Ridleys Witchfinder (Cask)

Formerly brewed at Greene King
Style: Porter
Bury St. Edmunds, England


on tap


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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
Cask: Seasonal - October.
Based on a traditional porter recipe, which uses crystal and chocolate malt, Witchfinder has a complexity of rich toffee and liquorice flavours creating a truly dark and mysterious brew.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThirstyNick (1) - NORWAY - MAY 3, 2012 does not count
The Free Press in Cambridge served a good pint of Witchfinder in 2008. A roasty porter with chocolate and creosote aroma. Drank only one pint, but it made a lasting impression. Unable to find it on next visit to Cambridge.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ladnewton (1928) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2009
Cask at the Cask Pub & Kitchen on 30th October 2009. Black-red with off-white head. Thick, slightly smoky and sour. Burnt malts, some citrus fruitiness and just a hint of salt and smoked sausage before a strong burnt dry finish on a thick, filling and satisfying mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DruncanVeasey (8225) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2009
After hours sneaky at The Sad Hog Tavern. Mahogany with ruby tints and a slim beige lid. Faint soot and leaves, cocoa and toast aroma. Chocolate, cherry, charcoal hints. A dab vinous and buttery. Doesnt satisfy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
downender (8525) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2009
Cask-conditioned at the Cross Hands, Winterbourne Down, S Gloucestershire 27/10/09. Dark brown with a slight tan head. Aroma of caramel, milk chocolate and a hint of roasted malts. Flavour was sweet, with fruit, liquorice, more roastiness, and a dry finish with some lactose. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2009
Cask conditioned handpump Turf Tavern Oxford. A black beer with a whitish head. A smooth, failry roasty porter with hints of sweetness and chocolate. Dryer in the nose but fairly flavoursome with a little licorice also.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 25, 2008
Pours dark brown, simple, caramel, cardboard, little roasted malts, very thin.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 23, 2008
Pours thin dark brown with a soapy white head. Nose is oxidized and some caramel. Flavor is the same. Not good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (15827) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 15, 2008
Cask - - Gallows Bird, Helsinki
Jet black, persistent cappuccino head. Sweet rich roasty aroma, some baked beans in tomato sauce too. Tangy roasty taste. Full smooth palate, minimal carbonation, but this was a few days old. Dry ashy taste, some ashtray finish. Excellent for 4.3%, spoilt only by a touch of astringency in the burntness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rune (12366) - Troms, NORWAY - DEC 13, 2008
I went to Aikmans Cellar bar in St Andrews to see if they had got some good cask ales for the up-coming Halloween fest and Bonfire Night. I was not disappointed. After a half of this one, I continued with witchs cauldron. Witchfinder Porter poured a rather thin brownish, lacing head over a shining mahogany body. Smell of roasted dark malts with fruity hints. Taste of chocolate malts and roasted grain countered by a brief peppery, bitter finish. Smooth in the mouth. [30.10.2008].

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjs (7113) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 11, 2008
Cask at Kittys, Helsinki, on 2008-11-24. Deep dark brown and clear. Long lasting white medium sized head with small bubbles. Roasty mild nose. Full bodied dry palate with little carbonation. Roastedness, liquorice, bitterness, bit too much of burnt flavour, some coffee and little bit of saltiness in taste. Roasty and bitter aftertaste.

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