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Site: http://www.fyneales.com/shop/beers/sanda-black-ipa

Black IPA, 5.5%

Another black IPA, bringing together a porter with an American IPA. Off-white head and reasonable retention, this is a semisweet beer, with bitter characteristics coming from both the dark malts and the hop. Initial flavours are sweet, but this rapidly gives way to a sour bitterness from the malt, which stays with you well into the aftertaste. Hop flavours are dominated by this, but are detectable in the aftertaste. Overall, this beer feels a little unbalanced. If you’re looking for a hoppy dark porter, then it’d be worth a go, but I don’t think I’ll be chasing it myself.

Overall score: 6.0/10

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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.titanicbrewery.co.uk/c/our-beers/titanic-brewery-draught-beer-fleet/titanic-beer-stout/

Stout, 4.5%

Comments: I am always dubious about a ‘truly old fashioned stout’ which comes in at under 5% ABV. A dark brown colour, fine white head and some retention.  A grainy and sour aroma, which follows through into the initial flavour. This is predominantly sour, yielding to the bitterness of the dark malts, but without a noticeable hop character. The aftertaste is again sour, with less lingering bitterness than I would expect. Overall, this is a reasonably pleasant porter, but it doesn’t have the weight or depth of flavour to really make it as a stout.

Overall score: 6.0/10 (as a porter)

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Site: http://www.compassbrewery.com/CompassBrewery/Baltic_Night.html

Stout, 4.8%

Comments: A lightweight stout, probably more of a porter in many ways, with definite malt flavours and a round but light mouthfeel. Low brown head and little retention. The flavour of this is initially driven slightly sour, but this rapidly gives way to chocolate malt flavours, giving a moderately bitter beer without excessive sweetness or heaviness. Hop bitterness is certainly present, but plays second fiddle to the malt here. If you’re looking for a light bodied stout, this is certainly worth a shot.

Overall score: 7.0/10

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Site: http://www.northpeakbeer.com/seasonal
Served at The Royal Oak, Oxford

Black IPA, 5%

Comments: This is a rather unexpected beer, with both the characters of a porter and an American IPA. From the IPA, there’s plenty of hop, both in aroma and bitterness. Malt flavours are definite, and manage to mask well (but not completely) a couple of slightly odd aromas, and give a well balanced mouth feel, with a little sweetness, and not too much black malt bitterness. Aftertaste is dominated by the hop, and is appropriately bitter for an IPA. Overall a good beer,  which I’d be happy to have again.

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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