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Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Porter
Reading, England

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RATINGS: 434   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 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.


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3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
bnoel09 (410) - Elk Grove, California, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Poured into a stein. Dark cola brown with a thin fizzy tan head. Aroma is semi-sweet with some chocolate and a lot of roasted coffee. Flavor is pretty mild with some nuttiness, very slight toffee notes, and some roastiness towards the finish. This reads more like a brown ale than a porter, but the palate is pretty thin and watery for either style. A little fuller body and some more maltiness would make this beer a lot better.


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Erikh04 (98) - - FEB 2, 2014
Bottle as a Christmas gift. Great name butt that's about it. Weird aroma and similar after taste. Not good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gregwilsonstl (960) - Missouri, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Mmmm, this is good. Oily slick in head. Chocolate. This doesn’t taste like Santa’s butt at all. Thanks Tony.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Theydon_Bois (7004) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle at home, thanks to my inlaws for another new Xmas gift rate, 01/01/14. Pours an extremely dark shade of mahogony brown with a moderate light beige covering. Nose is cardboard, light cocoa, earthy, touch of spice, dark fruit tang. Taste comprises toffee, nutty notes, earthy cocoa, brown sugars, faint roast. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, dry finish. Very mediocre porter, lacks any great depth and a little overly sweet.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BucannonXC5 (746) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Type: 50cl (16.9 oz.) bottle Glass: Pint glass From: BevMo in Laguna Niguel, Calif. Price: $5.25 w/ BevMo card Purchased: Dec. 23, 2013 Consumed: Dec. 25, 2013 Misc.: N/A Poured a dark mahogany semi-clear color with one finger of khaki tan head. Minimal lacing along the sides of the glass. Below average retention. Smelled sugary malts, roasty malts, toast, nutty, caramel, toffee, cough syrup and faint coffee. Tasted quite bland. Nutty, toffee, caramel, roasty, toasty and slightly more bitter than the nose. Medium-to-full body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Soft carbonation. Bitter finish. Nothing special about this beer. I probably even overrated it a bit. Won’t try it again on purpose.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kingstoni (1345) - FINLAND - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown color with a thin head. Aroma of roasted malt and rye. Taste of bubblegum and dark malt.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Camons (5046) - Hasselager, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle @ DØE julefrokost, Århus Bryghus. Pours dark brown with a offwhite head. Aroma of raosted malt, grain, little coffee, light smoke. Flavor is malts, coffee, grain, little dark chocolate, peat, hints of smoke. Thin to medium body, soft carbonation. 181213

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
thome50 (891) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - DEC 19, 2013
Bottle leftover from the Christmas party I host every year. Pours a deep brown to black with a very small tan head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is thin toffee and chocolate with peat. Taste is cola, thin chocolate candy, bland. Overall, not Christmas.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (1390) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2013
Draft at Monks. Very dark clear copper pour with a light froth. Potent dark red fruit. Cherries jubilee. Plum pudding. Nuts. Rich Christmas brew.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerhammaren (895) - FINLAND - DEC 8, 2013
.5l bottle @ Brick’s Pours dark red, almost black. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, nutty. Dark fruits. Flavor is nuts, coffee, roasted malts. Dark fruits. Purned palate and after taste. A bit boring somehow though...

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lambister (183) - FINLAND - DEC 3, 2013
50 cl bottle. Pours a dark brown, almost black color with a long lasting and small tan head. Has a mild roasted malty and chocolate aroma. Sweet roasted malty chocolate flavor follows.Too light to keep flavors strong and finishes quickly to mild spices.


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