Porteresque | Allgates Brewery

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Allgates Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Winter

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Added by wl0307 on 08-24-2009

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of BlackHaddock
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown 500ml bottle, best before end of may 2010, drank mid Feb 2010. poured into a vase shaped pint glass (Old Speckled Hen badged).

Dark, pitch dark almost, a deep maroon red could be detected when held to the light. On top sat a thin off-white head which morphed into a collar and wispy covering far too quickly for my liking.

Malts, roasted more than burnt or toasted were the main smells from the brew (the rear label states it's "Bursting with roasted malt flavours"). Some hints of smokiness, but only hints.

This is a kind of mix between a true Porter and a Christmas Winter Warmer in my eyes and tastes. Rich, almost creamy and with a hidden depth and suggestions of added ingrediants, without there actually being any. I don't know that, but that is how the beer comes across to me.

I like beers that are different and taste good, this fits the bill. At 4.4%ABV it has wonderful flavours and a full body, why can't other brewers produce flavoursome Porters at such a low ABV?

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Photo of fullsweep
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

1-finger "dirty" head of a dull brown-grey foam. A near-black brew sits underneath. No lacing that I could see.

Smells of biscuits, caramel (toffee?), coffee and a lingering sweetness.

Tastes nice. A bittersweet mix with coffee and dark chocolate beans/powder figuring predominantly. Perhaps a mild hint of citrus/grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is a hint syrupy with light carbonation and virtually no bite to it.

Goes down easy, especially with the ABV hovering at 4.4.

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Photo of PartyBear
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pitch black body, with a small creamy tan head, which shows good retention. No visible carbonation but it's always hard to see with beers this dark.

Aroma: Clear dark malts on the nose, with hints of liquorish and smokey wood. Not quite as aromatic as most porters, the nose seems quite subtle.

Taste: The flavours have a sweet edge from the start, with toasty malts providing rich chocolates and the slightest hint of weak coffee. There is some bitterness towards the end, which has a hoppy characters but this is unsurprisingly driven by the roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full in the body, with a smooth texture and only a hint of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink and not to high in the ABV. A solid porter, and a good example of the style.

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Photo of wl0307
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased at the Sainsbury's supermarket, packaged in a 500ml brown bottle; BB 04/2010, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: extremely dark brown in colour, coming with restrained carbonation and a dark reddish-beige frothy head to last throughout the drink.
S: initially it's lively fruity (black dates and raisin-like berries mainly) and resinous on the hop aroma, on a bedrock of black malts, black sugar, with a hint of licorice and roast sweet nuts. The sound sour hints stay loyally on the side of maltiness and fruits, but not quite stale as one might expect from a traditional porter, while the addition of hoppy elements does make the aroma more pleasant than otherwise.
T: the foretaste is filled with light-textured sour-sweet black malts, laced with light hints of sweet coffee or cocoa beans and sour nuts... the soothingly roasty undertone lingers nicely, ensued by a slightly chewy note of roast malts, cobweb(!), dark berries & black plums, semi-salted yeastiness and understated hoppiness as of English Fuggles. Neither thin in the finish nor rich on the malt+hop aftertaste - quite neutral in terms of flavour and mouthfeel, actually.
M&D: light bodied, coming with a fair level of soft carbonation, and the flavour is generally speaking pleasant enough. Alas, having tried many more flavoursome Porters, I can't help regarding this ale more as a Dark Mild, due to its dominating black-sugary note and taste.

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Porteresque from Allgates Brewery
3.71 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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