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Entire Butt English Porter - Salopian Brewing Company Ltd

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87
very good

171 Reviews
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Reviews: 171
Hads: 210
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 18
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 171 | Hads: 210
Photo of sponberg
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (762 characters)

Photo of CharlesRiver
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Redbones. Poured very dark with a nice off white creamy head that left a beautiful lace. The smell was sweet with hints of coffee. The taste was much more powerful. Crisp and clean with notes of coffee, toffee and a little bit of chocolate. The taste intensifies at the end and is very enjoyable. I got a hint of some smoke? Not sure. Overall I enjoyed this a lot! I hope this is still on tap on Friday when I go back. (437 characters)

Photo of BierReise
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very black porter allowing no light to shine through. Creamy head settles down to a thin slick oftan foam. Very stout-like in appearance. Has a dry roasted malt like aroma with hints of chocolate. Mouthfeel is not quite full but pretty close to a Guiness. Flavor is malty oats and a dry bitter chocolate. This is nearly a stout in my opinion. Not a great one but not all that bad either. (389 characters)

Photo of aracauna
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly stout-like for an English porter. Dark and looks black for most part, but closer inspection shows that it's just a really dark brown. A nice roastiness jumps out at you first, a bit thin in the middle and some toffee in the finish. Hops are AWOL (as the label said they would be). Quite the tasty porter. Not on the level of Fuller's London Porter, but still nice. (377 characters)

Photo of jreitman
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reading other reviews me thinks my bottle might not have been in the best condition it could have been in. It poured a dark brown. I found it to be rather light bodied with aromas and flavors of coffee, though I found everything quite subdued and not very interesting. I may try this again, but I am not in any rush. (316 characters)

Photo of hotstuff
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When poured into my glass, this beer had a very small head that quickly diminished. There was no lacing present on the sides of my glass. The hue of this beer is black. The nose is roasted coffee and chocolate. The flavor is strong roasted coffee from start to finish. The mouthfeel is smooth, thin and somewhat watery. (319 characters)

Photo of IrishRedRock
2.51/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This was a huge disappointment for me. I am hoping the bottle had gone bad. Poured a deep brown color with no head, and only a slight aroma of coffee.

Body and mouthfeel were thin and watery, hardly the characteristics of the delicious Baltic style porters I am used to. Mild flavors of chocolate and coffee were discernible; had an astringent alcohol finish that did not fit at all. Again, hopefully this went bad, and I would like to say I would try it again, but for the price, I don't think it's worth the risk. (519 characters)

Photo of Realale
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown, when held up to the light, otherwise does a nice impression of being black. Big rocky mocha head slowly settles to rocky uslands.

Nose is quite complex - as if the whole malt industry were assaulting your nostrils. Roasty coffee and chocolate are the predominant notes though. An nice earthiness comes out with time.

Not surprisingly a ton of malt on the palate, with just a touch of wineyness. Again the chocolate and coffee notes dominate. Its quite light on the palate, and not very long. Quaffable, but ultimately a bit too malt-centric to be really interesting. (589 characters)

Photo of kunzbrew
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a rich dark black color with ruby red hightlightsand a nice rich thick creamy head that reduces quickly then settles to a nice collar . Lace is left behind when the head settles. The sweet smell of robust malts along with coffee and chocolate malts fill the nose with great pleasure. A strong hop aroma also fill the nose. The flavor of this bad boy is very nice also, the robustness if that is a word is outstanding. The roasted malts are very pronounced and strong, which is what I like. The beer also finished dry and clean.

Cheers (553 characters)

Photo of ElGuapo
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a dark brown with a small amount of off-white foam that dies very quickly to a thin lace. The aroma could really use a boost. It has the chocolate and dark malts, but they are really not jumping out as they should be.

The flavor was lacking for me also. For a robust porter, it was thin and did not have the nice richness I wanted. I expected loads of chocolate with a good roasted coffee flavor in the backround and a load of dark malts. I got a little chocolate and a good combination of dark malts, but it was just too weak. The flavor that was there was great, and if it was kicked up, it would be an absolutely beautiful porter. It just simply needed more to it. I did find a nice hoppy kick at the end which provided it with some complexity and kept me interested.

Maybe this was a bad sample, although I could not find a date on the bottle. It did have all the right ingredients it seems, but I just wanted it to give me more. (950 characters)

Photo of ububru
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The color is a sherry/brown,it's lightly carbonated with a light tan colored head with little retention.The aroma is slightly musty/prune-like.
It has a lightly smokey-coffee flavor that finishes somewhat dryly with a minimal hop presence.
For my tastes,the beer has an overall light mouthfeel for a porter,but the flavor is well balanced.
I could drink this beer on a regular basis. (386 characters)

Photo of stegmakk
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color was darkd brown with amber tint.
Amazing thick tan head that didn't dissappear quickly. It slowly settled to a nice permanent layer of lace.
Aroma and taste were one of the most complex I have ever tried.
Hints of sweet toffee, roasted malt, and even a small hint of nuttiness. You have to sip this beer to get all of the flavors. It changes from the time it hits your tounge, to after you swallow and are left with a nice aftertaste. Smoothe and a little creamy texture.
Must get some more of this. (511 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
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. (1,062 characters)

Photo of Shiredave
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly over carbonated, bottle conditioned, 3" high brownish rocky head over a clear, deep ruby color when back lit. Aromas of toffee and charred wood, a bit musty at first- oxidation odors fade quickly. Light in body with some hard water astringency, but big in dark grain nuttyness and chocolate malt richness giving way to grassy resinous hop flavors and lingering bitter finish. This bottle was a little past prime but still a great example of a traditional Porter. (471 characters)

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

Who knew something with the word "butt" in it could taste so good. The hint of coffee and caramel almost make you think you bought one of those fancy iced coffee drinks, except this makes you drunk! Foamy goodness. (214 characters)

Photo of Wildman
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a wonderful dark color and nice decent dark tan head. It says it's a blend as traditional porters once were, which may account for dryer taste that I prefer. The taste suffers a little unfortunately because I find the body to be lighter than other porters I have tried. Still a great beer. (306 characters)

Photo of Viking
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good porter. Very dark reddish brown. Initially pours to thick, tan-colored head. Caramel aroma, with a hint of coffee. Taste full of roasted malt, a bit of chocolate, maybe some caramel and coffee on the edges. Finishes a little bitter. Very creamy and smooth. I think I'll try another with breakfast this weekend. (329 characters)

Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

(6 months past bb date)--The head is initially large, frothy, a off-white or light tan in color, but dies quickly. Body is dark brown, bottle conditioned. Aroma is really malty, mostly dark chocolate. The flavor is lightly sweet, moderately bitter. Medium body, extra smooth creamy texture in the mouth feel (excellent), soft carbonation. Overall very enjoyable, you need to let it warm a bit and more and more of the complex malt flavors come out. (448 characters)

Photo of ADR
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (482 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.54/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle, sample purchased. No freshness date.

A porter among porters, lively and flavourful. A great stab at a style that has been lost for decades. (153 characters)

Photo of Todd
4.8/5  rDev +23.1%
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. (1,872 characters)

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Entire Butt English Porter from Salopian Brewing Company Ltd
87 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.