Brewed at Hepworth

Style: Porter
South Stoke, England


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RATINGS: 473   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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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (14332) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2008
500 mL bottle from Whole Foods Market Charlottesville, VA. Pours a dark reddish brown with a medium tan head. Poor head retention and lacing. Roasted malt aroma with some cherry-like fruity notes. Taste is roasted malts, cherries and toffee. Subtle hops in the finish. Medium bodied.

dchad56 (576) - - JAN 7, 2018
Bottle - dark with small foam head. Decent aroma- slight licorice. Ok mouthfeel, quite lasting taste, thin, slight licorice.

mkel07 (6549) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 27, 2017
Bottle from Malt Traders on 26 December 2017. Not really porter weather when I drank this beer but it didn’t really matter. Burnt toast flavours and bitterness are stable mates in this dark and delicious beer. All that is good about dark beers is right here in this one – deep black colour, big full aroma, smooth velvety texture and bitter finish. What more could you want from a Porter.

thebighead (28) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2017
Perfectly stated by the brewer: This special holiday porter is made for winter - rich and warming, the way they like it at the North Pole

mjmoen (628) - - DEC 10, 2017
C+. Pours a black color with khaki head. A little light on flavor despite it's dark color

Ktwse (5675) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2017
Pours black with low white head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, alcohol, Christmas spices. Taste is roasty, a bit medicinal. Light and smooth body with soft carbonation.

DraftDodger (1797) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2017
Copenhagen 14/8 2017. 50 cl bottle from Den Gamle Købmand. Santa showing off his butt on the label while his studying the wishing list from all the worlds well behaved children. Pours clear dark maroon with a red tinge and small off-white head. Settles as patchy and thin layer of foam. No lacing. Aroma is strong and fairly sweet. Caramel and milk chocolate. Light hints of bitter coffee. Medium carbonation and thick oily palate. Flavor is heavy sweet. Followed by modest bitterness. Aftertaste is bitter coffee and toffee. Sweet but indeed heartening. And not as heavy as expected for a beer where Santa is exposing his butt.

katrinaez (2355) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2017
Very light in style. Slight nutty and malts in aroma and taste. Nothing outstanding but not going to throw it away. Bottle

TXBadger (2811) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2017
Pours a dark brown color with tan colored head. Toast, roast, nuts, and some light cocoa notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. A little thin for a porter, but not bad. Finishes with roast mostly.

rubbishystuff (2537) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2017
From World Market. I didn’t think this was so bad as the rating. Good minerally thirst quenching porter. Serving: Bottle

ulrikolsen (576) - DENMARK - DEC 16, 2016
[email protected] Pours clear dark reddish brown with lazing beige head. Aroma has malt with grain, chocolate and dark bread and hints of grassy hops. Taste is malty with dark malt, dark bread, grain, oat, chocolate and notes os nuts and a grassy hoppiness on top. Finish is quite dry.

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