Brewed by Ringwood (Marstons plc)
Style: Porter
Ringwood, England


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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
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Cask; Seasonal - Winter (Nov - Feb). Also available bottle conditioned.
Nose: Rich aromas of hop and toast.
Palate: Dry in the mouth with burnt malt notes, dry nutty finish.
Comments: Smooth drinking dark beer with delectable chewy malt character.
Ingredients: Maris Otter pale malt, crystal malt, chocolate malt, roast barley extract. Challenger, Goldings and progress hops.
First brewed in Autumn 1980. Runner-up Winter Beer of the Year 2002.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SlackerMads (1891) - DENMARK - JAN 13, 2015
Cask. Dark chestnut brown with a medium sized beige head. Roasted malt, brown sugar, earthy, nuts, cocoa. Light flowery hops. Soft and filling. Medium body with some sweetness and bitterness to balance it. Dark malts in the finish. As it warms up it gets a bit more syrupy and some sulphor notes start to show without getting too offensive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beersiveknown (3568) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JAN 3, 2015
This has really changed and not for the better. Fairly light in body now. Gone is most of the toast but red fruit still there, closer to a best bitter now really

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mr_Pink_152 (1433) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2015
Part of my 2013 backlog. Deep brown colour with a tan head. The aroma has chocolate caramel. The taste has more of this with licorice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niall73 (2111) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2014
Cask at JDW Streatham. Pours dark reddy brown with an off white head. Woody, ashy, dark fruit aroma. Dark fruit, lemon, coca cola, botanical stuff... A little acidic. Not great. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tommann (2967) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2014
Cask at the Prince Albert, Wall Heath. Pours very dark brown with a large head. Aroma is eggy coffee. Taste is strong, with lots of bitter coffee. A little liquorice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
RichTheVillan (3929) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2014
Cask at Cherry Reds; clear dark chestnut brown pour with a thin tan head, light fruit aroma, taste has sweet action along with dark fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wimpyjoe (5101) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2014
Cask @ Bar Fringe, Manchester. Dark with a small red glow and a thin creamy off-white head. Has medium roasted malt aromas and taste, and a little soapy in its aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
47574xeCD (429) - God’s Country, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2014
Cask at JDW wolves, thought this would be good but a bit bland, dark brown with a thin layer off white head, slightly cocoa coffee aroma, sweet chocolate taste and decent finish, not a bad beer just lacks a dominant flavour. Drinkable though. Not heavy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (8055) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2014
Cask at the Lamplighter, St Helier. It pours deep brown with a small beige head. The nose is chocolate, salted caramel, roasted malt and liquorice. The taste is smooth roasted malt, bitter, toasty, chocolate, earth, pepper with a dry finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. Well rounded and pretty drinkable. As good as I have had from Ringwood.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmgreenuk (5318) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - DEC 2, 2014
Cask at the Wellington, Birmingham. Poured a clear dark brown with a bubbly off white head. The aroma is light roasted malt. The flavour is light bitter sweet with a light watery malt, over-ripe red berry fruit palate. Light bodied with soft carbonation. I was looking forward to this but was ultimately disappointed. Lacks flavour and way too light all round.

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