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Squawk Porter

Rating: 3.75

The third of the four beers I picked up in Manchester now, this one is a bottle-conditioned offering from Squawk Brewing based in the Ardwick area of Manchester and one that I found at the Beermoth bottle shop in the city. Following on from the last review of a beer from the shop (Torrside Candlewick) and continuing the dark beer theme, the beer is an English style porter that was introduced sometime around January 2014 and is also available on cask in the local area too. Like the two beers I brought back from Manchester and have already reviewed here, I didn’t know anything about this brewery previously but I am aware that this is one of their core range of beers and I will now be on the lookout for the others, particularly the next time I find myself in the Manchester area again.

Squawk Porter

Appearance (4/5): Quite a dark brown to mahogany colour that has a beige, half-centimetre tall, bubbly head on top that looks quite wavy on top of the opaque body.
Aroma (7/10): Roasted malts and some light sweetness kick things off here, there is some nice toffee and caramel notes coming through in the early going that are followed by slightly less pronounced grassy hops. Towards the middle and onwards there was a few dark fruits coming through, with plums, prunes and raisins all featuring before some rich chocolate seen things out.
Taste (7/10): Starting with some sweet malts that are complimented by some nice sugars and caramel, the beer then follows with plenty of darker fruits that also featured with the nose; most noticeably there was some prunes and raisins but a few others featured as well. Nothing particularly seemed to dominate the taste of this one though and there was some chocolate and a few roasted flavours around the middle before a few further earthy malts seen things out.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied and well carbonated, this one was quite a crisp beer on the palate and it came through with plenty of sweetness from the start too. There was some rich, complex flavours in there and the balance seemed good with the finish a semi-dry and moderately bitter one.

Overall (15/20): This one was quite a nice porter from Squawk, a brewery that I wouldn’t mind seeing more from after trying this one. The beer was a rich, flavoursome porter that had more going for it than I expected from a 4% abv. beer thanks to the sweetness that featured from the start and the dark fruits that complimented them. While there wasn’t anything outstanding about the beer, it was definitely a well-rounded and highly drinkable offering and one I’d happily go back to again.

Brewed In: Manchester, England
Brewery: Squawk Brewing Co.
First Brewed: circa. 2014
Type: English Porter
Abv: 4.0%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Beermoth (Manchester)
Price: £2.80

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