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Brewed by Summer Wine
Style: Porter
Holmfirth, England

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RATINGS: 124   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   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...


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jamestulloch (1260) - 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 (3664) - 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)

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheJestersBeer (2034) - SWEDEN - JUL 17, 2012
330ml bottle. Pours nearly black, with a brown head. Solid, roasted aroma, malt, caramel, chocolate, coffee, tobacco. Off-dry, medium body and bitterness, lively CO2. Roasted, smooth taste, malt, chocolate, coffee beans, smoke, hops. Thins out, gets a tad acidic. (2012-05-31)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
planky84 (1930) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2012
Bottle from Mr Lawrence’s Wine Bar (damned off licence was closed!). Dark brown pour with a light tan head. Smoke, chocolate, vanilla and malt aroma. Chocolate and coffee flavour. Throat warmer. Dry finish. Nice.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
madmitch76 (14435) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2012
1st December 2009
Pigs Ear! Clear dark brown beer. Zero carbonation/ Nutty malt. Light and dry fresh fruit. Not bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dynamiteninja (1472) - Richmond, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2012
Bottle conditioned. Black. Good size tan head. Purple berries, smokey, gentle citrus. Bitter. Dry finish. Medium carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20238) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 4, 2012
Cask@Reading Beer Festival 2012. Very dark brown, close to black, with a beigeish brown head, that leaves some lace. Aroma is roasted malts, liquorice, caramel, chocolate and some old coffee. Flavour is quite similar with some ashy and wet burnt wooden notes. Lovely.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dr_Butty (87) - SCOTLAND - MAY 5, 2012
Having panned Summer Wine’s Barista stout, only fair to give a chance to another beer from that stable. Pours black from the bottle, little head. Malty aroma. Mouthfeel is dry, with complex roast malts, some sweetness at first. Nice porter, may be too dry for some.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eeez (47) - Thatcham, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2012
Cask at reading beer festival. Very much a red wine porter, almost barrel aged it's so similar. Very nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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