Entire Butt English Porter | Salopian Brewing Company Ltd

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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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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A black beer with tons of foam that dissipates after several minutes. So a pint lasts a while. Molasses in aroma and taste that adds to the darkness. Nuttiness, carmel, fruit,coffee grinds, some roasting, tabacco, all supported by above average carbonation. The original. A must try.

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Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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 BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I guess that sometimes you get so used to looking at the same beer lable, that you take for granted that you have drank it before. I figured I would re-try this very nice porter since I hadn't in a while. Now seeing that I have no previous reviews, I don't think that I have tried it afterall. The first few sips confirm.

The beer starts a promising solid brown hue with a mild haze. An initial froathy head forms, but then fades to a 1/4" and endured the session. Nice lacing along the way.

More fruity aromas than in most porters. Grapes, plumbs, sweet dates, and nutty coffee notes ride along side scents of cocoa, molassas, and creamy malts. A fairly complex nose.

Much the same in the flavors with emphasis on the coffee and dry cocoa, thus relegating the fruity esters to complimentary notes only. Very well balanced in the flavors with a piney, floral hop taste that comes in late, however along with a light metalic pang in the aftertaste.

Lighter in body than the boldness of flavors indicate which makes the beer very drinkable. But at the sacrifice of creaminess and smoothness, the beer reveals a lightly harsh graininess, mild astringency, and at times comes eerily close to watering.

Ultimately a very nice porter. I feel that a mild addition of oats would help out the textures and smoothen the beer out a lot.

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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 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 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 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 billab914
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Poured dark brown in color with a thin off-white lacing barely covering the top.

The aroma has more of a milk chocolate smell to it but also has some roasted flavors coming through as well.

The taste has a good amount of roasted flavor to it with some bitter coffee and sweet milk chocolate to it. The sweetness and the roasted bitterness balance each other out pretty well in the finish giving it a nice smooth taste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's a nicely flavored easy drinking porter.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark umber with generous ruby highlights; a few photons away from being opaque. The light brown head is small despite a vigorous pour and appears to be too soft to generate much lace. When the cap eventually falls to a thick film, I see one thin ribbon of lace on the near side of the glass and a few measly splotches elsewhere.

The nose is curiously underpowered to start and doesn't open up all that much with warming. What I can appreciate is moderately roasted malt with a small splash of black coffee. There's no chocolate and no hops at this point in the proceedings.

The flavor and the body can only be classified as letdowns. First of all, calling the body light is doing it a favor. It borders on watery and is overly fizzy in the bargain. The beer tastes watered down as well; no surprise given the body that I just described. It tastes like diluted, cold coffee and carob with a roasted barley background that makes it identifiable as beer. There isn't anywhere near enough palate presence to tease out any subtleties.

The mildly bitter bite may be coming from hops or from heavily roasted chocolate malt, it's hard to say. The brewery boasts that 14 different malts were used in Entire Butt. That's all well and good, but I'd have settled for a grand total of one if it was used in a greater quantity than what's present in this bottle.

I'm all for a lighter, mildly flavored session porter on occasion, but this beer doesn't even rise to those minimal standards. Since I have relatively easy access, I'll give it another go, but two chances is all this one gets. Entire Butt is barely Half a Butt.

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Photo of smithj4
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before 12-04-04, so I'm 4 months late. Bottle says that 14 different malt types are used. Entire Butt is nearly black in color. Head is rather short and lacks retention. The smell is of sweet milk chocolate with an ample amount of roasted aromas in the mix. The taste is layered with malt flavors. Milk chocolate, coffee, subtle fruitiness and roasted flavors provide plenty for my palate to enjoy. A slight bitterness is the only notable hops presence. Not my favorite porter, but one definently worth recommending.

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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 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 atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at Paradiso.

All right, honest show of hands: how many initially tried this 'cause o' the name? Come on. I did...I thoroughly enjoy porters. Tee-hee. Anyway, it pours a deep clear russet topped by a finger of off-white micro-foam. The nose comprises raisins, wheat, grass, flowers, and graham crackers. The taste is more robust, with notes of light molasses, blackened biscuits, rye bread, dark wheat, grass, and some light figs. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly gooey feel. Overall, a nice bit of English goodness, something to look for again later on.

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Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -10%

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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Entire Butt English Porter from Salopian Brewing Company Ltd
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