RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Gulf Porter is the first beer of the year in our Brewer\’s Choice Series. Carefully brewed with select malts, oats, and hops. We rely on the yeast to provide the spicy note and the rich character of the beer. With warm notes of toffee, coffee, and a little chocolate this porter is a beautiful beer. Sure to spark a lively discussion on the finer points of Southern living.

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badgerben (5341) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2010
MN Ratebeer Winter Gathering, January 30, 2010. Growler. courtesy of Skyview. Dark copper color with a thin head. Grainy aroma. Mild bitterness and grainy taste.

BDR (2535) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2010
A dark amber color with faint head. A light nutty aroma with some malts. The body is very similar. A nutty charachter yeilds to a fresh tasting malt. Very nice. Reminds me more of a good brown rather than a porter.

Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2010
Growler, courtesy CheeseMan. The body is a clear, dark, reddish chestnut color. A small, foamy, mocha colored head sticks around for a decent while, eventually settling as a thin film. A sudsy wash leaves scant lines of lacing behind. It pretty much resembles a robust brown ale more than it does a porter. The aroma is quite nice, showing notes of toasted caramel and bread, roasted cocoa, coffee, and a bit of earthen and grassy hop bite. Flavors too show good balance, with nice chocolate-coffee notes embraced by smooth, roasty grain and a soft, earthy hop bill. An even-keeled, smooth palate is balanced as can be, showing just the right levels of sweet body and dry, roasty finish. This is quite the flavorful session brew. Good stuff.

dchmela (3085) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2010
Thanks to the Cheeseman for the growler. Big dark reddish brown pour. Nice roastiness on the aroma. Taste is light and tasty, roasted grain and such. Good low ABV brew.

SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2010
Courtesy Chz. Brown. Light tan carbonation. Roasty malt, dry cocoa. Not at all complex, but a tasty session porter. Medium to medium/light body, moderate carbonation, very easy.

redlight (2325) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2010
growler shared by thecheeseman. Molasses and milk chocolate on the nose. Pours an amber brown with a thin white head. Caramelly malts with hints of coffee, but a little thin.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2010

Date: December 29, 2009
Mode: Growler
Source: Tasting
Appearance: clear brown, frothy beige head, drippy lace
Aroma: dry chocolate aroma, just a hint of caramel sweetness brings out a nutty character, light spicyness
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, mostly dry with just a tuch of caramel sweetness, nice nutty character, balancing bitterness
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 2.9/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Pours a light brown color with a light brown head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, molasses, and roast. Flavor is roast, spice, caramel, toffee, and a light brown bitter spicy finish.

jodyperkins (78) - Mississippi, USA - JAN 1, 2010
Poured from 1/2 gallon growler. Dark clear amber with a small brown head. Hints of grass and caramel aroma. Medium sweet with some bitterness. Medium thick palate with a bitter finish.

I received this growler from my sister-in-law (and brother-in-law) for Christmas. Cracked it open New Years eve to go with some ribs that I cooked. Finished of most of the growler but ended up saving a bit for a review today. Really was a nice drinking experience. Great beer, can’t wait for the next seasonal growler.

FishManLA (337) - Abita Springs, Louisiana, USA - DEC 31, 2009
Pours a dark brown with a medium sized tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. Potent nose of mocha with some subtle floral notes. Flavor of dark chocolate and coffee with some caramel notes and a subtle flavor laced through that I swear tastes like celery?! Slight grassy and woody notes as well. Mouthfeel is a little too watery for a porter, but doesn’t spoil the overall experience of the nose and the taste. Finish is coffee-like and pleasantly bitter.

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