Sambrook’s Porter does all the right things.
The smell is chocolate coated plums and the main flavours follow suit.
Pouring a deep purple brown with only a ring of bubbles for a head, the beer looks just right.
Taking a swig you get chocolate coated coffee beans, warm and woody, a hint of smoke at the edges, a bowl of stewed plums and some fresh pipe tobacco.
There’s a sticky pot of redcurrant jam in here too, it’s ladled over All Bran and swimming in espresso.
And then there are brown crunchy hops that are autumnal and crisp, bonfire leaves and dead wood.
The finish is dry and bitter but tinged with sweet honey.
Very nice indeed.
Source: Best Of British Beer