Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Porter
Bedford, England


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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.53/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
Cask: Occasional
Young’s brand taken over by Charles Wells in 2011.
A dark, intruiging traditional porter style beer. The brew delivers full flavours of malty coffee overtones and blackberries, followed by a slightly sweet, fruity hop finish

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thepatrickman (1221) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 19, 2016
Good, solid pint that doesn’t really need to be analyzed because it’s such an easy drinker. Average in a good way; dark and a little chocolatey; just right for a pint while watching the football.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cimbasso (886) - - NOV 6, 2014
Sampled from on draught (not a hand pump, unfortunately, at the King’s Head in Upper Street, Islington and enjoyed whilst watching ’The Marriage of Figaro’ in the theatre at the back of the pub. What better way to experience a good pint? It is near black in colour with a beige head. The aromas are of roasted malts and milk chocolate. The taste is also of milk chocolate with hints of coffee and berries. Long, chocolate-dominated finish. Very nice mouth-feel for a beer which is not particularly strong, with a good balance between the sweetish roasted malts and the hop taste. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
worldbeertaste (1800) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2012
Solid black with a thick lasting frothy tan head. Smells of roast, coffee and light chocolate. Medium frothy creamy body. Taste of roast and sweet berry. Some coffee and some sweet malt. Fruity with light roast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tombyars (1664) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2012
First tasted this in the Hogshead, Paisley in November 1996. Cask, handpump dispense. Ruby black in colour with a thin white head. Roast malt present in the long aroma. Creamy texture to the thin mouthfeel and good lacing. Dark malts give a fruit loaf base with molasses, dates and sultanas with coffee and bitter chocolate. Hop prickle present in the short biter aftertaste. Finish is malty with dry vinous flavours mixed with tobacco, liquorice and leather. A cracking porter and well recommended.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (20531) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2012
Cask at the London Drinker. Some dusty roast in the nose. Light sweet flavor, moderate roast, faint earth. Light bodied with fine carbonation. Mild roasty dark malt finish, some bittersweet cocoa. It’s pretty average.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
geeejayell (26) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2012
Black beauty. Lingering liquorice finish, pleasing on the palate, surprisingly light notes. No coriander

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EdKing (2526) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2012 Cask in The Victoria, Surbiton. Colour is nice black with good clarity and brown tints when held to light. Almost no head. Nose is caramel, roasted grain and chocolate. Taste is nice black coffee, burnt roasted malt. Good balance and fairly light body for a porter. Touch of stickiness. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
downender (8464) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2012
Cask-conditioned at the Highbury Vaults, Bristol 18/02/2012. Near black with a decent, off-white head. Aroma of dark fruits and roasted malts with a touch of caramel sweetness. Flavour had plenty more roastiness with some sweet fruit and gently bitter finish. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
grovet (2) - Tunbridge Wells, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2012 does not count
Cask guest ale at Grove Tavern, Tunbridge Wells, Kent. A good, dark & tasty porter, easy & clean on the palate with a deep, almost smoky flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2012
A - coffee and dried fruit A - dark with frothy head T - light sour and roasted bitter P - full and soft O - good

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