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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martin243 (800) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2013
500 ml Bottle poured into a half pint glass, topped up. Black bodied with a dense beige head.Licquorice aroma, licquorice and chocolate flavours with a mettalic, ashy note. Dry and biscuity. Full bodied and mouth filling. Challenged my Shepherd Neame prejudice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Koelschtrinker (11062) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAR 23, 2013
Röstiger Antrunk mit trockenen, leicht schokoladigen Noten. Die Röstnoten bleiben mild, aufkommende Bitternoten sind ab dem Mittelteil im Vordergrund, was sich auch nicht mehr ändert. Durchaus in Ordnung. 11/9/8/8/9/8

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gwoodin (43) - Birmingham, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2013
500ml bottle. ar: Blackcurrant. ap: dark brown, thick head, dissipating. ta: medium-sweet, medium bitterness. pa: medium body, creamy texture, carbonation lively, liquorice finish. Overall: Effervescent in mouth, tends to mask flavour. Might be worth leaving 10 minutes in glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dommod2011 (702) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2013
I have a head cold but I’m picking something up here...not papaya, don’t think it’s guava, more like chocolate, hint of Belgian truffle. And I’m blindfolded as I taste the beer and type this review.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bdunhill (250) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JAN 24, 2013
With a mild aroma and a dark crisp appearance, this portor looks the part but has a bitter tongue and a light palate. For the price its quite a nice porter.

   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 (3423) - Breda, 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 (15170) - 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 (282) - 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.

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