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 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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6695) - 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 (4397) - Indiana, USA - MAR 6, 2005
Bottle. Not going to say much about this one because thereís 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 (4596) - 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 Argoís Christmas party. Nasty stuff. I thought the butt joke was a joke. Itís no joke, it tastes like ass. I guess thatís 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 (5364) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 22, 2005
Dark brown with a tan head, aroma is of light chocolate, rasins and sweet corn. Very smooth body with light carbonation. Starts and ends lightly sweet. Not that great of a porter, I think that Iím going to use the rest to cook some saugages.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2005
Appearance: a full ebon countenance, with some ruby highlights peeking through the edges, with a smallish, grey/brown head. Aroma: sweet and creamy, lightly spicy, roasty, very mellow and groovy, not as bitter as some porters, and in this case, thatís a plus. Taste: hard to get a handle on this one. For a "holiday porter", nothing really sticks out as far as flavor. Minor dark fruits, small coffee notes, a hint of chocolate, ....medium bodied, light finish, leaves the palate easily and cleanly. Lingers just a little. An easy drinker, but the flavor makes no real impression. Itís really not clear what makes this more a "winter porter" than any other kind... Useful for the punning name and amusing label, for sure, but itís yet another too-expensive English ale that canít hold a candle to porters brewed here in the U.S.A. Good enough beer, but $5 a bottle good? Afraid not.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Palidor19 (3065) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2006 Bland, flat, dull. Iím shocked, this is not how a winter porter should taste. mild flavor of chocolate and licorice. This is a very disappointing beer. probably wont be buying again

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