mtwhitney (168) - Maui, Hawaii, USA - JUN 4, 2013
At first I was skeptical, as this is a private label beer. It was surprisingly good. Rich, malty, balanced, and available. This last comment may be a surprise to those that think finding a porter in the uk would be like finding bourbon in Kentucky. It isn’t. Apparently stouts and porters in the uk are a winter drink, and most of the young drinkers have moved on to the lighter ales and lagers. The only stout that I can easily find is Guinness. Weird. ralphdot (1094) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2011
black with a good brown head, roast malt aroma and taste easier to drink than stout . Made for Sainsbury’s supermarket by Shepard Neame and it is a very good beer. CJGrip (19) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2012
Liquorice, smooth giving a warm feeling. Dark in colour but lighter than a stout.
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Quite effervescent for the style. Good mix of malt/hops. Thin tan head. Quite fizzy on the tongue. SilkTork (5738) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2012
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ManVsBeer (10484) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2014
June, 2012 500ml clear bottle from Sainsbury’s. A pleasant drinking beer. Dark and soft, with a luscious mouthfeel, and enough bitter roasted notes to provide interest and balance to the soft, gentle sweetness. This is not a wonderful beer, but it’s drinkable and tasty and does the job, and like the Whitechapel Porter that Sheps do for Asda, is something I am happy buying again. [3.4]
March, 2014 500ml clear glass bottle from Tesco. Filtered. Boy this has a great aroma, and a woosh of a first mouthful. What incredible flavour. Rich, creamy, and so intense - a wonderful marriage of sweet and bitter roasted malts. A sheer delight! Normally I find such flavour forward beers a bit too intense for sustained drinking. Small portions, great, but pints can be a bit heavy. But this is so drinkable, that I would be quite happy to spend an evening just knocking back pints and pints of this. Yummy. [4.0]
Bottle from Sainsbury’s, Salford. Despite the clear glass bottle (and spending a year in the personal beer cellar), the taste and texture does not seem to have been compromised and this is a punchy porter with a milky roasted malt nose and a slightly grittier than this taste. Almost black with a bubbly head. delnoche (516) - Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA - NOV 25, 2011
50cl bottle poured into a pint glass. Very dark brown, almost black. Aroma is subtle chocolate sweetness. Flavor is dark chocolate. Palate is thick, almost chewy. Finish is lasting cocoa and slight hops. Tasty dessert brew. mike_77 (6673) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2012
Bitter chocolate and sweet, spicy liquorice are present in the aroma. Flavour is warming and has some sweeter port-like characteristics. Nutty aftertaste. Martin243 (1160) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2013
500 ml Bottle poured into a half pint glass, topped up. Black bodied with a dense beige head.Licquorice aroma, licquorice and chocolate flavours with a mettalic, ashy note. Dry and biscuity. Full bodied and mouth filling. Challenged my Shepherd Neame prejudice. SarkyNorthener (4627) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2013
Bottle. Almost black beer with small head. Aroma of roasted malts and dark chocolate. Taste is dark chocolate, liquorice and dark fruits. Light body a little too much carbonation though. A decent enough porter.