Entire Butt English Porter - Salopian Brewing Company Ltd

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Reviews: 170
Hads: 209
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 17
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Salopian Brewing Company Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Porter |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2001

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Photo of Bung
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. A dark brown pour, not black as light can get through fairly easily. Just a thin white foam layer that disappeared quickly.

Aroma has some mild malt, caramel, cocoa and earthy peat.

Taste is matching. Roast malt and cocoa. Just a little bit of earth, leather and coffee bitter in the finish. There is a faint metallic note to it, but it does not interfere.

Lighter side of medium or heavy side of light mouthfeel. Just a tad watery. If there was just a bit more carbonation it would add some body and creaminess I think.

Still very drinkable and sessionable. Had this a few years ago and I remembered there being more, possibly my tastes have just changed. (669 characters)

Photo of biglite351
2.83/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - you can see dim red-brown through the middle of the glass. Soapy looking white head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

S - malty porter scent. Nothing special, not nothing bad.

T - the flavor seem full, but it is rather light and it seems to vanish rather quickly. No real after taste.

M - a bit thin. Slight tingle on front of tongue.

D - the vanishing flavor and light mouth feel make this passable. (411 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Poured dark brown in color with a thin off-white lacing barely covering the top.

The aroma has more of a milk chocolate smell to it but also has some roasted flavors coming through as well.

The taste has a good amount of roasted flavor to it with some bitter coffee and sweet milk chocolate to it. The sweetness and the roasted bitterness balance each other out pretty well in the finish giving it a nice smooth taste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's a nicely flavored easy drinking porter. (595 characters)

Photo of FreshHawk
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark black with a slight ruby hue at the edges. Average sized beige head that is foamy and somewhat sticky. Decent retention but little lacing left.

S - Lots of sweet cocoa with some coffee and general roast smell. Also a fair amount of vanilla and some dark fruit. Quite complex.

T - Wow, lots of different flavors in this beer. It starts out with a bitter chocolate and coffee taste. Then some sweetness starts coming, in the form of lactose, sugar, toffee, caramel, and the chocolate becomes sweeter as well. Then the roasted malt, slight herbal hops, and dark cherry (and some other dark fruit) comes in. This has a slight, but balanced, bitter taste. I found this kind of pattern/order more common than any others, but many times the order of flavors would be different, as would intensity and presence.

M - Medium body with good carbonation. Smooth, but it is a little watery.

D - With such a diversity of flavors, I want to keep drinking it to identify more and see how they interact in the next sip. None of them are overpowering and destroy your palate. Quite refreshing as well, and an ABV that allows for sessioning.

Notes: Wow, what a diversity of flavors. The beer uses 14 different malts and 3 different hops. Truly an interesting beer that I am glad I experienced. Hard to put it cleanly in a category/style as far as taste goes. Definitely would try it again; although I don't feel the flavors are great enough to warrant always seeking it out and having it available. (1,493 characters)

Photo of dannyhipps
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gifted to me by way of trade extra by photomike. Thanks for the unique extra, photomike!

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into myStone RIS tulip, since I don't own a "worthington-style" glass that was called for on the label...

A- A very, very careful pour produces no head, save for a distnct ring around the edge of the glass...wisps of foam lacing float on top... Dark, dark brown.

S- Smell is fantastic! Roasted malts scream out with shots of nuts, sweet toffee brickle and pumpernickel bready yeast...

T- Compared to the nose, taste is subdued, yet bright and clean. Pastry-like delicate malts abound. The slightest hint of smokiness swirls around the roasted malts in the middle, and this ale finishes clean and refreshing thanks in part to the mildest mid-palate bitter that flows through the finish...

M/D Sublime, bottle-conditioned perfection. Has that old ale-esque smooth quality, like you can taste the history in this one. A very enjoyable, balanced, albeit boring beer, I give high marks for drinkability for a pleasant ale that one could literally drink all day... (1,083 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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... (1,175 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

More English beer on cask...this beer gets me one closer to my 103 styles goal on here.

Beer is dark brown with a thin head. Despite the thin head, it leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is a big question mark to me.

Not much of an aroma, a slight roast but mostly nutty.

OK, I'm bored the second it hits my mouth. Its weak and watery. Nothing much happening at all. Its light and weak, can I say its weak again. Body is thin and watery. There is a slight hint of roast at the back of the mouth but this beer is a big disappointment in a big way. Not recommended not a repeat. (592 characters)

Photo of Travlr
2.51/5  rDev -35.6%
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. (293 characters)

Photo of cptierney
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into an oversized Moonlight pint glass.

What a lovely start to this beer. I must say, I'm a little dissatisfied with the American porter style and jumped at the chance to drink this English interpretation of a long lost porter. It poured a dark, dark brown letting some light through but not much. The fine two fingers of head had an almost nitro feel to it and took ages to recede.

The nose on this porter is sweeter than I'm used to. Heavy toasted malt odor mingles with nice sweet caramel making for an interesting bouquet.

The mouthfeel on this guy is sublime. Creamy carbonation married with a just thick enough elixir make for a happy palate. Almost light enough to be a Schwarzbier.

This is how a porter should taste. There is very little hop profile on this brew and my mouth is just blown away with malt complexity. Toasted breads, smoked meats and sweet candied sugar come to the fore with just enough of a hint of bitter to not get overwhelmed. The sweetness is complementary, not pervasive and makes for a unique and unfamiliar flavor profile.

Highest marks for drinkability. Low hop residuals combined with low ABV and delicious flavor make for a trusty drinking companion. I challenge you to find a more sessionable porter (1,268 characters)

Photo of armock
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a mahogany color with a thin tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of roasted malt with some chocolate scents

T - Follows the nose roasted malt some chocolate and caramel

M - This beer has a thin body with medium carbonation to it

D - Overall this is a good easy to drink porter it has a good taste thats enjoyable I could drink a few of these in a sitting worth a try sometime (396 characters)

Photo of Traquairlover
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Good dark, deep red oak, great clarity when held to the light, very small tan head that settle quickly into foam around the edge.

S = Some good nuttiness, like roasted macadamia nuts, light hints of cocoa powder. some caramel. Very good.

T = This has almost perfect balance, there is a constant bitterness that keeps it in check and results in a nice dry finish. At the same time, it has nice nutty and cocoa flavors, hints of caramel.

M = Medium to medium-light body, decent mouthcoating, carbonation tickles just enough to refreshen the mouth at each sip.

D = Very good drinkability. This beer would make an awesome beer to have a couple while chatting with friends. (716 characters)

Photo of scoobybrew
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a pint glass.

A - deep ruby amber color with a very modest head (poured down the center even) that settles very quickly, very modest retention

S - rich roasted malt with some smokiness noted

T - much like aroma, rich roasted malt flavor with a hint of a smoky burnt character

M - medium-to-light body, moderately low carbonation

D - Overall not a bad porter, but not all that is expected from the style - disappointing based on expectations from other reviews. (486 characters)

Photo of Infamous7100
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured into a snifter, this dark brown/nearly black beverage had about a one finger head.
S: Coffee is prevalent, but you can smell the chocolate a long with a hint of smokiness and alcohol.
T: The malts and chocolate are what I taste the most of, however it's not overpowering. Hops are minimal. It's very complex and well balanced.
M: Perhaps the finest quality of this beer. It's not as thick as you would think and has a lager like crispness. However, it does enough to stick to your pallet. Lightly carbonated.
D: Because of the light ABV and relative viscosity of this brew, it's very easy drinking. It doesn't fill you up and the taste of this outstanding porter warrents another! (690 characters)

Photo of bsp77
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (867 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my September BOTM Club shipment...

A: Dark brown, murky... minimal head, minimal lacing

S: Roasted malts (nuts, cocoa, coffee), earthy, some sweet dark fruit in the nose.

T: Medium roasted coffee, light cocoa, sweet and milky, earthy... almost like a rough cup of coffee that is no longer warm. Boozy hints as it warms.

M: Medium body, earthy mouth feel, yet mostly smooth. not getting the creamyness others mentioned.

D: Very good, unique, flavorful and earthy. Would easily have another. Would LOVE on cask. (520 characters)

Photo of cvstrickland
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The shouldered half-liter bottle pours a glimmering ruby-colored brew smartly topped with three fingers of light tan foam. After a while, the head deflates into a creamy lid that deposits soft ragged sheets of lacing onto the sides of my imperial pint willibecher.

Chocolate-covered green grass shoots and a nip of black coffee greet the nose. A clean floral fruitiness lurks deep in the darkest depths of the aroma masquerading as peaches, underripened red apples, and a sprinkle of spicy sweet betsy blossoms.

The taste is mild chocolatey fruitiness incarnate. Dilute but very dark bitter chocolate, cooled black coffee and the zip of freestone peaches swirl together in a flavor profile that is mild but multifaceted. As the drink warms a touch, a silky streak of dark caramel sweetens the proceedings.

The drink is on the lighter side of medium-bodied with vivid carbonation that works just fine. A highly sessionable quaffer. (934 characters)

Photo of BeerSox
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle into nonic. Lot/Best before is F10 010, whatever that means (on label).

Deep brown, nearly black, with ruby highlights toward the bottom. A thin light brown head quickly dissappears to a thin rim.

Light roasty malts and a little bit of molasses.

The malts are on the lighter side, but I'm assuming that's the intent. The malts are burnt, but not too heavy. A little bit of coffee and brown sugar is in the background. Hops are barely existent. Full bodied. Creamy overtones throughout.

I'm assuming this bottle has had its experience shipping across the ocean and sitting in a box, and a shelf. But it still seems to be at the top of its class for drinkabililty, subtle flavor, and showing us what the roots of the porter style. I'd love to have this fresh in England. Recommended. (799 characters)

Photo of templar316
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep, deep brown, only hints of cola color coming through at the edges. A nice walnut head which leaves some laceing. A softly malty aroma; biscuts, dark fruit and chocolate. The taste is soft and envelopeing, definately better as it warms. The malty body rolls acrossed the toungue hinting, only hinting quickly at so many things, bread pudding, chocolate, oatmeal, but its all gone in a flash of hop bitterness and its something different on the next swallow. It's smooth and I could easily drink this all night. (527 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a pint glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a decent 1 finger medium-thick looking tan head with decent retention. Very dark brown in color with next to no carbonation evident. A decent film remains to the end and leaves a bit of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: A decent nose of roasted and smoky barley malt with lots of bitter smelling chocolate and espresso notes. Pretty good.

TASTE: Roasted barley malt again with lots of smoky notes. Some bitter dark chocolate and strong espresso notes coffee notes as well, much like the nose. A strong aftertaste of smoky burnt malt and bitter espresso. Not bad at all, but not quite as bold as the nose had suggested.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. A little light on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes quite dry on the palate. Maybe a bit too astringent, unfortunately. Slightly chalky finish.

OVERALL: A good drinkable session brew. Perhaps a bit too astringent on the finish for some, but definitely an all-round enjoyable brew. (1,050 characters)

Photo of Genghis22
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Date: Best Before 9-27-09

A - Pours a nice dark black color, with root-beer brown accents along the edges of the glass. A nice cream color head formed and settled. No lacing.

S - Delightful smells of roasted malt. Slight smells of toffee, dark chocolate and light roasted coffee.

T - Very nicely balanced. Big roasted malts come at you strong, but they are put in check with just the right amounnt of hops. The hops are not overly bitter, but balance out the malts very nicely.

M - Exactly what a Porter should be. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Too many breweries confuse stouts and porters as far the mouthfeel goes. I like my stouts to be thicker and less carbonated than my porters.

D - Very drinkable beer. This has great flavor, a nice mouthfeel and at 4.8% abv, you can drink a few of these and still function. (839 characters)

Photo of farrago
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big head on the pour which swiftly settles down into a half finger froth of large bubbles in the middle with cream nearer the rims, longlasting lacing. Dark chocolate, chocolate mud pie and caramel infused nose with a sweet tobacco smokiness, with time more bitter coffee rind notes appear, mostly canceled out by plum and blackberry fruit scents, gently floral but no real evidence of hoppiness in your nostrils. Medium-bodied, however, the carbonation swirls aggressively through the attack making it initially lighter than that. The roast more focused here, alongside a mineral water aspect and the low alcohol level makes it a refreshing sessionable beer. Dark chocolate powder, caramel, butterscotch and coffee hard candy make it negligibly sweeter than bitter. Fig and golden raisin mix with more plum and cherry fruit flavors, light and bouncy overall. More clarity in the biscuit, golden dough flakes and graham cracker components. Given its relatively light touch coats the tongue nicely and extends its finish without requiring attention. (1,048 characters)

Photo of wl0307
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

3 years and 6 days since I first tried this beer, I've had the luck to revisit it in a different mood and with slightly more experience with English Porter. The label says this is the Silver Medal Winner at the GBBF 1999 (Bottle-Conditioned Ale class), brewed with "14 different malts and 3 hops", including "Pale malts Otter, lager, wheat, pale crystal, dark srystal, dark chocolate, pale chocolate, black, roast barley, cara malt, torrified wheat, amber, brown and malted oats"... (Wow...) BB 27/06/09, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: coming in a nearly black hue (like deeply dark ebony) with a thick tan frothy head with good retention and leaves uneven sheets of lacing along the way, while the carbonation level is unknown.
S: underneath the lightly dusty notes of the froth, the harmonious malt symphony is in full swing - besides the main characters of roast barley, chocolates malt and crystal malt (I can only identify these 3), the lightly sour fruits add some more complexity and render a mildly stale or prune-ish fruity touch, while earthy/spicy hops also provide an extra edge to the formula. A closer sniff after the foam settles reveals sweet roast walnuts, caramelised raisins, and more bitter-sweet roast and herbal aroma. Quiet, thick, and complex, but way less vinous as I'd expect from an English Porter.
T: a refreshing and pretty dry swallow of black malts, licorice-infused water, dried black dates and aromatic toasted (wal-)nuts comes in a lovely, light-bodied manner; then, quickly, a very mixed bitter and roasty middle expands with a light sour edge of dark fruits, adding a bit more complexity to the foretaste. The aftertaste is pretty soul-lifting aromatic and roasted-nutty (continuing with the roast malty theme), enhanced by earthy hops and bitterness, while the sides of the tongue can clearly detect some charred-woody bits in the long, dry, chewy finish.
M&D: rather lively-carbonated initially but softening as the beer warms; I can't say this is a very "Porter-like Porter" to me especially after having tasted some slightly more fruity/stale/vinous samples across the UK, but this one has a particular charm in that the malty edge is really understated, rendering a consistently dry and bitter palate... Not like a normal bitter-sweet English stout, not as big as a vinous Porter, not at all hoppy as more modern interpretations - this one is, however, more like a dry stout (if anything), and highly enjoyable in its own class!

* Tasting Date: 21/02/06
A beer using 14 malts and 3 hops? Well, this is what it says on the bottle, and I don't think I could possibly discern each and every element in this "entire butt" style porter!! No useful freshness info. is printed on the label, apart from: "BB 907 011"(?!)... Served lightly chilled in a jug.
4 A: colour of very deep brown with ruby hues; an off-white beer head comes foamy but not very thick, settling to a very thin sheet of froth on the top throughout the drink~~
4 S: typical for an English porter and "quietly pleasant": roasted malts come along with a mild note of dark chocolates, cocoa and whole coffee beans--deep and aromatic... backed by a good depth of charred wood and a semi-calcium pill smell. 14 malts? they're all rolled into one!
4.5 T: mellow roasted maltiness smoothly lubricates the tongue~~ very slowly a subtle and mixed flavour develops--dark chocolates, oats, chewy brown bread, char, a touch of wood, and a touch of vanilla, whereas the hop entry is reasonably restrained... a good depth felt at the deep end of the palate supports the colourful flavour upfront, while the complex and long-lasting aftertaste is dominated by bitter-sweet, chewy roasted malty overtone and a ve...ry mild sour edge of darkest chocolates... satisfyingly dry-ish bitter finish.
4 M&4.5 D: with good support of micro-scopic fizz, the body is fresh yet smooth enough throughout, but it's not as soft as a milk stout or rich as an oatmeal stout or fullsome porter; it has its own rough edges and that provides some extra enjoyment to this nice dark brew. As anticipated, I fail to discern which malt is which in this beer, simply because the flavour is so harmonious that I couldn't even tell if the claim of "14 malts" is anything but marketing strategy!! A good-quality quaffable porter it is. (4,317 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a darkish brown with a two-finger tan head that slowly died and left lacings down the glass. A heavy malt smell in the aroma, a mix of some sweet/sugary malts and dryer malts like coffee, roasted, toasted. There's all kinds of malts in here. A smooth, somewhat creamy and bittersweet beer, the malts from the smell are in here and mixed well. There's chocolate, caramel, toffee, coffee, roasted, toasted, maybe even burnt. There is even some minor hop presence in the backbite with a more of a grapefruit hop taste than citric. The smoothness that the beer passes over the tongue is balanced with a crisp, dry backbite, and I could sit at the bar all day if this was the only beer available. (698 characters)

Photo of mapofthedead
3.11/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice dark brown appearance with a small off-white head.

S: Smells sweet - reminded me of Tia Maria!

T: Nothing outstanding grabbed me, seemed a little bland. None of the sweetness in the smell carried over to the taste.

M: Watery and bland.

D: Would make a good session beer as there is nothing harsh or out of the ordinary about it. I found it drinkable but bland. (375 characters)

Photo of Richardberg
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Medium brown color, translucent, rich red glow. Small cream head.

S: deep caramel malts througout. Some coffee and tobacco, hint of aged whiskey.

T: Malty to be sure, but not too strongly flavored in any direction; the complex smells carry the day. No bitterness to speak of.

M: like your average English ale. I agree with a previous review that some oats would have helped elevate the feel to the creaminess you want in a good dark beer.

D: crisp and clean and satisfying. As an imperial stout kind of guy, this is to me what your all-purpose everyday lager is to most others. Could drink frequently, and just might. (664 characters)

Entire Butt English Porter from Salopian Brewing Company Ltd
87 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.