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Entire Butt English Porter - Salopian Brewing Company Ltd

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BA SCORE
87
very good

194 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 14.65%
Wants: 13
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.

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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2005 03:24:03 | More by Sammy
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark umber with generous ruby highlights; a few photons away from being opaque. The light brown head is small despite a vigorous pour and appears to be too soft to generate much lace. When the cap eventually falls to a thick film, I see one thin ribbon of lace on the near side of the glass and a few measly splotches elsewhere.

The nose is curiously underpowered to start and doesn't open up all that much with warming. What I can appreciate is moderately roasted malt with a small splash of black coffee. There's no chocolate and no hops at this point in the proceedings.

The flavor and the body can only be classified as letdowns. First of all, calling the body light is doing it a favor. It borders on watery and is overly fizzy in the bargain. The beer tastes watered down as well; no surprise given the body that I just described. It tastes like diluted, cold coffee and carob with a roasted barley background that makes it identifiable as beer. There isn't anywhere near enough palate presence to tease out any subtleties.

The mildly bitter bite may be coming from hops or from heavily roasted chocolate malt, it's hard to say. The brewery boasts that 14 different malts were used in Entire Butt. That's all well and good, but I'd have settled for a grand total of one if it was used in a greater quantity than what's present in this bottle.

I'm all for a lighter, mildly flavored session porter on occasion, but this beer doesn't even rise to those minimal standards. Since I have relatively easy access, I'll give it another go, but two chances is all this one gets. Entire Butt is barely Half a Butt.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2005 22:40:11 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a deep brown body with a nice tan head that sticks aroound for a while and then leaves a collar; some lacing

Smell: A wondrous mixture of a range of dark beer smells - chocolate, coffee, vanilla, dark fruits, smoke, roasted malt - it's all there

Taste: Starts out with a a rich, woody, bitter coffee flavor that, after a few seconds is complemented by a brief complement of hops; the finish brings more coffee and smoky elements

Mouthfeel: Just a tad thin of being medium bodied with modest levels of carbonation

Drinkability: An excellent example of a forgotten style; kudos to the brewer for bringing it back

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2005 22:10:39 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

03-07-2014 22:32:17 | More by nmann08
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I guess that sometimes you get so used to looking at the same beer lable, that you take for granted that you have drank it before. I figured I would re-try this very nice porter since I hadn't in a while. Now seeing that I have no previous reviews, I don't think that I have tried it afterall. The first few sips confirm.

The beer starts a promising solid brown hue with a mild haze. An initial froathy head forms, but then fades to a 1/4" and endured the session. Nice lacing along the way.

More fruity aromas than in most porters. Grapes, plumbs, sweet dates, and nutty coffee notes ride along side scents of cocoa, molassas, and creamy malts. A fairly complex nose.

Much the same in the flavors with emphasis on the coffee and dry cocoa, thus relegating the fruity esters to complimentary notes only. Very well balanced in the flavors with a piney, floral hop taste that comes in late, however along with a light metalic pang in the aftertaste.

Lighter in body than the boldness of flavors indicate which makes the beer very drinkable. But at the sacrifice of creaminess and smoothness, the beer reveals a lightly harsh graininess, mild astringency, and at times comes eerily close to watering.

Ultimately a very nice porter. I feel that a mild addition of oats would help out the textures and smoothen the beer out a lot.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 03:44:07 | More by BEERchitect
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oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2004 21:35:57 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at Paradiso.

All right, honest show of hands: how many initially tried this 'cause o' the name? Come on. I did...I thoroughly enjoy porters. Tee-hee. Anyway, it pours a deep clear russet topped by a finger of off-white micro-foam. The nose comprises raisins, wheat, grass, flowers, and graham crackers. The taste is more robust, with notes of light molasses, blackened biscuits, rye bread, dark wheat, grass, and some light figs. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly gooey feel. Overall, a nice bit of English goodness, something to look for again later on.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2010 22:45:09 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Carefully poured it's a clear, deep mahogany with ruby highlights. The short but creamy off-white head drops shortly but maintains a creamy collar and a whispy surface coating throughout the glass. It leaves some lace, but it's thin and spotty. The nose is cocoa-ish, lightly fruity (berries), and coffee-ish/chocolatey with a mild smoky roastiness. If you search a little further some hoppiness is present - floral and mildly grassy like Goldings. The body is light with a very fine carbonation that leaves it exquisitely smooth and lightly creamy in the mouth. The flavor displays a plum-like fruitiness up-front with emerging notes of gently sweet chocolate. Some more berry-like fruit appears as it warms, along with notes of toffee. It's well balanced with a supportive bitterness. It finishes dry with a nutty caramel flavor that dissolves into lingering roasted dryness and gentle bitterness. This is, without question, best enjoyed at cellar temperature although the change in character as it warms is interesting. Very nicely done and well worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2003 17:46:17 | More by NeroFiddled
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So I guess you could say this is not a...half-assed beer?

After a night of various beer sampling, I like to try and end on a high note if possible. Tonight's attempt will be done with this one.

Pours one step below pitch black. Tan head. Nose is malty and also a real distinct edge of a roasted sugar that has sat in the pan 10 seconds too long and is far beyond rescuing. Coffee tones there when you really linger for something more. Flavor is nice and robust. Roasted attributes that don't hijack the experience. Feel has a good level of carbonation and a decent liquid body. I feel like it is a bit thin, but overall it is good. The verdict is that this is a fairly nice English Porter. One to definitely sip and ponder due to it's fairly full body. I liked it.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 02:09:36 | More by RblWthACoz
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Jason

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2001 00:31:05 | More by Jason
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Re-review, correcting my disappointing first bottle nearly 5 years ago. Now, I've got a freshly poured pint in front of me. Let's do it.

Dark brown body, with ruby highlights. Tan head, with greenish tints. Classic.

Aroma: cocoa and cream, with a hint of vanilla. Lush malt, excellent balance, not too green, not too sweet. Clean and mellow. Excellent.

Taste: Minor hop buzz up front, that stays in play, if on the sidelines, while malt moves in. That sour green apple flavor is there, the one that spoiled that bottle for me, but it's way down there, mixed with grassy notes, and then the cocoa, and then the coffee. A complex blend of malts, it's a cliche', but it's also true.
Great thirst-quencher, surprisingly refreshing. And, amazingly enough, unless I'm fooling myself, I can see where the parts come together. Mild ale, brown ale, and a soured old ale, minus the booze .

This would definitely be a great session ale, if not for the high cost. Guess I have to rely on more affordable porters for that, but I can really appreciate the effort they put into it. With each touch to the lips, delicious malt, sweet brown sugar, grassy hops, chocolate-y goodness, slipping down the throat.
Yum, and yum.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2008 07:33:15 | More by feloniousmonk
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drabmuh

Maryland

2.98/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

Serving type: cask

01-05-2010 18:55:00 | More by drabmuh
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked this up at Well's in Baltimore. Glad to have the chance to review this many years after first trying it. Poured cool into my La Fin Du Monde tulip from a 50cl brown bottle w/ best before date printed on label.

A - A finely beaded tan head caps the deep brown liquid that has ruby colored highlights. The head is rocky and leaves a thin rim of lace.

S - A wealth of fruit and herbal notes which are vinous w/ subtle cream and roasted malt notes appear in the aroma w/ a hint of toffee.

M - Subtle dry malt w/ a moderate spice and bitterness w/ a moderate accent of carbonation. Subtle sweetness fades into the clean finish.

T - A very rich taste of roasted notes w/ gentle mineral notes combine w/ a gentle woody flavor and flavors that are toasty and caramel influenced. The malt flavors are very smooth w/ oat silkiness and crisp w/ British malt character. Cocoa-like chocolate malt notes are dominant w/ a mild sweet berry flavor. The subtle smooth vanilla notes complement the roastiness well and allow the cocoa creaminess to become magnified. A lasting depth of flavor keeps the taste buds happy!

D - So drinkable as only I remember this ale being years ago. I found this to be a masterfully malty ale w/ balance and the kind of nuances you don't find that often. A fermented beauty for the mouth to absord this is not one to miss.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2008 18:45:27 | More by Slatetank
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WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich and complex malt scent that is derived from 14 different malts. It has a black and roasted malt aroma with little hop scent present. The taste is good as well. It has a dry, yet sweet malt flavor that boasts of crystal, black, and roasted malts with a nutty Marris Otter taste. The bottle says it contains oats. That would explain the dry, husky feel. This has a complex malt bill to say the least. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a one tastey brew; a great drinker.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2005 00:04:00 | More by WesWes
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured nearly black with a fairly well-retained head.
The smell was quite complex. I saw on the label that it uses 14 malts. You can smell each of them.
You can taste all of them too - well - done! It is very malty - if you are looking for hops - do not look here - they are masked by fourteen delicious malts. This is an incredible beer. Very complex - you can taste each of the malts.
It leaves a good - but complex - feeling in the mouth.
It's very drinkable because it is smooth while retaining its complexity.
Highly recommended - An excellent brew!

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2006 04:07:27 | More by jwc215
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-27-2011 15:53:05 | More by Rochefort10nh
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed 12 miles away in an old converted creamary (only been on one brewery trip though).

Brown 50cl bottle conditioned beer, best before 27th June 2009, drank on a cold and windy evening in November 2008 while sat eating strong English Cheddar, Branston Pickle and Spring Onions. The review was completed before I started the eating bit.

Poured into a handled pint glass.

Jet black with only a hint of a deep ruby red colouring when the actual light bulb was against the glass. The tan head swiftly fell away to a thin wispy covering, which was thicker around the collar.

The smell was of toasted malts, 14 different ones are used in the brew according to my bottle along with 3 hops. I couldn't detect any hop aroma, the malts seeing to that. The malts are listed on the label, so you can pretent to find each flavour if you wanted too.

The taste was rich and roasted malts, some burnt others others toasted like the smell. No way could I tell you which one stood out the most although dark chocolate does come into the aftertaste more than anything else. There is more than hint of coffee as well.

A very good English Porter and most likey the second best I've ever had. Bateman's Salem Porter is still my personal number one.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 18:52:12 | More by BlackHaddock
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Blue Nile for $8 a pint. Comes a pitch black with a short tan head, leaves impressive lacing.

This really does taste like a true English porter. The flavor starts with mellow dark chocolate and a slight sour tang. As the beer finishes it dives into dark malts with espresso and coffee notes and a spicy hops kiss. This is really a great beer and very true to style. I wouldn't mind having this more often. My only qualm is the $8 price tag. But then again, I'm a cheapskate.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2008 01:40:47 | More by tempest
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 20:26:03 | More by wl0307
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Billolick

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2004 11:54:45 | More by Billolick
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2007 20:05:50 | More by rhoadsrage
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Here's 500ml of good porter, good carbonation, some hops. Very dark and chewy. Pricey - $3.99 but not easy to find in NH - bought in MA.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2002 17:34:09 | More by jdhilt
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DoubleJ

California

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I have a 500 ml bottle which I'm waiting to pop as I warm it up from the fridge....enough of that, I think we're ready to go. On to the beer:

This porter is opaque with shimmering reddish hues at the bottom of my pint glass. Good head and solid retention. Big butterscoth scent races to the nose. It's toffeeish too. It has a very sweet taste to it with the similar toffee/butterscotch flavors. Chunks of french vanilla coffee make their enterence onto stage. I know the yeast is at hard at work, but I can't determine which flavors it is providing. Very very mellow overall...I think I'll have another.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 03:55:03 | More by DoubleJ
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BillRoth

Maryland

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-07-2013 17:45:14 | More by BillRoth
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown, clear and nearly opaque with ruby highlights. The light tan head remained through the entire glass. Fruity pear/plum aroma, light roasted malts and chocolate. Flavour was also fruity, but with a thin maltiness, some roasted and chocolate. Moderate bitterness. The finish was a bit on the salty side. Medium carbonation with a light body and an overall dryness. Very interesting beer, quite different from other porters. Thanks grub!

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2005 00:30:39 | More by DrJay
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Entire Butt English Porter from Salopian Brewing Company Ltd
87 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.