Entire Butt English Porter | Salopian Brewing Company Ltd

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Brewed by:
Salopian Brewing Company Ltd
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
177
Ratings:
222
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
15.68%
 
 
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Photo of JaxBeerBear
4.89/5  rDev +25.7%
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.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.89/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What an amazing brew! If I wore a hat, I would doff it for the folks who produce this fabulous nectar.

Pours a deep, dark, dark brown (almost black) with just a hint of ruby red around the edges. A small head with no lace to speak of.
Smell is a veritable party for the olfactory lobe. Scents of toffee, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, dark chocolate, light smoke and hops.
Taste is one of the most complex I have had. Toffee, roasted malt, vanilla,caramel, coffee, rich dark chocolate, a hint of smoke and just a hint of hops lingering at the end. OY VEY this is good!
Mouthfeel is rich and complex, very smooth with a medium body. Would have preferred a chewier texture and fuller body.
Drinkability is phenomenal! I would exchange my blood for this! An absolutely wonderful expression of the art, a top 5 porter, heck, a top beer period.

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Photo of Todd
4.8/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 1pt 9fl oz fat brown bottle with long neck. Best before date stamped on the neck.

Appearance: Rich, deep dark brown. Nearly black. Head pours thick and foamy, tan in colour. Sticks like mad as it very slowly dissipates to a level that most beers dream of. The head on this beer is absolutely amazing.

Smell: Massively complex malt aroma, but if I had to sum it up with 3 words: "sweet coffee milk" ... it has one of the most pleasant aromas that I have ever indulged. Reminds me of that coffee syrup that I used to add to milk as a kid -- all caramelly, creamy, coffee-like -- yummy stuff. Light grain notes can also be detected, as can an appealing smoke, sweetness and chocolate.

Taste: Incredibly smooth mouthfeel, with a huge, firm, thick full-body. Malt is seriously complex with flavours including: lager-like crispness, dry grain and grain husk, coffee, lactose/milk sugar-like, toffee, smoke, earth, chocolate and astrigent roasted malts. Hop flavour is minimal but shows through in the middle to refresh the palate with a delicate herbal tea-like bitterness that complements the roasted (barley) flavours. Hop flavour, apart from being a bit bitter, is very raw, leafy. Beer finishes with some grain dryness, roasted and smoke residuals and a faint hop oil feeling on the palate.

Notes: Welcome to the last beer of your life. You could, without a doubt, have this beer on your death bed and feel like you actually lived a full-life.

This bottle conditioned butt beer was brewed with 14 malts! Pale marris otter, lager, wheat, pale crystal, dark crystal, dark chocolate, pale chocolate, black, roasted barley, cara malt, torrified wheat, amber, brown and malted oats. This is Salopian's attempt to recreate the forgotten traditional Porter style. I think they did I marvelous job, in humble opinion. Silver Medal @ the GBBF 1999 BCA's.

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Photo of mschofield
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark brown almost black, light brown head, a little sediment.
Varied malty smell, coffee and chocolate.
A high cocoa dark chocolate taste - like good Belgian bitter chocolate. The bitterness blends in and feels like it is coming from the chocolate - very nicely done. A lot of dark flavors coffee,caramel- a roasted aspect, a little oat in there as well.
Smooth and very full. I wish I bought more than one

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Photo of jwc215
4.74/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured nearly black with a fairly well-retained head.
The smell was quite complex. I saw on the label that it uses 14 malts. You can smell each of them.
You can taste all of them too - well - done! It is very malty - if you are looking for hops - do not look here - they are masked by fourteen delicious malts. This is an incredible beer. Very complex - you can taste each of the malts.
It leaves a good - but complex - feeling in the mouth.
It's very drinkable because it is smooth while retaining its complexity.
Highly recommended - An excellent brew!

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Photo of mcsquint
4.68/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 50cl bottle purchased at Gomer's in Lee's Summit into large dimpled mug.
A - Black in color with red when held up to light. 2 finger tan head.
S - Malt with chocolate
T - Very complex flavor from all the different malts used. Predominant flavor being chocolate. Very well balanced.
M - Full mouthfeel, perfectly carbonated.
D - At @ $5.00 for a bottle, this would be an expensive drinking session.However,this is an excellent example of the style. This would be a great introduction for anyone wanting to try a porter for the first time.

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Photo of ScotB260
4.67/5  rDev +20.1%
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!

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Photo of Offa
4.62/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a very tasty, complex, and highly drinkable porter.

Dark reddish brown, almost black, it has a medium tan head that shrinks slowly.

The aroma is a little on the light side in body for a porter but is interesting, very enjoyable, and has nice subtle complexity, including general roasted malt character, chocolate, dark toast, hints of fruit, especially prunes, hints of caramel and coffee, and a stronger mocha aroma when warmer.

The taste is very enjoyable, on the light side for a porter, but interesting and engaging. porter taste. It's smooth, fruity and toasty with light chocolate, light bitterness, hints of wine, and a pepper in the finish. There is a barely perceptible coffee element in the taste, unlike the aroma. It's also highly drinkable.

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Photo of jdoolin
4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 0.5l bottle poured into an authentic English Imperial pint glass

Appearance: Very dark brown with ruby edges and a big, frothy off white head that never went away. Amazing retention and a beautiful beer.

Aroma: Caramel and chocolate malt in the background, but in the foreground is a sour apple like tartness, almost like a rodenbach or petrus oud bruin. Is this supposed to be there? It is said the original porters were soured because of the old, stale beer. Is this intentional? I hope so, because I freaking love it.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Much drier than I anticipated. Very nice malt flavors, but not the usual sweetness. The tartness takes center stage with a nice green apple flavor, blending well with the flavor of the malt and a scant citrus hop flavor. Medium bodied, somewhat thin.

Notes: Given what I've read from other reviewers, I may have gotten a bad bottle of this. But I sure hope not. I absolutely loved the combination of the malt and tartness in this beer. I'm just going to have to get another one and give it a try.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.57/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked this up at Well's in Baltimore. Glad to have the chance to review this many years after first trying it. Poured cool into my La Fin Du Monde tulip from a 50cl brown bottle w/ best before date printed on label.

A - A finely beaded tan head caps the deep brown liquid that has ruby colored highlights. The head is rocky and leaves a thin rim of lace.

S - A wealth of fruit and herbal notes which are vinous w/ subtle cream and roasted malt notes appear in the aroma w/ a hint of toffee.

M - Subtle dry malt w/ a moderate spice and bitterness w/ a moderate accent of carbonation. Subtle sweetness fades into the clean finish.

T - A very rich taste of roasted notes w/ gentle mineral notes combine w/ a gentle woody flavor and flavors that are toasty and caramel influenced. The malt flavors are very smooth w/ oat silkiness and crisp w/ British malt character. Cocoa-like chocolate malt notes are dominant w/ a mild sweet berry flavor. The subtle smooth vanilla notes complement the roastiness well and allow the cocoa creaminess to become magnified. A lasting depth of flavor keeps the taste buds happy!

D - So drinkable as only I remember this ale being years ago. I found this to be a masterfully malty ale w/ balance and the kind of nuances you don't find that often. A fermented beauty for the mouth to absord this is not one to miss.

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Photo of palma
4.57/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a great aroma. Sweet cream. Coffee. Chocolate. Caramel. Simply awesome.

Taste is just as good as the aroma. Dry upfront with a sweet malty middle. Mild smokiness and some significant roasted coffee flavor. Light grassy notes here and there. A slight bitterness lingers towards the end, yet the low alcohol content lends itself to a surprisingly clean finish. So complex yet so clean. amazing.
I could drink 10 of these. This is a true English session beer.

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Photo of scubapoet
4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is a well balanced Porter many porter, which I like, tend to be too coffee flavored or too chocolate flavored, this one is really well balanced.

Mouthfeel - is not perfect but good
Taste - one of the two best porters I have had
Appearance - is a little thin but good

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Photo of TMB0424
4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint 9 fl oz bottle

Pours a murky mud brown body with a loose, bubbly tan head. Reduces pretty quickly and leaves a nice amount of lacing.

Smells of toffee, caramel, cocoa. Very malty. I don't detect any hops at all. As it warms even more, I'm actually smelling a little bit of vanilla along with the chocolate.

Nice, roasted coffee beans with a splash of chocolate immediately tasted... delicious. Finishes with a coffee aftertaste preceded by a sourness I can't put my finger on. If I had to guess, it would be sour apples. Butterscotch as well, which is absolutely incredible. Tiniest bit of hops in the end.

What a beer. Each sip I feel I detect something different and it just makes the brew better. From the coffee, cocoa, sour fruit, butterscotch... wow. Very rich, indescribably smooth. Medium bodied, so creamy and refreshing. Extremely easy to drink, I could sip on these alll night.

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Photo of Jason
4.54/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle, sample purchased. No freshness date.

A porter among porters, lively and flavourful. A great stab at a style that has been lost for decades.

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Photo of putnam
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

"Lot/Best Before: 15 -014"

WTF?

Roasty, but not only roasty. Bready, crusty aromas are joined by subtle doses of coffee and roasted twigs.
On the palate it's corsetted with charcoal and iron-flavored tannins. A nice sandy fizz cascades quickly away to reveal plump pale malts, seasoned woods, dried grasses and chocolate. Milky viscosity underwrites the wild, dry and weathered aromatic features.
Highly drinkable because it is so interesting. It leaves a big footprint of broadly ranging flavors, only without any sign of sticky, heavy, or alcoholic residue. Very complex and a little tough.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So I guess you could say this is not a...half-assed beer?

After a night of various beer sampling, I like to try and end on a high note if possible. Tonight's attempt will be done with this one.

Pours one step below pitch black. Tan head. Nose is malty and also a real distinct edge of a roasted sugar that has sat in the pan 10 seconds too long and is far beyond rescuing. Coffee tones there when you really linger for something more. Flavor is nice and robust. Roasted attributes that don't hijack the experience. Feel has a good level of carbonation and a decent liquid body. I feel like it is a bit thin, but overall it is good. The verdict is that this is a fairly nice English Porter. One to definitely sip and ponder due to it's fairly full body. I liked it.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm impressed with the appearance. Dark brown body with a firm tan head. Plenty of lace left behind. Looks chewey.

Smell is fairly mellow and doesn't reveal the goodness to come. Complex malt brew that runs the entire spectrum. Dark chocolate with the dry side of bakers chocolate. De-caff with whole milk make up the body but it shoots off in all directions including some fur tree smoke. Black licorice shows up late in the game as it warms up.

Notes: One of the better low abv beers I've had in recent memory. Lively and plenty of depth. I could picture having this with shellfish and creamy pasta like alfredo or the like. Excellent.

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Photo of cptierney
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into an oversized Moonlight pint glass.

What a lovely start to this beer. I must say, I'm a little dissatisfied with the American porter style and jumped at the chance to drink this English interpretation of a long lost porter. It poured a dark, dark brown letting some light through but not much. The fine two fingers of head had an almost nitro feel to it and took ages to recede.

The nose on this porter is sweeter than I'm used to. Heavy toasted malt odor mingles with nice sweet caramel making for an interesting bouquet.

The mouthfeel on this guy is sublime. Creamy carbonation married with a just thick enough elixir make for a happy palate. Almost light enough to be a Schwarzbier.

This is how a porter should taste. There is very little hop profile on this brew and my mouth is just blown away with malt complexity. Toasted breads, smoked meats and sweet candied sugar come to the fore with just enough of a hint of bitter to not get overwhelmed. The sweetness is complementary, not pervasive and makes for a unique and unfamiliar flavor profile.

Highest marks for drinkability. Low hop residuals combined with low ABV and delicious flavor make for a trusty drinking companion. I challenge you to find a more sessionable porter

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Photo of AlexJ
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This porter pours a deep brown color with a creamy beige head of tightly knit bubbles. The head eventually settles into a 1/4 inch cap that seems to outlive the beer itself, leaving only traces of patchy lace as it goes.

The nose screams chocolate, toasty dark malts, vanilla, plums, molasses, and mocha. A fairly classical English porter aroma, filled with chocolatey dessert goodness.

Oh yeah! Tastes even better than it smells. Rich and dark flavors of chocolate layered with coffee, creamy vanilla, moist dark fruits, oak, and roasty malt sweetness. Very well balanced by a generous helping of hops. The body is medium, rich, and softly carbonated. This porter finished with a mouthful of bittersweet, roasty flavors and a tingling hop aftertaste. One of the finest examples of a true English porter.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Who knew something with the word "butt" in it could taste so good. The hint of coffee and caramel almost make you think you bought one of those fancy iced coffee drinks, except this makes you drunk! Foamy goodness.

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Photo of Doppelbockulus
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of Byeast
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: opaque black , some ruby hues near the bottom , a tan and creamy head of a quarter inch.

Smell: Massively malty , coffee , chocolate, burnt aromas, some grain. very complex.

Taste: The taste is a wonderfully complex and smooth blend of the massive amount of malts. Flavors of: coffee , chocolate , smoke , wood/earth , roasty complexities, deep grain , leafy hop , and some medicinal flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium body , fairly crisp carbonation, slick

Drinkability and notes: This is one exellent porter. Very unique in its use of malts which include: Pale maris otter, lager , wheat , pale crystal , dark crystal , dark chocolate , pale chocolate , black , roasted barley , cara malt , torrified wheat , amber , brown and roasted oats. ( 14 ).

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Photo of moulefrite
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great Porter! Deeeep Chestnut in color with a tad of amber around the rim. Fairly decent head and decent lace. Aromas are beautiful with coffee, nutmeg and roasted chocolate malt. Medium bodied offering that tangy quality found in the first cup of coffee of the day. Waves of bitter chocolate come in to play as the crisp, tangy coffee notes subside. Te beer finishes long and memorable. A must try, and my next mate with rib eye.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Re-review, correcting my disappointing first bottle nearly 5 years ago. Now, I've got a freshly poured pint in front of me. Let's do it.

Dark brown body, with ruby highlights. Tan head, with greenish tints. Classic.

Aroma: cocoa and cream, with a hint of vanilla. Lush malt, excellent balance, not too green, not too sweet. Clean and mellow. Excellent.

Taste: Minor hop buzz up front, that stays in play, if on the sidelines, while malt moves in. That sour green apple flavor is there, the one that spoiled that bottle for me, but it's way down there, mixed with grassy notes, and then the cocoa, and then the coffee. A complex blend of malts, it's a cliche', but it's also true.
Great thirst-quencher, surprisingly refreshing. And, amazingly enough, unless I'm fooling myself, I can see where the parts come together. Mild ale, brown ale, and a soured old ale, minus the booze .

This would definitely be a great session ale, if not for the high cost. Guess I have to rely on more affordable porters for that, but I can really appreciate the effort they put into it. With each touch to the lips, delicious malt, sweet brown sugar, grassy hops, chocolate-y goodness, slipping down the throat.
Yum, and yum.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Given to me by Beth and Peter as a Christmas gift -- Thanks!

A: near opaque deep dark brown/black color, very nice head that is off-tan and lacy
S: mild-to-medium full nose with deep roasted malt, grainy and very little hops, very good and true to type
T: WOW!, great beer, true to type, very full roasted chocolate malt with just the right amount of hop balance for a true British porter, at 4.8 % it's even that more impressive
M: creamy, velvety, and oh-so-easy to drink
O: very good beer, I'd love to try it on cask in Shrewsbury!

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