Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Porter
South Stoke, England


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RATINGS: 475   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.93/5   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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malrubius (3116) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JAN 15, 2015
Novelty beer received as a gift. Brown with lasting head. Toasted caramel and bready aroma. Sweet toasted bready caramel and nuts and some fruit. Mild English bitterness. Lingering mild chocolate. Some cloy. Medium full body. Not very good but not as bad as I thought.

liquidhedonism (289) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - JAN 7, 2015
16.9 oz bottle. Aroma: malty, roasty, woody, and nutty, with hints of burned caramel, lactose, molasses, toffee, and bug spray. Taste/Palate: sweet and crisp; finishes astringent.

julesjis (256) - Oregon, USA - JAN 7, 2015
Poured from a bottle. Has a nice chestnut color. Aroma isn’t anything noteworthy other than roasty. The flavor is dry, roasty and a bit smokey. There is a slight bitterness and astringency to it. Was much easier on the palate when it warmed.

GnarlyGnome (673) - Fairfield, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2015
Some people are saying this is flat, and "unbalanced" - I think it’s a great example of a British Porter...something with a lighter body. It’s not what I would go for if I was looking for a more modern porter with "bigger" notes to it...but it’s nice and easy drinking. I enjoyed it.

stephencoxy (4) - - JAN 2, 2015 does not count
Poor tasting beer for 6%, felt a bit watery, like flat coke. Lacked balance as mentioned in another comment.

Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2014
12/24/2010. From bottle. Dark brown with a tan head. Roasted malt, chocolate aromas. Seem a bit watery and unbalanced. Sweet malty finish

finol (3539) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 19, 2014
Bottle at Amaranten. Pours dark brown with a little brown head. Drinkable and simple chocolate taste.

lstorie3 (23) - Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Not a bad beer. Easy drinker. Nothing terribly Christmas-y about it, but I didn’t really count off for that. I wouldn’t seek it out, but I wouldn’t refuse it if offered.

Niller (1718) - Hammel, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2014
Bottle from Voldby. Pours clear dark amber with a beige head. Taste is sweet roasted malts, coffee notes, caramel, brown sugar. hint of chocolate. Flat carbonation. Dry bittersweet finish.

slowrunner77 (13368) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
"there’s a very pleasant sweet sugar/lactose aroma and mouthfeel here, maybe a little caramel malt, but the body and flavor don’t have a lot else left to offer. quite boring and doesn’t taste like a porter. thin, almost non-existent head, thin body, no finish. an ok beer, but not a good porter. "

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