Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Porter
South Stoke, England


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RATINGS: 458   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 10, 2005
Nearly opaque with a fading head, small ring and no lace. The aroma has notes of milk chocolate, hazelnut, smoke, a hint of molasses, and an earthy yeast ester. The taste starts with a smoked meat note, minor notes of chocolate and coffee, and a lactic undertone. The feel is thin and pretty lifeless. A underwhelming porter to say the least.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2005
Black with White Ring. Coffee and Chocolate Roasts Aroma. Thin Mouthfeel, Skanky Cold Coffee with Hoppy Ending. Aroma Had More Promise.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2005
Smooth pour with aroma of black licorice and molassas. The taste at first is sweet then settles into a coffee. Mouthfeel is sort of oily coating the whole palate before ending quietly with almost no aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6905) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2005
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, fully diminishing. Body is dark brown to black, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (burnt caramel, roasted grain), with a light note of licorice. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, watery texture, soft carbonation. Not much aroma of flavor of interest, kinda bland and watery. Hardy? Hardly.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 7, 2005
nice: flavor is a mix of chocolate and roasty nuttiness. mouthfeel is pretty creamy. overall, a decently nice creamy sweet porter. nothing to write home about, but pretty good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
hotstuff (4532) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 6, 2005
Bottle. Not going to say much about this one because there’s not much to say about it other than it was bad IMMHO. Watery, thin, malty, subtle chocolate flavor. Not enticing at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badgerben (4682) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2005
Black color with no head. Coffeeish aroma. Thin and watery body with a small chocolate taste. Not much to offer, but inoffensive.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2005
Had it at Argo’s Christmas party. Nasty stuff. I thought the butt joke was a joke. It’s no joke, it tastes like ass. I guess that’s the point.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 8, 2005
Strong coffe and chocolate flavors, with some sweet alcohol warmth in the finish. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5768) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2007 With a name like this how could I not try it. Sampled from a 16.9 oz brown bottle this beer poured a thin black color with a small brown head. The aroma was dry chocolate and light hops. The flavor is dry, smoky and has strong dry chocolate notes. It is more thin and watery than I would have liked and I found the smokyness getting to me. Overall not really my style of beer in any regard.

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