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James Squire Porter - Malt Shovel Brewery

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109 Ratings
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Malt Shovel Brewery visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: dwarbi on 11-26-2001

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

James Squire was one of the convicts that we Limeys shipped south in 1788. WTF?!?? 8 years later when he gains his freedom, low and behold he redeems himself completely by becoming Australias first master brewer - we still would not let him back though.

A darkish-brown body that has a ruby-red character. Pours with a massively foamed tanned head that laces really well and resembles Mount Everest as it collapses and settles. Aromas are average in strength and of dark chocolate cocoa with some roast malts. Tastes are of roasted malt and a light caramel coffee middle, some hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is good, and this beer is quite acceptable, But if I have any constructive criticism, it is that it is a tad too light and it could do with a little more body.

This is my first Review of an Australian beer, and it’s not even a thin watery lager!
Who would have thought it heh? – Those bloody convicts made good.

Photo of RBorsato
4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with lots of ruby red color and a pillowy tan, light brown head which leaves sheets of lace. Coffee and cream aroma. Good balanced malt flavors: coffee, chocolate, and caramel. Light-medium bodied and creamy.

ABV: 5% (per bottle label)

Per M.J. flyer: O.G. 1250 / 12.7 Plato. Chocolate malt and Black Roasted Wheat. New Zealand Super Alpha and Australian Willamette hops (23-25 IBU). Brewed with a lager yeast.

Photo of mzwolinski
3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ruby in color, with a thin head. The aroma is malty, with hints of caramel and dark fruit (prune?) Slightly sweet. Flavor starts off malty, a little roasty with a hint of nuttiness. Dark fruits kick in mid-palate, and the roastiness re-asserts itself pleasantly in the finish, lingering on into the aftertaste. Body is smooth and bit coating. Only complaint is that the beer seems to start off a lot bigger than it finishes -- the complex combination of flavors at the start of the beer suggest a full-bodied, robust porter, but the beer finishes a bit on the watery side. Disappointing in the end, but definitely worth a try.

Photo of Gusler
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of packetknife
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Way too thin for a porter, have to say that up-front. Near black with a small dark-tan head. Roasty choclate and grainy malts. Has bits of coffee on the nose. If it wasn't so thin I'd really enjoy it.

Photo of jreitman
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A solid, drinkable porter. This beer is not a great porter, but a good solid one. Noticeable toasty/roasted coffee-like flavors. Fairly light in body for a porter.

Photo of Anonmatel
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

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.

Photo of pbrian
3.66/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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James Squire Porter from Malt Shovel Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.