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RATINGS: 300   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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This beer was inspired by the writings of Graham Wheeler, a noted English Beer Historian. Mr. Wheeler describes the original Porters as: "... the least understood of the old British beers. The subject (of the Porter Beer Style) is complicated and confused because porterís heyday lasted from about 1700 to the pale ale revolution of the mid 1800ís. During that time it passed through many transformations. Porter was simply a mixture of two brown beers. The only characteristic that set the porter apart from any other beer of the day was that porter was deliberately soured by adding a percentage of sour beer to freshly brewed beer. The original porters were not, as is commonly supposed, jet-black in colour, but a translucent brown. They had a rich, smoky flavor derived from the use of brown malt and a winey aftertang produced by the deliberate souring, highly regarded by Londoners." Our interpretations is a Brown Porter based on the style popular in 1870ís London. It was brewed with mostly floor malted English malts including the famed pale ale malt, Maris Otter. A touch of smoked malt produced by Briess Malting Company of Chilton Wisconsin was also used. Half of the batch went through a souring fermentation, in the traditional way, to promote the characteristic wine-like acidity. Lastly the beer was aged on wood to extract sweetness from toasted oak.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewolf (169) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - MAR 29, 2012
Multiple bottles, I think all of them from my good friend Matt. Thanks! Deep rusty red-brown pour, with a thin creamy tan head. Graham cracker, strawberry, balsamic, and cocoa in the nose. Flavor is lightly tart, lightly sweet, and adds a wonderful earthy forest floor character to go with the soft acidity. Body is medium and creamy with lively carb. The beer finishes smoothly and leaves you with lingering notes of dark fruit, treacle, and soft aromatic wood. So very drinkable. Mercurial, odd, complex, and cohesive. It is a perfect example of why I find ítraditionalí, old-world brewing methods/styles so exciting and endearing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2012
This beer pours a mahogany brown color with a one finger tan head. Nice lacing throughout the glass. The smell on this one is woody up front with toasted malt, chocolate, toffee, and some sourness. Like sour fruit. The sourness really kicks in a lot more with the taste. Itís the first thing youíll notice. Not as sour as say a real sour ale but itís got a bit of a vinegar like quality with some sour cherries. The ingredients Iím used to in a porter start to come through mid palette. Smokiness, toffee, chocolate, and some dark fruit. Itís than all washed away by the sourness. Definitely a different take of a porter, at least for me. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, rich, and creamy. Goes down very easy. The sourness doesnít get in the way of the mouthfeel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sherm1016 (1163) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 10, 2011
12oz bottle. Pours a deep brown color with an off-white head. Aroma is malty, a little sour, dark fruit, tart cherry. Medium on the palate with soft carbonation. Flavor is sweet and sour, nutty, a little roasty, oak, with a tart, lactic finish. I really like the sourness in the beer and find it pretty refreshing.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2011
12oz. Bottle: Got in trade from changeup45; THANKS Garry! Aroma of oxidation, malt, and some sour fruit. Poured brown in color with a tiny, tan head around the edges only. Clear. Full of small particles throughout. Not sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet and lightly tart. Tastes of oxidation, malt, chocolate, tart fruit, and some sugar. Medium body. Slightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, sugar, oxidation finish is medium sweet and lightly sour. Clearly a bad bottle.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - OCT 14, 2011
Courtesy of GT. Very dark brown pour with a thick, creamy beige head. The nose is pretty crazy- sour dark fruits, vibrant juicy grapes, wet wood, and a slight hint of butter. The flavor holds more vinous chocolate notes, with lots of vanilla wood, and toffee/ popcorn butter. Medium body with low carbonation, finishing slippery and sour. Really interesting and unique, but not quite up my alley.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4062) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 24, 2011
12 ounce thanks to mattyb83. Slightly light body. Taste is sour stout, but without the stout. Some chocolate and a lot of raspberry vinegar. Very tasty.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoePeesie (867) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2011
Pours a nice pure brown. Nose and taste is of smoke, wood, and light malts. Not what Iwould normal expect to see in a parter, but upon reading the side of the bottle, this beer was intended to harken back to old county brewing style. Iím a fan.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 15, 2011
(12oz bottle courtesy of Nuplastikk!). Pours a clear reddish brown color with thina tan head. Carbonation bubbles are small but active. Aroma is sour and winelike. There are also notes of chocolate, cocoa and dark fruit. Taste is sweet and sour-sweet chocolate and a sour fruit-almost like a truffle. Medium bodied with an oily texture. Tart finish. Iím pretty impressed with this-havenít had anything like it before, including some of the newer sour stouts. It definitely has red wine/vinegar characteristics and some (raspberry?) truffle tastes going on.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (6022) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2011
bottled, thanks to SS, medium brown to amber color with no foam, aroma is typical English malt, caramel and metallic notes, flavor is sour , tootsie roll,. peat, finish is woody sour

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hrking (140) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 22, 2011
Pours a nice proper color for style and on the clear side for a porter. Not much on the nose maybe even a little sour to acidic nose. A little sour over the palate but finishes nice with a tobacco slight cherry almost cigar like leathery flavor. Slight sourness but overall a very drinkable beer.


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