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Switchback Dooley’s Belated Porter



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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.54/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 43   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcox90 (1833) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 24, 2016
22 oz. bottle from a local Shaws grocery store. Pours a basic brown with a one finger off white head. Roasted malt aroma. Light sweetness on the flavor. Roasted malt with an ever so slight whisper of chocolate. Thin nosh body. Pretty decent and fairly inexpensive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
probstblueribbon (3628) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 6, 2016
12 oz bottle from Winooski Beverage, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. Cute bottle!

App.: Deep brown-black with a fairly tight tan head. Aroma: Dusty dark-roasted, malt, a touch of acidity, floral hops, a bit of dark chocolate, faint coffee, such a cute bottle. Palate: Medium+ body, low to moderate carbonation. Flav.: Dark-roasted malt, a little dark chocolate, a bit ashen, lightly acidic, light grape jelly; quite dry with fairly high bitterness and a dark-roasted malt and lingering bitter finish.

Again, great packaging. A solid Porter, which isn’t my fave.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
polo_marco (222) - milton, Vermont, USA - DEC 20, 2015
Smells of straight coffee bean right to the nostril. Got a nice dark brown almost black eyes color. Taste is delightfully of coffee bean with a nice clean crisp finish. Strong multi solids rent across your tongue. All know nice Porter could use a bit more sweetness from the malts. Nice work switch back.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bulk_Carrier (3411) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - AUG 21, 2015
This was poured into a mug. The appearance was a nice looking dark brown color with hues of dark orange/red tints along the sides of the glass. A one finger white to off white foamy level head hung around for a good minute and a half before gracefully dissipating leaving some messy tones of lacing. The smell started off with a nice blend or roasty to sweet and bitter coffee, cocoa and dark chocolate. Light tones of caramel, nuts, vanilla and dark fruits balance nicely. The taste was mainly sweet trying to balance in the roasty and bitter portion of the prior flavors. There’s a dry bitter to roasty caramel and nutty aftertaste leading into a dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body. Carbonation is refined enough to allow a nice sessionability about it. This one runs fairly smooth and trying to bring about a decent creaminess over my tongue. Overall, its a good American porter, lightly hopped allowing a nice roasty to sweet blend allowing this beer to be what it is. I’d have again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mep3222 (1135) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2015
Roasted malt and bitter cocoa aroma. Flavor is the same with a bit of a dry almost herbal hop finish. Not a bad Porter and the hops balance nicely and make it different, but with the cocoa maybe a bit too bitter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 14, 2015
Bomber from Winooski Beverage, 4/3/15. Clear dark brown, large foamy tan head. Good retention. Aroma of roasted malt, leather, dark chocolate. The taste is chocolate, dark fruits, clay, roasted malt. Thin bodied, drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jamesewelch (259) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
malrubius (2449) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kingofthemtn (52) - - 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 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

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