Entire Butt English Porter | Salopian Brewing Company Ltd

Entire Butt English PorterEntire Butt English Porter
229 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 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 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 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 orbitalr0x
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Saw this at Discount Liquors and being a big fan of the porter style I figured I had to give it a go. Pours from the 50cl bottle a deep black with crimson highlights and a half inch of bubbly bone white head. Looks good in the glass. Initial aromas of dark fruits, quite vinous actually with an odd sour fruit scent. Hints of roasted coffee, dark malts, grain and cocoa. Something just seems to be a bit off here, I was expecting a richer aroma.

First sip brings a roasted flavor upfront bathed in sour grapes. Toasted grains, cocoa, caramel and coffee all intermingle in the flavor profile. Dark fruits and a glimpse of green hops. Finishes a bit toasty. Not nearly as robustly malty as I was expecting and the odd sourness puts me off a bit.

Mouthfeel is much thinner than I imagined. Goes down smooth with bubbly carbonation but I was expecting a bit more body. Definetly an interesting porter here...I'm not sure if I got a bad bottle or what, but I'll have to give this brew another go round and see what it brings next time. For now, I can't say I'm terribly impressed.

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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 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 Shovelbum
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a big chunky light mocha head over a black body. Good head retention and lace. Fairly clean aromas; a bit of roasted malt. Flavors of slighty smoky roasted malt, slightly tart vinous fruit, slightly sweet with an intriguing hop bitterness that balances things out. Full-bodied. British mineral character as well. Fairly high carbonation gives this a rather crisp mouthfeel.

A bit more crisp than the American porter’s I’ve had. Still, well-balanced and highly drinkable.

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Photo of whynot44
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium bodied, very dark opaque reddish brown - almost black - with a thin milk chocolate colored head that vanishes quickly.

The aroma is caramel, coffee and plums.

The taste is complex- coffee and cream, toffee, caramel, light chocolate and a touch of plums or maybe cherries? All flavors are mild and mellow, well blended and balanced. No noticeable hops flavor, just a hint of bite at the finish with a lingering coffee aftertaste.

Very smooth. An excellent porter.

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Photo of BillyB
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The color is a deep dark brown almost black with a thin tannish head.
Malty sweet aroma is strong. No hop aroma. All Malty; chocolate, coffee even a hint of vanilla.
Taste is similar to aroma. Not much bitterness. More malty sweetness and a hint of smokiness (salty?). Nice combination of coffee, chocolate roatiness.
Medium body, not much carbonation.
Good example of the style.

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Photo of claytri
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a fine black with a good tan head. The aroma was of malt and coffee. The taste had a bit of coffee bitterness at the start then broadened into a rich malt with hints of dark fruit. The feel was wonderfully thick and oily. Quite a fine beer to finish the day with. The taste and feel are robust without being overpowering. I'm sure I will be purchasing more of this fine beer in the future.

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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 evh883
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is nice example of a porter. All of the 14 malts combine to create a roasty aroma with notes of caramel and milk. When you pour this beer, a huge, light brown fizzy head erupts in your glass and hangs around until you're done but doesn't show any lacing. It's a nice contrast from the very dark brown color of the beer. The beer has a descent flavor that is sweet when it hits the tongue with bitterness and slight acidity at the finish.

Overall, this beer was worth the try and pretty easy to drink for a porter. Porter fans will like this one.

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

Appearance and Presentation – .5 L bottle at cellar temp, best before 04/04 whoops… Beer still looks fine, a 3 inch craggy light tan head sits atop the black beer in my pint glass, I didn’t think I have a Worthington style glass as the label suggests. Head retention is great along with nice sticky lacing.

Smell – Surprisingly fruity, grapes in particular, with just a bit of coffee roastiness. The smell almost has a Belgian yeast twang to it.

Taste – The taste is more stout than porter. First impression is of a definite chocolate/coffee roastiness and a touch of English hops. There is also a strong metallic taste. Very complex for a porter. As I drink on the huge list of malts makes every sip different, roast, toast, crisp, smoke, and caramel all come to mind. Well balanced, a solid flavor.

Mouthfeel – The flavor initially suggests stout, but the mouthfeel is still that of a porter. Medium bodied with surprisingly strong carbonation.

Drinkability and Notes – Sadly an older sample, but still a solid, drinkable porter. Definitely the most flavorful sub 5% abv porter I have had. Good complexity and definitely different from what most porters try to be. Time to go find a fresh sample.

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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 Golden2wenty1
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Steve's Liquor here in Madison. The name says Butt...HAha...had to try it. Glad I did.

Pours s deep brown/black with garnet highlight and a nice one-finger off-white head that dies to a coating. Nose is complexly malty, which can be attributed to the 14 different strains of malt. A faint hint of tobacco was detected as well, like menthol cigarette tobacco. Taste is typical for an English porter, malty, some bitter floral hops, along with a hint of that tobacco. Couldn't quite pin down all those malts, but overall this was a tasty little porter. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side, which I've come to expect from most English ales, but still enjoyable. Complex malt profile makes this one worth a try.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a good English Porter. The name intrigued me initially, and then I read the interesting little blurb on the back about the history of porter. This beer uses 14 different malt varieties and three different hop varieties to try and recreate an original porter, which was a blend of several different styles.

The beer pours to a thin brown, almost black color with a thin white head that recedes to a collar and thin film. Looks pretty standard for a porter.

The smell is very sweet and estery. Lots of vinuous fruity aroma, as well as a strong malt backbone.

The taste reveals a multitude of different malty flavors. I can't quite pick out all 14, but I can definitely taste the wheat, caramel, chocolate, oats, and roasted barley malts. Has a nice residual sweetness in the finish. Little to no hop flavor.

I would drink this one again for sure. It's a good, drinkable english porter. Would be interesting to have on cask.

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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 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 fisherman34
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark brown in colour with hints of red. Aromas of coffee and dark chocolate. Lots of roasted barley comes through in the flavor, along with some caramel and a touch of wheat. A bit more watery than I’m used to, but perhaps that’s more in keeping with the traditional style of porter. Solid, but unspectacular.

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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 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 tweeder263
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

poured out a dark brew with ruby highlights around the glass.Minimal head if any. Hints of coffee come through with an almost winey scent. Dry coffee taste with minimal hop bite that finishes very clean,well done. Mouthfeel,,what mouthfeel,,very unimpressive and watery. Drinkability is pretty good though i could knock quite a bit of these down.

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Photo of WesWes
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich and complex malt scent that is derived from 14 different malts. It has a black and roasted malt aroma with little hop scent present. The taste is good as well. It has a dry, yet sweet malt flavor that boasts of crystal, black, and roasted malts with a nutty Marris Otter taste. The bottle says it contains oats. That would explain the dry, husky feel. This has a complex malt bill to say the least. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a one tastey brew; a great drinker.

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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 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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Entire Butt English Porter from Salopian Brewing Company Ltd
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 229 ratings
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