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Entire Butt English Porter | Salopian Brewing Company Ltd

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Brewed by:
Salopian Brewing Company Ltd
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2001

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Photo of RblWthACoz
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.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best before F06 103
Bottle Conditioned
Pours a nice light tan colored head that has a great lacing. The head falls thin, but doesn't leave. Color is dark with some purple protrudes when held up to the light. Smell is bready and roasted malts sweet and a little sour at the same time. A very nice light roasty flavor compliments the bready malts that fill you up and make the mouthfeel creamy-like. Minimal off-flavors. Overall this is a good english porter, I am glad to have this locally.

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Photo of JustinOSU99
3.1/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Very dark brown and tasty looking. A small white head emerges as you pour from the bottle but quickly dies down.
S: Lots of complex smells. Oil, coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, cocoa, raisins, caramel, pine. Yummy.
T: Very different. Smoke dominates the immediate taste and gives way to a very semi-sweet chocolate finish. There is a sour taste to this beer that doesn't do it for me.
M: The mouthfeel is smooth and lightly carbonated.
D: Definitely too strange of a flavor for me. A one time only beer for this guy.

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Photo of albern
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a pleasant surprise. The only weak point of this beer is the head, which pretty much never materialized and then completely disappeared whatever there was of it. The smell is chocolate, coffee, tobacco, molasses, some berries, and a touch of hop, but not much. The smell does not do the beer justice and is quite subdued. This beer is all about the malty taste. This is a light to medium bodied beer with a very distinctive chocolate, malty, caramel, sweet taste that derives from the dozen or so different malts used to brew this beer. You will get some hints of berry, and toffee as well. The mouthfeel is largely watery with a slight oily feel. The aftertaste is surprisingly light. This is a thoroughly enjoyable porter well worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

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Photo of BuckSpin
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
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!

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Photo of botham
3.05/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pint bottle poured into an imperial nonic pint glass. pours just like a porter should: a semi-transparent black, with garnet highlights and a sizable light tan colored head that slowly dissipates into moderate lacings on the glass.

smells very malty, with a light roasted and caramel character. a bit of yeasty aroma is mixed in as well, alongside a flutter of a vinous feel. all in all, a pleasant mix.

taste is restrained at first, leading into a somewhat strong vinous and acidic flavor that overpowers the other flavors present in the smell. a dissapointing taste after a pleasant smelling brew. this could be a bad bottle, because the character of this brew is more along the lines of a flander's red, not a porter.

aftertaste is dry, and still with the vinous and sour character. like i just drank wine, which was made from pre-mature grapes.

mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, with a very smooth and creamy texture. this one has some weight behind it, but the smoothness is cancelled by the vinegar-like character.

drinkability is not very good. there is a bite from the sour vinous character, and the brew is somewhat heavy for the flavors you get out of it. not impressed.

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4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Every porters dream, with 14 malts and 3 hops this is what a porter should be! A little more complex than say flag Porter, It is worth many sips, just serve it a little warmer in order to appreciate the complexity.
Dark, ruby appearance, slight head and short lived for a bottle conditioned beer. Black patent , chocolate, coffee and toasty malts characterize a very English Beer. This yeast, unlike American ale yeast offers a unique spicy addition, not to mention those all so English hops.
The malt wins the contest, as it should be! Try it!

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Photo of Fugazme
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, dark dark dark brown with a wonderful 1/4", thick head that is a good tan color... excellent cap after head dissipates with a creamy lace.

Decent roasted malt character on the nose... some hints of chocolate, but mostly caramel and roastiness. Not a huge aroma.

Good mouthfeel... definite smooth and a tad silky. Nice.

A good sweet middle and a bitter finish on the swallow. Some great roasted flavor. Acidic coffee and a bit of cola.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.61/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark black color with a light tan head. The aroma is surprisingly faint with just a touch of dark roasted malts, chocolate and a touch of licorice. The taste is dark and roasty with some odd indescribable off-flavors in there as well. Overall, I am not a huge fan of this brew at all.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful brown with a two finger head. Smells chocolate malty with a balanced and reserved English taste. Nice mouthfeel with a lingering aftertaste that hits every part of your mouth. Chocolate, malty, hoppy, good butt porter. Can drink on a cold night or warm afternoon, enjoy.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with a half inch tan head. Head retention isn't good, but there's a decent bit of lacing. It smells like roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, and a bit of hops. Roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, coffee and grassy hops are the main things I taste in this beer. There's a nice lingering coffee/hops aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light/medium, and it's smooth and slick. Drinkability is pretty good, it's easy to drink. I think this is a pretty good porter, very sessionable.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of zuccard
2.2/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Label indicates made from 14 malts...so, the color and apperance was nearly black. Excellent head retention. Walked away from the glass for several hours, came back and still had a good head above the liquid.

While this one is made from lots of malt...the taste was overwhelmingly sour for an aftertaste, that made it undrinkable for me. The aroma was a hint of almost a molasses smell, which having 14 malts in the brew was probably the reason. The first taste was also of molasses, and not much else. Then the sour aftertaste made it undrinkable. Never finished much more than half of it....Tried it a few times, to see if it was me or the beer.

Even the smell afterwards, after the beer was completely poured into the glass was sour, and high in acetyl. Not recommended.

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Photo of BBM
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I had been looking forward to this one for a while. The beer pours a near-black with ruby highlights against the light. There is a 1/2 inch white head that does not stay for very long. A very nice looking beer. The smell is complex, with notes of malt, wood, and smoke.

The taste is more of the same. Very malty up front, but never overpowering. The flavors blend together for a cohesive yet constantly changing taste on the palate. Chocolate, dark fruit, and even some wood can be found in this ale. There is a slight dry, hoppy bitter finish. Mouthfeel is thin, but clean. Not very carbonated. The only slight knock is drinkability, since it is a bit on the the heavy side. Otherwise a very good English porter.

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

Presentation: 0.5l bottle poured into an authentic English Imperial pint glass

Appearance: Very dark brown with ruby edges and a big, frothy off white head that never went away. Amazing retention and a beautiful beer.

Aroma: Caramel and chocolate malt in the background, but in the foreground is a sour apple like tartness, almost like a rodenbach or petrus oud bruin. Is this supposed to be there? It is said the original porters were soured because of the old, stale beer. Is this intentional? I hope so, because I freaking love it.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Much drier than I anticipated. Very nice malt flavors, but not the usual sweetness. The tartness takes center stage with a nice green apple flavor, blending well with the flavor of the malt and a scant citrus hop flavor. Medium bodied, somewhat thin.

Notes: Given what I've read from other reviewers, I may have gotten a bad bottle of this. But I sure hope not. I absolutely loved the combination of the malt and tartness in this beer. I'm just going to have to get another one and give it a try.

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Photo of nriech
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Obviously bought for the name but was pleased with the actual brew when I put the entire butt in my mouth and shared my entire butt with friends.

Appearance: Very dark, ruby on the edges. Good dense head @ quarter inch.

Smell: Chocolate and roasted grain; mostly chocolate, with a citrus-hoppy splash that emphasizes the chocolatey character further.

Taste: Very malty but good. Lots of malts went into this according to the label, 14 kinds. Toasted grains, cocoa, caramel and coffee all intermingle in the flavor profile. Dark fruits and a glimpse of green hops. Finishes a bit toasty.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink, not too thick or high in alcohol. Very flavorful and enjoyable.

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served to me at the Old Toad.

A- Nice: thick black and sticky. Dirty oil look to it with a ring of big bubbles for a head.

S- Burnt, malty, a little bit of grassy hops, and caramel.

T- Rich, smooth, sweet to start, grassy to end. Definite charred caramel/wood taste. Good porter.

M- Thick, sticky. Creamy and heavy.

D- Nice for dessert on a cold night.

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

Pours an ultra-dark brown with ruby highlights. Held to a light, you can see Entire Butt is clear with faint bubbles rising to the top. The bubbles aid the small tan head which sticks around a long time.

Smells quite malty, with hints of honey. Mostly roasted grain, molasses, some chocolate. Pretty darn good. Let it warm and the smell changes significantly

A long draught reveals that this is a superb session beer. There’s no harsh bite, the overall impression is of a mildly carbonated, smooth malt slickness. It’s actually a lot lighter than one would expect, given that this is made with fourteen (yes, 14) types of malt! There’s a hint of dry cocoa, that roasted, carbon characteristic common to porters, and a distinct coffee aftertaste. There’s also a grape / tannic quality and just enough hops to impart a slight bitterness. The aftertaste is pleasant and not sour as some porters are wont to be.

Entire Butt feels great in my mouth; (heh) this is smooth and slick but thin enough to drink in gulps. This is significantly mellower than most American porters, and only 4.8% abv, which I enjoyed. This is not a sipping beer, rather, this is the kind of thing you order up a round or four with friends – if you’re fortunate to find it at a pub. This is a classic taste, and one that I can wholeheartedly recommend to lovers of porter.

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Photo of Byeast
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
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 ).

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Photo of Portertime
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was one hell of a beer. Probably the blackest I've ever seen, this 14 malt porter was just an explosion of flavor. The feel on the tongue was a little too stingy for me but going down was pretty smooth. It had a true malty porter taste that was easy to savor. I enjoyed it very much.

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Photo of dogfooddog
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from picturesque Shrewsbury, this beer pours a small head and had a fabulous roasted, malty nose. happy to see the bottle conditioning apparently held up here. Reminds me a bit of a stout, with a hint of unmalted roasted barley, the label notes it has roast barley but no idea if it was malted.

Taste is pretty much what you expect from an english stout (not porter), distinct roast barley taste among others. Reminds me a good bit of hopback entire stout. Despite 14 malts used, there aren't depths of complexity here, but it is very nicely crafted and does what it claims to do. It is not a traditional porter in the sense that it is not a blend of multiple beers.

Well worth trying, and good on this side of the pond as well.

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Photo of Derek
2.61/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Obtained from a fridge at the World of Beer in Clearwater, Fl.

A: Black, off-white head, very little retention.

S: Sour grains, grapes, brown sugar.

T: Bready, slight sour/tartness, grape juice, hints of chocolate, brown sugar and licorous. Dry, acidic, slightly bitter roastyness.

M: Lighter than moderate body, moderate carbonation, dry, hints of chalk and acidity.

D: Not to my liking.

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Photo of mjc410
1.77/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a Belgian tulip.

The beer raises an at first grainy bubbled, two finger head. The bubbles coalesce as the head falls, leaving a nice short layer of medium-dark tan foam. The body is utterly black, and beautiful. Aroma raises caution flags - vinous acid, apples, tangierines, perhaps. Certainly not what I expect from a porter. Roast is not evident in the nose (until it warms - a little roast peeks out). The bottle describes the ale as "distinctly vinous," so I'll give it the benefit of the doubt. Taste is acidic, with a lambic character hinting at the Cantillons that I can't bring myself to review, owing to their overriding acidity. You know, there's not much else to it. I won't rate this as rock-bottom, as it's not undrinkable, but I certainly don't expect all this with an utter lack of roast from a porter. I'd chalk this up to a bad bottle, perhaps, although the bottle self identifies as vinous. Perhaps a revisit is due in the future.

Edit: While still drinking this, I find that it pairs well with some high % chocolate, melding with the vinous character in the candy. By itself, it's still not so good.

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Photo of Suds
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent reddish-brown color with a fizzy, sparse tan head. The aroma is pretty intense. The most dominant feature, although not the most intense, is a distance acidity. It’s not acrid, just slightly sour. There are also strong smells of malt, chocolate, burnt and highly roasted malts, smoke, raisins, and fruit. The beer has a very dry, roasted taste. There’s an herbal hop bitterness that comes out in the finish. There is a mildly tart flavor as well. Very dry finish, complex flavors, and a medium body. Nice. History in a glass.

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Photo of jwc215
4.74/5  rDev +21.9%
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!

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Entire Butt English Porter from Salopian Brewing Company Ltd
87 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.