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Buzzards Bay West Porter



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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.23/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
This is a beer with a very full body; rich, deep, balanced malt flavor; and a smooth, roasted flavor with lots of chocolate and coffee-like flavors. The hops used are U.S. Magnum and English East Kent Goldings to provide a nicely balanced finish to the beer. The Porter is delicious and satisfying and makes a perfect accompaniment to vanilla or chocolate flavored desserts, and as a cold weather sipping beer. It is exceptionally drinkable for a dark, heavy beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (4678) - Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2015
Got in a BIF from ZebraCakez. 22 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled in 12/2014. Pours crystal clear very dark brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and robustness of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly creamy/bready, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 5.2%. Overall this is a damn nice porter style. All around great robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jkwood04 (5281) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 23, 2014
22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours near black with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of chocolate and coffee malts, some roast, light dough, and light bitterness. Flavor the same. Average texture. A pretty old bottle it seems but itís not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2008
750 ml bottle from the brewery..... dark brown almost black pour with lighter brown hues at the edges. thin off-white to light brown head..... aroma wasnít anything too special. chocolate and lightly roasted malt..... flavors of chocolate and roasted malt with an equally high level of carbonation..... a better porter was had a little while later at cambridge brewing company.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2008
750 ml bottle poured by one of the brewers. Pours a nice depe dark brown with a foamy lasting lightish beige head. Aroma is nutty and chocolates with a higher amount of fruity esters than expected- dark candied fruits- prunes raisin and some apricot- ligth dusty earthy hops. Good dark chocolate malt flavor- nutty dry roastiness, more dry dusty earthy and spicy hops, and a bit on the sweet side though. Carbonation is a bit on the higher end. Pretty good porter, but probably not worth the $10+ price tag for a regular porter in a 750 ml bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cfranz (261) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Smell of burnt coffee, real dark roast. Tasted kind of portwiney, but with a wierd texture. Not bad, but the flavours did not really balance right.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 16, 2005
From notes taken back in December: Pours deep brown with a tan head. Smells of coffee, chocolate, truffles and pepper. Tastes chocolatey with a nice full finish. Not a bad take on the style.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
openwindow (67) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 21, 2005
On tap at Jillianís in Manchester. Was really excited to see a porter on tap (someplace other than Millys). That excitement quickly dissapated after tasting the beer. The beer had no real discernable aroma. Thin head with uneven lacing. Taste was overly malty with a hint of hops. Had a bit of a watery feel to it as well. I was hoping I just had a bad keg but itís not seeming that way. Dissapointing to say the least.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2005
Solid black color with a dark head. Coffee tasting with a dominating taste of chocolate malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2004
Color is strictly ebon, head is thick and tall, a deep cocoa/brown. Aroma is perfect for a porter, full of all things nice: coffee, cream, toffee, a touch of chocolate. Rich, sweet, uplifting. Hop delivery is pleasing, though brief, upon the palate. Malt is fully in charge here, and is sweet and luscious. Very drinkable, and hops make return appearance throughout, allowing for for tasty texture and rewarding drinking. I would easily choose this excellent porter as a session brew, though Iíd surely be distracted by the flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (5804) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 23, 2004
2004 bottle. I knew my faith in this brewery was well-placed. Pours an ultra dark-brown, seemingly opaque though perhas just very dark, as I dont believe it is bottle conditioned/unfiltered. Anyways, dark as night with a solid, burnt tan head. Aroma gives away hints of rotten veggies at first, but as it warms and breathes, this turns in to a very deep underlying chocolate malt mixed with some smoked malt and salty roast. Flavor begins with a dose of salty, bacon like smoke, a big dose of rich dark coffee roast and moves in to a bit more of a sweet chocolate. Hops bitterness is not dominant, but is noticeable and provides good balance on the finish. Hints of licorice on the finish as well. Body begins with too much carbonation, my biggest complaint with this beer, but evens out as it sits. Because of the relatively high carbonation, the body comes across as medium to medium-full. The flavor, especially the roasty/smoky part is just divine though.

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