2011 Symposium New Albion Porter

Formerly brewed at Napa Smith Brewery
Style: Porter
Napa, California USA


on tap


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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.19/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
A collaboration between Napa Smith and Black Diamond.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jbruner (4453) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 4, 2016
Pours a clear ruby brown from the bottle with fluffy tan head that dissipates to leave moderate lace. Aroma of malty sweetness, hint of nuts and roast. Taste is more toward the chocolate and nuttiness, bittersweet finish. Solid porter. Really cool to see this and to have tried it, would have loved to be around with Jack.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (11289) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
"fairly standard porter - not sure this warrants a special release. that said, not bad, par for the style. roasted malt with a hint of coffee and chocolate on the nose and flavor. medium bodied and flavorful. dry & smoky finish, but very subtle."

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
JK (6020) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2011
Brown color. Light porter, which for this beer means a light, thin palate and light flavor, thin and watery. Not a lot here. More like a light, brown ale than a porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
wedgie9 (2687) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 1, 2011
Tasted on 8/1/11 from a 12oz bottle obtained in a trade. Pours a nearly opaque, extremely dark amber, but I can still see a bit of dark red wine color coming through, with a thick tan head that slowly recedes to rocky lace, leaving thick residue along the inside of the glass. The nose is somewhat muted with hints of dark malt, coffee, dark chocolate, and light vanilla with a bit of a sugary aroma as well. The flavor is even lighter than the nose with the slight taste of brown sugar kicking in first, moving into the more bitter coffee and dark chocolate notes with just a hint of vanilla still. The body is light with average, smooth, carbonation, and a long dark chocolate and coffee finish with just a hint of vanilla.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (25203) - Malm, SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2011
Bottle. Pours a dark brown amber color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty chocolate and caramel aroma. Roasted malty caramel flavor with hints of chocolate. Has a roasted malty caramel and chocoalte finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (12335) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2011
on tap-pours a thin light tan head and black color. Aroma is some light esters, dark malt. Taste is dark malt-roasty/cocoa/caramel, some light esters. Interesting, not quite standard porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9653) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 9, 2011
My Bottom Line:
Earth-covered mushrooms form when umami and toasted malt sweetness merge in this very drinkable, smooth Porter.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the brown-edged darkness.
-Malts develop roastiness, toastiness and light chocolate flavors. Nice complexity at this level.
-The mouthfeel is healthy, not too sweet, not too dry.
-Hops add some character to the finish, but otherwise remain tame.
-This is not a run-of-the-mill Porter, and it is impeccably rendered, so I quite like it.

Bottle. Merci Benoit!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2011
12 oz. bottle, graciously gifted to me by Degarth. The pour yields a clear, deep, cola brown body with a moderate head of smooth, fine-bubbled foam. Slowly, the head recedes out towards the edge of the glass, setting up a fine ring with wispy feathers at the center. Tissue-thin, sticky lacing forms a porous limestone pattern on one side of the glass, while micro-spots lace the other side. The nose is very simple, showing a malt base of mildly toasted brown malts, caramel sweetness, wisps of molasses, and a hint of coffee roast. A slight nuttiness and mild green hops round things out. Flavors include roasted oats, soft chocolate, and singed caramel-molasses, countered by a general green hop bitterness and subtle coffee undertones. The palate is thin for the style, and the light carbonation makes it resemble sugar water to some degree. To me, it lies somewhere on the border of a brown ale and a porter. Though it is inoffensive, it is also quite underwhelming. Decent brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2011
Bottle thanks for the share mike. Pours a bruin body thats probably better described as near black, with an off white head. Nutty and chewy very roasted with a chestnut like bitterness. Toasted malt tones chewy and bitter with a big old metallic dose that ruined this one for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (15778) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Bottle thanks to Jcwattsrugger. Pours black. Tan head. Nose/taste of vanilla, burnt chocolate malt and sarasparilla. Taste of burnt chocolate malt, vanilla and light smokiness.

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