Brewed by Burton Bridge
Style: Porter
Burton-on-Trent, England


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RATINGS: 213   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Cask: Regular. Also available Bottle Conditioned.
Also sold as Festive Christmas Porter and Santas Christmas Porter.
Ingredients: Hops: Target & Challenge. Malt: Pale, Crystal & Chocolate
Originally brewed as something different for a small beer festival, Porter has now become a regular beer of the brewerys portfolio. A dark fruity beer with a distinctive bitter after palate.
Colour: Very dark brown but not black. Nose: Fruity. Taste: Fruity beer with a distinctive bitter after palate

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
stravale (2878) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - JUN 20, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2011 Cask @ Wetherspoon. Black with no head. Aroma of roasted malt. Thin, watery, bitter roasted malt, bit of coffee. Unpleasant, very dry finish. A poor example of the style. 2.2
Re-rate from bottle as Festive Christmas Porter 25/12/11
Aroma - Earthy hops, roasted malt, minerals, some yeast
Taste - Burnt toast, bitter very earthy hops, mineraly, some yeast, stale - not good.
Palate - Moderate carb, thin body, bit oily texture. Finish - dry, burnt, bitter, earthy, rust, minerals.
Overall - Nope - not for me. Every aspect of this beer is below par. A really awful porter. Nothing festive about this beer. Drain pour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bullit (4481) - Burgos, SPAIN - MAY 28, 2011
Cask @ Sir John Moore, JDW. Dark brown colour, creamy off-white head. Nose of slight roasted malts, bit of coffee. Flavour is roasted malts, light coffee, some fruits. Very light porter. Fairly bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
madmitch76 (22685) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2012 April 2009
Clear brown beer. Bloody dry palate! I dont want every drop of saliva sucked out of my mouth! Why do brewers think this is a good thing? The only other time this happens is at the dentist when you are getting a filling and the nurse is there with that mouth hoover! I dont want to pay to repeat that experience in a beer - so stop making them so bloody dry dammit! Some dust. Rich malt and not much else in this bloody overdry beer! Original rating 2.3

25th November 2009
Cloudy dark brown beer. Frothy short lived cream coloured head. Light frothy palate. Creamy malt, no bitterness. Tangy dark malt and minerals lead up to the dry finish. Bitter aftertaste. Still dry but nowhere near as bad as first time around!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 19, 2011
[500ml bottle, The Bottle, York] [Sampled as Burton Festive Porter] Yeasty, bready aromas from the bottle conditioning, with a rather odd stewed apple nose. Dark brown-coloured ale with a very thin head. Taste is very subtle, some malt and more of that appley fruit. Really strange not festive, not a porter, and not nice [22122008]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (19176) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2011
Gravity cask at the Bree Louise. Pours a clearish brown with no head. Weak aroma of dark malts, mild cocoa. Faint sugars in flavor, faint roast, hints of earthy bitters. Light bodied with doft carbonation. Boring finish, mild toast, hints of plastic and grass. Poor condition.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Furseth (2117) - Kunglv, SWEDEN - MAR 12, 2011
Bottle: sour, milky, dark chocolate, fruity. Flavor: sweet Thin watery mouth feeling. Short finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 5, 2011
500ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a ruby tinged brown with a very thick brown head. Very cloudy and opaque. Aroma is quite strange; heavy on grassy and earthy tones with what seems like hints of tobacco and fruit. Flavour is oddly a burst of apple followed by bitter roasted coffee and making way to a tremendous nutty aftertaste. Surprisingly easy to drink despite thin body. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tdtm82 (1700) - Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2015 Cask, The Queens Head, Chelmsford Nice hoppy aroma; grains, smoke and leather. Appearance is ruby at the base but dark and opaque through the body,, taste is roasted malts, chocolate, liquorish, leather, wood, blackberries, oak and cream. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gary (1907) - Brentford ,West London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2010
(bottle conditioned) Wacky shit . Has that strange essence ive found in most Burton Bridge beers where you dont know if its infected or meant to be like this but retains good quality.
nose is brett and acidic fruit . ....flavas are tart/sour fruit , roastiness -chewey dark malt ,lightly rich -with chalkiness ...all with an eccentric feeling.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Metalchopz (3127) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 6, 2010
Originally rated on October 2006. New arrival at the LCBO, and does not look like a standard-staying product. Nice old-school hand-made looking label. Pours a deep brown-caramel-red colour with a great big tanned head. This one has great retention and leaves great chunky lace all around. Bottled conditioned, so has a cloudiness to it. MacIntosh apple scent with some hop and slight roasted malt. The mouthfeel is quite thin and watery. Makes this a very easy drinking and refreshing porter. The taste is pretty interesting. Not too strong, but with a nice start of grain malt, the apples are somewhere in there too, then goes into a hoppy finish that has mild bitterness. A beautiful light coffee taste appears in the aftertaste. A well-brewed mild porter.

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