11 February 2023

London Porter (Marks & Spencer) By @SpectreUK

London Porter

I fancy a pudding beer tonight. London Porter may not be classed as a pudding beer, but with seven varieties of malts in the making, a sweet caramel promise, and a rich chocolate creaminess, personally I'm having this beer with some Cadbury's Salted Caramel Creme Eggs after dinner. In fact the suggestions on the bottle were to use this London Porter to wash down meats, cheeses and oysters.

At 5.5% in volume London Porter was brewed in Greenwich using a recipe from the 1700s that was closely associated with London of that time. This deep brown almost black beer packs a whopping 230 calories per bottle. So I had to adjust my calorie intake for the day to suit. I'm sure it would go rather well washing down my beef stew, if I hadn't already decided to have it with my chocolate afters.

On opening the bottle there was a lovely boozy deep chocolate and caramel aroma. On taste the variety of brown, caramel and chocolate malts swirled around my tastebuds in a delightfully creamy flavourful experience. There was a little biscuit and sweet caramel flavour to start with, followed by only a touch of herbal hops for the bitterness, and then the creamy dark roasted chocolate taste kicked in oozing over my palate into the aftertaste. London Porter was perfect for washing down the remnants of my lovely beef stew, and with some salted caramel ice cream and my Salted Caramel Cadbury's Creme Eggs. Perfect.

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