Wold Top Marmalade Porter

Reviewed by on January 14, 2015 in Gluten-Free Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Wold Top Brewery

  • Origin: Driffield, England

  • Rated On: December 17, 2014

  • Best Before: End of May 2015

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: English Porter

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Yorkshire’s Wold Top Brewery are back, with a very English sounding (ok, it’s the marmalade) offering, one which falls into the gluten-reduced category as well (< 20ppm).

This 330ml bottle pours a clear (I believe), dark brown colour, with prominent red cola highlights, and a thin cap of weakly bubbly beige head, which leaves a single example of thin arched lace on the glass as things slowly sink away.

It smells of gritty caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, Halls mentho-lyptus, day-old coffee, a tight lactic sourness, and tame leafy, weedy hops. The taste is bready, grainy caramel malt, a slight biscuity toffee sweetness, more tart, acrid cherry cough drop notes, subtle creamed coffee, indistinct dark sugary syrup, ethereal underripe citrus peel, and earthy, weedy, and leafy hops. The bubbles are generally active and engaged in probing my willing palate, the body a sturdy medium weight, and still too sour and gritty to be deemed all that smooth. It finishes on a strong drying trend – grainy malt, spent coffee grounds, and surprisingly peppy earthy, leafy, and spicy hops.

An interesting attempt at flavouring a porter – the marmalade and suggested citrus (neither of which is an actually specified ingredient) pretty much get lost in the various fruity essences, while the edgy milk and coffee notes betray the inherent British (London) porter origins here. Worth checking out, for these reasons, and yes, also if you can’t abide the gluten (as opposed to actually being allergic to it).

Brady White

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