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Entire Butt English Porter - Salopian Brewing Company Ltd

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BA SCORE
87
very good

204 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 204
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 17
Gots: 5 | 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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Ratings: 204 | Reviews: 172
Photo of OtherShoe2
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a foam tan head. some lace.

Big cocoa and coffee aromas. Good toasted malt and roasted scents. Some wine and vine aroma as well.

tons of dark roasted malt. Smooth brew, with a balance of dark chocolate, coffee, maltiness, some grain, bitterness, and a long malt finish. Loved this one.

Medium bodied, with some carbonation.

Easy drinking, with just the right amount of bitterness, grain, and sweetness. Good complexity, but smooth. Just terrific.

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

Poured from a stout bomber into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass...

A - Pours a clear but deep mahogony color, with a light brown head.

S - This one has an incredable malty smell. Great roastyness, and maybe even some dark fruits, and burnt sugars as well. But prodominately malts all the way.

T - It's had to describe the taste on this one. Maybe woodsey...? I hate to keep using the word malt, but thats the taste I get, and aftertaste as well.

M - Has a medium mouthfeel, good carbonation, and great going down.

O - I am very impressed with this complex English Porter. They say there's 14 different malts used in there, and it shows.

Photo of mcdevster
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Entire Butt English porter, while having a very light crisp overall makeup, surprisingly is able to unload a lot of complexity and flavor in a very elegant and unassuming way..
appearance: dark but not too dark
smell: You have to search for it a little at times but well worth the effort - subdued yet present..
taste: a little light and crisp for my tastes but like I said it does its job.
mouthfeel: good yes thin and a little oily but suitably so.
drinkability: this is way too drinkable! amazing.

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

Entire Butt pours a clear dark brown/black into the glass. Brown hues highlight the edges. On top a small, fizzy off white head forms which dissolves quickly to a thick ring around the surface. Lots of spots and patches of lace line the glass.

The aroma is malty with notes of toffee, chocolate and some earthy nuttyness. Hints of dark fruit are also present.

Each sip of this medium bodied brew is slick and watery on the palate with a mild carbonated fizz. The flavor is malty and tart. It begins with toffee and chocolate. In the middle dark fruit notes of raisins and molasses move in. The fruity notes make it slightly tart. It finishes dry with a taste of pistachio nuts and floral hops.

This is a tasty, easy drinking beer. Slightly thin, but otherwise a terrific brew.

Photo of avalon07
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A faint, yet definable, aroma of malt, coffee, and slightly milky quality.

T: Tasted of roasted malt and coffee up front, with a somewhat milky finish. A little on the watery and thin side.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a super-dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: While this is an uneven beer, it is oddly drinkable.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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

Classic English Porter. Pours a dark brown but glints with a ruby note when held to the light. The off-white head is about 1 finger thick and composed of varying sized bubbles. There is a good roasty nose on the beer which is quite indicative of the roasty flavor. The flavor is quite dry and finishes with a heavy roast. There is almost no sweetness throughout without being excessively dry. The body is nice and creamy and at 4.8% ABV this is a very drinkable beer.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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...

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Entire Butt English Porter from Salopian Brewing Company Ltd
87 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.