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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.42/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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An American version of the classic English style. Hints of chocolate and coffee in this roasty, dark brew create quite an enjoyable point.

The brewmaster also makes a cask-conditioned version. This version is aged 7 days in an oak cask.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (31178) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2012
From tap at the brewpub. Pours black with a creamy, tan and dense head. Aroma is roasted dark malty, breadish and vague liqourice. Smooth malty, caramelish, breadish and dark roasted malt. Smooth malty and slight flat finish.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kidmartinek (3654) - austin, Texas, USA - MAY 20, 2008
Pours dark, chocolate brown, small head, no lacing.Weak, weak, dry chocolate aroma. Flavor is dry, dark, chocolately. ?Mouthfeel is dry and chocolately. Finish is bittersweet.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldMrCrow (1823) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2006
Tap at the brewpub.

Deep brown with modest lacing. Though gentle like everything else I sampled from the brewery, this one is really nice. I get mostly soft chocolate and molassas, without much of the vinous complexity that dominates some porters. Slightly chalky mouthfeel. There are hints of smoke here, and beer - though not paricularly sweet overall - turns softly sweet on the finish with those flavors held in check by just the right amount of hops.

While this beer may not be my favorite interpretation of a porter, it is very well crafted beyond a shadow of a doubt. Nice job.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 3, 2006
Draught at Brewpub during RBSG DC 06 Weekend Black, tan light head and light lacing. Nose of chewy maple and brown sugar. Sweet coffee and chocolate. Some light astringency but it’s kept down to a minimum. The finish is chewy, light vanilla and alcohol. Nice porter.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Spout Run Porter pours to a deep brown to black color with a creamy tan head, and a soft carbonation. The nose on this beer is very impressive. Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, and roasty notes flood the nose. The palate is very soft with big flavors of coffee, chocolate malt, and more roasty notes. This beer finishes with some nice dry hop bitterness paired with more notes of coffee and roast that lingers. This beer was absolutely delicious, and made the perfect desert beer. It worked very well with a desert of mudd pie, which is coffee ice cream, chocolate, and caramel. This was an outstanding porter with lots of flavor and character. So the next time you see a Rock Bottom, go in a give the beers a try. You will always find something a little different at each location, and it is this quality and variety, that makes this national chain seem like a real local

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2005
Dark brown with tan head and good lacing. Aroma is not very strong - some roast and light chocolate. Flavor was weak chocolate latte, and kind of watery bodied - most of the flavor hit me at the finish - more roasts.

3.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Slightly acidic aroma. Black with a decent head. Nice level of roastiness and a good progression from fore to finish, but it feels ever so slightly watered down.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3336) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 17, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2005 Sampled in Arlington on tap. (This place is like 2 blocks from my Aunt’s house). The appearance was a really dark brown, nearing black. Head was a cream of wheat brown color that disapated quickly can had poor lacing. The aroma is a bit too weak. Coffee and dark chocolate. The flavor is chocolate, oatmeal, light roasted coffee, and light grass hops. The palate was slightly dry. Good carbonation in mouthfeel and had a medium-full body.

On 6/21/05, they busted open a cask-conditioned version of this beer. It is LOTS better, and as such, have upgraded my rating to that. Initial rating is Ar: 5, Ap: 3, F: 6, P: 4, O: 12. This fine brew was opened on 6/21/2005. It pours to a thick foamy head that fully lasts atop a dark brown/black body. The aroma smells nearly identical to the regular Spout Run Porter. Subtle oak aroma. The flavor came off as WOW! VERY different from the regular porter I had a couple days ago. This sucker’s delicious! Creamy, chocolatey, light coffee and grass hop. Light and smooth caskiness. Oatmeal. The palate is very creamy. Medium full mouthfeel. Velvety. A pleasant surprise. Overall, WOW, amazing what only 7 days in an oak barrel did to this. VERY nicely done!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
obxdude10 (2043) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2004
Great porter, black in color, nice tan head with good lacing, roasted aroma with hints of coffee & dark chocolate, medium in body, very drinkable, lots of chocolate & coffee in the body as well, subtle hop character to balance the beer very nicely, smooth & creamy as well, burnt & roasted finish & aftertaste with more coffee & dark chocolate notes

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2004
(Draught) Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head. Flavors of semi-sweet chocolate and roasted malt. Smooth, creamy palate.


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