Breakfast Beer Tasting: Hopshackle Historic Porter

Hopshackle are based in Market Deeping, Lincolnshire and have been brewing since 2006. The unusual name stems from an episode of Call My Bluff that the brewer happened to be watching.

The basics: It’s 500ml, bottle conditioned and tips the scales at 4.8%. It poured a deep ruby, almost black, colour with a frothy beige head. There was a strong aroma of coffee, chocolate and some tart fruit.

Taste: Quite chewy texture. Initial smoothness gives way to a complex mix of treacle, roast malt, dark fruit and liquorice bitterness.

Finish: Dry with roast malt and some liquorice.

Conclusion: An interesting beer. For my personal preference, could be a little dryer, but it’s a solid example of its style. One for the brother-in-law.


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