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Powerhouse Porter | Sambrook's Brewery

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Powerhouse PorterPowerhouse Porter

Brewed by:
Sambrook's Brewery
United Kingdom (England)

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by woosterbill on 04-02-2012

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 13
Photo of kitschiguy
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle into 350ml beer glass. Poured a dark, reddish brown with a big rocky off-white head, retention is good. Lots of lacing. Looks great.

Lots of chocolate on the nose, with coffee and toffee coming through. Very nice

Big malt flavour - lots of chocolate although coffee coming through stronger now. Faint port/vermouth note - very nice. Not too much burnt malt flavour and bitterness is low.

Mouth is a tad thin.

Overall a very good porter. Good balance and flavour.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Nice to try another traditional porter from London proper.

This beer pours a clear, dark, bright ruby amber hue, with two fingers of foamy, bubbly, somewhat rocky beige head, which leaves a few upshots of land bridge lace around the glass as it evenly subsides. One attractive customer, this.

It smells of musty, roasted dark chocolate malt, a bit of morning toast breadiness, some indistinct black fruitiness, a very slight lactic sourness, and earthy, somewhat dank hops. The taste is charred caramel malt, a slightly savoury meatiness, some bittersweet baker's cocoa, waning, somewhat sour black fruit notes, and earthy, mashed leaf hops.

The carbonation is present, but quite on the down low, the body a sturdy medium weight, and generally smooth. It finishes just on the sweet side, the singed caramel malt, chalky chocolate (oh yeah), lingering just past the date milkiness, and earthy, weedy hops closing things out.

An agreeable enough English porter, the tropes all there and accounted for, and drinkable for the very same encapsulated reasons. Too bad about the local distribution hegemony that renders this available at a single out-of-the-way locale.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Fullers dimpled pint mug.

Pours a very dark ruby, verging on black, colour. Tan head that lasts not very long.

Smells of roasted malts.

Tastes of dark, burnt malts, giving it a dry and crisp mouthfeel. Sizeable hop bitterness as well as an odd lingering tang on the palate, perhaps it could do with being a tad sweeter?

Overall a good attempt, very drinkable but just not quite right.

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Photo of rarbring
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clear dark ruby brown beer, a tan head with little lacing and curtains.

Toast and coffee, some forest fruits - smellwise.

Tasting burned bread crust, dried dark fruits, brown sugar and dark grounded coffee.

Little carbonation, a fresh texture, rather small body but a dry finish.

Well balanced, possibly a bit on the sweet side.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Handpump halfpint at the Old Red Cow.

A: Clear garnet body topped by some pillowy tan foam. Very solid retention, light lace. Nice.

S: Nice balance of dark fruits (raisins and plums) and roasted malts (dark chocolate and char). Maybe a touch of vanilla. Solid.

T: Opens with a wave of smoke and bitter dark chocolate, which is quickly trumped by some rich vanilla, caramel malt, and fruitiness. Smooth, slightly hoppy, bitter finish. Very tasty.

M: Creamy, lively, smooth medium body. Great.

O: Excellent Porter. Great balance of roastiness and sweetness.


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Powerhouse Porter from Sambrook's Brewery
3.75 out of 5 based on 13 ratings.
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