William Sharvatt's London Velvet Porter Ale & Fine Cider

Difford's Guide

alc./vol: 5%

Proof: 10°

Vintage: Non-vintage

Aged: No age statement

Product of: Product of United Kingdom United Kingdom

London Velvet is a blend of traditionally brewed porter ale and West Country cider.

William Sharvatt is said to have owned a timber yard in London’s Old Kent Road during the 1890s. The story goes that when he received timber from the West Country it would be accompanied by generous quantities of cider which he mixed 50/50 with locally brewed porter ale, “making a drink he described as “tasting like pure velvet”, the birth of London Velvet.”

Review and Tasting

Sampled on 25/04/2014


Clear but so dark that virtually opaque. Deep reddy-brown with burgundy glints and a retentive white head.


Poached pear, black berry, raisins and mocha coffee with prunes and alcoholic vanilla fudge.


Slightly sweet, heavily roasted malt, cooked apple and sweet pear with mocha coffee, caramel and espresso.


Mocha coffee, vanilla and lightly hickory smoke.

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Product Information

Barcode UPC: 5060337820004
Bottle Size: 700 ml
Closure: Crown cap

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