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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.46/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 43   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.8
shawnmurphy (666) - Plattsburgh, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2018
22-ounce bottle pours dark brownish black with thick tan head and lacing. Aroma: coffee, nuts, chocolate, earth. Flavor: coffee, milk chocolate, hazelnuts, brown sugar. Mouthfeel: medium-bodied, bitter finish.

3.8
neilw2 (15) - - NOV 29, 2017
Light flavor profile by porter standards. More carbonated than expected. Hoppier than most porters but still decent malt ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
tfontana (1184) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 18, 2017
Bottle pour into shaker pint glass from Andover Liquors. Appearance is hazy dark red/brown with trace sparkle, 1/2-finger width light brown foamy head with poor retention and light soapy lacing. Aroma is strong roasted malts, bordering on burnt, with light chocolate. Taste is roasted malts with light chocolate giving way to bitterness and an almost metallic flavor. Palate is medium bodied with thick texture, lively carbonation and very dry, bitter finish. Overall, balance is too far to the bitter side and finish is excessively dry for me.

3.4
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 26, 2017
Bottle. Small beige head atop cola dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some roast, light molasses/honey. Taste is sweet, roast, caramel, light molasses. Light-medium body, light stickiness, low carbonation.

2.3
omhper (25953) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 11, 2017
Keg at Switchback, Burlington. Dark brown, small head. Caramel and coffee up front. Mid sweet with medium body and clean mouthfeel. Coffee and fudge. Lightly metallic finish.

3.4
BroSpud (2282) - , Massachusetts, USA - DEC 3, 2016
From a 6 pack of oddly shaped 12oz bottles. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Roasted malt aromas with flavor notes of coffee, chocolate and burnt caramel. Better than expected though nothing spectacular.

2.6
muzzlehatch (4975) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 22, 2016
Un-Muzzling Olde Muzzlehatch Ratings, #9. Vermont Brewer’s Fest, July 2008, sample 1. I have very scattershot notes from the fest; I had just recently lost my job, had been depressed for a couple of weeks, and was unable to find anyone else to go with to the fest, and started out pretty depressed and irritated. Looking at the recently-uncovered notebook from that period I see all kinds of despairing comments in between the beer ratings, and it gets me down - until I realize that, if my life still isn’t on anything like the track it should be on, at least it’s on a different line...

Which brings us to the brewery named Switchback, never one of my favorites in Vermont. My guess is that the "belated" part of this beer’s name has something to do with the fact that it took them a while to get it into real production; this sample comes from a year and a half before it was generally available. Anyway, it wasn’t an auspicious start - the pour decently murky-dark brown with a wisp of head (rare that you get more in those narrow fest tasting glasses anyway), and there’s a typical roasty character to the nose - although a touch of sour cherry isn’t necessarily welcome - and then in the body it was, alas, worty and underdevolped, like some of the brewery’s other products from this period, lightly sour, and thin on the finish. They’ve apparently improved quite a bit over the last few years though, and I’ll make sure to try a couple of their newer works if/when I visit the state again this fall.

3.4
mcox90 (2159) - 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.

3
probstblueribbon (4088) - 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.

4.2
polo_marco (333) - 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.


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