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


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RATINGS: 83   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wimpyjoe (4424) - 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 (211) - 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 (7375) - 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 (4920) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
s_hartshorne (1741) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2014
Cask time piece dewsbury jdw. Black red good beige head. Dark malt choc aroma taste same slight fruits nice bitter finish. Decent chewy body. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (2425) - BELGIUM - SEP 1, 2014
English porter with milky, off-white, thin and quickly opening foam and very dark burgundy colour, almost black, clear. Dense and powerfully malty aroma, toasted and smoky, raisins, candied dates, coffee, sweet tobacco, madera, charcoal, cloves, balsamic vinegar, chocolates, juniper berries, candi syrup. Soft fruity onset, rounded, subtly sweet, caramelly, pleasant lemon acidity, full maltiness with roasted bitter finish, creamy with the acidity coming back in the finish. I enjoyed this very much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tombyars (1410) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - JAN 15, 2014
Tasted this in the Last Post, Paisley (JDW) in 9th January 2014. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear dark ruby in colour with a thin buff head. Good roast grain note in the short malty aroma with a hint of dark fruity plum. Thin but creamy mouthfeel and good lacing. Dark complex malts give a juicy maltloaf base with a smokey roasted grain flavour. Sweet notes of raisins and juicy black plum. There is a white peppery note present in the short bitter aftertaste which fades fast. Finish is malty with wood smoke, leather, dried dates and roasted almonds. This is a decent session and old fashioned in style Porter and one of my favourites from the Ringwood portfolio. Well recommended.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
evergreen0199 (2135) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2014
Cask at Kingsbridge Inn, Bourton on the Water, Glos. A dark brown/black coloured pour with a medium light beige head on top. Roasty, malty, dark fruit aroma. Tastes similar, roasty, malty, dark fruit, slight coffee. I wasn’t expecting too much from a Ringwood beer but this was highly drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MissPxx (517) - - JAN 2, 2014
Chocolate toffee flavour. Dark amber colour. Lean head. Chocolatey flavour. Very clean on the palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gegwilson (1447) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2013
Cask in Smith’s Tavern, Ashbourne. Deep mahogany with a slightly frothy cream head. Not overly strong in flavour for a porter. A touch fruity at first with some roasty malt flavour. A good dry coffee finish. Very drinkable.

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