James Squire Porter | Malt Shovel Brewery

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James Squire PorterJames Squire Porter
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James Squire PorterJames Squire Porter

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Malt Shovel Brewery

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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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

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3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of soju6
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Portland Brewhouse.

A: Served a mahogany color with a good tan head that fades slowly to nice lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, some chocolate with a bit of coffee and a trace.

T: Tatse of roasted malt, dark chocolate with a bit of coffee. Nice bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Medium body, smooth and quite creamy. Nice balance.

O: Very drinkable beer. Nice take on the style.

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger black n tan. Fine head, which fades too quickly to a film. Little lacing.

Restrained aromas of leather, wood shavings, and chocolate, a little coffee.

Taste is malt - not too roasted - and dark chocolate well integrated. Smooth finish. Quite a moderatley bitter porter rather than the sweeter style to go with higher ABVs.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, carbonation a little high for style.

Overall a solid English style porter. Moderate flavour overall, doesn't build, doesn't overtake itself. Good beer-drinkers beer. Not the worst of the JS offerings either.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.07/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16oz cylindrical James Squire glass at 30 knots bar.

Poured with minimal off-white foam. Dark brown to black appearance with a hint of red on the outskirts of this. The foam dispersed quickly to leave a little crown around the edge of the glass.

Smell was a little restrained, partly due to the cool serving temperature. Some light coffee grounds are there with dark chocolate.

Taste has a modest amount of chocolate there, with the barest trace of the coffee.

Mouthfeel is pretty full for the size of the beer. The finish is made full with the chocolate flavour. Not a lot of bitterness, but it doesn't really need it with the gentle flavour.

A pretty average porter. Nothing there to offend, but not much to get hyped up about. Pretty modest, dependable and reasonably sessionable.

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3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Generous Squire in Perth. Very dark body with a reasonably dense head. Aromas of roasted malt and chocolate. The coffee flavour hits first, followed by toast and dark bitter chocolate. Not bad. Mouthful is a touch thin and fizzy. One of the better offerings from Malt Shovel.

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2.65/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Lightly carbonated dark beer with little to no head.. perhaps because I poured it straight from the fridge. Smells metallic and minerally. Nice smoky burnt caramel flavours, hint of chocolate and strong coffee aftertaste. Somewhat sour on the tongue and not very sweet, I feel it lacks the complexity of other beers in the James Squire range.

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2.63/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a deep ruby red with a brown frothy cappacino-esque 2 finger head which dissipates quickly. Nice.

S- Raisin and coffee. Not detecting much in the way of chocolate on the nose.. Frankly, a little flat if anything.

T- Well, I am a little disappointed here. All this beer really consists of is roasted malts with little robustness. Ok, there is a nice, lingering bitter aftertaste but that's about it. Even the dark fruit aroma is barely present.. It's not actually unpleasant, I just expected a whole lot more from this brewery.

M- The first thing that strikes me is that this Porter is way too carbonated. Next, I found this to have little in the way of body.. Definitely not what I was expecting.

O- For such flashy advertising, I find this beer fails to deliver the goods. Mainly, the level of robustness was hugely lacking as was the mouthfeel in relation to the style. It wasn't a disaster or anything, just a bit underwhelming.

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James Squire Porter from Malt Shovel Brewery
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 121 ratings
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