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Site: http://www.stpetersbrewery.co.uk

Mild porter, 3.7%

Comments: A dark mild, with low hopping but plenty of chocolate malt to give a solid flavour, with dark coffee beans coming to mind. Limited aroma, but the initial flavour is full of the acrid bitterness you get from chocolate malt, without becoming overpowering. Just enough sweetness to hang on and stop the beer from being too dry in flavour, and lending to a surprisingly rounded, if light, mouth feel. Aftertaste is what you’d expect, with the malt lingering on and a dry finish, but is quite agreeable. If you’re looking for a mild with solid porter flavour, this is certainly a worthy option.

Overall score: 7.0/10

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Site: http://www.stpetersbrewery.co.uk/

Porter 5.1%

Comments: A classic (if somewhat strong) porter, with primarily malt driven flavours. Very dark brown colour, fine cream-white head but low retention. Initial flavours are mainly from the malt, with a well controlled sweetness, coupled with the alcohol, which is detectable given the lightness of the beer overall. Later flavours are again mainly from the dark malt, with some bitterness and sourness coming in, but no significant hop flavours. This is a very good porter, with a solid if straightforward flavour profile, and a light mouth feel.

Overall score: 7.0/10

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Site: http://www.ruddles.co.uk/ruddles_countyale.html

Bitter, 4.7%

Comments: Another british ale from Greene King. Well hopped, with definite malt flavours, and not quite as light-struck as many others I’ve had from them (but still in a clear bottle). Initial flavour is mainly hop driven, with bittering hops dominating. Moderately sweet, with a slightly overwhelming crystal malt flavour. This beer is not unpleasant, but not particularly notable either.

Overall score: 5.5/10

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Site: http://www.greeneking.co.uk/index.asp?pageid=75

Dark Ale, 6.0%

Comments: A very sweet, malty dark ale. The best description of this beer, in terms of appearance and flavour, is flat coke. Initial flavours are malty and sweet, with a little bittering hop present, but not enough to cut through the sweetness. The flavour continues in this vein, with a slightly sickly sweet aftertaste. At 6% alcohol, you should have the flexibility to make an interesting beer, this is just strong and sweet, without even the madness of a German bock. I won’t be returning.

Overall score: 4/10

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Site: http://www.greeneking.co.uk/index.asp?pageid=75

Strong Ale, 5.1%

Comments: A fairly classic old bitter, with predominantly malt flavours. Tan colour, moderately coarse white head and low retention. Aroma is mainly malt driven, with some fermentation aromas (and a slight touch of clear-bottle skunk). Mainly a sweet flavour, with some bittering hop present. Not bad, but it tastes like its using a similar yeast strain to the Abbot Ale, which leads to a particular aroma I find a little overwhelming.

Overall score: 6.0/10

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Site: http://www.stpetersbrewery.co.uk/store/product.asp?s=6e5x6m239774&strParents=69&CAT_ID=73&P_ID=121

Bitter, 3.7%

Comments: This is a fairly bitter bitter, with definite malt character. Amber colour, coarse white head and little retention. Aroma is mainly from the crystal malt, with some slightly estery fermentation notes. Initial flavour is mainly driven by the crystal malt, which gives a slightly caramel character to the beer. This is taken over by the bitterness, which is fairly clean, with little aroma hopping noticeable. This fades into the aftertaste, which is quite well balanced, with the classic slightly bitter flavour remaining. Overall this is quite a pleasant bitter, but not particularly revolutionary.

Overall score: 6.0/10

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Site: http://www.mauldons.co.uk/
Served at The Turf Tavern, Oxford

Porter, 4.8%

Comments: As the name suggests, this is a porter with a blackberry flavour. The flavour is dominated by the dark malt, but with quite a light mouth feel. Hop is mainly for bittering, but is delicately used. The blackberry flavour is present early on and in the aftertaste, definitely quite a fruity beer, but not as sweet as Ribena. I’d be happy to have this again.

Overall score: 6/10

 

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