Harwood Brown Porter - Beer Here

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Harwood Brown PorterHarwood Brown Porter

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13 Ratings
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Ratings: 13
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 7.24%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
English Porter |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: biboergosum on 09-15-2013)
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4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into pint glass 31/10/13 very spooky night for a brew

A very dark brown with a deep cola edge, two fingers of mocha foam has decent retention and leaves plenty of random lace deep down the glass

S coco powder, nutty toffee, chocolate milk, still has some leafy hops in there, a hint of coffee, booze and raisin, smells like a strong porter

T taste matches the smell quite well, some fruity notes and the coffees a little stronger, just a faint hint of char and smoke, no complaints here

M not as thick as the color would let you believe but still has lots of body and the bubbles cream it up further helping its cause, a little slick and dark roast lingers

O solid from start to finish, well hidden booze for 8% and I nearly drank the whole bottle at this point and I've been typing at a steady pace

not cheap at 9$ for a half liter but I have no regrets buying the bottle at all. well suited for this chilly evening and I could easily down another bottle or two without getting board but I'm sure I 'd end up tipsy

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours very dark brown with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows chocolate malt, cocoa, nutty and bready malt.
Similar flavours, more chocolate and nutty malt but with the addition of some spicy and earthy hops.
Carbonation seems a little excessive...

Photo of seand
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark brown with a fair amount of tan head. A fair amount retains, leaving good lacing.

S: Malty, nutty, and hoppy.

T: Lightly sweet, becoming thicker and hoppier through the finish.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall, pretty good; hoppy, malty, and strong.

Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. An ode to the porters made in London during the 1700s, and by Ralph Harwood, specifically, who was a popular brewer, and controversially credited with inventing the style. And, I presume, the hearty fella depicted on the label.

This beer pours a clear (I think) very, very dark brown colour, with miniscule cola highlights, and three fingers of puffy, frothy, and cushiony pale beige head, which leaves some nice random webbed lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of nutty, grainy roasted caramel malt, bittersweet milk chocolate, fresh-ground coffee, and earthy, somewhat vegetal green hops. The taste is roasted, slightly bitter caramel malt, an oily nuttiness, flaky dark chocolate, some mildly sour lactic notes, earthy, weedy hops, and a soft booze warming, one rather innocuous in its astringency.

The bubbles are fairly sublimated, and lightly frothy at best, the body a decent medium weight, generally smooth, and even a tad creamy. It finishes on the sweet side, the toasted malt, chocolate, and latent milk sugars too much a match for anything hoppy at this point.

A pretty enjoyable rendition of the blended, sour dark beers of 18th century England. I suppose that the lactic sourness here could be lot more pronounced, but that's just academic pedantry. Let's talk instead about that elevated ABV - wow, hardly a tic of alcohol is appreciable throughout - could the brewers of old do that?

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