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James Squire Porter - Malt Shovel Brewery

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107 Ratings
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.28%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Malt Shovel Brewery visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dwarbi on 11-26-2001)
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Photo of Dmann
2.83/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A unimpressive beer. This one had potential with its nice dark brown color, decent head and nice smell. But the taste was just average, with some slight coffee and dark chocolate flavors comming through. The beer would get a higher rating if it were not for the horrible mouthfeel. Thin, watery and over carbonated, this nearly ruined the beer. Pass.

Dmann, Jan 12, 2005
Photo of dill
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. It has a deep brown color with a cream colored head which quickly receded. The smell was a bit sweet with notes of caramel and mocha. As it warmed the aroma of soy sauce started to come through. Taste was also a bit sweet with a bit of toastiness. Medium bodied with tight carbonation. This is an easy porter to keep drinking.

dill, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle picked up at a Canberra supermarket. Handsome bottle, something very turn-of-the-century to it.

Poured into a tumbler for lack of any better glassware around. A dark chocolate ruby hue, about a half inch of off-white head with a bit of lacing. Dissolves into a thin ring. Carbonation is visible - looks like a root beer in some respects.

Nose is quite pleasant - bread, yeast, caramel, chocolate, mild coffee, cream, sugar. A bit of sherry as well.

A nice little porter, certainly a welcome change from some of the pale lagers I've been having. Similar flavors as in the nose, but finishes tart and slightly bitter. Not as full flavored as I would have liked - this brew certainly could have been more assertive, but nevertheless it's quite nice.

Thin bodied, zippy carbonation, a bit like cola.

A brew that has a lot going for it, but also could have done a lot more. The flavors are very nice, but are a bit muted and the mouthfeel is off. Still, a fine little porter and an easy drinker. Would certainly have another.

JohnnyBarman, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of rastaman
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not that great, but a bit thin for a porter, apparently this is the shit on tap, but i haven't had that privelige yet, i'll eventually try it on tap though........OK, now i've had it on tap. Much better, more roast and chocolety nuttyness with a dry finish. Still a tad thin, but pleasant, nice for session drinking.

rastaman, Feb 18, 2002
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in an nonic)

A- This beer has a brown walnut wood color to the body that is clear but a bit dense, although not as dense as typical porters. This beer has a tan head full of bubbles which is supported by a strong carbonation of big bubbles.

S- This beer has a light roasted malt aroma with a slight watery or iron note to it. There is a soft hint of cream and coffee when it warms a bit.

T- This beer has a carbonic acid taste before the taste of chocolate roasted malt comes through. There is a slight tartness to the finish of the malt and then a soft roasted bitterness in the finish that fades very quickly. There is a nougat hint that gets stronger as the beer warms.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a watery texture.

D- This beer is pretty thin for a porter and the flavor and smell if very light. It is smooth drinking but not much of interest is going on.

rhoadsrage, May 04, 2007
Photo of IntriqKen
2.45/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

poured a black/amber with a beautiful craggy 2 finger tan head that melts ever-so-slowly to very thick, sticky lacing.
Aroma was almost non-existent...faint malts like are used in a Sam Adams Porter but lighter.
Taste is very light of toasted malt with a slight hop bitterness on the tail-end.
Mouthfeel is weak and very watery.
Aftertaste is thinly wet cardboard and toasted malt.
I suppose a good introductory Porter because there is really nothing offensive nor anything that stands out in this brew. Just very watered down, IMHO. Mostly it is the very, VERY thin mouthfeel that puts me off of this porter.

IntriqKen, May 27, 2006
Photo of Anonmatel
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't mind this porter, neither does the bottle shop that i buy it from, they hide it from the rest of the beers, and i get a respectable dirty look from the owner everytime i buy some. Has a copper head, that looks alot like it has too much sediment running through it. but other than that i can't say a bad thing about this Porter. It's not as complex as some porters, but it's chocolate, caramel, slightly nuttish finish is still pretty good.

Anonmatel, Mar 04, 2002
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From southeastern Australia's Malt Shovel Brewery comes the dark and brooding, but somehow bright and lofty, James Squire Porter.

Squire himself was quite the character. Arriving in Australia via convict ship after several arrests for minor infractions in his native Britain, he started brewing almost upon arrival in or around 1787. In later years, with the help of the governor (who wanted to promote beer over the demon rum) in 1802, he planted, grew, and harvested the first hops in Australia (1805). He's now known as the father of brewing there; and Malt Shovel is named at least in part for James Squire's "Malting Shovel" tavern.

There's an interesting licorice note to the James Squire that's found in both the aroma and the flavor, and which is probably attributable to the hops. Beyond that it's chocolatey and coffee-ish with an edge of burnt brown sugar. Some mild yeasty fruitiness flitters through as well, but it's pretty well eclipsed by the dark malts. It's medium-light in body, and gently crisp on the palate. A firm bitterness balances it, and it finishes dry and coffee-like.

Very drinkable, fairly light, and at an average alcohol content, the Squire makes a great session ale for a night out with the lads; or as accompaniment to a casual dinner with the wife or girlfriend - of which Squire had many, sireing at least 11 children through 3 women! And although no children were had, that doesn't include his last affair!

NeroFiddled, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of Vanz
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Vanz, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of MrKennedy
3.08/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16oz cylindrical James Squire glass at 30 knots bar.

Poured with minimal off-white foam. Dark brown to black appearance with a hint of red on the outskirts of this. The foam dispersed quickly to leave a little crown around the edge of the glass.

Smell was a little restrained, partly due to the cool serving temperature. Some light coffee grounds are there with dark chocolate.

Taste has a modest amount of chocolate there, with the barest trace of the coffee.

Mouthfeel is pretty full for the size of the beer. The finish is made full with the chocolate flavour. Not a lot of bitterness, but it doesn't really need it with the gentle flavour.

A pretty average porter. Nothing there to offend, but not much to get hyped up about. Pretty modest, dependable and reasonably sessionable.

MrKennedy, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of goodbyesoberday
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with red-amber highlights. Clear with a low tan head.

Aroma of rich coffee, no burnt notes and little to no caramel. Roasty coffee continues into flavour. There's a faint underlying sweetness but the coffee predominates. Body is light-medium, carbonation is moderate and overall the beer is clean, perhaps a little too much so.

Also perhaps a little one-dimensional, there's not much to it other than the roasted coffee. Not that that's necessarily a bad thing, of course.

goodbyesoberday, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of Stickydates
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Stickydates, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of russpowell
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a pricy pick up today, but WTH? ($10 a sixer)

Pours a reddish mahagony with a 1/2" tan head. Some lacing & average head retention

Smell: Licorice, iron, chocalate & fruiityness in that order

Taste: Choclate & iron flavor up front, followed by a raisiny fruitiness. Finishes fruiity & more like a mild ale than a [porter

MF Thin to medium with a slight pricklyness

Drinks okay. not rich enough to meet my expectations of a porter, but better than lets say Tohoey's (sp?) dark. Still haven't found anything better than cooper from OZ. Would love to try this on its home turf

russpowell, Jun 25, 2006
Photo of elricorico
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Nearly black in the glass, with a creamy tan head about one finger thick. Lacing sticks all around as the head fades.

The smell is hard to put a finger on. A little bit like ash, but not exactly. Burnt coffee, left in the bottom of the pot? Doesn't really smell bad, but a bit odd.

Very toasty flavour, retains a bit of the burnt coffee, but it is more pleasant in the taste than the smell. Smoke lingers in the nose after each taste. Dark chocolate peeks out in the finish as it warms. I like it.

The body is a bit thin and the carbonation is a touch on the fizzy side. Not really the feel I want in a porter.

This one has its ups and downs, but it is tasty enough in the end. I enjoyed it.

elricorico, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark copper with a quickly fading head.
Nose shows lots of roasted barley, with sweet hints of chocolate and oats. Simple, but very nice.
Similar flavours, with roasted barley growing strong into a long-lasting finish.
Carbonation is a bit excessive, and the body is a bit watery.

CrazyDavros, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of pbrian
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's a good porter, with all the right porter caracteristics, but not worth shipping halfway around the world for. By coincidence, i bought some Catamount Porter the same day this came in the mail from MJ's Real Beer Tour. Catamount is more complex in every way.

pbrian, Dec 07, 2001
Photo of CRJMellor
3.08/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured light black, deep red colors with a thin white head. Dark fruit and chocolate malted aromas dominate. Very light feeling in the mouth for a porter, mouthfeel is a little thin. Roasted malt taste is light with a lingering bitter finish. Just not enough complex malts to be a great porter.

CRJMellor, Dec 14, 2003
Photo of Boilermaker88
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.62oz (huh? - talk about precise!) bottle. Sported a dark brown color with ruby highlights and a firm, compact vanilla head that fizzled down to a cap, leaving gobs of lace behind.
The smell had aromas of roasted malts, some bittersweet chocolate and coffee in the nose, though not all that potent. Just kinda there and not meshing all that well. The taste was a blend of burnt malt, molasses, dark chocolate and old coffee. The finish had a touch of dark fruit also and a light, scampering bitterness that departed all too quickly. Again, the flavors seemd to have trouble playing well together as each vied for attention like little kids on a playground. The feel was medium-bodied (but leaning more toward light), thin and a bit watery.
Overall, a completely umremarkable brew. The flavors just didn't seem to get together as well as in other brews of the style. Nothing to wake up the neighbors about.

Boilermaker88, Jan 18, 2004
Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

Kroehny_Loves_Hops, May 27, 2014
Photo of LathouXaris
4/5  rDev +13%

LathouXaris, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of Kulrak
4.22/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very dark brown color, but not quite black like stout. The aroma is of faint coffee/mocha. It tastes very chocolatey and slightly like coffee. Very sweet, no discernable hop flavor/scents at all. Its very smooth and drinkable. A tasty brew, but probably not one you could drink on a hot day or all the time. But it's great on a cold night like tonite.

Kulrak, Aug 06, 2004
Photo of Gusler
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The pour a deep ruby red color, the head spumescent, beige, the lace chunky. Nose is malt, caramel, lightly roasted grains, pleasant. Front is malt sweet, the top washy, the finish is modestly dry, minutely acidic, slightly hopped. Drinkable and a "Beginners" Porter, lacks a "Robustness", I like in my Porters, not bad mind you, just a bit "Thin-Wasted.

Gusler, Oct 17, 2002
Photo of foles
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a carton of these for $50. Served into my dogbolter glass - creamy head that lasts for a little while before reducing to a whisp. Jet black colour - typical porter smell. Like a spicy stout. sharp roasted barley taste with a hint of cocoa. Nice drawn out dark sweetness and a slightly bitter finish.

Very nice London style porter - rare to see an Aussie made one too, and at a sessionable (well 2-3 at a time) alcohol level.

foles, May 29, 2008
Photo of Jake321
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

Jake321, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of rec
2.55/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

A dark body and yellowish-cream head appear after pour, and cheap roast coffee paired with the smell of an actual brewery comes through strongest in the otherwise relatively uncomplex aroma.

The taste is overwhelmingly coffee, and unfortunately I just don't like it all. This falls into a similar category of dislike as Young's Double Chocolate Stout, which is something I couldn't actually finish a glass of due to the strength of the coffee taste. Strangely enough, the second taste distinctly reminds me of a local beef jerky I buy. So similar I feel like going and buying some.

James Squire's Amber Ale remains my favourite from Malt Shovel Brewery, with Golden Ale in a close second. While I can appreciate that this is a quality brew, I'm forced to give it a poor review due to my dislike for coffee, and the fact beer shouldn't take like beef.

rec, Feb 09, 2007
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James Squire Porter from Malt Shovel Brewery
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