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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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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 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.


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3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
arsenal (10) - Orange, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2004
usually, iím suspicious of products that jokingly refer to hindquarters (like too many hot sauces)... but i wasnít going to let that keep me from a porter when i needed one. the payoff: nearly opaque, even when held to a light (except for a hint of red around the thin head). nice, almost fruity aftertaste (kinda raspberry), syrupy mouthfeel ŗ la imperial stout, pleasant kick. nice seasonal change from Yeunglingís fine everyday porter.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ken1 (1211) - DENMARK - MAR 12, 2015
Aroma: fruity sweet and full with roasted caramel. Flavour: fruity sweet with dark berries and caramel, slightly bitter and a creamy mouthfeel. Colour: dark reddish brown with a light brown head. From: voldby kÝbmandsgŚrd dec. 2014

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlindGuardianco (31) - - MAR 10, 2015
Very tasty porter, not too heavy but nice body, enjoyable coffee aftertaste without being too bitter, mid carbonation makes it very drinkable, will buy again

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Plovmand (6913) - Helsinge, DENMARK - MAR 7, 2015
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a medium off white head. Toasted nutty aroma. Light roasted flavor with some nutty notes.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (6179) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 2, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours deep brown, nose is chocolate, roast malts, fruity, taste is similar.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ManVsBeer (5659) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brandon1989 (435) - 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!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
malrubius (2071) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
liquidhedonism (289) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
julesjis (256) - Oregon, USA - JAN 7, 2015
Poured from a bottle. Has a nice chestnut color. Aroma isnít 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GnarlyGnome (773) - Fairfield, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2015
Some people are saying this is flat, and "unbalanced" - I think itís a great example of a British Porter...something with a lighter body. Itís not what I would go for if I was looking for a more modern porter with "bigger" notes to it...but itís nice and easy drinking. I enjoyed it.


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