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Entire Butt English Porter - Salopian Brewing Company Ltd

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BA SCORE
88
very good

197 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 16
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Salopian Brewing Company Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Porter |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2001)
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Reviews by Travlr:
Photo of Travlr
2.45/5  rDev -37%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: This maroon color, no head and no lacing.
S: Cafe au lait aroma, very pleasant.
T: Flavor of milk chocolate and Starbucks. Smoky finish. Metallic tastes, maybe infected.
M: Body was a bit light.
D: Much worse than previous tastings makes me things there is something wrong with this batch.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown not quite black with amber tones near the bottem of my pint glass,loved the aroma fruity and woody notes not much chocolate but juicy fruit.I was suprised at the size of the head on this one.Taste has a variety of flavors fruit and bitter chocolate hit right away with a big earthy finish wich was nice.Salopian knew what they were doing here great beer will buy again,highly recommended.

Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is a great-looking English-style porter. It’s dark brown with good clarity and a lovely, moderate head that left a little rim on top of the liquid.

Smell – The malts are mildly roasted but very strong with some good brown and raw sugar notes.

Taste – The taste steps back from the sugars a little bit. The malts are dark with a mild roasty flavor and maybe just the slightest hint of hops.

Mouthfeel – This is shy of medium-bodied with some moderate bitterness but nothing that will make you throw back your head.

Drinkability – This is an excellent English-style session porter.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Saw this at Discount Liquors and being a big fan of the porter style I figured I had to give it a go. Pours from the 50cl bottle a deep black with crimson highlights and a half inch of bubbly bone white head. Looks good in the glass. Initial aromas of dark fruits, quite vinous actually with an odd sour fruit scent. Hints of roasted coffee, dark malts, grain and cocoa. Something just seems to be a bit off here, I was expecting a richer aroma.

First sip brings a roasted flavor upfront bathed in sour grapes. Toasted grains, cocoa, caramel and coffee all intermingle in the flavor profile. Dark fruits and a glimpse of green hops. Finishes a bit toasty. Not nearly as robustly malty as I was expecting and the odd sourness puts me off a bit.

Mouthfeel is much thinner than I imagined. Goes down smooth with bubbly carbonation but I was expecting a bit more body. Definetly an interesting porter here...I'm not sure if I got a bad bottle or what, but I'll have to give this brew another go round and see what it brings next time. For now, I can't say I'm terribly impressed.

Photo of blitz134
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nearly black with brown highlights around the edges. Not too much head formation even with the gluggy pour caused by the bottle. The head disappeared entirely too quickly to even get a glimpse of it. Smell is of black patent malts with hints of sweet chocolate. There is a nice toasty smell as well. The flavor is quite a contrast from the aroma. The taste is slightly weaker than I would have expected. Of course the slight burnt coffee from the malts is there along with a touch of sweetness but that seems to be the conclusion of the initial “flavor”. Initially this hits me as having very little flavor. While holding it on my taste buds for a while the flavors described above begin to bloom. As this one warms a bit the flavors do start to open up a bit. Mouthfeel is probably medium in my opinion and lacks that creaminess many porters exhibit. This is very easy drinking as it doesn’t work to overwhelm the taste buds and the lower ABV helps out as well.

Photo of Todd
4.83/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 1pt 9fl oz fat brown bottle with long neck. Best before date stamped on the neck.

Appearance: Rich, deep dark brown. Nearly black. Head pours thick and foamy, tan in colour. Sticks like mad as it very slowly dissipates to a level that most beers dream of. The head on this beer is absolutely amazing.

Smell: Massively complex malt aroma, but if I had to sum it up with 3 words: "sweet coffee milk" ... it has one of the most pleasant aromas that I have ever indulged. Reminds me of that coffee syrup that I used to add to milk as a kid -- all caramelly, creamy, coffee-like -- yummy stuff. Light grain notes can also be detected, as can an appealing smoke, sweetness and chocolate.

Taste: Incredibly smooth mouthfeel, with a huge, firm, thick full-body. Malt is seriously complex with flavours including: lager-like crispness, dry grain and grain husk, coffee, lactose/milk sugar-like, toffee, smoke, earth, chocolate and astrigent roasted malts. Hop flavour is minimal but shows through in the middle to refresh the palate with a delicate herbal tea-like bitterness that complements the roasted (barley) flavours. Hop flavour, apart from being a bit bitter, is very raw, leafy. Beer finishes with some grain dryness, roasted and smoke residuals and a faint hop oil feeling on the palate.

Notes: Welcome to the last beer of your life. You could, without a doubt, have this beer on your death bed and feel like you actually lived a full-life.

This bottle conditioned butt beer was brewed with 14 malts! Pale marris otter, lager, wheat, pale crystal, dark crystal, dark chocolate, pale chocolate, black, roasted barley, cara malt, torrified wheat, amber, brown and malted oats. This is Salopian's attempt to recreate the forgotten traditional Porter style. I think they did I marvelous job, in humble opinion. Silver Medal @ the GBBF 1999 BCA's.

Photo of sponberg
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, dark russet brown with a light, tan-cream colored head with laciness that winds down the glass. A very rich aroma - coffee, toffee, slight roastiness. This is gonna be good...

Oh yeah it is!! What a big ass body on this one - lots of dark round maltiness, hits of coffee, toffee and cocoa, an oatmeally (like a bitter chocolate haystack no-bake cookie) creaminess and just enough smokiness to tie it together. Some faint latent hoppiness in the finish, just enough to let you know that a hop was tossed in the kettle. The word "rich" keeps coming back into my head again and again. Just a handful of roasted malt shy of a sweet stout IMO. As is, a damned fine porter that will find itself in my pint glass quite often if I have anything to say about it.

Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Jason
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A porter among porters, lively and flavourful. A great stab at a style that has been lost for decades.

Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chubby bottle, pours very dark brown, strong nose of bready yeast, and sweet malts. Low carbonation, left some nice lacing. One taste tells you this is a welll crafted, highly flavorful English Porter. Chocolate, coffee notes also a hint of vanilla. Fairly light bodied. Smooth and drinkable, fine stuff, seek and enjoy.

Photo of Byeast
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: opaque black , some ruby hues near the bottom , a tan and creamy head of a quarter inch.

Smell: Massively malty , coffee , chocolate, burnt aromas, some grain. very complex.

Taste: The taste is a wonderfully complex and smooth blend of the massive amount of malts. Flavors of: coffee , chocolate , smoke , wood/earth , roasty complexities, deep grain , leafy hop , and some medicinal flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium body , fairly crisp carbonation, slick

Drinkability and notes: This is one exellent porter. Very unique in its use of malts which include: Pale maris otter, lager , wheat , pale crystal , dark crystal , dark chocolate , pale chocolate , black , roasted barley , cara malt , torrified wheat , amber , brown and roasted oats. ( 14 ).

Photo of bsp77
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in September shipment of my BOTM club. Based on this one alone, this is already better than the abysmal August shipment.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. 330ml bottle; I had really been hoping the BOTM cub would somehow send the 500ml bottle but I guess that was a fool's wish.

Appearance: Dark brown with red highlights. Pours large frothy head that recedes to a thin line but leaves very sticky lacy.

Smell: Chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, coffee and slight nuttiness. Smells stale, but in a good musty way.

Taste: Mild yet complex, with notes of chocolate, musty earthiness, plum, nuts and coffee. Ends just ever-so-slightly bitter with roasted malts and English hops.

Feel: Despite being relatively light, it has a smooth, almost creamy body. Low carbonation.

Drinkability: Fantastic session beer when malts are desired.

Photo of wattoclone
5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of jondeelee
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought for me as a joke, Entire Butt turned out to have a fantastic nose full of chocolate malt, milk chocolate, and heavy brown sugars, with lighter hints of cream, tobacco, and peat.

On the tongue, the brew follows much the same suit, but starts off relatively light, sugary, and chocolaty before bursting into a sudden ash-and-tobacco mid-range. This lasts briefly, then subsides to allow more subtle flavors to come through, such as cream and caramel. But tobacco ash is never far from the surface, and bubbles up time and time again as the beer is held in the mouth. The aftertaste is much the same, being an extension of the heavy cream and ash flavors that lingers for quite a while. Mouthfeel is medium, comparable to 2% milk, and carbonation seems quite light, even though my bottle has been open for less than five minutes. I suspect this beer goes flat quite fast, but that's all the reason I need to drink deeply.

Overall, this is a good brew, though perhaps a bit heavy on the ash flavors for most palates.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
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.

Photo of ADR
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

One pint 9 oz bottle, two months past "best before" date...

Dark coffee color, big creamy head with medium/small bubbles...toasted bread aroma, nice...Flavors are bitter and coffee-like, slight prune, not overly chocolate. Medium bodied, flavor stays largely the same on the tongue to the back of the mouth. Made with 14 different malts to simulate the old days when ales of various tastes (and freshness) were mixed. Low hops, just a touch more sweetness would be good to me.

Photo of Shovelbum
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a big chunky light mocha head over a black body. Good head retention and lace. Fairly clean aromas; a bit of roasted malt. Flavors of slighty smoky roasted malt, slightly tart vinous fruit, slightly sweet with an intriguing hop bitterness that balances things out. Full-bodied. British mineral character as well. Fairly high carbonation gives this a rather crisp mouthfeel.

A bit more crisp than the American porter’s I’ve had. Still, well-balanced and highly drinkable.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer has a dark black body with a hint of brown glowing at the base of the glass. The thick bubbly light tan head fades to a film pretty quickly. There are some tiny bubbles stuck to the side of the glass but the body is too dense to see any carbonation.

S- The smell of dark bitter black malt with a slight cream and earthy note is the strongest smell in the glass. The notes of toasted malt and a hint of caramel come through with a fresh raisin note that follows.

T- This beer has a black roasted malt flavor that is light with a light bitterness in the finish that might be from malt or hops. There are notes of chocolate malt and a light toasted malt note in the background also.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a fullness in the finish that adds a creamy quality to it. After the head has disappeared there is more of a watery texture to the body. There is a very light alcohol heat when it is warm for the last few sips.

D- This beer has a nice big malt flavor and a good balance of malt to bitterness even though I can't taste all the malts specifically. By reading the description on the bottle I was expecting a much bigger beer with "vinous notes" but it is very drinkable and I would love to try it on cask.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Entire Butt English Porter.

I swear English beers are the world's finest!

Appearance- dark almost black. If you hold it up to a light it's actually dark ruby red. No head!? Just some big ole' bubbles in the corner of my glass.

Smell- like chocolate and coffee bean. Some ash. Smells good.

Taste- slighty watery but that's good. ( not cloying at all!) Ashy, nice roast to it. a very light crisp bitterness that appears in the tail end of your sip.

Overall- a very good Porter, if not 1 of the best I've had to date!

Photo of BillyB
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The color is a deep dark brown almost black with a thin tannish head.
Malty sweet aroma is strong. No hop aroma. All Malty; chocolate, coffee even a hint of vanilla.
Taste is similar to aroma. Not much bitterness. More malty sweetness and a hint of smokiness (salty?). Nice combination of coffee, chocolate roatiness.
Medium body, not much carbonation.
Good example of the style.

Photo of cokes
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'll forego all the sexualized puns running through my head.

A thick tan head resides atop this blackened amber fluid.
Potent, biting coffee, lush caramel, and dry, brittle toffee.
This is an exercise in roasty malts. Full of tapered espresso, grill residue, charred beef, bitter chocolate, and pipe tobacco ash. Sweetened with minor inflections of caramel and plums. Vaporizes and gets a bit water-logged on the home stretch. The hopped conclusion is tepid, and only hints at herb.
Light bodied and even, perhaps, dilute leaning. Nevertheless, this is a grand ol' quaffer.
Though it's tasty regardless, I wish the multifacited roasty hues would have stayed around longer.

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A black beer with tons of foam that dissipates after several minutes. So a pint lasts a while. Molasses in aroma and taste that adds to the darkness. Nuttiness, carmel, fruit,coffee grinds, some roasting, tabacco, all supported by above average carbonation. The original. A must try.

Photo of tweeder263
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

poured out a dark brew with ruby highlights around the glass.Minimal head if any. Hints of coffee come through with an almost winey scent. Dry coffee taste with minimal hop bite that finishes very clean,well done. Mouthfeel,,what mouthfeel,,very unimpressive and watery. Drinkability is pretty good though i could knock quite a bit of these down.

Photo of augustgarage
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Dusty 500mL bottle discounted due to its being past its best before date (9/27/2009). Opened with some trepidation, but the bottle conditioning did a great job preserving and well, conditioning this ale.

Poured into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Very dark brown liquid with auburn and crimson highlights. Thin buff head forms a slick across the glass surrounded by a slightly thicker collar. Good retention, pixelated lacing and swift moving legs.

Light roast malt, hot cocoa, and light brown sugar aromatics.

The flavor follows the nose but with slightly deeper roast notes. Mineral water and coffee mid-palate, with very faint hops. Mildly over-toasted hazlenuts in the finish. Overall, very clean, straight-forward and well crafted. Very low diacetyl, but fitting for the style. No real off flavors though (and no potent flavors to hide them behind).

Light bodied, but with moderate carbonation and effervesence rescuing the feel from mediocrity.

Enough flavor and body to hold your interest, but conservative roast levels and ABV - a true session ale - and brewed right to style. That said, give me a more complex and robust Meantime London Porter any day...

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Steve's Liquor here in Madison. The name says Butt...HAha...had to try it. Glad I did.

Pours s deep brown/black with garnet highlight and a nice one-finger off-white head that dies to a coating. Nose is complexly malty, which can be attributed to the 14 different strains of malt. A faint hint of tobacco was detected as well, like menthol cigarette tobacco. Taste is typical for an English porter, malty, some bitter floral hops, along with a hint of that tobacco. Couldn't quite pin down all those malts, but overall this was a tasty little porter. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side, which I've come to expect from most English ales, but still enjoyable. Complex malt profile makes this one worth a try.

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Entire Butt English Porter from Salopian Brewing Company Ltd
88 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.