Burton Porter
Burton Bridge Brewery

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From:
Burton Bridge Brewery
 
England, United Kingdom
Style:
English Porter
Ranked #128
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
79
Ranked #28,228
Avg:
3.39 | pDev: 18.58%
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
2
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Jan 08, 2023
Added:
Jan 07, 2003
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Reviewed by Offa from California

5/5  rDev +47.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Bottle conditioned from the brewery. Deep chestnut. Big tan head steadily shrinks to thin lasting foamy top. Aroma mild figs and dark toast. Taste lovely gently earthy dark toast and hint of charcoal with dark figs and prunes. Dryish- mild sweetness with very gentle bitterness to back it up , beautifully balanced and well rounded. Gentle but lots of character which lasts. A wonderful, easy drinking session porter that has lots of lasting character while being light and very easy to drink. Finish has dark figs and raisins Outstanding. One of the best porters I've ever had. I could drink this all day.
Jan 08, 2023
 
Rated: 3.5 by Sellen from Connecticut

Aug 08, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by Beerstorian from District of Columbia

Feb 14, 2013
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Reviewed by CwrwAmByth from England

3.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass. Purchased from Discount Supermarket, now slightly passed its best before date though it wasn't when i bought it.

Pours a black/dark brown colour with a pretty decent murky brown/white head.

Smells quite sour and tangy, bit of hops too.

Tastes pretty tangy. Very smooth and well balanced overall, going down easily.

Overall a most quaffable pint.
Feb 06, 2012
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Reviewed by PartyBear from England

3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Thick black body with a medium fast fading off-white creamy head, and light carbonation. Slightly sulfur scent and acidic hint. Their are touches of dark forest fruits, sitting alongside a mild roasty maltiness. The initial taste has a slightly sharp acidic feel with a yeasty flavour, this is followed by some rich malts and a bitter coffee taste. The feel is medium to full bodied, with a silkiness. Taste better than it looks, well worth a try.
Apr 12, 2010
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Reviewed by allboutbierge from Austria

3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I don't think it was worth the money, but enjoyable all the same.

Lots of what to do about this being a REAL ALE and even with inx on how to pour. Follow to the tee.

Warm aromas of charcoal and sour ness, a little sour cherry, and roastiness in the nose. Flavor is a bit more subdued that one would hope for. Some souriness and even a bit of diacteyl...mild caramel and roasted butterscotch.

Doesn't really have the body one would expect out of a top flight porter. Not chewy, rather thin and quaffable.
Aug 29, 2009
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Reviewed by wl0307 from England

3.21/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
(Notes of 11/06/09) Tasted by a pint at the John Russell Fox, a JDW pub in Andover; served by a non-sparkler pour.

A: dark russet brown with mahogany hues, coming with a superbly lasting dark beige foamy head and low carbonation.
S: quite simple on the nose - the light dusty notes from the foam come on a par with mild dark grainy malts plus a breezy touch of musky red grapes. All in all, fruity and slightly stale, quite like what one'd expect from Burton Bridge, actually, although I suspect the staleness has more to do with the condition of this cask...
T: intriguing - a faintly musty (cobweb-like even) hint follows the semi-sour grapey fruits that makes up the main flavour (and stays as such for a while), before a very light black malty taste with faint hints of burned walnuts catches up, yielding to a lightly dry and herbally bitter finish. A "soothing", roasty edge stays constantly on the side as well.
M&D: a decent level of sourness stays throughout the drink, which is a good thing for a Porter Ale, but the malty theme is not pronounced enough for me, only leaving the dry hops to add a bit more complexity in the end. Also, if the beer was fresher it would've been better I guess, as the carbonation is slightly too soft to give the overall flavour a "lift".
Jun 26, 2009
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Reviewed by nokes from Canada (ON)

3.21/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I really tried to pour it gently, just like it says on the bottle. Really, I tried. Ended up with quite a substantial fairly pillowy tan head with surprisingly good retention. Was pretty clear until I reached near the bottom, when all that bottle-conditioned goodness stained the head and clouded the beer to near opaque...as one would expect.

Smells okay...a bit of roasted nuts with a hint of chocolate. Not very strong on the nose, though.

Taste is kinda interesting. A touch of bitter, then sour, then the faint chocolate and the nuttiness comes through and the bitter hangs around just enough to let you know it's there. It's all pretty reasonable, except the sour bit which somehow didn't feel quite right.

It felt pretty okay in the mouth. Not too thin, not too thick, and even though the sourness was slightly heavy-handed (though not enough to be offensive) it's a drinkable beer.

It's okay. I wouldn't shy away from it, but I wouldn't go looking for it, either.
Jan 19, 2009
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Reviewed by Jeffo from Netherlands

3.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

Into my pint glass.

APPEARANCE: Dark brown and relatively opaque. Pours a 1-finger thick tan head that slowly dissipates into a healthy film. Leaves some good lacing down the sides and looks good the whole way.

SMELL: Roasted malt and dark fruit. Some mild nuttiness or earthiness is there as well. Not really strong or impressive enough. Average at best.

TASTE: Roasted malt again and a relatively bitter-sweet-smoky aftertaste as well. The aftertaste becomes even more bitter as it warms and a hint of bitter chocolate shows up too. Pretty nice, but it could be off putting for some.

PALATE: Medium body, smooth finish and relatively dry going down. Carbonation is on the lower side.

OVERALL: A good pint, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it again. Could definately session it if I ever found it in a pub, that's for sure. The bitter-sweet aftertaste could be too much for some, but I thought it was a nice touch.
Dec 20, 2008
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Reviewed by ecoastman from Canada (ON)

3.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Drinkability - This beer is very easy to drink since it does not have any strong notes or carbonation. It could make for a good session beer. It doesn't "wow" me but I could certainly drink a few of these in an evening if not much else was offered in a pub.

Appearance - Very deep, dark brown and opaque. Carbonation is light with a good head to start which thins quickly in retention. Poured very carefully as instructed by the bottle so not to upset the sediment from bottle conditioning.

Smell - Mildly sweet, chocolate-raisin, nutty, caramelly.

Taste - mild flavours and similar to what you smell. Good balance in bitterness. A tiny bit "tin-like" metallic finish for a bottled beer.

Mouthfeel - Medium weight but slightly watery. Goes down with smooth carbonation and a dry finish.
Dec 03, 2008
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Reviewed by EatsTacos from Canada (YT)

2.57/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
Pours a near black with a huge foamy off-white head that laced the glass very well

The nose is pretty strange for a porter, sour, some roasted/burnt malt. Not very appetizing.

The taste is burnt malt at first with a moderate bitterness. There is some faint burnt coffee taste and a light smokiness in there. Mouthfeel is medium maybe even high for a porter. Pretty moderate to low carbonation.

Not extremely drinkable, and pretty disapointing. I won't buy this again.
Nov 25, 2008
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Reviewed by CanuckRover from Canada (ON)

3.09/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5
Great looking. Very dark with ruby highlights. Slight cloudiness, I wasn't quite as careful as I should have been on the poor. Nice big tan head with decent retention. Good lacings.

Aroma is very ho hum. What's with the sourness???

What an odd tasting porter. There's some roasty bitterness in the malt, but there's a metallic sourness that runs roughshod over everything. My best guess would be the Burton water, there's certainly a sulphuric taste to it. It's interesting, but I wouldn't go back for another.
Nov 11, 2008
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Reviewed by shamus from Canada (ON)

3.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Dark, nice tan head, thick, lot's of carbonation. Nothing special in the smell. Tastes fine , but nothing special.

I don't have a lot to say about this. it is fine but nothing I'd go out of my way for. A serviceable porter. No magic here. A foot soldier in the army of beers.
Nov 09, 2008
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Reviewed by walshclimb from Nevada

4.13/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Dark brown body with chestnut hightlight if you hold it up to the light and a thick tan head that leaves a nice continuous lace up the entire glass. Smells is subtle malt with a hint of smoke. IF - dark malt and maybe a little tar with a pleasantly bitter aftertaste that is relatively long lived. The body is a little light for a porter, almost somewhere between a porter and a dark ale. Tasty and very drinkable.
Mar 16, 2008
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Reviewed by neenerzig from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Had this on cask last night at The Buckeye Beer Engine in Lakewood. Drawn out of the cask into a pint glass. This beer is a fairly dark brown color with a few amber highlights when held to light. Has a frothy tan head an inch thick when drawn. Head slowly settles to a nice 1/4 inch and eventually 1/4 of an inch or so after I started sipping. Very good retention. Great lacing too. Has a very earthy malt aroma with coffee, chocolate, and vanilla, also maybe a bit of fruit too. Has a solid malt back bone with flavors of coffee, chocolate, and vanilla certainly present. I also detected just a very slight bit of sourness. Very little hop bitterness too. Has a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel with mild to moderate carbonation. Pretty good drinkability. A bit different in some aspects from a lot of other porters I have had but still quit enjoyable.

Eric
Mar 02, 2008
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Reviewed by sstackho from Canada (ON)

2.6/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
500mL bottle purchased from LCBO in Toronto. Best before date of January 08 (though consumed a couple of months earlier), which seems early for a bottle conditioned beer. It pours fizzy and dark like a root beer, but with a stronger head. Little aroma to speak of. First taste is rather thin, along with some carbonation. Further tastes are thin and tinny (although this came from a bottle). Quite disappointing. I would really like to speak to the LCBO worker who decides what beers to bring in for their special seasonal releases - just to try to understand what their point is behind this one.
Feb 09, 2008
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Reviewed by irishkyle21 from Canada (ON)

3.56/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
This is rather different from other porters I have had, not a bad thing thought. I can see why it has such mixed reviews but I liked it. Burton Porter pours with a huge rocky head that holds up very well, great lacing. Has a murky reddish brown color.

Is there something wrong with me? This smells of sourness, winy and chocolate. Strange indeed.

Tastes of earthy hops, coffee, sour fruits and roasted malt that lingers. A good beer but not the kind of porter I would buy a case of.
Sep 26, 2007
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Reviewed by ThatWineGuy from Canada (ON)

2.75/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
Bottle conditioned, exp 01/08. The label said to serve cool and pour gently, and I complied. Zero head, no ring, no lacing, very flat appearance of prune juice, lifeless really. A sublte aroma of sweet toffee and caramel. A gentle coffee flavour, a touch of sweet vanilla, but continuing quite flat in the mouth. The bitterness was more pronounced with the aftertaste, which was very agreeable despite the rather odd flatness. A second - faster - pour produced an errant bubble or two but still no head, with plenty of yeast observed stuck on the bottom of the bottle, not much of it separated into my glass at all. In bright sunlight, I can see miniscule bubble action, although lazy, near the surface but the beer itself is perfectly opaque, dark and motionless. This time there is a bit of roast coffee bean in the mouth, quite mild and light. I found that the bitterness saved the day in terms of overall drinkability; I kept wondering if this wasn't a good introduction to the style for people not familiar with it. I managed to enjoy this but will not be rushing out to get more anytime soon.
Sep 16, 2007
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Reviewed by Flyer from Wisconsin

2.97/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4
Pours opaque brown-black, with purplish highlights. Virtually no head. Aroma of port wine and grapes. I was disappointed in this beer at first, because it certainly didn't fit my expectations of a porter, and I was expecting something "bigger." But it grew on me a little bit. It has a mildly sharp sweetness up front, with that nice ale mustiness hitting the back of the palate. It tasted almost like a tart tripel, though it drinks something like a wine. It's not traditionally malty, and not very hoppy. Not great, but enjoyable in its own way.
Jun 03, 2007
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Reviewed by Viggo from Canada (ON)

2.63/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
Pours a slightly hazy brownish red, big fluffy off white head forms, lots of sticky lace, settles down pretty quick. Smell is weird, spicy, almost like a tripel, some toffee and chocolate notes, pretty bland, bit of vanilla. Taste is caramel and chocolate, tiny roast, vanilla, very weak and watery flavour. Mouthfeel is very light bodied, thin, low almost non existant carbonation. Weird beer, first bottle I had was dead flat, this one is slightly better.
Jan 29, 2007
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Reviewed by demcorhip from Canada (ON)

2.98/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
Appearance
A slightly cloudy cola coloured beverage. One finger offwhite head formed on the pour of this finely carbonated ale.

Aroma
Interesting sour mustiness, with hints of green apple on top of nutty and chocolaty malts. An earthiness also present.

Taste
Very interesting, perhaps a more traditional version??? The crystal malts are evident in the malt backbone, as well as the chocolate malts with their hints of espresso and chocolate. Interesting sourness in here, must be some Brett or otherwise soured ale in here, with hints of green apple. Hard to pick out the hops from the strong earthy mustiness of this porter.

Mouthfeel
Very interesting, earthy, sour, mustiness of decomposing green apple almost dominating the malts in this porter. Light to medium bodied, and mildly carbonated.

Drinkability
I really dont know about this beer. Not quite sure if its something im enjoying drinking or not. Its certainly interesting with its obvious sourness which im not used to in the porters ive had before this. Cant see myself having a session with this one, or recommending it to introduce someone to porters. Will try this one again sometime, but im not in a rush.
Nov 18, 2006
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Reviewed by allergictomacros from Canada (ON)

3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
A - Moderately dark red with a big billowy head.

S - Apples and toasted grain.

T - Notes of coffee and green apples. Quite dry.

M - Light bodied, with a bit too much carbonation.

D - Easy drinking. Not overly tasty, but not bad. Interesting cidery characteristics make for a light drink. Sessionable maybe.
Oct 17, 2006
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Reviewed by DrJay from Texas

2.5/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2
A bit muddy looking, dark brown with some reddish hues, but light enough for light to pass through easily. Light tan head, frothy, decent retention with solid lacing of fine bubbles. Ripe fruity esters and plums dominate the aroma, but there's a bit of biscuity malt, faint roast, and dull hops. Weak malt sweetness and thin dark malt character. Salty. It finishes with a lingering mineral bitterness. Dry on the palate, fine carbonation, definitely on the light side. This really didn't work for me. The saltiness combined with the thin malt left an unpleasant taste in my mouth. Thanks grub!
Oct 14, 2006
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Reviewed by crwills from Canada (ON)

3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Poured a moderate brown with shiny blond highlights. Small bubbly head that fades fast.

Aroma was pleasant, if faint: bread and biscuits, some caramel or toffee notes, and mild toasted grains.

Mouthfeel was disappointingly watery, which detracted from the flavour, although fairly smooth. Definite sulpher notes, mildly metallic at first. Oily crackers, almost no roast remains in flavour. Bit of ash or bitter, chalky wood.

This sounds really unpleasant when reading it, but it was actually somewhat interesting and I think characteristic of the region. It would actually make a good, easy-drinking session beer once you got used to it.
Oct 07, 2006
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Reviewed by pootz from Canada (ON)

2.39/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
500ml bottle

Poured a murky dark brown ...not much chance to see "ruby highlights" in this mucky looking brew. 2 finger rocky tan cap goes to a surface lace.

Aromas of over-ripe fruit, some mustiness some medicinal tones...smells like cheap pipe tobacco.

Thin body, weak malting, soapy mouth feel, astringent fruity character.

Starts with a mouth full of hops like chewing raw pine needles, then a blast of green apple skin hits the palate...midway there are some interesting flavors that develop like strong espresso, tobacco, burnt grain husks ( but in a bad way..all too sharp and acidic)....then these all coalesce in the bitter finish to produce an unpleasant styptic astringency .

Not my kind of porter...I think I’ve bought my last one.
Oct 01, 2006
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Reviewed by grub from Canada (ON)

2.53/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
pours a slightly hazy brown colour with a full inch of big fluffy head. the head is slow to drop and leaves clumps of lace on the glass. colour is pretty light. looks more like an english porter than an american.

aroma is nice. bready malt. slightly roasty. fruity. smells almost belgian to me, not what i expected. definitely not an american porter.

taste is interesting. bread and biscuit malt, with a hint of roast. slight bitterness. fruity, with a dry finish. mineraly, almost salty. really tastes like someone mixed rochefort with a little porter. an odd mix. definitely doesn't taste like an american porter, and seems to be missing the mark for english too.

mouthfeel is ok. the dry finish doesn't feel right. and the body is kind of thin. fairly astringent. carbonation is ok.

drinkability is ok, except for the part where the taste is all wrong. the saltyness is putting me off too.
Oct 01, 2006
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Reviewed by Beers from Canada (ON)

4.08/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
While dark enough to let you know it means business, there is also a slight reddish tinge that makes you curious.

Pouring Gently (as told to do so on the bottle) there is a nice 2-3 cm head that quickly dissipates.

Smells like bready yeast, as well as some wonderfully roasted malt. Raisins, nuts, and something else... Plum?

Pleasantly bitter, with a bit of fruit. Slightly tart. Not as much chocolate or coffee as I was hoping. For some reason this beer tastes almost Belgian. (I won't even bother trying to explain that one.)

Heavy on the carbonation, a bit distracting.

I would drink this beer again (and again).
Sep 30, 2006
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Reviewed by Derek from Canada (BC)

4.08/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
A: Dark mohogany; light tan head is fluffy; great retention and lace. Exceptional for a porter!

S: Bread, chocolate, nut, minerals, pleasant British fruity esters.

T: Dark raisin bread with nuts, cocoa, very slight tartness, some spicyness (from the hops?), slight hint of orange & rind.

M: Light to moderate body; moderate carbonation (a little much for the style); hints of chalk & acidity.

D: Very sessionable at this strength. I'd have another.
Sep 28, 2006
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Reviewed by biegaman from Canada (ON)

3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Poured an unexpected and considerably lighter shade than you'd find in most porters. Soft highlights, mahogony, considerably transparent. Enough foaming trim to pass for some head. Hints of peet/smoke wood in the aroma which is very left of centre for 'specific reasons undectable' by my nose. I get a great deal of moss character. A different aroma anyhow. Carbonation slightly to the high side. Flavour and mouthfeel equally unique. Some mineral harshness, result of British water (also I've found consistent with this brewer's other products Ive tried) Two different summaries stick out to me (as far as its flavour profile goes). On the one hand, very aggressive and harsh, coating the mouth with malt and a unique flavour that can't quite be determined. On another, a flavour that fails to develop fully or stick around long enough to be appreciated. "Off-fruitness" is as best I can do. Although, the further I get through this the less I think I want it to. Similar to other Burton Bridge experiences, I find myself wondering what they put in their beers?! It grows equally more distasteful as it does mysterious. A weird offering.
Sep 24, 2006
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Reviewed by tatterdash from Canada (ON)

3.97/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a deep mahogany brown with a bubbly light tan head that dissolves fairly quickly into a thin ring with some lace. Smell was strong fruity plum, cherry and apple, very fruity. Taste starts quite dry then piles of roasted barley, some burnt toast and dark bitter chocolate appear, and the hops finally appear in the finish. Mouthfeel was quite aggressively carbonated, almost like club soda, probably because of the mineral content of the water. This is an interesting porter, though I don't see how it could be American in style.
Sep 23, 2006
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Reviewed by CAMRAhardliner from Canada (ON)

4.33/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
the 'Bottle conditioned' on the label is in really big font, they must be really proud.

Pours a dark murky red color with a foamy long lasting head and that coats the glass in lace. The aroma is very vinous and fruity with some light roasty and hoppy bitterness in the background. The taste is similar to both red and white wine, only more complex. Red grape skins, raspberry, chardonnay tartness and an interesting sourness all mingle to make a very interesting taste profile. Some dark chocolate and roasted barley mixes with a healthy hop bitterness in the background to remind me that this is still a porter. The finish is an intriguing mix of sour and bitter, very appealing. The mouthfeel is light with an active carbonation.

I really enjoy this beer. It doesnt fit the typical flavor profile of today's Porters but who knows, maybe this is what the 19th century blended porters tasted like. Who knows, this could be more true to the original style than almost any porter in the database. Very tastey and worth a try.
Sep 22, 2006
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Reviewed by Mindsquall from Canada (ON)

3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Picked this up today, mainly because I have never seen this before in an LCBO store. I figured I'd give it a try.

This poured a dark red, with a thick head that stuck around for a while. Smell is interesting, some black cherry notes in the nose. This is mildly representative in the flavor, with a bitterness and an astringency similar to that of Coffee. Fairly smooth and easy to drink.

Overall not a bad Porter.
Sep 20, 2006
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Reviewed by Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Reddish brown with some head.
Winish color & winish aroma, cider
Medium, thin for a porter,better in second bottle a year later.British style and a good example of it.
Unique hops, bitterness middle-sip.Also some flemish brown sour.Bitter, cidery aftertaste. Sweeter aftertaste. Second bottle a year later was a smooth English porter, hardly sour and the rating is based on that.
Dec 23, 2005
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Reviewed by mdagnew from Northern Ireland

3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Sampled at the Belfast Beer Festival on 25th Nov 2005.

Poured a deep dark red, almost black colour... Head was creamy tan - disappears almost instantly...

Aroma - Dark chocolate, nutty, treacle, some dark fruit notes...

Taste – Some bitter chocolate, very light roast maltiness, dark fruits, sour... flavours all seem a little watered down...

Feel - Quite smooth and slightly oily. Very little carbonation...

Overall - A very average porter - i was expecting more from this. Pretty drinkable though...
Nov 28, 2005
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Reviewed by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle: Poured a dark, but not completely black as expected, colored beer with a nice huge head with good retention. Aroma is mix of sweetness resembling port and some alcohol. Carbonation is good and body is quite thin with what I usually expect from a porter. Taste is light roastiness and coffee and more malts then expected. Overall, this is a very unusual porter but a very enjoyable beer.
Apr 13, 2004
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Reviewed by TerryW from Canada (ON)

2.09/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
Nothing special here. First big surprise was having the beer leap out at me once I opened the bottle. And here I thought I'd handled the thing rather gingerly. And inspite of the big foamy mess across the counter, I couldn't get this to pour up any kind of a head.

Opaque, cloudy red-brown brew. Head (such as it is) settled to an unappetizing, soapy looky film. No lace, but rather an greasy looking residue down the sides of the glass. This is one ugly looking puppy.

Some chocolate in the nose and on the palate. Quite bitter and dry finish. Overall rather thin and insipid. Didn't work for me at all.

I've got another bottle, so I'll try it again and see if anything changes.
Jan 04, 2004
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Reviewed by rastaman from England

3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Never had a porter like this before. Nose is chocolatey, sour and winey. Ditto for the palate, throw a bit of berries in their and some roastyness and you have a very intersting beer, tastes almost Belgian (i.e belgian sour ale), dry and sour, might not taste like your average porter, but it still tastes nice.
Sep 18, 2003
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Reviewed by beerman599 from Connecticut

3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
had this one at the brewery in burt no trent and despite the total lack of
of interest buy the brewery to visit with the customers the casks were good not special but good. this was probably a brown porter with good color and aroma maybe a little to warm ( over 60) it was still drinkable and note worthy
Jun 04, 2003
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Reviewed by Popsinc from Canada (ON)

2.24/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
The beer looked fine but that was the end of the road. How very unimpressive this beer was. This porter reminds me of a homebrew i tried about 5 years ago. At that time when i tried the home brew, it tasted like a cheap imitation of Pete's Wicked Ale (which i don't particularily like either) or a a rotten batch of sugarless Tang.

In any case. This porter was a huge disappointment. It comes nowhere near a Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter for expample. And for $3.95/bottle, the store can keep it.
Jan 11, 2003
Burton Porter from Burton Bridge Brewery
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 39 ratings