Entire Butt English Porter | Salopian Brewing Company Ltd

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Entire Butt English PorterEntire Butt English Porter

Brewed by:
Salopian Brewing Company Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2001

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

(6 months past bb date)--The head is initially large, frothy, a off-white or light tan in color, but dies quickly. Body is dark brown, bottle conditioned. Aroma is really malty, mostly dark chocolate. The flavor is lightly sweet, moderately bitter. Medium body, extra smooth creamy texture in the mouth feel (excellent), soft carbonation. Overall very enjoyable, you need to let it warm a bit and more and more of the complex malt flavors come out.

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Photo of brentk56
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a deep brown body with a nice tan head that sticks aroound for a while and then leaves a collar; some lacing

Smell: A wondrous mixture of a range of dark beer smells - chocolate, coffee, vanilla, dark fruits, smoke, roasted malt - it's all there

Taste: Starts out with a a rich, woody, bitter coffee flavor that, after a few seconds is complemented by a brief complement of hops; the finish brings more coffee and smoky elements

Mouthfeel: Just a tad thin of being medium bodied with modest levels of carbonation

Drinkability: An excellent example of a forgotten style; kudos to the brewer for bringing it back

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Photo of farrago
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big head on the pour which swiftly settles down into a half finger froth of large bubbles in the middle with cream nearer the rims, longlasting lacing. Dark chocolate, chocolate mud pie and caramel infused nose with a sweet tobacco smokiness, with time more bitter coffee rind notes appear, mostly canceled out by plum and blackberry fruit scents, gently floral but no real evidence of hoppiness in your nostrils. Medium-bodied, however, the carbonation swirls aggressively through the attack making it initially lighter than that. The roast more focused here, alongside a mineral water aspect and the low alcohol level makes it a refreshing sessionable beer. Dark chocolate powder, caramel, butterscotch and coffee hard candy make it negligibly sweeter than bitter. Fig and golden raisin mix with more plum and cherry fruit flavors, light and bouncy overall. More clarity in the biscuit, golden dough flakes and graham cracker components. Given its relatively light touch coats the tongue nicely and extends its finish without requiring attention.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
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

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of dannyhipps
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gifted to me by way of trade extra by photomike. Thanks for the unique extra, photomike!

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into myStone RIS tulip, since I don't own a "worthington-style" glass that was called for on the label...

A- A very, very careful pour produces no head, save for a distnct ring around the edge of the glass...wisps of foam lacing float on top... Dark, dark brown.

S- Smell is fantastic! Roasted malts scream out with shots of nuts, sweet toffee brickle and pumpernickel bready yeast...

T- Compared to the nose, taste is subdued, yet bright and clean. Pastry-like delicate malts abound. The slightest hint of smokiness swirls around the roasted malts in the middle, and this ale finishes clean and refreshing thanks in part to the mildest mid-palate bitter that flows through the finish...

M/D Sublime, bottle-conditioned perfection. Has that old ale-esque smooth quality, like you can taste the history in this one. A very enjoyable, balanced, albeit boring beer, I give high marks for drinkability for a pleasant ale that one could literally drink all day...

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Carefully poured it's a clear, deep mahogany with ruby highlights. The short but creamy off-white head drops shortly but maintains a creamy collar and a whispy surface coating throughout the glass. It leaves some lace, but it's thin and spotty. The nose is cocoa-ish, lightly fruity (berries), and coffee-ish/chocolatey with a mild smoky roastiness. If you search a little further some hoppiness is present - floral and mildly grassy like Goldings. The body is light with a very fine carbonation that leaves it exquisitely smooth and lightly creamy in the mouth. The flavor displays a plum-like fruitiness up-front with emerging notes of gently sweet chocolate. Some more berry-like fruit appears as it warms, along with notes of toffee. It's well balanced with a supportive bitterness. It finishes dry with a nutty caramel flavor that dissolves into lingering roasted dryness and gentle bitterness. This is, without question, best enjoyed at cellar temperature although the change in character as it warms is interesting. Very nicely done and well worth trying.

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Photo of cracgor
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown to black with a thin more english style head that's a light brown. Smells like darkly burnt coffee with a sweet raspberry like aroma at its base. This beer has an amazing taste. One of the better porters I've had with a coffee like flavor and enough sweet flavor to undercut it. Kind of thick, but definitely drinkable.

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Photo of Infamous7100
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured into a snifter, this dark brown/nearly black beverage had about a one finger head.
S: Coffee is prevalent, but you can smell the chocolate a long with a hint of smokiness and alcohol.
T: The malts and chocolate are what I taste the most of, however it's not overpowering. Hops are minimal. It's very complex and well balanced.
M: Perhaps the finest quality of this beer. It's not as thick as you would think and has a lager like crispness. However, it does enough to stick to your pallet. Lightly carbonated.
D: Because of the light ABV and relative viscosity of this brew, it's very easy drinking. It doesn't fill you up and the taste of this outstanding porter warrents another!

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 500ml wide bodied brown glass bottle with a thin bowling pin shaped neck. Colorful main label per the BA avatar. Listed at 4.8& ABV with a Lot/Best Before 1 04 – 114. Reverse label explains a little about this intriguing brew.

Appearance: Simply stunning appearance in the glass, awesome dark brown body with a lovely creamy tan head that laces nicely. Soft carbonation is finely dispersed. Supreme looks.

Nose: Dominated by malts, old Brown Ale, roasted malts and a light hint of sweet coffee wrap the back end. Inviting and definitely Porter-like.

Taste: Dark malts and lots of them, rich and creamy in the mouth the malts take this Porter to a time past. Light roasted feel and some middling chocolate coffee traits. Gets better as it sits and warms, some dark fruity flavors

Mouthfeel: Solid feel, the fourteen malts add dept whilst the three types of hops add a little bitterness to balance the proceedings.

Drinkability: Easy enough to partake with food, perfect with a Ploughman’s Lunch and a strong Cheddar Cheese, yet a solid drinking Porter on its own.

Overall: Extremely enjoyable beverage, one that drinks well with immense flavor. A session Porter of sorts, and definitely one of the better English Porters.

Highly Recommended.

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Photo of sevopie
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark (but not impenetrable) brown with a rocky brown/tan head. Awesome lacing.

Smell - Tons of malts here, kind of hard to place a finger on them. Cocoa and coffee also are clearly present.

Taste - Interestingly lighter than I expected, with the cocoa taking off in your mouth. Coffee is still also there, and there's some interesting bready notes. Slightly bitter finish that almost comes off like a typical lager, but in a pleasing way. Also a smoky flavor very faint on the finish.

Mouthfeel - Very interesting here. Slightly chalky yet light at the same time.

Drinkability - I'm very surprised by this. Finishes clean with no unpleasant flavors involved. Not quite what I was expecting, but very good nonetheless. If the price tag was slightly lower, this would become a staple. As is, I will still look for it.

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Photo of sponberg
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, dark russet brown with a light, tan-cream colored head with laciness that winds down the glass. A very rich aroma - coffee, toffee, slight roastiness. This is gonna be good...

Oh yeah it is!! What a big ass body on this one - lots of dark round maltiness, hits of coffee, toffee and cocoa, an oatmeally (like a bitter chocolate haystack no-bake cookie) creaminess and just enough smokiness to tie it together. Some faint latent hoppiness in the finish, just enough to let you know that a hop was tossed in the kettle. The word "rich" keeps coming back into my head again and again. Just a handful of roasted malt shy of a sweet stout IMO. As is, a damned fine porter that will find itself in my pint glass quite often if I have anything to say about it.

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chubby bottle, pours very dark brown, strong nose of bready yeast, and sweet malts. Low carbonation, left some nice lacing. One taste tells you this is a welll crafted, highly flavorful English Porter. Chocolate, coffee notes also a hint of vanilla. Fairly light bodied. Smooth and drinkable, fine stuff, seek and enjoy.

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Photo of WesWes
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich and complex malt scent that is derived from 14 different malts. It has a black and roasted malt aroma with little hop scent present. The taste is good as well. It has a dry, yet sweet malt flavor that boasts of crystal, black, and roasted malts with a nutty Marris Otter taste. The bottle says it contains oats. That would explain the dry, husky feel. This has a complex malt bill to say the least. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a one tastey brew; a great drinker.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a foam tan head. some lace.

Big cocoa and coffee aromas. Good toasted malt and roasted scents. Some wine and vine aroma as well.

tons of dark roasted malt. Smooth brew, with a balance of dark chocolate, coffee, maltiness, some grain, bitterness, and a long malt finish. Loved this one.

Medium bodied, with some carbonation.

Easy drinking, with just the right amount of bitterness, grain, and sweetness. Good complexity, but smooth. Just terrific.

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Photo of wl0307
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

3 years and 6 days since I first tried this beer, I've had the luck to revisit it in a different mood and with slightly more experience with English Porter. The label says this is the Silver Medal Winner at the GBBF 1999 (Bottle-Conditioned Ale class), brewed with "14 different malts and 3 hops", including "Pale malts Otter, lager, wheat, pale crystal, dark srystal, dark chocolate, pale chocolate, black, roast barley, cara malt, torrified wheat, amber, brown and malted oats"... (Wow...) BB 27/06/09, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: coming in a nearly black hue (like deeply dark ebony) with a thick tan frothy head with good retention and leaves uneven sheets of lacing along the way, while the carbonation level is unknown.
S: underneath the lightly dusty notes of the froth, the harmonious malt symphony is in full swing - besides the main characters of roast barley, chocolates malt and crystal malt (I can only identify these 3), the lightly sour fruits add some more complexity and render a mildly stale or prune-ish fruity touch, while earthy/spicy hops also provide an extra edge to the formula. A closer sniff after the foam settles reveals sweet roast walnuts, caramelised raisins, and more bitter-sweet roast and herbal aroma. Quiet, thick, and complex, but way less vinous as I'd expect from an English Porter.
T: a refreshing and pretty dry swallow of black malts, licorice-infused water, dried black dates and aromatic toasted (wal-)nuts comes in a lovely, light-bodied manner; then, quickly, a very mixed bitter and roasty middle expands with a light sour edge of dark fruits, adding a bit more complexity to the foretaste. The aftertaste is pretty soul-lifting aromatic and roasted-nutty (continuing with the roast malty theme), enhanced by earthy hops and bitterness, while the sides of the tongue can clearly detect some charred-woody bits in the long, dry, chewy finish.
M&D: rather lively-carbonated initially but softening as the beer warms; I can't say this is a very "Porter-like Porter" to me especially after having tasted some slightly more fruity/stale/vinous samples across the UK, but this one has a particular charm in that the malty edge is really understated, rendering a consistently dry and bitter palate... Not like a normal bitter-sweet English stout, not as big as a vinous Porter, not at all hoppy as more modern interpretations - this one is, however, more like a dry stout (if anything), and highly enjoyable in its own class!

* Tasting Date: 21/02/06
A beer using 14 malts and 3 hops? Well, this is what it says on the bottle, and I don't think I could possibly discern each and every element in this "entire butt" style porter!! No useful freshness info. is printed on the label, apart from: "BB 907 011"(?!)... Served lightly chilled in a jug.
4 A: colour of very deep brown with ruby hues; an off-white beer head comes foamy but not very thick, settling to a very thin sheet of froth on the top throughout the drink~~
4 S: typical for an English porter and "quietly pleasant": roasted malts come along with a mild note of dark chocolates, cocoa and whole coffee beans--deep and aromatic... backed by a good depth of charred wood and a semi-calcium pill smell. 14 malts? they're all rolled into one!
4.5 T: mellow roasted maltiness smoothly lubricates the tongue~~ very slowly a subtle and mixed flavour develops--dark chocolates, oats, chewy brown bread, char, a touch of wood, and a touch of vanilla, whereas the hop entry is reasonably restrained... a good depth felt at the deep end of the palate supports the colourful flavour upfront, while the complex and long-lasting aftertaste is dominated by bitter-sweet, chewy roasted malty overtone and a ve...ry mild sour edge of darkest chocolates... satisfyingly dry-ish bitter finish.
4 M&4.5 D: with good support of micro-scopic fizz, the body is fresh yet smooth enough throughout, but it's not as soft as a milk stout or rich as an oatmeal stout or fullsome porter; it has its own rough edges and that provides some extra enjoyment to this nice dark brew. As anticipated, I fail to discern which malt is which in this beer, simply because the flavour is so harmonious that I couldn't even tell if the claim of "14 malts" is anything but marketing strategy!! A good-quality quaffable porter it is.

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Photo of masterbruewer
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark black with minimal white head, but I forgot to rinse the glass properly so detergent may have interfered.

The smell is sweet and fruity, reminiscent of grape Kool Aid (in a good way), with a bit of a coffee scent as well and some spices.

The flavor is sharp, but not bitter, and complex, with a fruity background, almost like a red wine, but faint. Theres also some coffee flavor and spice. A nutty flavor creeps in as the beer warms. No noticeable hops. A very nice mix.

The mouthfeel is smooth, almost silky, no noticeable carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer. Smooth but strong, very tasty.

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Photo of WaltTrombone
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My kids (7 & 10) got a big kick out the name of this beer. I'll admit to buying it mostly because of the name myself, plus my affinity for English beer. The label had a best before date of 12-4-04. I'm assuming that they mean December 4th, not April 12th, as the label had all the usual US legal gobbledygook. In any case, still way within the freshness date. It's probably best to drink this fresh, and not to cellar it, because, even though it's bottle conditioned, the ABV is only 4.8%, and there's not much hoppiness (which I'll get to in a minute.)

It poured with a black body, and a proud, creamy head, almost nitro-like in its appearance. Aromas were of chocolate, coffee, currant. Tastes were chocolate, coffee, toffee, butterscotch, currant, malt, and a faint fleeting glimpse of lemon. The label says that 14 different malts were used, and I'd believe it! No hops were mentioned. I'm sure they're in there, but you'd be hard-pressed to find them. Definitely a beer for malt mavens.

Mouthfeel was creamy smooth, reminded me of Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout. The finish was coffee and sweet malt.

An amazingly complex beer for only 4.8% ABV. You could think of this as a session porter, but I think the complexity would overwhelm your tongue. I'd love to see what this brewery would do with an Imperial Stout!

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Most unusual, for a porter, that is. Poured like a glass ink. Absolutely black. No head. At all. Nothing. This isn't unusual at all for a porter. What was, however, unusual, was the mouth feel. Extremely thin for a brew of this sort. I like them to be thick and even a bit chewy. North Coast's "Old Rasputin" actually leaves a coating in your mouth which is just delicious. I like that feature in a porter/stout. This stuff is really, really thin. Any how. The smell is good. Damn good. Tons of malt and vanilla extract. I saw where someone else had written "vanilla extract" as well, and i must say I strongly agree. Very nice. The taste is very malty and leaves a dark semi-sweet chocolate after taste. Very nice. With the exception of the disappointingly thin mouthfeel, everything else was very good indeed.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a good English Porter. The name intrigued me initially, and then I read the interesting little blurb on the back about the history of porter. This beer uses 14 different malt varieties and three different hop varieties to try and recreate an original porter, which was a blend of several different styles.

The beer pours to a thin brown, almost black color with a thin white head that recedes to a collar and thin film. Looks pretty standard for a porter.

The smell is very sweet and estery. Lots of vinuous fruity aroma, as well as a strong malt backbone.

The taste reveals a multitude of different malty flavors. I can't quite pick out all 14, but I can definitely taste the wheat, caramel, chocolate, oats, and roasted barley malts. Has a nice residual sweetness in the finish. Little to no hop flavor.

I would drink this one again for sure. It's a good, drinkable english porter. Would be interesting to have on cask.

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Photo of stegmakk
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color was darkd brown with amber tint.
Amazing thick tan head that didn't dissappear quickly. It slowly settled to a nice permanent layer of lace.
Aroma and taste were one of the most complex I have ever tried.
Hints of sweet toffee, roasted malt, and even a small hint of nuttiness. You have to sip this beer to get all of the flavors. It changes from the time it hits your tounge, to after you swallow and are left with a nice aftertaste. Smoothe and a little creamy texture.
Must get some more of this.

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Photo of kunzbrew
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a rich dark black color with ruby red hightlightsand a nice rich thick creamy head that reduces quickly then settles to a nice collar . Lace is left behind when the head settles. The sweet smell of robust malts along with coffee and chocolate malts fill the nose with great pleasure. A strong hop aroma also fill the nose. The flavor of this bad boy is very nice also, the robustness if that is a word is outstanding. The roasted malts are very pronounced and strong, which is what I like. The beer also finished dry and clean.


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Photo of oberon
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown not quite black with amber tones near the bottem of my pint glass,loved the aroma fruity and woody notes not much chocolate but juicy fruit.I was suprised at the size of the head on this one.Taste has a variety of flavors fruit and bitter chocolate hit right away with a big earthy finish wich was nice.Salopian knew what they were doing here great beer will buy again,highly recommended.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle into nonic. Lot/Best before is F10 010, whatever that means (on label).

Deep brown, nearly black, with ruby highlights toward the bottom. A thin light brown head quickly dissappears to a thin rim.

Light roasty malts and a little bit of molasses.

The malts are on the lighter side, but I'm assuming that's the intent. The malts are burnt, but not too heavy. A little bit of coffee and brown sugar is in the background. Hops are barely existent. Full bodied. Creamy overtones throughout.

I'm assuming this bottle has had its experience shipping across the ocean and sitting in a box, and a shelf. But it still seems to be at the top of its class for drinkabililty, subtle flavor, and showing us what the roots of the porter style. I'd love to have this fresh in England. Recommended.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark black with a slight ruby hue at the edges. Average sized beige head that is foamy and somewhat sticky. Decent retention but little lacing left.

S - Lots of sweet cocoa with some coffee and general roast smell. Also a fair amount of vanilla and some dark fruit. Quite complex.

T - Wow, lots of different flavors in this beer. It starts out with a bitter chocolate and coffee taste. Then some sweetness starts coming, in the form of lactose, sugar, toffee, caramel, and the chocolate becomes sweeter as well. Then the roasted malt, slight herbal hops, and dark cherry (and some other dark fruit) comes in. This has a slight, but balanced, bitter taste. I found this kind of pattern/order more common than any others, but many times the order of flavors would be different, as would intensity and presence.

M - Medium body with good carbonation. Smooth, but it is a little watery.

D - With such a diversity of flavors, I want to keep drinking it to identify more and see how they interact in the next sip. None of them are overpowering and destroy your palate. Quite refreshing as well, and an ABV that allows for sessioning.

Notes: Wow, what a diversity of flavors. The beer uses 14 different malts and 3 different hops. Truly an interesting beer that I am glad I experienced. Hard to put it cleanly in a category/style as far as taste goes. Definitely would try it again; although I don't feel the flavors are great enough to warrant always seeking it out and having it available.

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Entire Butt English Porter from Salopian Brewing Company Ltd
3.89 out of 5 based on 225 ratings.
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