Brewed by Brass Castle
Style: Porter
Malton, England


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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Cask & bottle; Regular.

A chewy chocolate vanilla dream of a porter.
Cave Ungues Felis.

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bartlebier (3982) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - MAY 2, 2017
Draught halfpint at The Monks Walk, April 2017 tour. Gentle, sweetish porter with easy chocolate and coffee notes and the silky soft mouthfeel of vanilla butter. Watery pockets. Fine, only a tad too gentle and sweet for a full pint.

downender (8659) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2017
Cask-conditioned at the Pelican, Gloucester 10/2/2017. Dark brown with tight, beige, head. Aroma of plain chocolate, dark fruits and toasted malts. flavour was on a similar vein, with a sweet edge and gentle finish. Good.

Parmenion777 (297) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2017 Pours black with a small beige head that quickly disappeared. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla and mild roast coffee. Moderately sweet and chocolaty, roasted malt and vanilla flavours. Good body a real mouthful, a dry finish. Nice!

stravale (3065) - Co. Westmeath, IRELAND - OCT 8, 2016
Cask @ Kelham Island Tavern, Sheffield [020916]
Black, tan edges, dense beige head, good lacing
Aroma - Dark malt, some soft vanilla
Taste of nice smooth dark malts, very soft roast, soft vanilla, dark chocolate, dark fruits
Palate - Medium body, good texture, quite sweet. Fimish of smooth dark malts, some dark chocolate
Overall - Good porter

Grumbo (2947) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2016
Cask at the Ale House, Chelmsford. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted coffee, plum, prune, and nuttiness. Moderate sweetness and bitterness, touch of sour developing. Full bodied, smooth texture, soft carbonation. Very good but not sure could do a second.

Towey1989 (2826) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2016
Cask at The Earl Grey Inn, Leek. A deep ruby brown to black colour with a medium beige head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, some caramel, slight coffee and subtle dark fruits. Taste of chocolate, vanilla, some coffee, slight dark fruits, a little caramel and subtle sour cherry. Medium bodied and soft carbonation. A sweet and sour, chocolate and fruit finish. An interesting array of flavours, a little sweet with a fruity and sour finish. Bit more balance and this would be a very nice beer.

planky84 (3261) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2016
I was first alerted to this beer via the recently departed legend that was Terry Wogan and his good pal Mason McQueen as they meandered round the city of York stopping to sup this at a fine hostelry in said city, so when it cropped up at the National Winter Ales Festival (2016) naturally I had to give it a go. Black pour with a beige head. Dark coffee roast and dark chocolate aroma with a hint of vanilla and raisin. Deep flavours of dark chocolate, cocoa, cola and raisin. Long malty finish. Very good.

jjsint (3100) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2016
Handpull cask at the Kelham Island Tavern. Black, with very little head but a fair bit of natural carbonation. Chocolate, coffee and oak chips dominate the resplendent aroma. Taste begins sweet but there is an almost immediate bitter/sour hit. Black cherry on the finish. Bitter aftertaste. Complex and moreish.

Hippoman (646) - Durham, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2016
Cask at The John Duck, Durham, £2.50/pint. Black beer with a very thin, smooth, tan head. There’s bready malts and slightly toasty sweet caramel and toffee notes in the aroma. The taste is largely sweet with but there is some bitterness to the finish. Chocolate, cereal, caramel and creamy dairy flavours are most pronounced as well as corn and bready malts. On the whole it comes over a little buttery. Nothing special.

The_Osprey (7985) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2016
500ml bottle at home as ’Brass Castle Bad Kitty’, 5.5%, BB July 2016. Black, big dense foamy light brown head. Aroma is cardboard, chocolate raisins, a touch yeasty. Body is medium, tingly carbonation, a bit foamy. Taste is a mix of vanilla custard, ash, dried fruits and chocolate. Nice ash but it’s a bit tangy and sweet for me. Just doesn’t come together that well. I’m always dubious about adding vanilla to beers, and I think that this is another example of it bringing a beer down.

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