Entire Butt English Porter | Salopian Brewing Company Ltd

very good
226 Ratings
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 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 putnam
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

"Lot/Best Before: 15 -014"


Roasty, but not only roasty. Bready, crusty aromas are joined by subtle doses of coffee and roasted twigs.
On the palate it's corsetted with charcoal and iron-flavored tannins. A nice sandy fizz cascades quickly away to reveal plump pale malts, seasoned woods, dried grasses and chocolate. Milky viscosity underwrites the wild, dry and weathered aromatic features.
Highly drinkable because it is so interesting. It leaves a big footprint of broadly ranging flavors, only without any sign of sticky, heavy, or alcoholic residue. Very complex and a little tough.

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Photo of blitz134
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nearly black with brown highlights around the edges. Not too much head formation even with the gluggy pour caused by the bottle. The head disappeared entirely too quickly to even get a glimpse of it. Smell is of black patent malts with hints of sweet chocolate. There is a nice toasty smell as well. The flavor is quite a contrast from the aroma. The taste is slightly weaker than I would have expected. Of course the slight burnt coffee from the malts is there along with a touch of sweetness but that seems to be the conclusion of the initial “flavor”. Initially this hits me as having very little flavor. While holding it on my taste buds for a while the flavors described above begin to bloom. As this one warms a bit the flavors do start to open up a bit. Mouthfeel is probably medium in my opinion and lacks that creaminess many porters exhibit. This is very easy drinking as it doesn’t work to overwhelm the taste buds and the lower ABV helps out as well.

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Photo of Quaffer
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle. Picked this up in KC, MO. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: A very dark beer that appeared deep red when held up to the light. A one-finger, light tan head rose up and fizzed away fairly quickly. However, a thin layer of very dense bubbles was left behind that lingered for a long time. There was a light smattering of lace left behind.

Smell: Classic aromas of milk chocolate, cream, and hints of coffee. A light smokey smell was also present. It was nice to detect a relatively strong hoppiness and a shot of yeast, not things that are always present in the aroma of a porter. Hints of cherries underneath.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and creamy smooth and coating on the tip of the tongue. Some fuzzy carbonation developed as the beer moved back in the mouth.

Taste: Dark roasted, husky malt and acidic black coffee upfront. This developed into a sharp dark fruit flavor in the middle. A strong dose of hops drove through on the finish and lingered into the aftertaste along with some yeast.

A decent beer, but lacking complexity and the round, warm character of a porter.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very dark brown, nearly black and opaque. Has a very small light brown head, but has some lace. The aroma has a malty sweetness with molasses undertones. The flavor gets a good start with some roasted malt character. Then there is a hint of chocolate and coffee just before a nice dry finish.

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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 bultrey
3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured near-opaque black, with the thinnest of heads. Aroma was quite vinous, with very faint roasted malts. I did not care much for the taste of this. It was very fruity and vinous, and somewhat watery, which was especially surprising because the bottls claims that it is brewed with 14 different malts and 3 types of hops. There was almost no roasted malt characteristic, but that might be the style. There was some dark fruit present, such as figs and raisins, with maybe the slightest dusting of cocoa powder, but again, it was all too thin and weak to make an impression on me. There was also a very astringent, acidic aftertaste. Drinakbility would be good if you liked the flavor, because the alcohol is almost non-existent.

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Photo of clvand0
3.26/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A friend and I tried this beer along with Deep Shaft Stout. Because it made us laugh. And we're cool like that. Pours a really dark brown/black color with little to no head. Very strong aroma - malty, coffee. The flavor was ... coffee. Strong coffee. Maybe a little chocolate, but definately some roasted (coffee) in there. Not bad, but it could use a little something else.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

How can one pass up a bottle labeled Entire Butt? This one pours a deep deep brown, just a shade off black wtih no head at all. The nose is a nice light roasted coffee malt. The flavor is the same as the nose, mostly roasted coffee, with just a hint of dark chocolate in there. The flavor is nice because its not too full like a stout, so I know I'm drinking a porter. The beer is just a shade thin for me. Drinkability is nice. It goes down easy and I could definately drink a few entire butts. This is one butt that does me good.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Most unusual, for a porter, that is. Poured like a glass ink. Absolutely black. No head. At all. Nothing. This isn't unusual at all for a porter. What was, however, unusual, was the mouth feel. Extremely thin for a brew of this sort. I like them to be thick and even a bit chewy. North Coast's "Old Rasputin" actually leaves a coating in your mouth which is just delicious. I like that feature in a porter/stout. This stuff is really, really thin. Any how. The smell is good. Damn good. Tons of malt and vanilla extract. I saw where someone else had written "vanilla extract" as well, and i must say I strongly agree. Very nice. The taste is very malty and leaves a dark semi-sweet chocolate after taste. Very nice. With the exception of the disappointingly thin mouthfeel, everything else was very good indeed.

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Photo of gentlebubbles
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle-conditioned - in lieu of best-by date has an inscrutable lot number 04L114

Inky, inky black with a quarter inch of off-white head that dies down.

The aroma lifts out of the glass as I carry it before me and I find myself walking into a scent trail of dark malt with a vinous quality and a bit of vanilla extract.

Now here's the part I've been waiting for. Some of the other reviews mention an odd fruit taste and I thought: finally, I've found a commercial beer that uses Brambling Cross! (not to mention justification for that weird fruit beer I brewed with it.)

More malt up front with a soft chocolate character. Just a hint of hop bite and -- there it is! in the finish--a lingering punchbowl flavor with a curious metallic tinge. As it warms the fruity quality grows stronger, as well as the vinous quality. It's almost like currant cordial. It's an interesting mix, but the BC still gives it a slightly artificial quality.

Slight, prickly fizz with teeny teeny bubbles in a light-bodied beer.

Very cool. Now I want to brew something like it!

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Photo of rugger
3.27/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer didn't meet the expectation that I had for it. I love porters and after reading the bottle and being eager this beer just didn't deliver. I had to fight to get a head that just barely coverd the top and there was no retention at all. The color was a nice ruby red when held up to the light. The smell was of a nice malty thickness and I was very excited until I actually tried it. It was good by all means however it just wasn't what I had expected. The taste was very carbonated, (BUTT) there was no head there was a bitter aftertaste that seemed ver dry, and there was a nice chocolate and tofee taste. It said to serve at 58degrees which I did and I thought that it might get better as it warms but it didn't. I just wasn't impressed. I probably wont try this again.

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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 connecticutpoet
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another free sample I got while speaking to the distributor at Town & Country in West Springfield, MA.

It was a lovely dark brown color, with a rich aroma of roasted malt that had some complexity to it. Too many scents interwoven to pick out much... like trying to pick a single colors out of an impressionist painting.

The taste was of rich roasted coffe and malts... very nice. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Guinness4me
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmm...as soothing as a cup of coffee on a cold morning.

The bottle poured like the dark of night with little or no head. The color is opaque with hints of ruby red on the edges.

Highly aromatic, the aroma induces visions of cherry, coffee and malt. Very erotic.

The taste is a virtual potpourri starting with a dark wine taste, transforming to malt and hops and ending with rich coffee. Almost like a coffee candy. I find myself hoping for a caffeine buzz.

The mouthfeel was robust and comfortable and is very drinkable. Bravo.

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Photo of irishmoss
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours out is makes a noticeable glug glug sound from the shape of the bottle. The label says best before 12-04-04. This pours a jet black that's opaque as can be, not even any colors around the edges when held up to the light. Nice thick billowing tan head, about a finger thick and is falls to nice covering with dark carbonation circles scattered about with foam around them, like atolls. The aroma is sweet caramel, chocolate covered cherries, and plums; there seems to be a lot going on here. The taste is dark roasted malts and coffee, with some light fruits. The mouth feel is very thin and surprisingly light, which makes it pretty drinkable. Not bad, first English porter, not bad at all very smooth taste, that's very well blended.

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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 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 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 kmo1030
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

black with slight ruby coloring when held up to the light. no head at all. was there a leak in my bottle? no wait i see fine little bubbles rising in the glass. chocolate, coffe, maltiness dominate the smell. chocolate, coffee, a not quite smokey flavor maybe some sort of wood, a rich prune/grape flavor backing up the coffee and chocolate. ok body, but so friggin thin for the flavor. i would also like to see a *little more carbonation, it's nearly flat. i'm pretty impressed mostly with the taste, but it's not without it's imperfections.

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Photo of masterbruewer
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark black with minimal white head, but I forgot to rinse the glass properly so detergent may have interfered.

The smell is sweet and fruity, reminiscent of grape Kool Aid (in a good way), with a bit of a coffee scent as well and some spices.

The flavor is sharp, but not bitter, and complex, with a fruity background, almost like a red wine, but faint. Theres also some coffee flavor and spice. A nutty flavor creeps in as the beer warms. No noticeable hops. A very nice mix.

The mouthfeel is smooth, almost silky, no noticeable carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer. Smooth but strong, very tasty.

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

The label says this beer is made from 14 different malts. There is quite allot to taste her. At this gravity level, 4.8% abv, it is about all you can expect. Wonderful complex malt aromas, slight hop flavor and taste with a nice dry finish. Dryer than I would like in this type of beer. Malt stands out, but not too much with just enough hops, mostly bittering, to keep things in line.

A historic style porter like this should be stronger and more complex. Bump the gravity to 1.060 and you would have a winner.

For the typical Porter drinker this is a winner.


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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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Entire Butt English Porter from Salopian Brewing Company Ltd
3.89 out of 5 based on 226 ratings.
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