Entire Butt English Porter | Salopian Brewing Company Ltd

BA SCORE
87
very good
226 Ratings
Entire Butt English PorterEntire Butt English Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Salopian Brewing Company Ltd
England, United Kingdom
salopianbrewery.co.uk

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
Ratings:
226
Reviews:
178
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
14.14%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
9
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 226 |  Reviews: 178
Photo of mjc410
1.77/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a Belgian tulip.

The beer raises an at first grainy bubbled, two finger head. The bubbles coalesce as the head falls, leaving a nice short layer of medium-dark tan foam. The body is utterly black, and beautiful. Aroma raises caution flags - vinous acid, apples, tangierines, perhaps. Certainly not what I expect from a porter. Roast is not evident in the nose (until it warms - a little roast peeks out). The bottle describes the ale as "distinctly vinous," so I'll give it the benefit of the doubt. Taste is acidic, with a lambic character hinting at the Cantillons that I can't bring myself to review, owing to their overriding acidity. You know, there's not much else to it. I won't rate this as rock-bottom, as it's not undrinkable, but I certainly don't expect all this with an utter lack of roast from a porter. I'd chalk this up to a bad bottle, perhaps, although the bottle self identifies as vinous. Perhaps a revisit is due in the future.

Edit: While still drinking this, I find that it pairs well with some high % chocolate, melding with the vinous character in the candy. By itself, it's still not so good.

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Photo of zuccard
2.2/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Label indicates made from 14 malts...so, the color and apperance was nearly black. Excellent head retention. Walked away from the glass for several hours, came back and still had a good head above the liquid.

While this one is made from lots of malt...the taste was overwhelmingly sour for an aftertaste, that made it undrinkable for me. The aroma was a hint of almost a molasses smell, which having 14 malts in the brew was probably the reason. The first taste was also of molasses, and not much else. Then the sour aftertaste made it undrinkable. Never finished much more than half of it....Tried it a few times, to see if it was me or the beer.

Even the smell afterwards, after the beer was completely poured into the glass was sour, and high in acetyl. Not recommended.

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Photo of akttr
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of IrishRedRock
2.51/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This was a huge disappointment for me. I am hoping the bottle had gone bad. Poured a deep brown color with no head, and only a slight aroma of coffee.

Body and mouthfeel were thin and watery, hardly the characteristics of the delicious Baltic style porters I am used to. Mild flavors of chocolate and coffee were discernible; had an astringent alcohol finish that did not fit at all. Again, hopefully this went bad, and I would like to say I would try it again, but for the price, I don't think it's worth the risk.

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Photo of Travlr
2.51/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: This maroon color, no head and no lacing.
S: Cafe au lait aroma, very pleasant.
T: Flavor of milk chocolate and Starbucks. Smoky finish. Metallic tastes, maybe infected.
M: Body was a bit light.
D: Much worse than previous tastings makes me things there is something wrong with this batch.

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Photo of timmy2b
2.55/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of cjgator3
2.61/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark black color with a light tan head. The aroma is surprisingly faint with just a touch of dark roasted malts, chocolate and a touch of licorice. The taste is dark and roasty with some odd indescribable off-flavors in there as well. Overall, I am not a huge fan of this brew at all.

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Photo of geexploitation
2.61/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I was totally amped to try this beer, and disappointed once I did. Pours very dark brown with some slight lightening at the edges and a skimpy head. Smell is cidery, with a ton of apple esters. There's a roast malt character underneath there, but it's overpowered by the fruit. The cidery flavor is immediately apparent on tasting -- this beer is tight and acidic, and the cider note has a sour note to it as well. It's not tasty, and there's not a roasted malt flavor or a hop flavor that I'd expect from a porter... at least, an American porter. This is English, and I do notice some similarities between this and, say, Sam Smith's Taddy Porter. I want to like this, I really do, but I don't. Thumbs down.

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Photo of Derek
2.61/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Obtained from a fridge at the World of Beer in Clearwater, Fl.

A: Black, off-white head, very little retention.

S: Sour grains, grapes, brown sugar.

T: Bready, slight sour/tartness, grape juice, hints of chocolate, brown sugar and licorous. Dry, acidic, slightly bitter roastyness.

M: Lighter than moderate body, moderate carbonation, dry, hints of chalk and acidity.

D: Not to my liking.

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Photo of ClashmoreMike
2.65/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at Rustico (Alexandria, VA).

A = Dark brown, almost black. A bit of red in the edges. Light brown head starts at about 1/4 inch and then goes down to beer algae. Very little lacing.

S = No strong scents. Malty. A bit of dark chocolate in there. Also a hint of something like vanilla.

T = The overarching theme here is: watery. You can taste sweet malts and some chocolate. There are hops in there to add some bitterness. But the flavors are strangely watered down. There's also a little sourness in there that I didn't expect (and just didn't like at all in a porter).

M = The tastes are watered down, and the mouthfeel follows suit. The mouthfeel is very light. Medium to low carbonation.

D = It's too bad. I like porters and was really hoping to like this one too. However, it is too watery and too light for my taste. The slight sourness in the taste didn't help either.

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Photo of nuebs
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of bditty187
2.76/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Black in hue, reddish-dark brown when backlit, it is an ideal shade. The head was faint beige in color and the foamy mass was rocky. Head retention was good; it slowly faded to a chunky, clunky, ugly cap. A tight (more polished) cap lasted the whole consumption. There was subsequent webby, thick lacing. This is a good-looking beer.

The nose is airy and weakly malty, however there is this trace aroma that reminds me of SA Triple Bock. How odd! I smell prunes, if not Dr. Pepper. Tobacco. Chocolate. There wasn’t much straight roasted qualities, this was odd, I mean this is a Porter, right? The nose does say “dark beer” but no further description was articulated. The nose is okay. Inviting… kind of.

The palate fails to jump up and grab my attention. There is a malty, pruney vibe… like Shiner Bock. What the hell is going on? The black jellybean taste is nice and the raisins are likable. There isn’t much roast. I couldn’t smell it and I now can’t taste it. This is a bland beer. I was happy to see this beer in Omaha but I won’t buy it again… unless I find out their bottle coding system. Is this old? “L5-014.”

Medium/medium-light in body, low carbonation, the mouthfeel is weak and it follows nicely with the lousiness of the nose and taste.

This is not a well-brewed beer. Not drinkable… not worth a damn really. Am I missing something here? It was $4… no thanks. This is a dud.

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Photo of dgallina
2.81/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep dark brown with red highlights, a big foamy tan head, and bunches of slow-to-subside lacing. Smells sweet and very grainy; very subdued caramel malts with raisin and alcohol overtones. Tastes extremely clean, but is also very boring. A base of grainy caramel malts is layered with biting alcohol bitterness and earthy wet cardboard flavors. Develops weak roasted coffee notes as it warms. Medium creamy body.

A good looking beer with hugely disappointing flavor. Very unimpressive.

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Photo of biglite351
2.83/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - you can see dim red-brown through the middle of the glass. Soapy looking white head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

S - malty porter scent. Nothing special, not nothing bad.

T - the flavor seem full, but it is rather light and it seems to vanish rather quickly. No real after taste.

M - a bit thin. Slight tingle on front of tongue.

D - the vanishing flavor and light mouth feel make this passable.

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Photo of kevgod
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of jreitman
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reading other reviews me thinks my bottle might not have been in the best condition it could have been in. It poured a dark brown. I found it to be rather light bodied with aromas and flavors of coffee, though I found everything quite subdued and not very interesting. I may try this again, but I am not in any rush.

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Photo of jpuetz
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ryko
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of drabmuh
3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

More English beer on cask...this beer gets me one closer to my 103 styles goal on here.

Beer is dark brown with a thin head. Despite the thin head, it leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is a big question mark to me.

Not much of an aroma, a slight roast but mostly nutty.

OK, I'm bored the second it hits my mouth. Its weak and watery. Nothing much happening at all. Its light and weak, can I say its weak again. Body is thin and watery. There is a slight hint of roast at the back of the mouth but this beer is a big disappointment in a big way. Not recommended not a repeat.

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Photo of botham
3.05/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pint bottle poured into an imperial nonic pint glass. pours just like a porter should: a semi-transparent black, with garnet highlights and a sizable light tan colored head that slowly dissipates into moderate lacings on the glass.

smells very malty, with a light roasted and caramel character. a bit of yeasty aroma is mixed in as well, alongside a flutter of a vinous feel. all in all, a pleasant mix.

taste is restrained at first, leading into a somewhat strong vinous and acidic flavor that overpowers the other flavors present in the smell. a dissapointing taste after a pleasant smelling brew. this could be a bad bottle, because the character of this brew is more along the lines of a flander's red, not a porter.

aftertaste is dry, and still with the vinous and sour character. like i just drank wine, which was made from pre-mature grapes.

mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, with a very smooth and creamy texture. this one has some weight behind it, but the smoothness is cancelled by the vinegar-like character.

drinkability is not very good. there is a bite from the sour vinous character, and the brew is somewhat heavy for the flavors you get out of it. not impressed.

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Photo of Naes
3.06/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one pours out black with a tall light tan head. Retention and lacing is good.
The aroma is roasty with hints of coffee and chocolate.
The flavor is also roasty and chocolaty with a bit of smokiness and a coffee presence.
Mouth feel is medium to full bodied and it is moderately carbonated.

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Photo of unclederby
3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Been waiting awhile to sample this one based on hype. 16.9 ouncer stamped with L04-114. If that means (like most european dating) the 114th day of the year then this thing is supposedly way out of date.

poured a dense, near black with no head to speak of.
aroma was in line with the predominate malt character of the brew.
faintly chocolate with a little brown sugar.

so, this is quite a dry- though not hoppy- porter. dark chocolate predominates (again the malt character). A bit smoky as well, with a bit of a sweet and sour middle only to finish bone dry; much like gin really.

i'm pulling to get more out of this much looked forward to experience, but frankly- the mouthfeel is a bit thin...i get a bit of carbonation but not much of the viscosity that i appreciate in a porter. similar to the mouthfeel of ice coffee.

anyway, perhaps this bottle was past it's prime but i'm a bit dissapointed in the overall experience. for a beer, it just had too many things in common with iced coffee (without the cream and sugar) for me.

sure it was easy enough to drink and i'd give it a try again, but only to see if i got a bad bottle. there are just too many other porters out there i'd rather treat my palate to.

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.1/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Alright, I'll admit it. The name of the beer got my attention. Then I flipped it over and read that it contained 14 different malts and 3 different kinds of hops. So I figured I had to try it.

Smell: Sweet aroma. Hints of toffee and fruit (plum, grape).

Appearance: Look is dark brown (almost black) with a ruby glow down in the bottom of the glass. Also some sediment floating down there in the glass.

Taste: I really wanted to like this beer - but its only a lukewarm experience. The taste is just too conflicting - all 14 malts were working my tongue but not one distinguished itself and gave me a real...taste! The after taste is very brief. The flavor itself is very forgettable.

In summary, the carbonation and highly malted nature of this beer accomplished only the goal of heartburn and indigestion, making me feel like an entire butt for buying it.

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Photo of JustinOSU99
3.1/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Very dark brown and tasty looking. A small white head emerges as you pour from the bottle but quickly dies down.
S: Lots of complex smells. Oil, coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, cocoa, raisins, caramel, pine. Yummy.
T: Very different. Smoke dominates the immediate taste and gives way to a very semi-sweet chocolate finish. There is a sour taste to this beer that doesn't do it for me.
M: The mouthfeel is smooth and lightly carbonated.
D: Definitely too strange of a flavor for me. A one time only beer for this guy.

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Photo of mapofthedead
3.11/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice dark brown appearance with a small off-white head.

S: Smells sweet - reminded me of Tia Maria!

T: Nothing outstanding grabbed me, seemed a little bland. None of the sweetness in the smell carried over to the taste.

M: Watery and bland.

D: Would make a good session beer as there is nothing harsh or out of the ordinary about it. I found it drinkable but bland.

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Entire Butt English Porter from Salopian Brewing Company Ltd
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