Brewed by Exmoor
Style: Porter
Wiveliscombe, England


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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
Cask; Regular. Previously a Winter seasonal.
Brewed with a mix of pale ale, chocolate and crystal malts, and hopped with Goldings, Challenger and Brewers Gold, it is dark mahogany-brown in colour, with the merest hint of crimson tints at its edge. Lush rich aromas of toffee, treacle. Mocha coffee, vinous fruit and chocolate swirl above the glass. Theres more complexity on the palate with rich fruitcake, a hint of rum, more Mocha coffee, an herbal hoppiness, vinous fruit, while the bittersweet finish is smooth yet complex, rich but not cloying.
NOTE: Original recipe used Fuggles hops instead of Brewers Gold.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (47992) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 28, 2009
Cask @ GBBF 09, Great British Beer Festival, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London, England.
Clear dark amber color with a average, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to light light heavy malty, roasted, caramel, dried fruit, fruity, raisin, prune. Flavor is moderate to light light heavy sweet and bitter with a average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat. [20090804]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (26447) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 25, 2010
[email protected] Deep reddish amber colour with small, but longlasting off-white head. Aroma is roasted malts, some caramel, ashes and mild raisins. Flavour is sweet malts, some roasted malts, ashes, some dark fruits and mild nutty notes. Pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (23884) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 2, 2007
Dark brown coloured brew, with a rich chocolate roast nose and a deep fruity rich roat flavour with a little tang and zip to ip. a little chocolyte , but the strength does tend to show through.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (20794) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2013
Gravity cask at the Wandsworth Common Halloween Beer Festival - Le Gothique, London. Pours clear, deep brown with a creamy, beige head. The aroma has tangy, semi-dark fruits and lightly toasted bread. Medium sweet flavor with some toffee, figs, bread, brown sugar, raisins. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Light warmth in the finish with sticky toasted sugars, semi-dark fruits, berries. Very tasty. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (18923) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2012
Gravity dispense at the Prince of Wales, Farnborough BF - 12/10/12. Dark chestnut brown with a thin off white head. Fruity nutty nose with a little spice and a touch of wood. Taste develops from the nose with a little chocolate. Medium bodied with a little bite leading to a fruity finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (18214) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2009 Cask handpull at White Horse, Parsons Green. Very deep ruby colour with lasting beige head. Subtle dark malt aroma. Burnt toast. Good dark strong beer, good mouthfeel. Not great, but extremely competent. Bit of creamy vanilla too. 3.5/5 Re-rate at Metro Bar, JDW, Baker Street. I missed this at the beer festival last year, so pleased to see it. Very deep mahogany, lasting thin beige, lovely choccy strong ale, lots of dry malt. Lots of malty fruity flavour. Tasty as hell, just a little syrupy. Alcohol is well contained in the big malts. Excellent. Dryish finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (17271) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 5, 2009
[email protected] Deep amber color, small off-white head. Nutty, grassy aroma. Medium-bodied. Sticky glueish-nutty and malty flavor. A bit sweet. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (15798) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 19, 2010
Cask (Kittys, Helsinki)
7 lovely sweet roasty caramelly aroma
4 deep red, small persistent head. That head rose beautifully.
8 Retronasals wonderfully estery. Body full, sweet, and caramelly.
4 low carbonation. smooth palate. Finish fresh hoppy finish, long with the rich.
15 Everything fits together perfectly. this is English beer at almost perfedtio. but this is a winter warmer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
imdownthepub (14333) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2003
Cask Conditioned. Beware the Beast for he creeps up on you. A big dark beer with roasted malt, chocolate, prunes. This does not drink its strength, the night was young and the warning signs were there, but we had to go and have a sesh. It drinks like a best bitter with more flavour, but boy when he kicks in. I don't like Exmoor Beast, I love it! as I've heard before in another context.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (13578) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2009
Brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel, dried fruit, chocolate and a touch of vineous alcohol. Sweet roasted flavour, mostly chocolate, with a fruity touch.

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