James Squire Porter | Malt Shovel Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Malt Shovel Brewery
Australia
maltshovel.com.au

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by dwarbi on 11-26-2001

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Ratings:
118
Reviews:
81
Avg:
3.54
pDev:
12.71%
 
 
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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.01/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.62oz (huh? - talk about precise!) bottle. Sported a dark brown color with ruby highlights and a firm, compact vanilla head that fizzled down to a cap, leaving gobs of lace behind.
The smell had aromas of roasted malts, some bittersweet chocolate and coffee in the nose, though not all that potent. Just kinda there and not meshing all that well. The taste was a blend of burnt malt, molasses, dark chocolate and old coffee. The finish had a touch of dark fruit also and a light, scampering bitterness that departed all too quickly. Again, the flavors seemd to have trouble playing well together as each vied for attention like little kids on a playground. The feel was medium-bodied (but leaning more toward light), thin and a bit watery.
Overall, a completely umremarkable brew. The flavors just didn't seem to get together as well as in other brews of the style. Nothing to wake up the neighbors about.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.08/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured light black, deep red colors with a thin white head. Dark fruit and chocolate malted aromas dominate. Very light feeling in the mouth for a porter, mouthfeel is a little thin. Roasted malt taste is light with a lingering bitter finish. Just not enough complex malts to be a great porter.

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Photo of diablo14
3.16/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

great looking beer, as most of malt shovels are, but often arent backed up for the rest of the trip. this porter is not a bad brew, but there are so many better. even emersons of new zealand's porters cane this one. again its better on tap than the bottle, but i havent drank it off the tap to rate it in that format.

sensational appearance of dark red and brown colors, with a lovely fluffy latte` like head. lacks a bit of punch in the aroma, standard hints of burnt grains. chocolatey elements also, but nothing really jumps out. it is fairly smooth tasting. nice gentle roasted flavor, chocolate, coffee and a slight hint of forest fruits and caramel in the mix. having said the word gentle in there, it says to me this just isnt full on enuff to be a porter, but is more of a schwarzbier. lacking the hop dryness or bitterness and a bit too light and bubbly to be taken seriously as a porter. despite this, its overall not too bad and quite drinkable.

there are better porters in this region, let alone the world. its not really an accurate description of the style. still its an inoffensively pleasant beer thats not a bad starting point for locals who want to drink dark beers that arent guinness.

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Photo of koolk
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A deep dark red going on brown.

Nose is a little quiet. Typical notes of roast grains, caramel and some malt with only a touch of hops.

Decent palate that starts of with roasted/burnted malt flavours and ends with a good bit of bitterness. Light finish with touches of cocoa and coffee. Good, but not great, stuff.

Both this and the IPA by Squires are a little 'underdone' in terms of style. Would love to see this with a little more oomph.

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Photo of Mustard
2.66/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle; no "best before" or "bottled on" warning; no ABV %; purchased as a stray single from Trader Joe's for $1.00.

Appearance: Pours a highly carbonated mahogany; huge, cocoa-brown head; c-cup's worth of lace; excellent head retention.

Aroma: Mildly of chocolate and roast; faint hop bitterness.

Taste: Largely dry; bland notes of roast upfront and throughout; slightly sour with a mildly bitter finish; hints of chocolate; somewhat light bodied; thin mouthfeel.

Notes: Totally forgettable, if not somewhat off-putting.

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Photo of BierReise
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep chestnut brown colored with a thick frothy head. Excellent lacing with this brew. Aroma is similar to a dry stout, chocolaty with a good raosted malt aroma. Flavor is lacking a bit as it seems to me a bit thin and watery. Overall not a bad porter, could use a bit more flavor is all.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color, medium head. A lighter bodied porter. Rich roasted malts, subtle hops. Mild, but robust flavor. Chocolate malts, slightly sweet. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is malty with a slight chocolaty finish. Milder, lighter tasting porter, but a nice beer.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.37/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: chestnut brown with a quickly dissapating white head.
Nose: Moderate roasty/coffee aroma
Flavors: Medium bodied, w/ a roasted taste. Some nice maltiness w/ very little hoppiness. The carbonation has a bit of bite on the tongue. A better than average porter, but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of Crotor
4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am simply delighted with this find.

It poured with an incredible head with excellent retention, settling slowly in a matrix of dimples. Ths, combined with the dark brown, slightly reddish color, made for an excellent appearance. It presented a slightly smoky, toasty, chocolate aroma. These characteristics were echoed strongly in the flavor, which was toasty and robust. A substantial body and lingering finish make for an excellent drinking experience. The grain bill for this beer must be a thing of magic.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

James Squire was one of the convicts that we Limeys shipped south in 1788. WTF?!?? 8 years later when he gains his freedom, low and behold he redeems himself completely by becoming Australias first master brewer - we still would not let him back though.

A darkish-brown body that has a ruby-red character. Pours with a massively foamed tanned head that laces really well and resembles Mount Everest as it collapses and settles. Aromas are average in strength and of dark chocolate cocoa with some roast malts. Tastes are of roasted malt and a light caramel coffee middle, some hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is good, and this beer is quite acceptable, But if I have any constructive criticism, it is that it is a tad too light and it could do with a little more body.

This is my first Review of an Australian beer, and it’s not even a thin watery lager!
Who would have thought it heh? – Those bloody convicts made good.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with lots of ruby red color and a pillowy tan, light brown head which leaves sheets of lace. Coffee and cream aroma. Good balanced malt flavors: coffee, chocolate, and caramel. Light-medium bodied and creamy.

ABV: 5% (per bottle label)

Per M.J. flyer: O.G. 1250 / 12.7 Plato. Chocolate malt and Black Roasted Wheat. New Zealand Super Alpha and Australian Willamette hops (23-25 IBU). Brewed with a lager yeast.

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Photo of mzwolinski
3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ruby in color, with a thin head. The aroma is malty, with hints of caramel and dark fruit (prune?) Slightly sweet. Flavor starts off malty, a little roasty with a hint of nuttiness. Dark fruits kick in mid-palate, and the roastiness re-asserts itself pleasantly in the finish, lingering on into the aftertaste. Body is smooth and bit coating. Only complaint is that the beer seems to start off a lot bigger than it finishes -- the complex combination of flavors at the start of the beer suggest a full-bodied, robust porter, but the beer finishes a bit on the watery side. Disappointing in the end, but definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Gusler
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The pour a deep ruby red color, the head spumescent, beige, the lace chunky. Nose is malt, caramel, lightly roasted grains, pleasant. Front is malt sweet, the top washy, the finish is modestly dry, minutely acidic, slightly hopped. Drinkable and a "Beginners" Porter, lacks a "Robustness", I like in my Porters, not bad mind you, just a bit "Thin-Wasted.

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Photo of packetknife
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Way too thin for a porter, have to say that up-front. Near black with a small dark-tan head. Roasty choclate and grainy malts. Has bits of coffee on the nose. If it wasn't so thin I'd really enjoy it.

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Photo of jreitman
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A solid, drinkable porter. This beer is not a great porter, but a good solid one. Noticeable toasty/roasted coffee-like flavors. Fairly light in body for a porter.

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Photo of Anonmatel
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't mind this porter, neither does the bottle shop that i buy it from, they hide it from the rest of the beers, and i get a respectable dirty look from the owner everytime i buy some. Has a copper head, that looks alot like it has too much sediment running through it. but other than that i can't say a bad thing about this Porter. It's not as complex as some porters, but it's chocolate, caramel, slightly nuttish finish is still pretty good.

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Photo of rastaman
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not that great, but a bit thin for a porter, apparently this is the shit on tap, but i haven't had that privelige yet, i'll eventually try it on tap though........OK, now i've had it on tap. Much better, more roast and chocolety nuttyness with a dry finish. Still a tad thin, but pleasant, nice for session drinking.

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Photo of pbrian
3.66/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's a good porter, with all the right porter caracteristics, but not worth shipping halfway around the world for. By coincidence, i bought some Catamount Porter the same day this came in the mail from MJ's Real Beer Tour. Catamount is more complex in every way.

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James Squire Porter from Malt Shovel Brewery
3.54 out of 5 based on 118 ratings.
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