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
United Kingdom (England)

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 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 Davepoolesque
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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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 metter98
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
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

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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 DoctorZombies
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of Samp01
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of popery
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Amalak
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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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 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 meeekyh
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
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.


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Photo of rinhaak
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1pt 9fl oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a very deep hypnotizing black with a large head that disappointingly quickly.

The nose is rich and malty with lots of coffee, licorice, chocolate, and ash.

The mouth is complex but a little bit of a letdown. While there is a definite complexity, much of it seems to get covered up by a prevailing general burnt flavor. Ashy coffee grounds, licorice root, dirt, toffee, and chocolate are present. Very drinkable (I appreciated the lower ABV) and pleasant, there is a hint of sweeter fruits hidden amongst the earthiness.

Overall pleasant, but I cannot rank it among the better

As an aside: I did very much appreciate the bottle which was quite informative: it reveals how the beer is brewed with 14 malts (!!), exactly what to pair it with, and precisely how to store and serve the beer (store in 58°, then refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving).

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Photo of jondeelee
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought for me as a joke, Entire Butt turned out to have a fantastic nose full of chocolate malt, milk chocolate, and heavy brown sugars, with lighter hints of cream, tobacco, and peat.

On the tongue, the brew follows much the same suit, but starts off relatively light, sugary, and chocolaty before bursting into a sudden ash-and-tobacco mid-range. This lasts briefly, then subsides to allow more subtle flavors to come through, such as cream and caramel. But tobacco ash is never far from the surface, and bubbles up time and time again as the beer is held in the mouth. The aftertaste is much the same, being an extension of the heavy cream and ash flavors that lingers for quite a while. Mouthfeel is medium, comparable to 2% milk, and carbonation seems quite light, even though my bottle has been open for less than five minutes. I suspect this beer goes flat quite fast, but that's all the reason I need to drink deeply.

Overall, this is a good brew, though perhaps a bit heavy on the ash flavors for most palates.

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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 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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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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