Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Porter
South Stoke, England


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RATINGS: 471   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 childrens 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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 20, 2005
Pours a deep brown with a small head. Smells better than it tastes. Aroma is chocolate and toast, slightly smoky. Flavor is a weakened version of the aroma, though there is significant and somewhat unusual in the style hop presence. It seems as though this beer is literally watered down, like there is a nice beer that got thinned out. For all the water, It seems Santa got an enema.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 17, 2005
Rich and warming... warming maybe, but not too rich. This is a dark reddish-brown to black porter with a sizeable but shrinking head that mostly dissapears after a few minutes. The aromas are of a curious blend of tart and roast- perhaps toffee would describe it and this follows in the flavor. It is well balanced in terms of sweetness although I would prefer more roast and bitterness. The fruity/toffee flavor I find distracting, but overall a good porter

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - NOV 17, 2005
There is a slight roasted aroma. The color is a deep brown with a small tan head. There is a roasted flavor to the beer but not much of a finish on the palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2005
Dark and clear with a little ruby-redness under light; quickly fading head. Soft and medium bodied (though, a little syrupy, making it seem heavier at times), with a mildish carbonation. Mellow roast throughout; some burnt toast; other notes of cocoa, caramel and a faint aroma of hazelnut coffee. Alcohol nips in a little here and there. A healthy amount of grassy hops seem to surface sporadically. Bitterness lingers well into the aftertaste along with some sour milk. At first I thought it might be too sweet, and then I thought it might be too bitter. While trying to figure this all out in my mind, I realized that there isnt much else was going on with this beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 6, 2005
500 ml bottle. Dark opaque hue. Tan head with a fruitcake, plummy aroma. Then mocha and chocolate. Caramel and nutty. Not too heavy in the mouth and the sweet notes are dominant. Bitter chocolate and caramel flavors. Coffee and anise. Effervescent and lively. Smooth finish. An enjoiable taste, although it does seem light in the mouth. It redeems itself in the great roasted flavor of the malts.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - NOV 4, 2005
Pours dark brown/black with a quickly fading beige head (ruby red when held up to light). Aroma has notes of roasted malt and brett. Flavor has notes of barnyard, roasted malt, acidity, wild yeast, chocoalate and mocha. I dont necessarily think this infected because it wasnt a gusher and although the carbonation is lively, its not insanely harsh or prickly. I cant say that I enjoy the brett character in this brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Suttree (6297) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 29, 2005
Black, or at least really dark brown. Aroma of cinnamon and Mr. Pibb. Flavor is cola and spice, with a hint of coffee, plus maybe some nutmeg. Crisp peppery finish, with hint of oak and pepper.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tjthresh (1871) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - OCT 29, 2005
An aggressive pour produce about a quarter inch of beige head that faded to whisps and a ring in less then 30 seconds. Nearly opaque. There are some garnet hues on the edges when held to light. Fruity yeast character, milk chocolate, mild roast, in the nose. The aroma characteristics carry over to the flavor. Palate is medium full. Rolls over the tongue with little evidences of carbonation. Puckering. Finishes sort of dry. Overall it just kind of and ordinary beer. Not worth the $4.99 price tag. Cool bottle though.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - SEP 8, 2005
bottled. dark brown w/ no head. interesting aroma that i cant describle. some maltiness, bit sweet. kind of weird.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
dberger624 (1028) - Voorhees, New Jersey, USA - AUG 15, 2005
Bottled. Weak for a porter. Didnt have any bite to it. Had a malt flavot that I wasnt to crazy about.

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