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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Don2711 (436) - - FEB 24, 2016
Dark ruby. Aroma soft malty with coffee. Taste an unusual porter. Liquorice coffee and chocolate. Smooth and great strength. Subtle on palate but pleasant and very moreish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
imdownthepub (14037) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garrat (1347) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2009 From A Bottle.Black in colour with a nice ruby red hue,medium head, aroma is of dark malt and peanuts, taste is of dark malt,chocolate,smoke and some bitter coffee. A great porter,very smooth,a deceiver,I wont be going up on the moors tonight.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2005
Cask (gravity) at Burton Winter Ales Festival 2005. A porter with muscle. Dark brown, roasty whiff, sweet finish with crystalline fruits anf buttered nuts, deceptive palate for a stronger ale, probably beer of the festival for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Svesse (8286) - Hsselby, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2006
(Cask at White Horse, Parsons Green, London, 26 Nov) Black colour with ruby notes, small head. Malty, roasted nose with distinct notes of liquorice and soy sauce. Malty, roasted taste with liquorice, soy sauce, prunes and raisins. Slightly vinous, but in perfect balance. Lovely beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stuartyboy (1586) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - FEB 11, 2017
On cask @ Henglers circus jdw Glasgow a dark brown beer with rich vinous fruit aroma flavour is sweet dark chocolate roasted malts vinous fruity notes with rich sweet finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobBestwick (883) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 4, 2003
toasted malty aroma, porter style appearance, toasted malty taste, coffee, chocolate, dry malty finish, alcohol notes, v good

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bobinlondon (1294) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2012
Hand pulled cask at the Moon and Sixpence (JDW) Hatch End. Ruby brown with a thick off white head. A touch of treacle, sweet but fruity warming malts and a gentle bitterness in the swallow, partially hops and a little caramel. An excellent English style winter warmer that has stood the test of time. It benefits from a (modest) session as its complexities are subtle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardGretton (4733) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2003
Dark beer with an intial frothy coffee head. The aroma is very vineous with slight burnt elements. Fairly watery flavour with large hints of malt and a strong bitterness in the aftertaste. A good porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (17824) - 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.

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