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Style: Porter
Reading, England

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RATINGS: 438   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.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - NOV 24, 2006
50 cl bottle. This beer is a wonderful Christmas brew, and it is a fantastic example of what a great porter should taste like. Pours to a beautiful, bright, deep brown to black color, with a soapy white head, and a moderate carbonation. The nose on this beer is excellent, with really good aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, and light roast. The palate is firm, with good dark malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and light roasty flavor on the tongue. This beer finishes with more good dark chocolate and malty up front, then ends dry and roasty, with some coffee/roast flavors that lingers. Delicious, drinkable, porter, perfect as a session brew, and a natural with oysters, or any other shell fish. This beer borders on being a stout, and a good one at that. Hope Santa will put a few of these under the tree for me this Christmas.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
obguthr (3634) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2009
Definite aroma of tobacco, like a freshly opened pack of cigarettes, with toasted cereal and molasses underneath. Clear brown, medium tan head, fair retention, good lacing. Thin mouthfeel. Dried and toasted tobacco persists in the flavor and is pronounced. Nice smoke and charcoal finish. Dry flavor to be sure, but unusually similar to smoking a mid-grade cigar. It’s really a curiosity. Hand to God, I think if I drink a case of this, it just might be enough to kick my filthy habit (the smoking, not the beer). By a monster mile, this is the best I’ve had from what so far has been a disappointing brewer, IMHO.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
triguy84 (235) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2011
Pours a clear dark brown, not much head. Good roast malt aroma, dark fruit too. Moderate roast malt & hop flavor. Medium body, moderate hop bitterness. I’d like to brew this.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maxwelldeux (3450) - Everett, Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a fairly small head. Nose has a lot of toasted and roasted malts. Taste has the same roasted and slightly bitter flavors. Remarkably easy to drink.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ads135 (2814) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - DEC 28, 2012
If you don’t think of this as a porter, it’s pretty good. Pleasant roasted aroma. Sweet, toffee like, and some chocolate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dacrza (484) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2013
date reviewed: 25 January 2013... glassware: Victory Hopdevil nonick... occasion: research paper grading, round one... appearance: jet black body that intimidates as only Santa can; off-white rim more like a dirty Santa... aroma: punchy peat malts--with some grassy, oaty--a bit of cornbread(?); this shouldn’t diminish the effect.... palate: smooth, weighty, active strength--drinkable but stern... taste: a scotch-like experience, with a dialed-down peat and ping--delightfully agreeable... overall: I recall this beer catching flak for its name and label; Santa’s nothing if not humorous, so the State needs to take some soma and drink this; juvenile packaging aside, the beer is a medium-strength winter warmer that has me in a giving mood long after the holiday season...

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Pours coca cola brown. Chocolate malt aroma. Mostly dry; hint of dark chocolate sweetness. Lightly bitter finish, almost of roast. Really really good.

3.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Patrickctenchi (3390) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Pours clear, cola-red/black with a fluffy tan head. Scent is coffee, roast...a little ash. Taste is chocolate, coffee....nicely malted. Cocoa powder...a bit of smoke. Very minimal bitterness..tingly carbonation. Very light for a porter, but wonderful taste. Creamy and delicious.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gregwilsonstl (1023) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 22, 2007
Upon the pour the beer presents a deep brown with considerable ruby highlights, head is average in size, about two fingers, light tan in color and frothy in texture as it fades quickly, the lace make a very thin sheet. Nose has a nice toasty malt sweetness, hints of caramel, and light butterscotch tones also present, a pleasant sniff. Start has a nice toasted grain presence, hints of burnt toast bitterness, top is light to almost medium in feel. Finish is lightly acidic, hops and toasted malt bite adds a pleasing end to the sampling, dry and a nice drinking beer, not over powering, just a good English Porter.


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