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Postman's Knock - Hobsons Brewery

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Ratings: 8
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 7.34%

Brewed by:
Hobsons Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Porter |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: BlackHaddock on 04-28-2007)
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

09-04-2013 17:32:59 | More by Cozzatoad
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United Kingdom (England)

3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. Pours reddish-brown, opaque, small bubbles rising. sm: blackberry and coffee. ta: as smell, lengthy mouthfeel. Ov: Splendid porter with berry fruit emphasis. Cyclops description: style: strong mild; see: ruby; smell: chocolate, spicy; taste: vanilla, treacle; bitterness 2.5/5, sweetness 3.5/5.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 10:54:11 | More by gutbucket2
Photo of Robert-Simmonds

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

06-12-2013 21:56:14 | More by Robert-Simmonds
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New York

4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chocolate-tinged garnet with a creamy, lumpy taupe head that webs. Cocoa nibs, autumn leaves and cinnamon sticks on the nose. Big chocolate up front with creme caramel then hints of Grand Marnier and sandalwood to end. Vanilla bean end with some straight up bitterness and dry, salty, spicy linger. Creamy, soft, round and medium.

Dark Mild says BA, Ruby Porter says the label, Strong Mild says the flavor sticker - it is all of these and none. It's too light to be a Porter unless it's a historical recipe, but it has some big porter notes. The body says mild, but the hops are too forward for that.

Some big sweet flavors without being cloying, more bitterness than you've a right to expect (Golding and Fuggles make a killer combo, in my experience) and a silky body. Would be glad to stay on for a night or drink again. Very much worthy.

A hoppy mild? Yes, please!

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 20:05:59 | More by StJamesGate
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3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into An Brainblasta goblet in Galway, Ireland.

A: Two finger head of lovely cream and decent thickness. Retention is fair. Textbook ruby amber colour.

Sm: Incredibly barely detectable scent of amber malt. Label claims the smell is supposed to be "chocolate, spicy". Maybe some of the spice is present, but certainly not the chocolate.

T: But it does come through in the taste, alongside unexpected vanilla and cream hops set in balance towards the finish but before the climax. Very well balanced, and complex - especially for the style.

Mf: The cream and vanilla lacing render it very smooth and silky, while not too wet. An interesting take on the style, for sure.

Dr: Unique for what it is. Certainly interesting and worth trying, even at its comparitively high price point.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 23:42:02 | More by kojevergas
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3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the CAMRA Beer Club Spring Selection 2008...

Appearance: light brown, good clarity, thin layer of tan foam, OK head retention

Aroma: light toffeeish malt, hint of licorice and chicory

Flavor: dry bready/toast malt backbone with a tart edge; chicory bitterness with a leafy hop flavor; burnt sugar; fairly dry finish

Mouthfeel: medium body, pert carbonation, minerally crispness

Other comments: I was a bit disappointed with this one. The packaging is nice and there's a good story behind the name, so I guess I was expecting something more interesting.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2008 19:25:10 | More by GreenCard
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United Kingdom (England)

3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the Archer Road Beer Stop, a fantastic, old-fashioned offie at the outskirt of Sheffield. This Mild is made to celebrate a rural postman, Simon Evans (1895-1940), in Cleobury, Shropshire. Bottle-conditioned in a 500ml brown bottle; BB 11/12/2008, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: dark russet brown in colour, coming with a fluffy beige head with reasonable retention; carbonation is subtle and constant.
S: chocolatey, roasty, as well as raw-ish gristy malts, an intense nuttiness, vanilla, a touch of brown sugar, and a necessary sour edge from dates; the composition is complex for a dark mild, more like a porter with a winey touch in the background. Solid.
T: the smooth yet softly spritzy initial swallow of dark malts brings forward a lightly salty touch to the nutty main theme... rounded and lubricating is the maltiness that surprisingly turns earthy+herbally bitter (from hops) and imparts a roast-tea-ish dry and chewy palate in the end, constantly accompanied by a tart plummy edge... BTW, the lasting bitterness has both burnt-maltiness and hop-bitterness intertwined.
M&D: the softly-fizzy texture shows a good attempt at bottle-conditioning, while the overall smooth palate is spiced up by the lingering dryish bitterness, making this a quaffable, more-ish, and slightly unusual example of a Dark Mild. Well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2008 19:16:50 | More by wl0307
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United Kingdom (England)

3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My original review was of a bottle: I had it in cask form during Dec 2011: lovely and even better than the bottled version in my opinion.

Brown bottle conditioned real ale, best before 23 Jan 2008, drank on 28 Apr 2007.

This beer is a celebration of the life and times of Simon Evans (1895-1940). Badly effected by poisonuos gas in WW1, he settled in Cleobury Mortimer, becoming a postman, he walked 18 miles a day on his round; a novelist and short story writer, he wrote about the villages and the people he met on his daily walk.

The beer is produced with the following ingrediants: Maris Otter Pale Ale Malted Barley, Dark Crystal Malt, Pale Chocolate Malt and Wheat, Yeast, Salt, Vanilla, Positive caramel (E150c). The hops used are Worestershire Fuggles and Goldings.

Poured into a pint sleeve glass.

Ruby Red, clear and interesting, no head, just a wisp of an off white scum around the glass, pity, I like to see a full head on a beer.

The chocolate malts and caramel dominate the aroma, with burnt toast adding to the smell.

Bournville dark chocolate flavour, but slightly burnt malts too, I was expecting more of a tang to it.

Smooth and easy mouthfeel, not overly clingy, but the flavours stay in the mouth.

All in all, a very good bottle of beer, I have one more left, I intend to stack it away for next winter and bring it out on a cold evening by the fire.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2007 19:21:50 | More by BlackHaddock
Postman's Knock from Hobsons Brewery
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