London Porter (for Sainsbury's Taste The Difference) | Shepherd Neame Ltd

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London Porter (for Sainsbury's Taste The Difference)London Porter (for Sainsbury's Taste The Difference)

Brewed by:
Shepherd Neame Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by thepeter on 05-06-2011

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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 6
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Photo of thepeter
3.07/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Dark as night with amber hue creeping in with the light. thick head that lasts the entire time drinking it slowly and leaving very nice lacing.

S - Chocolate, Metal, dried grass, berry

T - Cocoa, hay, grass, hops, a tiny bit of berry sweetness but this was overall a dry porter with a very dry finish and a deal too bitter for my tastes (of the style)

M - nice carbonation and a medium body that held up well. Smooth pretty nice on the tongue.

Overall, not a porter i would pick up again. Too dry and bitter, no complexity or sweetness at all. Not horrible just not what i want in the style.

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Photo of Martine
4.07/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark opaque brown with a red eclipse into a tulip glass from a half pint bottle. Tan head is two fingers high, moderately retained, leaving decent lacing on the glass, and lingering. Bubbles are small, silky and clingy like a stout.

The nose isn't that strong, but very bitter with dominant bitter cocoa beans, coffee beans, wood smoke, and charred grain. There isn't a whiff of sweetness in the aroma, and with some hints of tobacco, and leather about it. Definately not a 'sweet' porter or a chocolate porter, this is strong expresso.

The taste follow the nose to a T with dominant bitter cocoa and expresso flavours, some spicy liqorice, big roasted and charred grain, and lashings of smoke and ash. It's a very mature porter in terms of flavours with lots of daresay posh notes; tobacco, leather, oak, smoke, and coffee. It's the type of thing you can imagine being drunk at the country club in front of a log burning stove surrounded by tweed and cigar smoke. There is a sweetness to this porter, one that you can't really detect purely because it's serving a balance.

In the mouth if feels light-moderately carbonated and medium bodied. The carbonation is a tad more than I would like for a porter of this calibre but I can live with it at the same time purely because it gives this beer a thickness.

I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer, in truth I was expecting something akin to the Guinness Extra Stout, i.e burnt water, but this was actually very, very nice in all aspects. I'm a big fan of the bitter porter style with little patience for sweet-tooths, and this beer delivers that quite well. Ontop of that it has a real longevity; even when the beer is almost finished that head is still there, the lacing coating the glass like a stout, and those big charry, expresso flavours haven't strayed from my palate one bit.

I would very honestly suggest this porter; for me this is a great find.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Clear 500ml Bottle: BBD May 14, poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard during Nov 13 and shared with no one.

Pours a pleasant black shade, with a full foaming blanket of tanned bubbles.

The smell was over roasted malts, which gave coffee and dark chocolate notes and a hint of what was to come taste wise.

Sure enough, malted chocolate and coffee feel to the flavour, slight bitter finish to each sip, but the hops kept a low profile throughout. A long way from sweet, but it wasn't sour either, just a regular Porter, if a little thin in body depth.

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Photo of vinicole
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of BogBoyJD
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of SpanishUnicorn
3.52/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of KeyWestGator
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gutbucket2
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

500ml bottle, not bottle-conditioned.
A: Long-lasting thick off-white head.
S: Herbal hop
T: effervescent, mineral taste, I get more hop than malt, unusual in a porter.
M: fairly light, lingering hoppy finish.
O: a beer that has some good points. Pleasant, perhaps lacking in dark malt flavours.

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Photo of bearsfan103
3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of endless1408
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of TwiggyCZ
2.91/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of pchalkius
3.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mr_Pink_152
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of psm90
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Malt_Man
3.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served cool from clear 500ml bottle into straight pint glass.

L) Opaque nearly black with a red tinge. Off-white bubbly head. Looks the part.

S) A bit metallic. There is roast malt there but it just appears to be a bit lightweight. Not sure I am going to enjoy this one based on the smell.

T) Waay better than the smell! Deep chewy burnt malt is right there straight away. Does have a bit of cola weakness a few seconds after it has gone down, but overall a satisfying porter taste, nice burnt malt bitterness.

F) Quite fizzy but that's ok for me. There is a bitter aftertaste but it does fade in time for the next drink. Can't complain in this department.

O) Well happy with this one. Happy to recommend it to porter fans, and a good price too.

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Photo of samEBC
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kirk
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of AlexW693
3.01/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of soulgrowl
2.07/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Basically, this is a best bitter with a little extra dark malt, which makes it taste like.... a best bitter with a little extra dark malt. Not like a porter. It's thin, fizzy, overly bitter, and weirdly acidic. It smells like bottled Guinness and drinks like a not-so-good dark lager. Poor. Both Shepherd Neame and Sainsbury's should be embarrassed. There's no excuse for a 'porter' like this.

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Photo of gtjwilding
4.3/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Compote
3.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice stout, goes down smoothly. Nothing amazing about it, but if you like porter's this is standard, and you'll appreciate.

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Photo of Gooljd
3.64/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

London Porter (for Sainsbury's Taste The Difference) from Shepherd Neame Ltd
3.33 out of 5 based on 23 ratings.
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