Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Porter
Reading, England


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RATINGS: 442   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (5819) - Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2013
Draft to taster. Looks solid; a semi-transparent brown with off-white lacing. Smells of dark malt. Tastes like it smells, only better, with some cocoa flavor too. Good on the palate with a smooth finish. Better than itís ratings suggest IMO (at least on draft).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (14104) - 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 (432) - 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 (6939) - 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 (1562) - 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 (2721) - 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 (1125) - 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 (3077) - 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.

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