Brewed at Shepherd Neame

Style: Porter
London, England


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Available in filtered 500ml bottles at Sainsburys supermarkets as part of their Taste The Difference range.
A rich, dark beer packed with intense flavours of chocolate and spicy liquorice. This style of beer was very popular in London during the 18th century and can trace its roots back to 1720. It is brewed with charred malt and English hops to give a truly unique flavour. This is Shepherd Neame’s delicious interpretation of this classic beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
The_Bish (1125) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2013
Quite pleased with this, good to at least have a porter on the shelves being pushed in a medium sized Sainsbury’s. This week they have moved the beers around in Sainsbury’s Kings Heath and extended the craft beer spacing, a good thing no doubt - sign of change, they rarely change anything there so all good. This has no length, but tastes good, Could be astrigent, but I’m not sure what that is. Was laughing to myself earlier (hoho) about people reviewing the Jasmin tea IPA saying that they could taste the jasmine tea in it, I’m thinking they have never tasted jasmine tea in their lives, let alone guava or papaya. Would love to give a blind taste test to people who say they taste papaya in a beer of papaya and guava. What do I know though - they’d probably get it right. Enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CJGrip (19) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2012
Liquorice, smooth giving a warm feeling. Dark in colour but lighter than a stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mike_77 (3037) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2012
Bitter chocolate and sweet, spicy liquorice are present in the aroma. Flavour is warming and has some sweeter port-like characteristics. Nutty aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (14194) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 25, 2012
bottle at home ... deep brown ... bubbly tan head ... soft toffee fruits ... creamy toffeee malts ... quite a bit of puff candy ... sweet roast ... ok but not as rich as i like

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thepeter (278) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2012
A - Dark as night with amber hue creeping in with the light. thick head that lasts the entire time drinking it slowly and leaving very nice lacing. S - Chocolate, Metal, dried grass, berry T - Cocoa, hay, grass, hops, a tiny bit of berry sweetness but this was overall a dry porter with a very dry finish and a deal too bitter for my tastes (of the style) M - nice carbonation and a medium body that held up well. Smooth pretty nice on the tongue. Overall, not a porter i would pick up again. Too dry and bitter, no complexity or sweetness at all. Not horrible just not what i want in the style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SilkTork (5218) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2014
June, 2012 500ml clear bottle from Sainsbury’s. A pleasant drinking beer. Dark and soft, with a luscious mouthfeel, and enough bitter roasted notes to provide interest and balance to the soft, gentle sweetness. This is not a wonderful beer, but it’s drinkable and tasty and does the job, and like the Whitechapel Porter that Sheps do for Asda, is something I am happy buying again. [3.4]
March, 2014 500ml clear glass bottle from Tesco. Filtered. Boy this has a great aroma, and a woosh of a first mouthful. What incredible flavour. Rich, creamy, and so intense - a wonderful marriage of sweet and bitter roasted malts. A sheer delight! Normally I find such flavour forward beers a bit too intense for sustained drinking. Small portions, great, but pints can be a bit heavy. But this is so drinkable, that I would be quite happy to spend an evening just knocking back pints and pints of this. Yummy. [4.0]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joe19612 (1840) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2012
Bottle. Pours a complete black colour with a thin white head. Aroma is chocolate and dark malts, the taste is roast malts with chocolate with a dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (8036) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2012
Bottle. Near black with a beige foam. Aromas are coffee and liquorice with cola and winter fruit. Earthy and smoky with bready yeast and soft spices. Flavours are vinous berries with fruity coffee. Smoky with dark chocolate, molasses and citrus bitterness. Spicy on the finish. Decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichardW (1502) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2012
Spicy roast aroma with rich chocolate flavours. Some hoppy notes and plenty of bitterness. The Sheps chracteristics are quite obvious. Ruby-tinged black beer, with a light coffee coloured head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (34777) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2012

Bottle 500ml. clear glass.

Clear dark black brown colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, milk chocolate, malt extract, toffee. Flavour is moderate to light light heavy sweet and light moderate bitter with a average to long duration, milk chocolate, dark malt, light roasted. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20111204]

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