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Stone Smoked Porter with Chipotle

Stone Smoked Porter with ChipotleWhat’s not to like? Stone, porter, smoke, chipotle. I’m hoping my expectations aren’t too high with Stone Smoked Porter with Chipotle Peppers.

Visually, it’s as expected. The aroma has more chipotle than smoke. That carries to the flavor, as well. This isn’t a sneaky hit, it hits you immediately. However, it’s not overpowering. After you get through the heat, there’s smoke, char, even a bit of chocolate. Lips still tinge for a bit, too.

This is truly outstanding. Everything in the title is there, and with phenomenal balance. Love it.

 

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Deschutes Black Butte Porter

Deschutes Black Butte PorterThis has been high on my want list for a long time. Porters are near or at the top of my favorite styles and I’ve heard amazing things about Deschutes Black Butte Porter, only recently available here in Ohio. Some even say it’s the best American made porter.

Color is right on. Head is creamy and beige. Aroma is very nice with roasted malts and chocolate. Velvety texture. Charred wood and chocolate dominate. Tight carbonation. Hops eventually are noticed in the finish, which is quite woody and dry.

Overall, this is great. One of the best porters I’ve had. The absolute best, though? Not quite.

Grade: A

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DuClaw Sweet Baby Jesus!

Duclaw Sweet Baby JesusAnother Christmas gift beer here, DuClaw Sweet Baby Jesus! It’s a chocolate peanut butter porter. Even feet away from my nose, it smells like a Reese’s Cup! I believe it was originally a winter seasonal, but due to its popularity, it was promoted to year-round.

The flavor truly is just like a peanut butter cup, only made with dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate. No sweetness here at all. Hops do kick in at the end and provide a bitter finish, but the majority of the flavor is chocolate and peanut butter. Sneaky alcohol at 6.5%

You may not think that a chocolate peanut butter beer would work, but wow it does!

Grade: A

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Rivertown Brewing Roebling Porter

Rivertown RoeblingI’ve been thinking, you could put nearly any porter or stout in a glass and they’d be indistinguishable, except maybe for the head. But if you can tell a beer just by its head, then you are quite a bigger beer nerd than I!

Anyway, I digress. Here is Rivertown Brewery’s Roebling Porter. Pours like every other porter. Roasted malt, smoke, coffee, and chocolate in the aroma. Carbonation gives a bit of bite, Flavor isn’t quite as big as the aroma sets up, but it’s well balanced and has a wonderful finish. Charred oak lasts forever.

Nice, but not amazing

 

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Full Pint Perc E Bust

Full Pint Perc E Bust

Full Pint Perc E Bust

Just look at the malt bill for Full Pint Perc E Bust Coffee Porter: Marris Otter, Munich, Melanoidin, Crystal, Caramel Wheat, Chocolate, Black. To go along with Guatemalan Coffee and a blend of Fuggle and Columbus hops.

The aroma delivers on the promise of coffee, as does the flavor. Coffee dominates, but there is a caramel sweetness behind it. Very complex thanks to the blend of malts. Ends dry and bitter, but more of a coffee bitterness than one from hops. Light and smooth body, if a bit watery.

Very nice coffee porter.

Grade: B

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Anchor Porter

Anchor Porter

Anchor Porter

I don’t know how I’ve never reviewed Anchor Porter before!

The San Francisco Brewery has been making this first modern American porter for 40 years. Color is black, as it should be, with a very fluffy beige head. The aroma is an inviting mix of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. Sweet malt comes through first in the flavor, with plenty of coffee and chocolate. Dry, oak finish.

Smooth texture, phenomenal balance and flavor, and at only 5.6% ABV, it’s not heavy handed. It’s beautifully crafted brews like this that make me love porters so much! Probably between this and Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald for the best American porter I’ve had.

Grade: A

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Nøgne ø and Terrapin Imperial Rye Porter

Nogne O Imperial Rye Porter

Nogne O Imperial Rye Porter

A collaboration brew here between Sweden’s Nøgne ø and Terrapin Beer in Georgia (not Maryland), this is the Imperial Rye Porter.

I love Porters as it is, so I’m curious how this amped up imperial version from the very highly respected Nøgne ø will turn out. Completely opaque with a dark, thin head. Rather inviting aroma of rye, chocolate, and dark fruit. Extremely smooth and complex. Layer upon layer of flavor. Rye and chocolate first, then figs, currants, charred wood, and burnt marshmallows. There is a hint of sweetness followed by a lasting chalky finish. Deceptive 9% ABV.

This is outstanding. Get it.

Grade: A

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The Brew Kettle One Eyed Jack Robust Porter

The Brew Kettle One Eyed Jack

The Brew Kettle One Eyed Jack

It may not get the recognition as some of the other breweries in the area, such as Great Lakes and Thirsty Dog, but The Brew Kettle also makes some might fine beers in Northeast Ohio. Here is their porter, One Eyed Jack.

Color is nice. Almost no head. Very chocolatey aroma. Smooth and surprisingly light on the tongue. It’s got all the flavors you want in a porter. Bitter coffee, loads of chocolate, light smoke, some oak and vanilla.

The first couple sips didn’t do a lot for me, but now that it’s warmer, all the flavors are coming out more. Definitely give this some time to come up to temp. It’ll make a difference.

This is very good, but it’s a step below the elite porters I’ve had. But I couldn’t tell you what’s missing. Certainly not a disappointment.

Grade: B

 

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Hoppin’ Frog Cafe Silk Porter

Hoppin' Frog Cafe Silk Porter

Hoppin’ Frog Cafe Silk Porter

I enjoyed Hoppin’ Frog’s Silk Porter quite a bit, even if I did find it a bit on the harsher and not silkier on the end of the porter spectrum, so I’m curious how the addition of more coffee will influence the flavor with Cafe Silk Porter.

From the first smell, the extra coffee is evident. In fact, that’s all I smell. Thankfully, there is enough going on in the flavor, including chocolate and toffee, to balance things out. The texture is quite smooth and creamy. Finishes dry and slightly bitter. I am surprised how much the other flavors come through considering how strong the coffee aroma is.

I actually like this better than the regular Silk Porter. The texture is smoother and the coffee flavor is wonderful.

Grade: A

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Atwater Brewery Vanilla Java Porter

Atwater Vanilla Java Porter

This is the first beer I’ve had from Atwater Brewery. To be perfectly honest, I hadn’t even heard of this Detroit brewery until I picked up Vanilla Java Porter.

I have high hopes simply from the title. If executed well, this could be an outstanding beer. Color is as expected for a porter. Head might be a little on the thin side. The aroma is full of chocolate, which was a little surprising given the title. Quite tasty. Chocolate dominates the flavor, as well, but the vanilla and coffee are definitely there. The body is on the light side and the carbonation is surprisingly high.

I like it, and will very likely get it again, but I would like to see better balance. Less chocolate (can’t believe I’m saying that), more vanilla and coffee.

Grade: B

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