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Brewed by Summer Wine
Style: Porter
Holmfirth, England

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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Cask; Regular.
A Rich Dark Porter brewed with 10 different malts giving a sweet roast richness that is balanced with just enough hop character. This ale has a surprising drinkability for it’s colour and abv. Don’t let the sumptuous roast malt fool you, this porter is seriously potent & has the potential to take you to another place...


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bright92 (9) - SCOTLAND - NOV 16, 2012 does not count
Dark brown with a great, thick khaki head and nice lacing. Aroma of chocolate, toffee, and some dark fruit. Taste is much the same as aroma, and ends with some hop bitterness. Fairly light bodied and well carbonated. Decent porter.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (6660) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 1, 2012
Cask at Euston Tap with Sarah. Pours a clear dark brown with a small tan head that starts and remains at the edges. Aroma has a good amount of roasted malts with dark bread and a hint of coffee. Flavor starts with roasted malt and some bitter chocolate with a bit of dryness in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
asheft (2518) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 30, 2012
[bottle from Edinburgh] Complex aroma of mocha and lots of fruit. Opaque black with no apparent highlights under an eternal tan foam that laces the glass. Tart roasted barley flavour with tons of of vanilla and coffee. Sweet fruit come in later with some ethanol and a dark chocolate bitterness that balances the initial sweetness. Medium body, high carbonation, faint bitter chocolate finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
olsvammel (3072) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 19, 2012
Bottle at Bishops Arms in Örebro. Fruity and sweet smell, also a bit sour. Fruity and spicy with a distinct sourness in the taste. I wonder if this sourness is intended, tastes a bit like a mix between a sour beer and a porter. However the sourness doesn’t bother me as much as you would expect.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Bish (1125) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2012
I’ve had 2 porters today. 1 was terrible and reminded me that I don’t like porters. The other was this and reminded me that I simply like good beer. Smokey, haha... was just about to write something about the yeast giving it a similar carbonation mouthfeel to that of a good Belgian - but then I remembered that if I wrote that I’d just be writing a load of old shit.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BoBoChamp (5476) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 3, 2012
33cl, exclusive English brew, from The Bottle Shop Canterbury, complex Porter, malty/roasted and slightly spicy/fruity, balanced, hazy, rocky head, good brew

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackHaddock (3797) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2012
28th April 2012: half pint, cask (Craft, London). Dark body, black as black with a good full tan coloured head. No lacing though as the beer level sank. Roasted malts rule the roost in this beer, both in the nose and the taste: coffee, dark chocolate, smoked/burnt hazel nuts and wood, hints of vanilla could also be found in the aroma and in the flavours once I started drinking it. Found it a little dry and unsweetened for my palate, but certainly drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jamestulloch (1406) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 2, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2014 Bottle from Nina’s Mini Market. Dark brown body with a large tan head. Nice lacing. Complex aroma of liquorice, dirt, orange, rum, tobacco and dark chocolate. The flavour is, unsurprisingly, very malty, but there’s a faint tangy berry flavour that verges on sour. Slight smoky bacon flavour. Dry and bitter. Medium body with a sticky mouthfeel. Light carbonation. The flavour doesn’t quite live up to the complex aroma but this is still a very Porter.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
essexcalf (172) - Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2013 Bottle 31/07/12. Pours thick brown head, leaving a good covering. Opaque brown. Medium carbonation. Aroma of rich, choccy, roasted malts, some coffee, with a hint of smoke. Taste is dry, lightly acidic, roasty and unsurpisingly, rich complex malts: Lots of very dark, bitter chocolate, roasted flavours and some smoother graininess too, nutty. More roasty, slightly, subtle smoky flavours kick in nearer the end. Good amounts of tangy, slightly citric hops to balance it out, leaving some light, spicy notes on the tongue. Body is slightly fizzy on the tongue, full, but not as heavy or sticky as you’d expect. They’ve done a good job of not letting the malt overpower and make it too sticky or sickly; it’s nice, rich, roasty, but not cloying and well balanced with a background hoppiness (bit citrussy) that comes out on the finish, refreshing the palate, then a light but complex roast and faintly smoky aftertaste. Surprisingly drinkable, nice and tasty. A bit like a refined, more flavoursome/complex Guinness (similar bitterness & dryness). A very good porter.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (3673) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2012
Lively carbonation at the pub. Grassy, rye-like aroma. A hint of smoke, especially as it warms--is this a rauch beer? I noted--dark brown with ruby touches. O.k., but again not a great beer. (tap at Bacchus, Newcastle)


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