Entire Butt English Porter - Salopian Brewing Company Ltd
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Reviews by BuckSpin:
3.95/5 rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Presentation: 500ml bottle (best by of F9 171???) in a Shaker pint
Poured with some surge, gurgling, a little thick. Whoa...deep nose, like a cool, damp evening. You could fall into this aroma. The deepest, darkest, silkiest, high end, all cocoa butter chocolate & caramel nose I've ever encountered...its amazing. Traces of old coffee, rotting wood, roasted nuts, even some over ripe fruit, just lush....a wonderfully deep aroma.
For a porter the head was disappointing. At the best a pencil's worth of mixed coffee ice cream colored foam faded rather quickly to a thin floater of a sheen with some larger edge ring lacing. A repour does elicit a finger's worth of foam (much better) but it still fades rather quickly but does at least laces in thin tree ring bands.
I find myself just taking in that bouquet again & again...lovely. A turtle!! That's it!! Those candies of chocolate, caramel & nuts. Imagine the best ingredients and that is close.
Practically opaque, its a classic "black in a good mood" burnt umber in hue, with the glass edges revealing a black blood red/burgandy hue with a little light.
Lighter than I expected, a little thick & oily, that deep, silky dark chocolate from the aroma is there. It favors the sweet end of the bittersweet spectrum but is not sugary at all. A pleasing, subtle bitterness, echoes of baking chocolate as well as black coffee & burnt nuts, add a nice counterweight and overall balance to it. The mouthfeel is generally light for the style and semi-dry. Not as crisp as a Baltic Porter, but for as thick (and generally silky) as it feels it has a levity to it that reminds me of Baltic examples.
It grows increasingly (but not overwhelmingly) bitter on the palate, the chocolate losing its lush quality and growing more like baker's chocolate, more angular/sharper, but also less dry...odd. It finishes a little syrupy, nicely bitter, a little silty even, and surprisingly clean & light.
This was good. The nose was amazing, the taste nice. I'm partial to the stronger, more robust American interpretations of the genre, but this was one of the tastier English examples I've tried. It was very easy to drink, and I could see this working nicely with some cheddar anything (cheeseburger?) as well as battered/fried fish n' chips, or as a great dessert beer with a unsweetened, flourless chocolate molten cake, etc. I'd definitely drink it again. Heck, I'd open another just to smell it!! If you get a chance, give this Entire Butt a spank!
Serving type: bottle
10-10-2007 00:22:45 | More by BuckSpin
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United Kingdom (England)
3.74/5 rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A 500ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2013, so it's just out of date. ABV is stated as 4.6%. Picked up a while back from the York Wine & Beer shop. Hopefully it's still in good condition. The label mentions that this is brewed with an incredible 14 malts.
Poured into a straight pint glass. Bottle conditioned (and a little lively). A deep reddish-brown hue that appears almost black in the glass. Fine sediment throughout. Yields a small head of creamy beige foam that lasts for a moment before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of sweet, fruity malt with hints of dried fruit, caramel, faint brown sugar, grain, mild roasted notes, a pinch of vanilla and ale yeast. Complex but quite subtle.
Tastes of roasted malt with a fruity character and a malty, bitter finish. Notes of roasted grain, dark malt, dried fruit, mild coffee, subtle molasses, ale yeast, earthiness and stewed leaves. Well-attenuated yet faintly sweet, followed by a malt-driven bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with soft carbonation and good body for the strength. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of roasted malt, bitter stewed hops and yeast.
Pretty good, but it doesn't bowl me over. Looks OK, though the head doesn't hang around for long. The aroma and flavour are pleasant - dominated by roasted grain and fruity malt. Intriguingly the aroma is rather muted. Body is alright. A well-crafted porter but a tad underwhelming. Perhaps this bottle is just too old? I'll try and re-review at some point. Worth sampling if you come across it.
Serving type: bottle
11-29-2013 00:38:50 | More by jazzyjeff13
4/5 rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Pours dark brown with ruby highlights. Hard to tell if it's cloudy, but the beer looks pretty clear in the light. Nice, glowy color. Medium tan head. Lots of fine bubbles. After a few minutes, there's still a decent film of bubbles. I'm getting chocolate maltiness as the primary flavor in the aroma, but it's backed up by a mix of fruit, nutty brown malt, caramel, molasses, light coffee/roast and a hint of wood. There's a lot of malt complexity to this beer. Very nice toasty malt notes. A rather rich aroma for <5% abv. The flavor is a touch weaker for me. The malt complexity is still there, but some of the rich sweetness is gone. It starts out with a fairly simple sweetness before bringing in some nice fruity flavors and takes its time pulling out the chocolate and roast. Good finish with roast, tobacco and earth hops lingering for some time. Mouthfeel is smooth. Drinks big for the abv. British brewers know how to pack flavor into lower abv beers. Sits a bit light on the palate, though. Not the best impersonation of cask mouthfeel for a bottled beer that I've found, but it's always a losing effort and it's still nice. This is an enjoyable porter with lots of rich British malt flavor in a relatively small package. I would love to see more American brewers make a serious effort with this sort of beer.
Serving type: bottle
04-04-2013 04:29:54 | More by popery
4.14/5 rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
I got this at Beer Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
A. A very deep, dark brown. A bit see-through around the edges, but mostly dark. A bit of head, but not much.
S. A wonderful chocolate scent and nutty.
T/M. It has a biting vegetable taste to it. A bit of chocolate. Malty. Tingly and zesty, not much in the smooth realm. Very delicious. A mild soapy flavor. A hint of sour toward the end.
O. It's a zesty porter. Complex in flavor, so much so that it would probably be awesome if bottled and aged.
Serving type: growler
01-11-2013 01:18:27 | More by Amalak
4/5 rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Deep deep brown color, black in the center with about a finger and a half of light brown head. Smells like a coffee shop, not just the coffee, caramel, roast, smoke, caramelized sugar.
This is a massive beer for only being 4.6% Big roasted barley flavor, creamy mouthfeel. Sweet Caramel and chocolate, touch of smoke, leather and coffee flavors, bit of earthy bitterness on the back end. Layers of complex flavor. Faint woodyness. Finishes a little burnt and bitter starts semi sweet with some bitter chocolate and coffee flavors. One of the biggest flavored low abv beers I've ever had. Pretty good.
Serving type: bottle
10-16-2012 02:45:36 | More by jtierney89
Entire Butt English Porter from Salopian Brewing Company Ltd
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