEC 28, 2012
If you donít think of this as a porter, itís pretty good. Pleasant roasted aroma. Sweet, toffee like, and some chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KajII (783) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - DEC 27, 2012
500ml Bottle. The pour was a clear medium to dark brown with an average (1-2 finger) off white creamy head that reduced down to a small cap and had good streaky lacing. The aroma was of a roasted dark malt and a leathery yeast with notes of dark chocolate, coffee and a hint of molasses. The taste was lightly sweet with a roasty malt feel, a note of chocolate and a touch of molasses from the start, progressing slightly into a mildly bitter taste with a nice roasted coffee finish. The flavor lasted a decently long time after the swallow, with a roasted coffee taste left lying on the taste buds for a short while longer. Mouthfeel was medium in body and dry in texture with a mild carbonation. Overall this was a brew that possessed a nice bitter sweet roasty flavor, a smooth and easy drinkability and only a moderate ABV. Although it is nothing over the top, it is still quite good and I could see my self having a few of these...

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