Before we get into the brews themselves, I thought it might be interesting to take a look at the breweries which produce them in a segment I call...
Number of core brews – 14
Flagship Brew – Fuller’s London Pride – a premium cask ale
Most Intriguing Beer – Mighty Atom – Just released in October of 2011, Mighty Atom is interesting because it is only 2.8% ABV and is described as follows: “Mighty Atom has a rich, light caramel character, while a heady dose of five different hops brings in floral grapefruit and plum notes, with a spicy overtone.” Not available in the states, only selected pubs.
What They Say About Their Porter - "Fuller's London Porter is widely regarded as the world's finest porter; having won awards all over the world, London Porter is regularly voted the number one Porter."
Number of Beers - (available on a rotating basis) – 22
Most Intriguing Logo – Double Wench (twice as good as Wailing Wench - though I don't know why. Something subliminal there I suppose).
Most Intriguing Beer - Barrle-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter (Most intriguing name: Raging Bitch Belgian Style India Pale Ale.)
What They Say About Their Porter - "Road Dog is one of our most versatile beers to pair with food. Flavor notes: roasted malt with nutty, earthy, coffee and chocolate notes."
Awards, Prizes, etc. - Commodore Perry IPA, Burning River Pale Ale and Conway's Irish Ale all won gold medals at the 2011 World Beer Championships in their respective categories. Since 1988 these three beers have nabbed 17 gold medals at the World Championships. Burning River was named World Champion in 1994.
Comments: "Mocha with a very subtle vanilla undertaste. Very complex flavors; Rich. Very malty Baltic porter, yet not as sweet; Not smoky; Clean finish; Good breakfast beer! Stornger chocolate and coffee flavors; Cocoa-like taste and smell, pleasant aftertaste, nice foamy head; Tastes richer, good finish; Sweet, a little chocolaty, aroma of griddled breakfast fare."
Comments: "Most pronounced hop presence so far; Light amber color, nice lace foam and very nice hoppy presence; I liked this! A little hoppy! (dislike the label though, could be more attractive for marketing); Godd tasting porter (sweet almost); Tasty hop presence, best yet!; Smells of coffee and tastes of coffee as well. Most hoppy so far."