Brewed by Nethergate
Style: Porter
Sudbury, England


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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Cask; Regular. A dark roasty ale.
Based on a 1750's recipe from the old Taylor Walker brewery for a mild with corriander. Launched in 1988 without the corriander as an Old Ale. The corriander version is sold as Umbel Magna. In 1994 the style was changed to a Porter. In 1998 sugar was removed from the recipe and the abv was dropped from 5.5% to 5%.
Ingredients: Maris Otter, Crystal, Black malts and Wheat Flour; Challenger hops.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (19502) - London, Greater London, - JUN 3, 2011
Cask at the Crosse Keys, JDW. Pours a clear, ruby-brown with a vaguely tan head. Aroma has light to medium roast malts, with notes of blackberry jumping forth. Medium sweet flavor of mild roastiness, nice dark fruits. Medium bodied with fine, tingly carbonation. Decent finish, some sugar, fruits, roasty bitterness on the sides of the tongue. Not bad.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
amhart88 (117) - Manchester, Lancashire, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2017
Dark ale. Roasted malt, coffee, slight hint of bitter cocoa bean. Hint of red grape, dry red wine. Nice enough

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kermis (12009) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 23, 2016
Cat at The Moon in the Square, Bournemouth. Dark brown with a small bubbly tan head. Aroma of malt, light toasty, caramel, overripe dark fruits and toffee. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with very soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (4514) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 15, 2016
On cask in Edinburgh with a listed ABV = 5% Very smooth, opaque black body. Weak bone colored head. Mildly bitter with dark bread and faint Noble(?) hops. Lasting aftertaste of dark baked grains.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrTipple (3923) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2016
Sweet, dark berries, dark toasted malts. Hazy, dark brown, small, frothy, beige head. Light bitter. More toasted malts, dark fruits, remains bitter throughout the short duration. Decent Porter, nice fruitiness in aroma and palate. Cask at GBBF16, Olympia.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thomat (3538) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2016
Cask @ GBBF 2016. Very dark brown with a medium tan head. Malty and hoppy tones. Malt, fruit, acidity and hops. Medium to light body with a bitter/ sour finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SamVimes21 (322) - - JUN 25, 2016
Cask @ Hoole in the wall, Bodmin, Cornwall, black with tan head rich roasted malty bitter taste with a malty bitter aftertaste, nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cimbasso (840) - - JUN 20, 2016
Sampled on draught at the John Baird, Muswell Hill. A dark brown colour with reddish tints. Foamy tan head but only soft carbonation. Aroma of fresh bread and milk chocolate. The taste is of dark fruit cake, with hints of brown sugar and mild liquorice. Lingering bitter finish. A good dark ale. Definitely not a porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
theprof (626) - Nottingham, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2016
Cask. Pours dark brown with ruby notes. Thin lace top. Aroma dates and malt. Tastes rich with a mild fruitcake quality and lingering licorice. Theres a bit of the Old Growler in all of us.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (7132) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2016
Cask at The Angel, Islington as Nethergate Old Growler, 5%. Very dark brown, still, dense foamy tan head endures. Aroma is light and airy up-front, some bread and chocolate as the glass drains. Body is light, smooth, soft carbonation. Taste is tangy and spicy, burnt cake, rum sweetness, dry into the finish with a little booze showing up. Slow drinking and spicy. Grew on me. This is very much an old ale, not a porter as stated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
teorn88 (7198) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2016
Cask at JDW WIQ, London. It pours a clean brown color with a small tan head. Aroma is sweet and bready with notes of caramel and dough. Taste is also quite sweet with more bread caramel and raisins and a light bitterness in the finish. Light bodied with soft carbonation. Overall, decent

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