Burton Porter | Burton Bridge Brewery

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Brewed by:
Burton Bridge Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2003

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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 36
Reviews by beerman599:
Photo of beerman599
3.47/5  rDev +3.6%
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

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Popsinc
2.24/5  rDev -33.1%
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.

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Photo of rastaman
3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.09/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of Flyer
2.97/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.56/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of tatterdash
3.97/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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Photo of Beers
4.08/5  rDev +21.8%
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).

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Photo of neenerzig
4.03/5  rDev +20.3%
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.


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Photo of mdagnew
3.45/5  rDev +3%
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...

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Photo of grub
2.53/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

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Photo of Mindsquall
3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of Derek
4.08/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

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Photo of demcorhip
2.98/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A slightly cloudy cola coloured beverage. One finger offwhite head formed on the pour of this finely carbonated ale.

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

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.

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

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.

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Photo of nokes
3.21/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of crwills
3.35/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Viggo
2.63/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

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Photo of walshclimb
4.13/5  rDev +23.3%
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.

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Photo of ecoastman
3.61/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of pootz
2.39/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.33/5  rDev +29.3%
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.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

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Photo of DrJay
2.5/5  rDev -25.4%
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!

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