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RATINGS: 159   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Named for the ridiculous 4 foot dirt pile we had to put our brewery on to get us out of the FEMA-designated 100 year floodplain (no-one can remember this part of Spearfish ever flooding). This robust porter is black in color, is medium-bodied and has a rich, roasted malt flavor ending with a pleasing hop flavor and mild hop bitterness.
Abv 6.0% to 6.9%

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3.2
luttonm (6452) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2015
Can in Seattle. Thanks Chris! Deep brown, sweet aroma. Mild chocolate, sweet rosy beer. Metallic note.

3.6
andrewje41 (3986) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2015
12 oz can pour. Much thanks to Chris for helping me knock off South Dakota. Pretty good porter here. Soft chocolate and dark fruits aroma. Slightly dusty flavor with more dark fruit than anything. Some chocolate. Dry, roasted malt finish. Pretty good stuff.

3
Narnad (1521) - Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2015
Pours a deep brown/black color with a low, tan head that quickly fades down. Aroma has a strong brown malt, modest amount of nuttiness with a chocolate malt and earthy hop finish. Flavor starts off with a sweet chocolate and brown malt flavor and transitions to a watery, light cigar ash flavor with a bitter malty finish. Body is light with almost no carbonation and just a touch of dryness. Overall an okay brew.

3.2
jandd1983 (4377) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - JAN 7, 2015
Sampled at an ESBLS tasting. It poured a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma was of coffee, dark roasted malts and some chocolate. The taste was similar to the aroma with some maltiness and roasted hop bitterness.

3.7
Strykzone (7422) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Sampled at esbls. Thanks, Shep. Dark amber brown. Clear. Chocolatey nose with grains. Grain and coffee are tasted first. Nice hops under bring citrus. I like it.

3.7
GreatDane1632 (1169) - North Dakota, USA - DEC 7, 2014
On tap -- Poured a flat black with a rim of tan bubbles. Aroma is deep and mysterious, but also inviting. Flavor is deep and bold, sweet and full-bodied. A very pleasant offering from SoDak.

3.4
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - DEC 2, 2014
12oz. can. Roasty, sweet aroma, full of chocolate and big, black malts with notes of espresso, hazelnut, earthiness and a touch of toffee in the background. Ebony in color, nearly opaque, with dark brown highlights and a lasting, uneven, fine, light tan head. Flavor profile is full of dark, sweet and fairly rich malts, balanced out by the bitter, coffeeish roasted malt aspects and a touch of hop bitterness and mild herbal, earthy flavors, touch of caramel here as well. Smooth and low in carbonation making it quite easy to drink, body is medium. Just your basic well-constructed Porter.

3.5
Prufrockstar (2132) - Moscow, Idaho, USA - OCT 12, 2014
Thanks to my mom for shipping me a 6-pack to help me get the elusive South Dakota tick. Pours dark brown with thin khaki head. Aroma of bread and chocolate. Some roast. Taste: chalk, roast, resinous hops lurking in the background. Cookie, definitely thinking cookie. Medium- body, chalky texture, good carbonation. Overall: good name, good beer -- don’t mind having a few more cans of this in the fridge.

3.4
OldMrCrow (2443) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 10, 2014
Can.

Not only does Prufrock deliver the elusive SD tick, he comes through in grand style with a crow-themed brewery. Don’t tell him how much I appreciate it, though -- he probably thinks I drink with him because of his rakishly good looks and I’d hate to see him disillusioned.

Dark pour, brown highlights, brown head. The nose on this one is pretty nice: really roasty with some fresh-baked chocolate chip cookie, vanilla, and maybe a hint of coconut. Some Nestle Quick as well, but so it goes. The flavor follows: on the sweet side, strong roasty elements without ever veering into cigarette ash, cookie dough malt. Hops are subdued but make their presence known in the late finish. Abundant carbonation, almost prickly on the tongue.

All in all, this is quite a pleasant surprise. I don’t think I’d buy it regularly if it were available here, but it’s also not the sort of chore that you grind through simply to tick another state.

tl;dr summary: SD tick!

4.2
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - OCT 6, 2014
Nice, solid porter. Non-sweet. Pretty good roastiness. Pretty good mouthfeel. There are better, but this one is good.


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