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Brewed by Summer Wine
Style: Porter
Holmfirth, England

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RATINGS: 129   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...


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JohnRMurdoch (3281) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - APR 12, 2012
UPDATED: APR 15, 2012 Keg @ Bruadar. Rich chocolate coffee aroma. Very dark brown colour, good head. Dry biscuit coffee chocolate flavour. Complex bitter sweet aftertaste. Great one.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
WeissGary (285) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 8, 2013
This was a pretty impressive beer for me, pretty easy going, flavoursome and full character! Pure black body, bready white head. Just a lovely malty aroma, great thick and slick mouth feel, semi-sour taste on the palate, lovely caramel middle taste and a quick and quiet tapering off on the tongue leaving a hint of coffee taste! Again, this beer impressed me, not least because it was in the bargain bin - it’s a full charactered beer with a lovely developed taste and a easy drinking experience!!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
witthatsbier (238) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 11, 2014
Cask @ Drygate brewery glasgow pours a black colour with a tight beige head aroma is strong grain and black chocolate taste is sweetish with coffee and chocolate with bitter tones and a long bitterish finish great body more of a stout than a porter highly recommended a very good beer

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superflyguy (428) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2012
very very good, what the darkside is all about my first summer wine brew and if they’re all this good I’m laughing! really deep brown, almost black. a heavy tan head. roasted coffee and dark chocolate are in abundance. there is some lovely dark fruit in the background too - figgy/datey. great mouth feel, extremely smooth bitter finish. class! old bell. harrogate

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dommod2011 (698) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2012
I used to see the night so anxious but now I know the only thing it ever taught me was a grand illusion that comes and goes. The city blanketed with snow. What if we die, no end and no conclusion? How could you smile, just walk away? Well, I don’t know. I met you at the railroad station, now years ago. And something happened on the night I last drank with you in the neon glow. Now I don’t see you anymore. The Midwestern sky is grey and cold. The sun never shines but that’s alright. I couldn’t find the letters that you wrote me. What did you write, where’d you go? Well, I don’t know.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DruncanVeasey (7191) - NUNEATON, Top 18, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2010
Cask gravity, Reading 2010. Mahogany with ruby glints and a fine tan lid, lacing ornately. Layered, sweet, well-roasted aroma; molten Cadburys, high cocoa Lindt, filter coffee: 8 easy. Big, slippery and discreetly pungent; high cocoa quality choc sprinkled with ash and coffee; charred pistachio afters, bramble undercurrents. Serious depth. This brewery has impressed before and they’re doing it again- not one of those 10 (TEN) malts went to waste. DV’s Beer of the Festival, no less.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
imdownthepub (10220) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2011
Cask conditioned at Mr Foleys Cask Ale House, Leeds. Virtually black with off white head. Bitter, black malts lead the way but are interspersed with fruity blackberry. There remains intensely burnt flavours underneath, drying, charcoal. Top stuff.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichardW (1511) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2012
330ml bottle, Copers, Ncl. For a 5% beer this has a big body and is very full-flavoured. The aroma is slightly acrid, rubbery, tar-like and vineous, all rolled up into a big ball. Soft on the palate but with a bigmouthfeel, giving the tastebuds a great workout. Some ripe fruit in the aftertaste, maybe some bitter gooseberry to balance. Another impressive beer from one of the UK’s finest brewers.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerCast_Rich (1879) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 25, 2012
[330ml bottle, SW Brewery] Pours a deep dark brown, with a fluffy head that reduces very quickly to just a lacing. Wonderful rich sweet mocha aroma - sweet cocoa powder with a touch of coffee. Deep chocolate and coffee on the palate, roasted malt finish, dry and very long, Slight trace of espresso on the aftertaste. Lovely [25012012]

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AleManTom (195) - Chapel en le Frith, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2012
Superb porter. Wonderful dark brown/black in colour with a good sized head. Fruity, chocolate nose. Roast malt, coffee, very easy on the mouth, very smooth, rich, coffee, dark chocolate. Another top beer from Summer Wine. An epitome of why I love darker ales, excellent.


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