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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
England, United Kingdom

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 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 Dantes
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Package: 50cl, broad-shouldered, crowned, brown bottle. “Best before 12/04/04.” 4.8% ABV. Detailed description of ingredients, brewing, and serving instructions.

Cost: $3.35/bottle at Gary’s

Presentation: Label instructions require chilling a bottle stored at 58º for ½ hour. As even my cellar is more like 50º, I chilled this to 52º, assuming this was close to the goal. It also recommends serving in a Worthington glass, which I don’t possess, but which I found out was like a 12oz. tumbler, which is what I used.

Appearance: Unlike many porters which are very dark brown, this was stout-black; admitting very little light. It generated very little head, mostly large-gauge bubbles. Resolved down to a patchy slick.

Smell: Despite the relatively warm serving temperature, this exhibited only a moderate aroma, mostly of roasted malt and a touch of bittersweet chocolate. Little essence of fruit or sweet malt.

Taste: Perhaps the very elaborate description on the label set my expectations too high, but the symphony of 14 malts and 3 hops I expected did not materialize. This was very heavy on the roasted malt element, making this taste like a thin stout, rather than a rich porter, with the expected muted hop top notes. The label challenges you to see how many one can identify. Well, rest assured, I couldn’t discern 14 of them! My guess is there is too much wheat and roast barley in the mix. I couldn’t detect the subtler fruity, nutty, woody elements I’ve detected in other porters. Finish was short and somewhat bitter.

Mouthfeel: Despite the bottle-conditioning, this was only moderately smooth and velvety. The body was also on the thin side.

Drinkability: Not a bad beer for drinking in quantity, but doesn’t quite justify choosing it over Fullers London Porter or Smuttynose Robust Porter.

I REALLY wanted to love this beer, and was quite taken with the description on the label, but the result doesn’t really justify the hype. I found myself looking for the taste elements I find so easily in other porters. Perhaps I drank this too young (the date promised more than a year of aging).

Backwash: Not a bad beer, but it competes in a tough segment, and promises too much.

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Photo of mschofield
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark brown almost black, light brown head, a little sediment.
Varied malty smell, coffee and chocolate.
A high cocoa dark chocolate taste - like good Belgian bitter chocolate. The bitterness blends in and feels like it is coming from the chocolate - very nicely done. A lot of dark flavors coffee,caramel- a roasted aspect, a little oat in there as well.
Smooth and very full. I wish I bought more than one

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Photo of moulefrite
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great Porter! Deeeep Chestnut in color with a tad of amber around the rim. Fairly decent head and decent lace. Aromas are beautiful with coffee, nutmeg and roasted chocolate malt. Medium bodied offering that tangy quality found in the first cup of coffee of the day. Waves of bitter chocolate come in to play as the crisp, tangy coffee notes subside. Te beer finishes long and memorable. A must try, and my next mate with rib eye.

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Photo of marc77
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Deep bister, with brilliant crimson flashes when held to light. Head recedes readily into a spotty, buff layer. Sparse lace trails. Combination of chocolate malt and mellow fruity esters lend a stately impression of lightly sweet, cocoa dusted fig in aroma. Softly woody hops and black patent provide an earthy and carbonaceous contrast, respectively. Pleasant diacetyl surfaces as it breathes. Understated and welcoming aromawise. Brusque wash of roasted grain bitterness initially in flavor yields to balanced, judicious suggestions of light toffee, butterscotch and dry baker's chocolate. Gentle fruity esters of a prune like nature and tracely tart, treacle notes surface mid palate. Expectedly lightly bodied overall considering the gravity, but firmly dextrinous in mouthfeel. Biscuit like malt couples with diacetyl late, facilitating an agreeable cookie dough impression. Protracted finish of smoky black patent hints and cleanly singed, nutty grain. A delightful, well rounded brew, that exhibits a simple balance of roasted grain character, subtle esters and residual sweetness. Soft on the palate and quite flavorful. Exceptionally 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 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 CharlesRiver
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Redbones. Poured very dark with a nice off white creamy head that left a beautiful lace. The smell was sweet with hints of coffee. The taste was much more powerful. Crisp and clean with notes of coffee, toffee and a little bit of chocolate. The taste intensifies at the end and is very enjoyable. I got a hint of some smoke? Not sure. Overall I enjoyed this a lot! I hope this is still on tap on Friday when I go back.

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Photo of BierReise
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very black porter allowing no light to shine through. Creamy head settles down to a thin slick oftan foam. Very stout-like in appearance. Has a dry roasted malt like aroma with hints of chocolate. Mouthfeel is not quite full but pretty close to a Guiness. Flavor is malty oats and a dry bitter chocolate. This is nearly a stout in my opinion. Not a great one but not all that bad either.

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Photo of aracauna
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly stout-like for an English porter. Dark and looks black for most part, but closer inspection shows that it's just a really dark brown. A nice roastiness jumps out at you first, a bit thin in the middle and some toffee in the finish. Hops are AWOL (as the label said they would be). Quite the tasty porter. Not on the level of Fuller's London Porter, but still nice.

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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 hotstuff
3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When poured into my glass, this beer had a very small head that quickly diminished. There was no lacing present on the sides of my glass. The hue of this beer is black. The nose is roasted coffee and chocolate. The flavor is strong roasted coffee from start to finish. The mouthfeel is smooth, thin and somewhat watery.

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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 Realale
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown, when held up to the light, otherwise does a nice impression of being black. Big rocky mocha head slowly settles to rocky uslands.

Nose is quite complex - as if the whole malt industry were assaulting your nostrils. Roasty coffee and chocolate are the predominant notes though. An nice earthiness comes out with time.

Not surprisingly a ton of malt on the palate, with just a touch of wineyness. Again the chocolate and coffee notes dominate. Its quite light on the palate, and not very long. Quaffable, but ultimately a bit too malt-centric to be really interesting.

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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 ElGuapo
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a dark brown with a small amount of off-white foam that dies very quickly to a thin lace. The aroma could really use a boost. It has the chocolate and dark malts, but they are really not jumping out as they should be.

The flavor was lacking for me also. For a robust porter, it was thin and did not have the nice richness I wanted. I expected loads of chocolate with a good roasted coffee flavor in the backround and a load of dark malts. I got a little chocolate and a good combination of dark malts, but it was just too weak. The flavor that was there was great, and if it was kicked up, it would be an absolutely beautiful porter. It just simply needed more to it. I did find a nice hoppy kick at the end which provided it with some complexity and kept me interested.

Maybe this was a bad sample, although I could not find a date on the bottle. It did have all the right ingredients it seems, but I just wanted it to give me more.

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Photo of ububru
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The color is a sherry/brown,it's lightly carbonated with a light tan colored head with little retention.The aroma is slightly musty/prune-like.
It has a lightly smokey-coffee flavor that finishes somewhat dryly with a minimal hop presence.
For my tastes,the beer has an overall light mouthfeel for a porter,but the flavor is well balanced.
I could drink this beer on a regular basis.

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

Slightly over carbonated, bottle conditioned, 3" high brownish rocky head over a clear, deep ruby color when back lit. Aromas of toffee and charred wood, a bit musty at first- oxidation odors fade quickly. Light in body with some hard water astringency, but big in dark grain nuttyness and chocolate malt richness giving way to grassy resinous hop flavors and lingering bitter finish. This bottle was a little past prime but still a great example of a traditional Porter.

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

This beer has a wonderful dark color and nice decent dark tan head. It says it's a blend as traditional porters once were, which may account for dryer taste that I prefer. The taste suffers a little unfortunately because I find the body to be lighter than other porters I have tried. Still a great beer.

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Photo of Viking
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good porter. Very dark reddish brown. Initially pours to thick, tan-colored head. Caramel aroma, with a hint of coffee. Taste full of roasted malt, a bit of chocolate, maybe some caramel and coffee on the edges. Finishes a little bitter. Very creamy and smooth. I think I'll try another with breakfast this weekend.

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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 ADR
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

One pint 9 oz bottle, two months past "best before" date...

Dark coffee color, big creamy head with medium/small bubbles...toasted bread aroma, nice...Flavors are bitter and coffee-like, slight prune, not overly chocolate. Medium bodied, flavor stays largely the same on the tongue to the back of the mouth. Made with 14 different malts to simulate the old days when ales of various tastes (and freshness) were mixed. Low hops, just a touch more sweetness would be good to me.

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Entire Butt English Porter from Salopian Brewing Company Ltd
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