Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Porter
South Stoke, England


on tap


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RATINGS: 467   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.92/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
This special holiday porter is made for winter - rich and warming, the way they like it at the North Pole. It was inspired by this famous line from a well-loved children’s storybook:

"And Santa sat on his great butt, enjoying a hardy brew..."

In case you find that amusing, the brewer hastens to point out that in England, "butt" refers to a certain sized barrel, in fact, holding 108 Imperial gallons. Back in the day it was quite a normal thing for a brewery to put its beer up in a large butt for storage. Still snickering, eh? Get your mind out of the gutter, or Santa will be skipping your house entirely this year.

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ClarkVV (6839) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 3, 2016
Bottled some time in 2015, though undated, drunk 12/29/15.
Dark ebony-to-mahogany body is clear with a light tan/dark beige head atop that steadily recedes to a ring.
Smells of light ash, strong purple fruits (figs, prunes, plums), buttercream/vanilla and a mild but permeating roast. Little bit of glue in there and some lightly peppery notes (hops? phenols?).
Not as watery and thin as I was expecting, with actually a little bit of chewiness to it. Vanilla, cola, prune and caramel-chocolate are all fairly enjoyable, if somewhat too sweet, with a good deal of prune/plum fruitiness that keeps it light. Coffee notes linger, with a touch of something peppery that’s a bit off-putting. But otherwise, this a very inoffensive, mindless, drinkable porter. Carbonation isn’t even as obnoxious as filtered/force carbed beers usually are.

jbuzz (839) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2015
Very nice balance.. Roasted malt slight alcohol flower after taste. Somewhat warming.

Kavu (5038) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 8, 2015
Shared 0,5l bottle @ One Pint Pub. Pours dark brown with a low tan head. Aroma is grainy roasted malts. Flavor is roasted grainy malts with some hops. Good balance.

Holmen2 (3940) - NORWAY - NOV 29, 2015
Shared bottle at DSJT at Cardinal 08.11.15. Clear amber. Off-white head. Aroma of dark malt and oak. Similar taste, with dried fruits. Rather light for a porter.

Sigmund (7834) - Tau, NORWAY - NOV 22, 2015
500 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 6%. Mahogany colour, moderate beige head. Moderate aroma of medium dark malts, chocolate and vanilla. Moderately roasty and nice flavour, notes of chocolate, raisins and fruit cake. Can’t blame Santa for sitting on his butt and enjoying this one.

Skinnyviking (9674) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2015
Bottle. Low but lasting fluffy white head. Clear amber body. Sweet caramel honey cocoa aroma and flavor with little hops bitterness, low carbonation and a long sweet finish.

dmctaster (95) - Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2015
Dark brown with tan head. Aroma of roasted barley oats. Taste is oats and bitter almost giving it an ESB undertone. Thin with with butt-barrel taste. Complements my turkey burgers

ken1 (2081) - DENMARK - MAR 12, 2015
Aroma: fruity sweet and full with roasted caramel. Flavour: fruity sweet with dark berries and caramel, slightly bitter and a creamy mouthfeel. Colour: dark reddish brown with a light brown head. From: voldby købmandsgård dec. 2014

BlindGuardianco (90) - - MAR 10, 2015
Very tasty porter, not too heavy but nice body, enjoyable coffee aftertaste without being too bitter, mid carbonation makes it very drinkable, will buy again

Plovmand (8595) - Grindsted, DENMARK - MAR 7, 2015
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a medium off white head. Toasted nutty aroma. Light roasted flavor with some nutty notes.

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