jesus1988666 (1) - - DEC 21, 2012 does not count
A perfect dark beer.taste of chocolate and coffee,a little bit of hop that made Porter lovely bitter.
imdownthepub (14554) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2004
Cask Conditioned at The Dun Cow, Hornton, Oxon. Dark Chocolate colour with big tan head. In a straw poll of the bar full of people at the Dun Cow Winter Beer Festival, this was the best beer. Rich dark chocolate flavours with a sweetish orangey background, there is licorice and chicory throughout, silky and full. SilkTork (5738) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2005
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Dec, 2003: The Alexandra, Chatham - a Sheps pub. Woah! What a difference a cask makes! Steady deep black with nut brown & scarlet hues on the fringes - very light off white ring. Good medium bodied mouthfeel - constant, filling, but not clinging or fatty. Vague dirty malt up front which clears into a refreshing blackcurrant fruit leading into a licorice tinged finish. Flavours are soft and subtle, though intensity builds toward the front of the finish. A very pleasant flavour profile - satisfactory, refreshing and engaging. Top quality from middle onwards. Smokey aroma with damp coffee grounds and a touch of black chocolate. Very yummy indeed! [4.3]Ostrovni (17) - ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2007
Dec, 2004: <a href=http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/63/637 Tavern, Kings Cross - a Shep’s pub. Wow! Perfect mouthfeel. Exciting and comforting. Bags of spunky dark beer flavours - coffee, chocolate, licorice - all wrapped up in one funky blanket of pure pleasure. My mouth sure loved this one! London Xmas Crawl. [4.2]
Dec, 2005. <a href=http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/37/376 Dr Butler’s Head, The City - a Sheps pub. Celebrated Piers’ graduation with lashings of the Porter. And a good time was had by all. A fine beer. [4.0]
Cask at the Bishop’s Finger, Smithfield London, 23/01/07. Dark brown with a rocky tan head that stayed with the beer for a good while. Very evident hop (subtitled "Winter Hop Ale" no less). Smooth but with appealing bitterness you want in a porter. Carries the alcohol very well. Slightly thin in the body, making it all the more drinkable. I think it’s better this year than last. Great beer! rickgordon (3878) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2005
Cask conditioned at The Rover, Göteborg..
My first glance at this porter - I found it very good. Almost black, if not totally. Super smooth mouthfeel. Plain chocolatey but not overly. Very long flavour. No roastiness. Only slight slight bitter. The caramel is there. I noticed acetaldehyd(green apples) but found it very fitting. Long long finish. Solid porter.
Tranquillity (2333) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2008
Draught. Dark brown/black, with a shade of red. Thick, creamy, beige head. Reminds me of that of Murphys canned. Chocolate, cream and roastyness in the aroma. The taste isn’t strong, but it’s almost perfectly balanced. Long bitter, smokey, finish. Creamy palate. MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2009
A Mes rate. Cask at the Bloomsbury Tavern. This is the new "Winter Hop" version and I have to say it’s pretty bloody good. Roasty coffee, good chocolate, solid malt, nice hints of fruit and vanilla and all good stouty stuff with a really good hoppy bite late on. Nice dryness. Good weighty feel. Eventual grainy chocolate right at the death. A very enjoyable brew. Get in Sheps! harrisoni (18578) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2005
Cask handpull at Millers Arms, Canterbury. Fruity porter with dark black fruits. Blackcurrant and tangerine. Good porter. Good fruits. Attractive with some soft choc/coffee. Deep brown colour with thin beige lasting head. Good condition BeerViking (4792) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2009
cask/handpull at the Adelaide in Teddington. Black-red with a good white head. Aroma of roasted coffee and malt, lots of choc and coffee on the palate. Full flavoured yet somehow light bodied and dry. Very nice dry porter. chriso (7533) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2004
Appealing dark brown colour with a reddish tinge. Roast malt, chocolate and caramel in the aroma. More of the same in the flavour, with licorice too and a sweetish edge. Quite soft mouthfeel. Not the most full bodied porter, but rather nice. Good balance. Cask (handpump), Mabels Tavern, Kings Cross, London.