Brewed by Neustadt Springs Brewery
Style: Porter
Neustadt, Canada


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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 31   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
Neustadt Springs Big Dog Porter brewed with merlot wine. For the first year it was made with beaujolais wine.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2007
341 ml bottle, courtesy of StompBrockmore - pours clear dark chestnut, much lighter than most porters Ive drank. Has the Neustadt "house" aroma thanks to those New Zealand hops and perhaps the spring water, but a good deal of roasted malt sets this one apart from the others. Aroma pretty faint, but it does intensify a bit as the glass warms. Some nuttiness in there too. So far, seems much like a typical brown ale. Taste kind of mild with some thick chocolate roastiness and a mild bitter finish. Good all around, and very drinakable - but Im not too sure Id call it a porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 25, 2007
341ml bottle - pours dark brown, somewhat cloudy, with a very minimal tan head. Aroma is chocolately, malty, along with some nuts. Flavour is very smooth and chocolately, nutty, a little bit sweet. Sweetness mostly comes through in the finish. Some light roastiness there as well that lingers nicely in the aftertaste. Some mild bitterness. A very good regular porter. Extremely drinkable and different by the fact that it is maltier than other porters.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nekronos (4175) - Xalapa, MEXICO - APR 13, 2007
Excellent beer this, I had some POrters and Stouts that day. This one was a little watery but nice to drink. Veyr dark too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robinvboyer (4425) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2007
cask at volo. wow this is nice! great coffee, chocolate and smoke in the nose. flavour is much of the same. nice and full bodied, not too bitter int he finish, a great porter!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 18, 2007
draught at volo- smells roasted malts pours deep red trning black small tan head dispersed quickly. smells fruits some cheese. tastes chocolate lots of chocolate fruit roasted malts subtle berry flavor, wood chickory. very complex a great porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
DerWeg (1628) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2012 Reeealy fresh draught at VOLO. Moderate tan cap over finely carbonated deep reddish brown coat. Smoothly bitter w some dry-cocoa aromas and flavor. Nice body to it. Yeah! < re-rate 2007 Version > Okay my original numbers were a bit high to last years version but I wont deduct - this years is impressively dry in feel and almost demanding. Not bitter just dry. It takes over half a pint to get used to it but then its like nothing else Ive tried.I believe there is the addition of actual Pelee Gamay wine but I dont notice this as fruit. Excellent. Only added a .1 = perfect score for palate. < re-rate 2012 Version > Super nice balance with toffee and light bready sourness, berry-like fruit from the alefruit and no doubt the Beaujolais made in Point Pelee, ON or wherever. Nice lingering dryness on medium sweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2006
Fruit and malt nose, auburn, with a small toffee head. Strong alcohol taste, almonds, bitter, good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rosalinder (1) - Hanover, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2006 does not count
Nice deep-ruby colour with lasting white head. Creamy flavour. Dry chocolate finish. 2006 version seems quite different, more wine comes through. Great out of the bottle, but even better sampled at the brewery in the company of its namesake. Rumour has it this will become year-long production at NSB.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2006
Volo Cask Days 06. Deep deep ruby body. Nose is very winey, almost sour. Honey, oak, alcohol, light toffee. Flavor is overwhelmed by the barrel. Honey, lemon, slight breadiness, tart. Some chocolate comes through in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2006
Cask, Draught, & Bottle @ The Brewery: Earned an invitation from pootzboy and brewmaster Andy to partake in a tasting at Neustadt. It was highlighted by the ladder to heaven; Big Dog in a bottle, followed by draught, and culminating in a fresh cask. All three featured a terrific aroma rich in sweet chocolate malt, red wine, and some great earthiness. All three poured seemingly deep brown, but the assistance of a heavy-duty flashlight showed some terrific ruby colours with an almost transparent look through. Great head with excellent retention from the bottle, good head from the draught, and a loose and light head from the cask that left quickly. The flavour is exceptional, notably (of course) on cask. All featured a hit up front of those chocolate malts with tremendous sweetness, followed immediately by the wine on the middle palate. Significant hopping that came out strong as it warmed, but as the sweetness never left, it made for an exceptional balance. Man, did I love this one. I have a new stop en route to the wifes family farm from now on. Thanks, Andy!

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