Williams Black | Williams Brothers Brewing Company

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Williams BlackWilliams Black

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Williams Brothers Brewing Company
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by wl0307 on 10-26-2005

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3.29/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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3.81/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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1.75/5  rDev -51%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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4.12/5  rDev +15.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -30%

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4.25/5  rDev +19%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of thierrynantes
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50 cl.) purchased from "Vin sur VIn" (St Luce), and tasted in 2012.

Appearance : red dark brown color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : roasted malty and coffee aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : roasted flavor with coffee note, leading to dry finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the English style Porter.

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Photo of Arborescence
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of BDTyre
3.11/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very black, with a thin, dense white head. Big roasted malt cent with coffee, dark chocolate and a definite bitterness. The taste is very bitter, almost sour combine with roasted malts. Not too much in there.

Smooth, low carb feel. Thick, but not overly done body. Great smell, but the sour taste is off-putting. Wonder if I got the end of an older cask?

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Photo of maxk
4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in a 500mL bottle from Great Grog in Edinburgh, UK. Served in a pint glass, lightly chilled.

A: This beer pours as a thick, VERY dark brown color. It has a tan head, with relatively small bubbles which dissipates quickly leaving a few rings of lace.

S: Smells of coffee and malt. I am a little bit congested, so aromas are subdued.

T: Biggest flavors are coffee with a nice amount of maltiness in there. I notice a hint of molasses and a good sweetness as well.

M: Very smooth, a little on the heavier side. Nicely carbonated too.

Overall this is a very solid beer with dark, rich and bold flavors. It was on sale so I bought a few bottles and I'm glad I did. It's great on a cold, rainy day.

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Photo of tatoodkelt
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My buddy and fellow BA 46and2 scored me a couple of Williams Brothers brews that arent normally available here since he works for the importer. Sadly this is tha last one. Thanks again Dan!

Consumed 9/14/09- from notes.

Brown 500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Dark brown, almost black with ruby around the edges when held up to the light. Nice two finger beige head that had good retention, pretty good lacing.

S- Roasty dark chocolate, light coffee hints.

T- The same qualities as the nose come through but richer and bolder, along with some licorice ( which I love ).

M- Medium bodied despite the appearance.

D- I could definitely have a few of these in a sitting.

Having had five of the Williams Brothers brews now I'd have to say that they make great beer. Hopefully it will be available here on a regular basis soon.

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Photo of DerBayer
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a nice black but little head that goes down quickly - looks a bit stodgy but kind of in a nice way

S -Hops and bitter chocolate not bad at all

T - I can taste hops bitterness and faint chocolatey notes

M - A bit "still" too low in carbonation but nice and creamy otherwise

D - Average drinkability would probably have it again

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Photo of BeerSox
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask into pint glass.

Very deep brown, almost an opaque black. The head is tan, about two fingers thick, and stays in place for a very long time. Light roasted malts with a slight amount of chocolate. The flavor is on the lighter side, less robust, but that's exactly what I expect and want out of a good English Porter - burnt malts, and again, a touch of chocolate and black coffee. Hops are on the low end, not really noticeable. Full bodied, very smooth from the cask dispensing. Recommended.

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Photo of John_M
3.24/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Max's the other day.

The beer pours a black brown color with no head retention and minimal lacing. Granted, I know this is cask beer, but would a little bit of carbonation be such a bad thing? On the nose, I really don't get a whole lot, just a bit of roasty malt. Hmmmm.... I have a feeling I'm not going to be hugely impressed by this beer. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, though there's nothing unpleasant. The roasty malt flavor is slightly sweet and there's a hint of licorise as well. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and this beer is very light and easy to drink.

While not a particularly impressive beer, it's pretty drinkable and uncomplicated. The beer is well suited for an afternoon of uncritical drinking, while wathing a bit of football (soccer) on the teley.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, bought in Edinburgh. ABV is 4.2%. Very dark reddish brown colour, nearly black. Large and lasting tan head. Very nice aroma of roast malts, coffee and dark chocolate, hints of blackcurrants and liquorice. The flavour is first fairly fruity and slightly acidic, then a moderate roastiness and pronounced coffee notes take over. Moderate hops and chocolate in the finish. Relatively light bodied for its style, but definitely an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of kmacphail
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The beer pours a black colour with a dark cream coloured head that settled to a 2mm film with good retention.

The nose was complex, rich and strong. A complex concoction of roasted malts, chocolate, treacle and molasses. Not all of these transfer through to the taste, a mixture of roasted malts and chocolate are joined by coffee and a pleasant bitter after taste of hops, however not enough to balance the sweet flavours.

The mouthfeel is thinner than expected for this style of beer. However, for my taste buds, this was too rich a beer to be drinkable. Half a pint managed, but I couldn't finish the whole pint. However the tastes and smells are very pleasant and fans of this genre may well love this, but porters are not my favourite style of beer.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.96/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, deep mahogany in color with a very nice, tan head on top. Very dark with red highlights even when not held to light. Low aroma-malty with some slight roasted notes. Very malty flavor. Chocolate and coffee flavors dominate. Nice hints of black currants and a slight licorice flavor. Good mouthfeel-body is quite nice considering its not a very "big" beer. I had given this a 3.5 for drinkability at first since I found the espresso notes too much over time. However, I bump it up to a 4, as it warms the whole package is really very enjoyable. They need to bring this one to the states.

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Photo of charlatan
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle has freshness date June 2007. Nose is coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. It seems pretty fresh. Pours a reddish dark brown colour with medium head.

This brew has strong carbonation which somewhat compromises the flavour, but does make for an unusually refreshing porter. It is also a little more watery than I would like but that's British beer in a nutshell. The slightly but not offensively coffeelike roasted malt flavour is backed well by the appropraite level of hoppy bitterness. A dairy flavour begins to appear as the beer warms rendering it more chocolatey.

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Williams Black from Williams Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 27 ratings