Powerhouse Porter - Sambrook's Brewery
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Ratings: 10 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
3.75/5 rDev +5.9%
500ml bottle. Nice to try another traditional porter from London proper.
This beer pours a clear, dark, bright ruby amber hue, with two fingers of foamy, bubbly, somewhat rocky beige head, which leaves a few upshots of land bridge lace around the glass as it evenly subsides. One attractive customer, this.
It smells of musty, roasted dark chocolate malt, a bit of morning toast breadiness, some indistinct black fruitiness, a very slight lactic sourness, and earthy, somewhat dank hops. The taste is charred caramel malt, a slightly savoury meatiness, some bittersweet baker's cocoa, waning, somewhat sour black fruit notes, and earthy, mashed leaf hops.
The carbonation is present, but quite on the down low, the body a sturdy medium weight, and generally smooth. It finishes just on the sweet side, the singed caramel malt, chalky chocolate (oh yeah), lingering just past the date milkiness, and earthy, weedy hops closing things out.
An agreeable enough English porter, the tropes all there and accounted for, and drinkable for the very same encapsulated reasons. Too bad about the local distribution hegemony that renders this available at a single out-of-the-way locale.
01-08-2013 06:05:57 | More by biboergosum
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.63/5 rDev +2.5%
Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Fullers dimpled pint mug.
Pours a very dark ruby, verging on black, colour. Tan head that lasts not very long.
Smells of roasted malts.
Tastes of dark, burnt malts, giving it a dry and crisp mouthfeel. Sizeable hop bitterness as well as an odd lingering tang on the palate, perhaps it could do with being a tad sweeter?
Overall a good attempt, very drinkable but just not quite right.
12-31-2012 20:14:36 | More by CwrwAmByth
3.68/5 rDev +4%
A clear dark ruby brown beer, a tan head with little lacing and curtains.
Toast and coffee, some forest fruits - smellwise.
Tasting burned bread crust, dried dark fruits, brown sugar and dark grounded coffee.
Little carbonation, a fresh texture, rather small body but a dry finish.
Well balanced, possibly a bit on the sweet side.
04-30-2012 15:55:50 | More by rarbring
4.05/5 rDev +14.4%
Handpump halfpint at the Old Red Cow.
A: Clear garnet body topped by some pillowy tan foam. Very solid retention, light lace. Nice.
S: Nice balance of dark fruits (raisins and plums) and roasted malts (dark chocolate and char). Maybe a touch of vanilla. Solid.
T: Opens with a wave of smoke and bitter dark chocolate, which is quickly trumped by some rich vanilla, caramel malt, and fruitiness. Smooth, slightly hoppy, bitter finish. Very tasty.
M: Creamy, lively, smooth medium body. Great.
O: Excellent Porter. Great balance of roastiness and sweetness.
04-02-2012 00:37:53 | More by woosterbill
Powerhouse Porter from Sambrook's Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.