Postman's Knock No. 3 | Hobsons Brewery

Postman's Knock No. 3Postman's Knock No. 3
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Postman's Knock No. 3Postman's Knock No. 3

Brewed by:
Hobsons Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BlackHaddock on 04-28-2007

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by Cozzatoad:
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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Photo of chinchill
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

500 ml bottle with 5.1% ABV indicated; consumed on BB date.

A: Dark but clear cola brown with pleasing ruby-brown highlights and a modest size light tan head. Good retention and spotty lacing.

Aroma: caramel and chocolate malts with a hint of spicy hops.

Flavor: Roasted malts dominate but spicy hops are evident. Hints of pepper, chocolate and toffee.

Feel: near medium bodied but seems slightly watery. Smooth. Medium+ carbonation.

Overall: Better aroma than flavor.

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Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very dark brownish red in color (black when viewed from afar). It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of dark chocolate are present in the nose.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell, having stronger flavors of dark and chocolate malts. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer was quite chocolaty for a porter and went down easily.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My original review was of a bottle: I had it in cask form during Dec 2011: lovely and even better than the bottled version in my opinion.

Brown bottle conditioned real ale, best before 23 Jan 2008, drank on 28 Apr 2007.

This beer is a celebration of the life and times of Simon Evans (1895-1940). Badly effected by poisonuos gas in WW1, he settled in Cleobury Mortimer, becoming a postman, he walked 18 miles a day on his round; a novelist and short story writer, he wrote about the villages and the people he met on his daily walk.

The beer is produced with the following ingrediants: Maris Otter Pale Ale Malted Barley, Dark Crystal Malt, Pale Chocolate Malt and Wheat, Yeast, Salt, Vanilla, Positive caramel (E150c). The hops used are Worestershire Fuggles and Goldings.

Poured into a pint sleeve glass.

Ruby Red, clear and interesting, no head, just a wisp of an off white scum around the glass, pity, I like to see a full head on a beer.

The chocolate malts and caramel dominate the aroma, with burnt toast adding to the smell.

Bournville dark chocolate flavour, but slightly burnt malts too, I was expecting more of a tang to it.

Smooth and easy mouthfeel, not overly clingy, but the flavours stay in the mouth.

All in all, a very good bottle of beer, I have one more left, I intend to stack it away for next winter and bring it out on a cold evening by the fire.

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Photo of pknyc
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of gutbucket2
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. Pours reddish-brown, opaque, small bubbles rising. sm: blackberry and coffee. ta: as smell, lengthy mouthfeel. Ov: Splendid porter with berry fruit emphasis. Cyclops description: style: strong mild; see: ruby; smell: chocolate, spicy; taste: vanilla, treacle; bitterness 2.5/5, sweetness 3.5/5.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pour an almost opaque but clear cola brown with minimal amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the surface of the beer and a light amount of ruby red highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy light tan head that reduces to a medium to large patch of very thin film and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of chocolate malts with a hint of peppery spicy hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of chocolate and roasted malts with a hint of toffee sweetness and vanilla. Moderate amounts of peppery hops which imparts a light amount of bitterness that does not linger for long.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: I liked the presence of the chocolate malts and the flavors/aromas that were contributed which is a little different than a normal porter but the mouthfeel was a little on the thin side for me. Pretty easy to drink with well hidden alcohol.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am VERY excited to be drinking this one at last! I had purchased it (& No. 1) at Hunger-n-Thirst's bottle shop here in Lancaster, PA a while back & relegated it to the Bottle Backlog at Chez Woody until today. It was not out of malice aforethought, but when I was in Springfield, VA recently & I saw a bottle of No. 2 on the shelf at Total Wine & More, I snapped it up for today's horizontal. As a 20th century combat buff, I love that this beer commemorates a veteran!

From the bottle: "No. 3 - Series 1"; "A BEER THAT REALLY DELIVERS"; "Returning from World War I suffering from the effects of poison gas, novelist Simon Evans settled in Cleobury Mortimer, home to Hobsons. He decided to become a postman - his daily 18-mile round proved the perfect way yo recuperate as well as inspiration for his witty short stories."; "Naturally conditioned[,] contains sediment"; "Style[:] Mild[;] See[:] Ruby[;] Smell[:] Chocolate, Spicy[;] Taste[:] Vanilla, Treacle[;] Bitter[:] 2.5/5[;] Sweet[:] 3.5/5".

The bottle came with a beautiful foil wrapper around both the neck & cap, so I carefully removed it to preserve it for a local artist who specializes in bottle cap art. After Pop!ping the cap, I was equally gentle in my pour since the label clearly showed the presence of sediment. Once sufficiently decanted, I gave it a vigorous in-glass swirl to raise two fingers of dense, rocky, foamy, light-tan head with decent retention. Color was Brown to Dark Brown (SRM = > 22, < 27), although closer to Brown (22), with NE-quality clarity & ruby highlights. Nose had a pleasant nutty sweetness & I am sure that this is an English Brown Ale. It is almost definitely NOT an English Porter, although I will work to verify my supposition. In the interim, I am going to proceed as though it were an EBA. Mouthfeel was medium with a moderate amount of carbonation. I really like the way that these beers have matured in the bottle to give them a modicum of carbonation so as not to render them flat, but at the same time, removing the prickliness that sometimes results in beer. I did not really get any spiciness on either the nose or in the taste, but I will definitely buy chocolate, vanilla & treacle. All inappropriate tastes for a Porter, but spot-on for an EBA. Finish had a slight peppery spiciness, leaving it semi-dry in total. I want more!

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Photo of GreenCard
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the CAMRA Beer Club Spring Selection 2008...

Appearance: light brown, good clarity, thin layer of tan foam, OK head retention

Aroma: light toffeeish malt, hint of licorice and chicory

Flavor: dry bready/toast malt backbone with a tart edge; chicory bitterness with a leafy hop flavor; burnt sugar; fairly dry finish

Mouthfeel: medium body, pert carbonation, minerally crispness

Other comments: I was a bit disappointed with this one. The packaging is nice and there's a good story behind the name, so I guess I was expecting something more interesting.

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Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmdrpi
2.81/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

500 ml bottle

pours a dark brown in color with ruby highlights, white head that fades. aroma is sweet - some molasses. taste has a bit of a sour finish, not real great. thin to medium bodied. no roasted malt flavors at all - wouldn't call a porter. more like a brown ale. either way, wouldn't drink again.

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Photo of windypete
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of kojevergas
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into An Brainblasta goblet in Galway, Ireland.

A: Two finger head of lovely cream and decent thickness. Retention is fair. Textbook ruby amber colour.

Sm: Incredibly barely detectable scent of amber malt. Label claims the smell is supposed to be "chocolate, spicy". Maybe some of the spice is present, but certainly not the chocolate.

T: But it does come through in the taste, alongside unexpected vanilla and cream hops set in balance towards the finish but before the climax. Very well balanced, and complex - especially for the style.

Mf: The cream and vanilla lacing render it very smooth and silky, while not too wet. An interesting take on the style, for sure.

Dr: Unique for what it is. Certainly interesting and worth trying, even at its comparitively high price point.

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Photo of Robert-Simmonds
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of mrighelli
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of simonreadmusic
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StJamesGate
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chocolate-tinged garnet with a creamy, lumpy taupe head that webs. Cocoa nibs, autumn leaves and cinnamon sticks on the nose. Big chocolate up front with creme caramel then hints of Grand Marnier and sandalwood to end. Vanilla bean end with some straight up bitterness and dry, salty, spicy linger. Creamy, soft, round and medium.

Dark Mild says BA, Ruby Porter says the label, Strong Mild says the flavor sticker - it is all of these and none. It's too light to be a Porter unless it's a historical recipe, but it has some big porter notes. The body says mild, but the hops are too forward for that.

Some big sweet flavors without being cloying, more bitterness than you've a right to expect (Golding and Fuggles make a killer combo, in my experience) and a silky body. Would be glad to stay on for a night or drink again. Very much worthy.

A hoppy mild? Yes, please!

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Photo of cheah
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreenMind
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RochefortChris
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of wl0307
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the Archer Road Beer Stop, a fantastic, old-fashioned offie at the outskirt of Sheffield. This Mild is made to celebrate a rural postman, Simon Evans (1895-1940), in Cleobury, Shropshire. Bottle-conditioned in a 500ml brown bottle; BB 11/12/2008, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: dark russet brown in colour, coming with a fluffy beige head with reasonable retention; carbonation is subtle and constant.
S: chocolatey, roasty, as well as raw-ish gristy malts, an intense nuttiness, vanilla, a touch of brown sugar, and a necessary sour edge from dates; the composition is complex for a dark mild, more like a porter with a winey touch in the background. Solid.
T: the smooth yet softly spritzy initial swallow of dark malts brings forward a lightly salty touch to the nutty main theme... rounded and lubricating is the maltiness that surprisingly turns earthy+herbally bitter (from hops) and imparts a roast-tea-ish dry and chewy palate in the end, constantly accompanied by a tart plummy edge... BTW, the lasting bitterness has both burnt-maltiness and hop-bitterness intertwined.
M&D: the softly-fizzy texture shows a good attempt at bottle-conditioning, while the overall smooth palate is spiced up by the lingering dryish bitterness, making this a quaffable, more-ish, and slightly unusual example of a Dark Mild. Well worth a try.

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Photo of jrfehon33
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Deep rich ruby almost barley wine like colour with a thick tan head of tight foam that dies to a lace cover over a body of moderate to heavy streaming CO2 in a dark vessel.

Smell - Very sweet with treacle and golden syrup leanings mixed in with almost burnt malts and dried fruits, mostly on the prune fig end of things. There is also very nice bitter coco elements in here.

Taste - Every bit as good as the aroma, this beer boasts a heavy malt front. The malt flavour profile ranges from the treacle and syrup end to the burnt and dark malt end with plenty of pastry and dried fruit in between the two. The whole brew is well balanced by the bitter choc back and the earthy woody hop. However they do promise vanilla on the bottle and I simply do not get it!

Mouth feel - smooth and creamy with moderate body and a rich long lived linger with some lightly astringent and drying properties.

Overall - Very good! This beer boasts big malt flavour which is balanced nicely by a good hop element!

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Photo of skriv
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Postman's Knock No. 3 from Hobsons Brewery
Beer rating: 54.2% out of 100 with 24 ratings
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