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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2001

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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 clayrock81
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a darkish brown with a two-finger tan head that slowly died and left lacings down the glass. A heavy malt smell in the aroma, a mix of some sweet/sugary malts and dryer malts like coffee, roasted, toasted. There's all kinds of malts in here. A smooth, somewhat creamy and bittersweet beer, the malts from the smell are in here and mixed well. There's chocolate, caramel, toffee, coffee, roasted, toasted, maybe even burnt. There is even some minor hop presence in the backbite with a more of a grapefruit hop taste than citric. The smoothness that the beer passes over the tongue is balanced with a crisp, dry backbite, and I could sit at the bar all day if this was the only beer available.

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

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer has a dark black body with a hint of brown glowing at the base of the glass. The thick bubbly light tan head fades to a film pretty quickly. There are some tiny bubbles stuck to the side of the glass but the body is too dense to see any carbonation.

S- The smell of dark bitter black malt with a slight cream and earthy note is the strongest smell in the glass. The notes of toasted malt and a hint of caramel come through with a fresh raisin note that follows.

T- This beer has a black roasted malt flavor that is light with a light bitterness in the finish that might be from malt or hops. There are notes of chocolate malt and a light toasted malt note in the background also.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a fullness in the finish that adds a creamy quality to it. After the head has disappeared there is more of a watery texture to the body. There is a very light alcohol heat when it is warm for the last few sips.

D- This beer has a nice big malt flavor and a good balance of malt to bitterness even though I can't taste all the malts specifically. By reading the description on the bottle I was expecting a much bigger beer with "vinous notes" but it is very drinkable and I would love to try it on cask.

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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 Haybeerman
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black body with a brown tinge on the edges when held to the light. Poured a three finger bubbly light tan head that dissipated (not too fast) to a generous film. Lacing was thin and broken. No visible carbonation.

S: Dark malt and earthy aromas. Just a hint of caramel and raisins follows.

T: Dark roasted malt a light hop bitterness in the finish. Chocolate malt and a toasted malt underneath.

M: Medium body, but thick and creamy. Very light alcohol develops as it warms (I think I started too cold).

D: Big malt flavor and a nice balance with bitterness. A bit disappointed with feel; I wonder what it would be like from the butt (cask). Not too filling to enjoy a gulp or a sip.

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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 bluejacket74
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with a half inch tan head. Head retention isn't good, but there's a decent bit of lacing. It smells like roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, and a bit of hops. Roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, coffee and grassy hops are the main things I taste in this beer. There's a nice lingering coffee/hops aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light/medium, and it's smooth and slick. Drinkability is pretty good, it's easy to drink. I think this is a pretty good porter, very sessionable.

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Photo of avalon07
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A faint, yet definable, aroma of malt, coffee, and slightly milky quality.

T: Tasted of roasted malt and coffee up front, with a somewhat milky finish. A little on the watery and thin side.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a super-dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: While this is an uneven beer, it is oddly drinkable.

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Photo of DrJay
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown, clear and nearly opaque with ruby highlights. The light tan head remained through the entire glass. Fruity pear/plum aroma, light roasted malts and chocolate. Flavour was also fruity, but with a thin maltiness, some roasted and chocolate. Moderate bitterness. The finish was a bit on the salty side. Medium carbonation with a light body and an overall dryness. Very interesting beer, quite different from other porters. Thanks grub!

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Photo of rfgetz
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my September BOTM Club shipment...

A: Dark brown, murky... minimal head, minimal lacing

S: Roasted malts (nuts, cocoa, coffee), earthy, some sweet dark fruit in the nose.

T: Medium roasted coffee, light cocoa, sweet and milky, earthy... almost like a rough cup of coffee that is no longer warm. Boozy hints as it warms.

M: Medium body, earthy mouth feel, yet mostly smooth. not getting the creamyness others mentioned.

D: Very good, unique, flavorful and earthy. Would easily have another. Would LOVE on cask.

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Photo of Bung
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. A dark brown pour, not black as light can get through fairly easily. Just a thin white foam layer that disappeared quickly.

Aroma has some mild malt, caramel, cocoa and earthy peat.

Taste is matching. Roast malt and cocoa. Just a little bit of earth, leather and coffee bitter in the finish. There is a faint metallic note to it, but it does not interfere.

Lighter side of medium or heavy side of light mouthfeel. Just a tad watery. If there was just a bit more carbonation it would add some body and creaminess I think.

Still very drinkable and sessionable. Had this a few years ago and I remembered there being more, possibly my tastes have just changed.

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Photo of Suds
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent reddish-brown color with a fizzy, sparse tan head. The aroma is pretty intense. The most dominant feature, although not the most intense, is a distance acidity. It’s not acrid, just slightly sour. There are also strong smells of malt, chocolate, burnt and highly roasted malts, smoke, raisins, and fruit. The beer has a very dry, roasted taste. There’s an herbal hop bitterness that comes out in the finish. There is a mildly tart flavor as well. Very dry finish, complex flavors, and a medium body. Nice. History in a glass.

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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 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 RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is a great-looking English-style porter. It’s dark brown with good clarity and a lovely, moderate head that left a little rim on top of the liquid.

Smell – The malts are mildly roasted but very strong with some good brown and raw sugar notes.

Taste – The taste steps back from the sugars a little bit. The malts are dark with a mild roasty flavor and maybe just the slightest hint of hops.

Mouthfeel – This is shy of medium-bodied with some moderate bitterness but nothing that will make you throw back your head.

Drinkability – This is an excellent English-style session porter.

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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 cokes
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'll forego all the sexualized puns running through my head.

A thick tan head resides atop this blackened amber fluid.
Potent, biting coffee, lush caramel, and dry, brittle toffee.
This is an exercise in roasty malts. Full of tapered espresso, grill residue, charred beef, bitter chocolate, and pipe tobacco ash. Sweetened with minor inflections of caramel and plums. Vaporizes and gets a bit water-logged on the home stretch. The hopped conclusion is tepid, and only hints at herb.
Light bodied and even, perhaps, dilute leaning. Nevertheless, this is a grand ol' quaffer.
Though it's tasty regardless, I wish the multifacited roasty hues would have stayed around longer.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a pint glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a decent 1 finger medium-thick looking tan head with decent retention. Very dark brown in color with next to no carbonation evident. A decent film remains to the end and leaves a bit of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: A decent nose of roasted and smoky barley malt with lots of bitter smelling chocolate and espresso notes. Pretty good.

TASTE: Roasted barley malt again with lots of smoky notes. Some bitter dark chocolate and strong espresso notes coffee notes as well, much like the nose. A strong aftertaste of smoky burnt malt and bitter espresso. Not bad at all, but not quite as bold as the nose had suggested.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. A little light on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes quite dry on the palate. Maybe a bit too astringent, unfortunately. Slightly chalky finish.

OVERALL: A good drinkable session brew. Perhaps a bit too astringent on the finish for some, but definitely an all-round enjoyable brew.

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Photo of tpd975
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Cigar City Brew for this one.

A: Pours a light brownish hue with a nice head. Good retention and some spotty lace.

S: Semi-sweet chocolate and roasted malt aroma with a touch of coffee.

T: Leather and somewhat ashy. Hints of tobacco, roasted malt, chocolate and light coffee.

M: Sort of on the thin side.

D: Pretty tasty and darn right drinkable.

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Photo of Brent
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Many malts added up to a unique flavor profile. As noted on the bottle, no hopping was evident. Instead, the beer offered up an interesting vinious aspect. Up front mildly roasted coffee flavors with some very mild charcoal, followed by some acidic sourness and sour cherry flavors, almost like an oud bruin. Resolved with a dry finish. Unlike any porter I've had before. Not something I would tag as a session ale, but an interesting diversion.

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

Entire Butt pours a clear dark brown/black into the glass. Brown hues highlight the edges. On top a small, fizzy off white head forms which dissolves quickly to a thick ring around the surface. Lots of spots and patches of lace line the glass.

The aroma is malty with notes of toffee, chocolate and some earthy nuttyness. Hints of dark fruit are also present.

Each sip of this medium bodied brew is slick and watery on the palate with a mild carbonated fizz. The flavor is malty and tart. It begins with toffee and chocolate. In the middle dark fruit notes of raisins and molasses move in. The fruity notes make it slightly tart. It finishes dry with a taste of pistachio nuts and floral hops.

This is a tasty, easy drinking beer. Slightly thin, but otherwise a terrific brew.

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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 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 NJpadreFan
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Entire Butt English Porter.

I swear English beers are the world's finest!

Appearance- dark almost black. If you hold it up to a light it's actually dark ruby red. No head!? Just some big ole' bubbles in the corner of my glass.

Smell- like chocolate and coffee bean. Some ash. Smells good.

Taste- slighty watery but that's good. ( not cloying at all!) Ashy, nice roast to it. a very light crisp bitterness that appears in the tail end of your sip.

Overall- a very good Porter, if not 1 of the best I've had to date!

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Entire Butt English Porter from Salopian Brewing Company Ltd
3.89 out of 5 based on 222 ratings.
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