Entire Butt English Porter
Salopian Brewing Company Ltd

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Style:
Porter - English
Ranked #33
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
88
Ranked #13,843
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 13.74%
Reviews:
182
Ratings:
234
From:
Salopian Brewing Company Ltd
 
England, United Kingdom
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  18
Gots
  9
SCORE
88
Very Good
Entire Butt English PorterEntire Butt English Porter
Notes: Historically the term used to describe a porter blended from a variety of ales, entire butt uses 14 different malts and 3 hops to recreate this forgotten style of porter. The beer is black/brown with a crisp white head and is distinctly vinuous. It has little hop character as essentially the flavour is derived from the malts. Malts used: pale Maris Otter, lager, wheat, pale crystal, dark crystal, dark chocolate, pale chocolate, black, roasted barley, caramalt, torrified wheat, amber malt, brown malt and malted oats.
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear very dark cola brown approaching jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and moderate dark chestnut brown + medium brown + ruby red colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy soapy foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thin film covering a little more than 90% of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of slightly charred/burnt + roasty + dark + chocolate + caramel + nutty malts with a light amount of caramel + molasses sweetness. Hints of earthy hops. Also light to moderate aromas of leather + tobacco.

T: Upfront there are slightly stronger than moderate flavors of slightly charred/burnt + roasty + dark + chocolate + caramel + nutty malts with a light amount of caramel + molasses sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of leather + tobacco. Finally there are very light flavors of earthy hops. Light amounts of roasty bitterness that lingers well into the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol and a light mouthfeel. Lots of malt complexity makes this beer enjoyable both in aroma and flavor. Definitely an interesting combination of malts.

Jul 23, 2020
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle to English pint glass.
The appearance had a brown pour but ended up leaving more of a dark brown/almost black color. Quickly dissipating small eggshell white foamy head. Just some wispy lace.
The aroma had sweet coffee, figs, raisins, cocoa powder, chocolate malt balls, baker's chocolate and some dark toast.
The flavor leaned towards a sweet dry raisin and fig character. Cocoa powder and sweet coffee notes slide in to add a touch of bitterness. Definitely has a coffee sweet aftertaste with some figs and raisins.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping to sessionable quality about it. Good carbonation with a very nice smoothness. Finishes fairly smooth with crisp wafer/malt balls and some cocoa powder.
Overall, I'd say a pretty nicely done English porter I'd have again.

Dec 14, 2019
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flagmantho from Washington

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: rich, dark brown with a clear body and ruby highlights. There's a finger of frothy dark-tan foam atop; it's quite attractive in my book.

Smell: very sweet, almost molasses-ey, with that same sour tang that molasses has. It almost has a bit of a cola or kvass aroma to it as well; I really like it.

Taste: roasty malt, molasses, bread; there's a little bit of raisin thrown in along with some tobacco. It tastes like the richest kvass I've ever had. What an interesting beer!

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent level of carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: I really like this beer; although it has a combination of roasty finish and up-front sweetness that work at odds initially, the combination is really making me want another sip. Fascinating stuff!

Jan 11, 2018
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque black in the glass with a half finger khaki head with great retention and nice lacing. Aroma of dark toasted caramel malt, molasses, brown bread, nuts and a little lactose. Flavor of dark toasted malt, light caramel, brown bread, light molasses, vanilla and light coffee. Flavor tapers off quite a bit into a semi-dry toasted malt and cocoa finish. Light to medium bodied with good carbonation. This is a great smelling porter with fine initial complexity. The 15 varieties of malt used add very interesting combinations of flavors. The flavor sadly dissipates in the finish, although the light residual flavor is nice. This was a porter that I found myself wishing was a little bigger and robust to get the full effect of the great malt mixture. Still plenty going on here; a very good light porter with interesting malt character.

Oct 13, 2017
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dcotom from Iowa

4.51/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2-ounce bottle into nonic pint. Unsurpassed in appearance. Deep brown color with some ruby highlights. Aggressive pour yielded almost half a glass of thick, sticky light tan foam that left tons of lacing. Salopian boasts 14 malts in this brew, providing a complex flavor profile with notes of toffee, caramel, molasses, cocoa, coffee bean, and dark fruit. Even with all of that, it does not assault the palate. The mouthfeel is medium, and the finish is dry. There is a hint of burnt coffee bitterness on the aftertaste without any lingering sweetness. Salopian has done a masterful job of bringing the "three threads" together with this awesome brew.

Apr 20, 2017
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$ 5.82/16.9 oz bottle (Including tax) ($ 0.308/oz) from the Lager Mill, Frankenmuth, MI
BB F15 021 at 50o into a hand washed and dried JK snifter (I’m not ordering a glass from South Africa from which to drink it!)
Aroma – fairly weak roast malt, a little chocolatey; doesn’t last
Head – light brown, fizzy: like Nicolas Cage, gone in sixty seconds
Lacing - none
Body – dark brown with a red tint, clear but so dark as to be opaque, slight effervescence, some sediment in bottle
Flavor – light sweetness, a little roast malt, a hint of chocolate; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate – medium, almost creamy, soft carbonation

An excellent example of an English Brown Porter, perhaps a little lacking in the hops department, but still excellent. Definitely something worth buying a case or two, although the lack of head and lacing do bother me slightly.

Appearance 3, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.75, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.5

Jun 10, 2016
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ruddy brownish color. Smooth. Lower in carbonation. Roasted malt and grains, dark chocolate, earthiness and toffee. Very short finish. Fairly dry. Mild. Pretty good.

Jun 07, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into pint glass, bottled on 10/24/2014. Pours crystal clear deep reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, cocoa, brown sugar, molasses, toasted brown bread, light coffee/nuttiness, plum, apple, herbal, wood, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, cocoa, brown sugar, molasses, toasted brown bread, light coffee/nuttiness, plum, apple, herbal, wood, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy hop and roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, milk chocolate, cocoa, toasted brown bread, nuttiness, herbal, wood, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from hop/roast bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/grainy, and sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero alcohol warming as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is a very nice English porter style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

May 19, 2016
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of smoke, malts, chocolate. Taste is smoke, malts, tobacco, some chocolate, a mild bitterness at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

May 11, 2016
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Jeffsta1 from Washington

3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chocolate brown pour, dark in the glass, slightly off-white head.

Smell is fine, mild, beery.

Taste is pretty good, mild, mostly hints of malt with some gentle hoppiness, cocoa seeping through.

Moderately rich mouthfeel is nice, but a bit more carbonation than I prefer.

Not much on the finish. Small amount of sutble hoppy bitterness.

Updated: best by date of 7/14 puts this just over a year past... so maybe not the best example.

Nothing really wrong with this beer, also nothing significant to recommend it. Fine in a pinch, and a good choice as a session porter.

Sep 29, 2015
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

This one pours dark brown, almost black, with a small foamy head, and a little bit of lacing.

This one smells like creamy milk, caramelized sugar, chocolate syrup, and dark fruit.

This is a great sessionable and full flavored English porter. There's some light smoke, vanilla cream, tobacco, dark fruit, and sweet syrupy chocolate. There's certainly a lot going on here for the lower ABV.

This is medium bodied, pretty creamy and rich, and very drinkable.

Nice to go back to the basics like this sometimes. Beers like this show incredible craftmanship.

Sep 13, 2015
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ScotB260 from Georgia

4.67/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the better porters that I have tried. The roasted maltiness is striking, but balanced at the same time. The smell is out of this world, inviting you to take another sip. I think I actually enjoyed sniffing this beer more than I did drinking it!

Mar 22, 2015
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metter98 from New York

4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is black when viewed from afar, but upon closer inspection when held up to a bright light it is clear mahogany red in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high light tan colored head that has very good retention properties, leaving a thin head on the surface, a collar around the edge, and lots of lacing coating the sides of the glass.
S: As the porter warms up, the smell becomes stronger and lends aromas of leather.
T: The overall taste is rather complex, having notes of burnt malts, coffee, leather, licorice, molasses, nuts, smoke, and tobacco. Although no bitterness is perceptible, there are enough underlying hops to mask any sweetness from the malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: For such a lighter body, easy drinking beer, this porter has an incredible amount of complexity in the flavors that makes it interesting enough to sip and slowly savor.

Serving type: bottle

Mar 19, 2015
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JaxBeerBear from Florida

4.89/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent beer.

Taste and smell is coffee, very robust flavor with a very manageable mouth feel. Out of the bottle it is a true delight, I would really like to try it from the draft though. I've heard a lot of talk about the differences between stouts and porters, and I feel like the true beauty and delight in this beer is how well it represents what a true to style porter should be.

Would definitely buy and enjoy again.

Bought the beer from Grassroots in Jacksonville, Florida at 5 Points in Riverside.

Mar 13, 2015
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DoctorZombies from Florida

4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Ruby see thru blackish pour with beige head into SAPP. Caramel, licorice, and roasted malt nose. Dry, lite mouthfeel. Nice lite English porter with a slightly sweet Carmel finish.

Feb 23, 2015
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Samp01 from New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black with a small tan head. Aroma and Taste is of dark roasted chocolate malt, caramel, dark fruit esters, even some dark berry notes mixed in as well, yeast and mild bitterness on the end from the dark roasted malt. A smooth medium body with mild carbonation. The finish is sweet dark roasted chocolate malt, caramel, dark fruit and berries with mild dry bitter roasted ending with lingering chocolate and caramel flavors. Overall a very delightful, tasty and enjoyable English Porter. very nice.

Sep 29, 2014
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jazzyjeff13 from England

3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2013, so it's just out of date. ABV is stated as 4.6%. Picked up a while back from the York Wine & Beer shop. Hopefully it's still in good condition. The label mentions that this is brewed with an incredible 14 malts.

Poured into a straight pint glass. Bottle conditioned (and a little lively). A deep reddish-brown hue that appears almost black in the glass. Fine sediment throughout. Yields a small head of creamy beige foam that lasts for a moment before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of sweet, fruity malt with hints of dried fruit, caramel, faint brown sugar, grain, mild roasted notes, a pinch of vanilla and ale yeast. Complex but quite subtle.

Tastes of roasted malt with a fruity character and a malty, bitter finish. Notes of roasted grain, dark malt, dried fruit, mild coffee, subtle molasses, ale yeast, earthiness and stewed leaves. Well-attenuated yet faintly sweet, followed by a malt-driven bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with soft carbonation and good body for the strength. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of roasted malt, bitter stewed hops and yeast.

Pretty good, but it doesn't bowl me over. Looks OK, though the head doesn't hang around for long. The aroma and flavour are pleasant - dominated by roasted grain and fruity malt. Intriguingly the aroma is rather muted. Body is alright. A well-crafted porter but a tad underwhelming. Perhaps this bottle is just too old? I'll try and re-review at some point. Worth sampling if you come across it.

Nov 29, 2013
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popery from California

4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights. Hard to tell if it's cloudy, but the beer looks pretty clear in the light. Nice, glowy color. Medium tan head. Lots of fine bubbles. After a few minutes, there's still a decent film of bubbles. I'm getting chocolate maltiness as the primary flavor in the aroma, but it's backed up by a mix of fruit, nutty brown malt, caramel, molasses, light coffee/roast and a hint of wood. There's a lot of malt complexity to this beer. Very nice toasty malt notes. A rather rich aroma for <5% abv. The flavor is a touch weaker for me. The malt complexity is still there, but some of the rich sweetness is gone. It starts out with a fairly simple sweetness before bringing in some nice fruity flavors and takes its time pulling out the chocolate and roast. Good finish with roast, tobacco and earth hops lingering for some time. Mouthfeel is smooth. Drinks big for the abv. British brewers know how to pack flavor into lower abv beers. Sits a bit light on the palate, though. Not the best impersonation of cask mouthfeel for a bottled beer that I've found, but it's always a losing effort and it's still nice. This is an enjoyable porter with lots of rich British malt flavor in a relatively small package. I would love to see more American brewers make a serious effort with this sort of beer.

Apr 04, 2013
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Amalak from New York

4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

I got this at Beer Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

A. A very deep, dark brown. A bit see-through around the edges, but mostly dark. A bit of head, but not much.

S. A wonderful chocolate scent and nutty.

T/M. It has a biting vegetable taste to it. A bit of chocolate. Malty. Tingly and zesty, not much in the smooth realm. Very delicious. A mild soapy flavor. A hint of sour toward the end.

O. It's a zesty porter. Complex in flavor, so much so that it would probably be awesome if bottled and aged.

Jan 11, 2013
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jtierney89 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep deep brown color, black in the center with about a finger and a half of light brown head. Smells like a coffee shop, not just the coffee, caramel, roast, smoke, caramelized sugar.

This is a massive beer for only being 4.6% Big roasted barley flavor, creamy mouthfeel. Sweet Caramel and chocolate, touch of smoke, leather and coffee flavors, bit of earthy bitterness on the back end. Layers of complex flavor. Faint woodyness. Finishes a little burnt and bitter starts semi sweet with some bitter chocolate and coffee flavors. One of the biggest flavored low abv beers I've ever had. Pretty good.

Oct 16, 2012
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WillCarrera from Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

50 cl bottle, lot number L10 042, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a very dark brown, nearly black, topped with a really nice creamy, fluffy brown head. Leaves tons of lacing.

S- Light powdered chocolate, a bit of coffee and caramel, also some dry crispy apple/pear fruit aroma.

T- Lots of malty flavors, toasted grain, some caramel sweetness, coffee and light milk chocolate, smoke, as well as some walnut and wood flavor. A bit of dry, fruity, vinous character towards the finish. Hops are earthy and not overly bitter.

M- Medium-bodied, light, smooth carbonation, feel is smooth and easy drinking.

O- A really tasty porter, the malt character is pretty complex and is well balanced by the dry vinous flavors. It's also very drinkable and has scores some cool history points, I enjoyed this one.

Feb 26, 2012
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celticfutblclub from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. no bottling date but best before 12/10/12.

A - dark brownish black with a billowy white head a finger thick. sticks around for a bit while lacing the glass well.

S - nice toasted notes on this one. also has roasted coffee, faint chocolate, and a bit of molasses in there as well.

T - toasted notes again with chocolate and coffee.

M - medium to full bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. more astringency from the hops than expected. no flavor from them but you do feel it on the mouth. there is a great coarseness to this beer which i really enjoyed.

O - a great porter and one that definitely needs to be tried.

Feb 18, 2012
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Doppelbockulus from Florida

4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Judging by the Best Before date, which should be ignored, this is likely a 2008 vintage, and it is definitely better aged. I have had a younger bottling, and it was good but this older one was notably better.

Pours a very dark brown with little light showing through. Hardly any head.

Nose is full of caramel. I get very good thick, sweet malt.

The flavor has good sweet malt, similar to a milk stout. It is much like a sweet brown bread with honey butter.

Mouthfeel is creamy and very refreshing.

Research led me to this beer and I was amused by the novelty of the name several years ago. Since then I have only found it twice, which is unfortunate because it truly is a great beer.

Jan 31, 2012
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SolipsismalCat from Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear dark brown with one-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a couple of minutes and left a nice film. Nice lacing.

S: Roasted malt, some dark fruit.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Smokey and mild roasted flavor. Slightly nutty and toasty finish. Very balanced flavor.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth and slightly crisp.

O: Really good English porter with high drinkability. One of the best, but understandably pricey.

Jan 16, 2012
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meeekyh from Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I have been feeling an English Porter is in order for awhile now so I thought this one would be a good choice.

Brown bottle, 500ml, best before says f13 102, though the ones may be just hash marks, either way I cannot decipher the code held therein. The beer is very dark with a tiny head in spite of an aggressive pour, also the lacing is nominal. Nothing impressive here.

Smells are full and dark with coffee in the lead. Again I am not impressed. Taste follows suit though the mouthfeel is creamy at first with a pleasant dryness in the finish making it the star of the show. I find the hints of tobacco flavor enticing but not enough to give this beer very high marks.

I am glad to try historical beers and love the idea but this is not stunning really. There is good balance and very nice mouthfeel but I will not likely buy many more at the price.

Slainte.

Nov 17, 2011
Entire Butt English Porter from Salopian Brewing Company Ltd
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 234 ratings