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Switchback Dooley’s Belated Porter



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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.54/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 43   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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Like all of Switchback Brewing Company’s beers, the porter is unfiltered and 100% naturally carbonated. Switchback has put its own unique stamp on the porter style, creating a bold and full flavored porter with the balanced smoothness to the finish for which Switchback beers are known. A unique blend of roasted malt, caramel malts, and flaked barley are used to create the luscious malt signature, and the very non-traditional use of Simcoe hops as the only hop variety for both bittering and aroma is used to delicately balance the overall flavor profile. The result is an eminently satisfying brew that will leave you wanting another. This ale contains 5.7% ABV and has 43 IBUs.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kingofthemtn (25) - - FEB 2, 2015
Tasted last night watching The game on tv. Overall it has the look and taste similar to the other porters I’ve tried in the past. The color is a nice dark black with that roasted taste prevailing. Being new to beer tasting the Simcoe hops didn’t stand out as a particularly distinct taste to me. I wanted a thicker body to go with the dark roasted taste, but I guess that’s why God made Guinness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
annunz123 (902) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Chocolate and coffee in the aroma. Strong, malty flavor, with some nice roast coffee bitterness in the finish. Much better than I expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (4663) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 7, 2014
Pours black into an English pint. Mocha head with good retention recedes leaving scant sheets. Metallic chocolate aromas. Medium to thin bodied with chocolate and caramel upfront turning to espresso in the dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
anthony850 (326) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Smooth tasting with Carmel a very good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OStout33 (5) - New York, USA - NOV 26, 2014 does not count
Pale beer with relatively high level of carbonation and ok taste. Not the biggest fan. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
malrubius (1958) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - FEB 5, 2015
Bottle from Joe’s. Near black with tan head and full lace. Mild spicy earthy fruity aroma with hints of chocolate and roasted coffee. Mild roasted coffee and chocolate mild fruity sweetness. Earthy dry woody finish accentuated by lively soft carbonation and soft palate. Excellent session porter, which are not easy to find these days. Natural carbonation holds it all together and gives a very pleasing mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AirForceHops (3931) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 12, 2014
22 oz bottle, dark brown with no head. Aroma is roasted malts showing chocolate, brown sugar and yeast. Flavor is much the same with a long lingering nutty finish. The lingering roasted nuts and earth malt is nice and last a good duration. Medium body with a dry malt texture. Pretty good overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vodka4blood (99) - Milton, Vermont, Vermont, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Switchbacks best product so far, Id say. Looks perfect, and tastes very good, even though smokiness is absent. Very light palate considering its an unfiltered porter, but on the bright side this does make them go down even quicker?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2014
[5268-20130426] Tap. Medium roasted grains aroma. Black body with a medium-lasting creamy mocha head. Tootsie Roll roasted bread and lightly chocolated-dusted malt flavour. Full body, surprising for a porter. Tasty to try, nice balance. (7/4/7/3/15) 3.6
(@ The Reservoir, Waterbury, VT)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jamesewelch (129) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 17, 2015
22 oz bottle, around $4-5, poured into 16oz tulip glass

Aroma: caramel, bread, nuts

Appearance: black, tan head

Taste: Medium sweet

Palate: medium body, creamy texture, average carbonation, bitter finish

Overall: Tastes like mostly chocolate malts with dark chocolate finish and bitterness. Smooth and nice mouthfeel. Nutty taste. Easy to drink.

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