Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Porter
Reading, England


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RATINGS: 452   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 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.

cvillebeer's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 17, 2005
Rich and warming... warming maybe, but not too rich. This is a dark reddish-brown to black porter with a sizeable but shrinking head that mostly dissapears after a few minutes. The aromas are of a curious blend of tart and roast- perhaps toffee would describe it and this follows in the flavor. It is well balanced in terms of sweetness although I would prefer more roast and bitterness. The fruity/toffee flavor I find distracting, but overall a good porter

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (4731) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 2, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours deep brown, nose is chocolate, roast malts, fruity, taste is similar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wimpyjoe (4929) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2015
Bottle from Booths, Media City. Clear dark brown, no head. Has a nice, light roasted malt aroma and taste with its strength undistinguishable from its character. Has a gentle sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brandon1989 (386) - Euless, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2015
Pours a dark brown and ruby color with a small beige head. The aroma was mostly chocolate and roasted caramel. The taste was very similar with a light/medium mouth feel and also some coffee notes as well. This beer may be a novelty beer but it is definitely worth a try!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
malrubius (1934) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JAN 15, 2015
Novelty beer received as a gift. Brown with lasting head. Toasted caramel and bready aroma. Sweet toasted bready caramel and nuts and some fruit. Mild English bitterness. Lingering mild chocolate. Some cloy. Medium full body. Not very good but not as bad as I thought.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
liquidhedonism (238) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - JAN 7, 2015
16.9 oz bottle. Aroma: malty, roasty, woody, and nutty, with hints of burned caramel, lactose, molasses, toffee, and bug spray. Taste/Palate: sweet and crisp; finishes astringent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
julesjis (202) - Oregon, USA - JAN 7, 2015
Poured from a bottle. Has a nice chestnut color. Aroma isn’t anything noteworthy other than roasty. The flavor is dry, roasty and a bit smokey. There is a slight bitterness and astringency to it. Was much easier on the palate when it warmed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ADesenberg (662) - Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2015
Some people are saying this is flat, and "unbalanced" - I think it’s a great example of a British Porter...something with a lighter body. It’s not what I would go for if I was looking for a more modern porter with "bigger" notes to it...but it’s nice and easy drinking. I enjoyed it.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 1/20
stephencoxy (1) - - JAN 2, 2015 does not count
Poor tasting beer for 6%, felt a bit watery, like flat coke. Lacked balance as mentioned in another comment.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beergeek23322 (2570) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2014
12/24/2010. From bottle. Dark brown with a tan head. Roasted malt, chocolate aromas. Seem a bit watery and unbalanced. Sweet malty finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
finol (2287) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 19, 2014
Bottle at Amaranten. Pours dark brown with a little brown head. Drinkable and simple chocolate taste.

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