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Snake Bite Porter - Silver Moon Brewing

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Snake Bite PorterSnake Bite Porter

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BA SCORE
85
very good

47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Silver Moon Brewing visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RedDiamond on 10-21-2008

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Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 25
Reviews by bitterthebetter:
Photo of bitterthebetter
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep, murky opaque black with and mocha colored frothy head, very enticing

roasted malt upfront, followed by slight caramel, a touch of chocolate (closer to bittersweet than milk) and even a slight apple aroma

slight dry malt, followed by smooth and mellow caramel with slight chocolate undertones more evident on the finish. Slight piney and dry hops combined with the dry malt again and mild apple notes on the finish

smooth, medium bodied without being too sugary, a good mixture of malts, has all of the good porter tastes and body that i look for. Malty, good body, subtle yet long finish

a very good and enjoyable beer. It seems that porters are making a comeback in 22 form. Its got a great malty body with enough texture and characteristics melding together for great balance, body, and enjoyability. Light in alcohol, (4.5%) but with a body of a much larger beer. A long and balanced finish make this very tasty.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ElGordo
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a deep dark brown with a smallish, khaki-colored head. Aroma of rich dark malt, a hint of chocalatey sweetness, and a slight roasted character. Palate is rich and malty up front, with chocolate and mocha notes. A mild hoppy bitterness emerges at the swallow, leading to a nicely balanced finish. Body is smooth and rather silky, almost like a nitro pour. I'm a big fan of Silver Moon beers, and this one is no exception. Not the most outstanding porter out there, but a very enjoyable, drinkable ale.

Photo of Docer
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

MaltBombPete introduced me to a glass of this from a bottle in which was purchased out in Tigard, OR from a Whole Foods....

- Great finger of thick light mocha colored foam... leaves a nice large ring of lace and a thin spotty layer on top.. coats the entire top.

- Bitter roasted husks of barley... a big grain overkill on the scent... bitter coffee without the need for it.... grain, burnt bread... roasty sweet chocolate... bitter. Maybe some pine hop?

- Oat-like semi-sweet grain profile w/ a touch of coffee, chocolate bitter nibs and husks... straw, grain... roasty seeds from a squash. All around natural porter with perhaps a note of bitter pine hops for preservation.

- Medium bodied... slightly creamy... not too chewy and only slightly drying because of it's robust use of grain and roasted flavors.

- Overall a fine porter, and one I could drink out sitting on some fence somewhere in a hay field while talking about old Mopars or something in the backwoods with some braindeads. Not too bad... but bottled why?

Photo of Spikester
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours black with a one finger tan head and good amount of lacings. Aroma is dark floral hops. Taste is mild cocoa with a hint of coffee. Malts are dark roasted variety. Mouthfeel is good with an adequete amount of carbonation. Very sessionable Porter with an abv of 4.5%. One of the better beers from Silver Moon Brewing.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black in the glass. Big active three finger light brown head with good retention and massive lacing. Aroma of toasted malt, light chocolate and a hint of mineral. Flavor starts subtly with light malt then the toasted malt, chocolate and burnt coffee develop, finishing with a toasty charred finish with a pleasant light hop bite. Medium bodied with some creaminess. Nicely done with a pleasant flavor progression, well integrated. The flavors are somewhat subdued, but the finish makes up for it. Well done.

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a. poured a deep motor-oil black from the bottle, yielding a fairly impressive head of a striking garnet yam-mocha color that stuck around for a bit. The brew itself was jet black, only hinting at ruby and garnet highlights around the edges when held to a light.

s. The aroma is pretty nice, and more than i was expecting. Subtle but definite sweet mocha, vanilla, roasted barley and some toasted rice, and subtle roasted coffee flavors. Vanilla and brownie won out in the aroma, which was subdued but definitely there. Taste, unfortunately, was a different ballgame.

t. Poured at fridge temp, it definitely needed to warm up to even begin to find the subdued flavors. Some dry bitter coffee emerged as it warmed, and subtle hints of cocoa. Hop bitterness trailed the roasted malt. I had hoped the sweetness in the nose would carry into the flavor, but no such luck. Roasty, light, and a bitter coffee/hop finish. As it warms near room temp, the hop becomes even more powerful, and the malt and cocoa fade into nothingness.

m. thin and watery... a carbonated cup of weak coffee. Slick and thin... the carbonation fails to really add any creaminess or body to it. Had it been a touch chewier or fuller, I could have looked past the lack of powerful or complex flavor... but it just fell a bit short.

d. Not bad by any stretch. and I'd go as far as to recommend friends give it a shot. I just felt it could have been a bit better. The flavor was somewhat one-dimensional, shifting only slightly as it warmed and the mouthfeel just didn't impress. I wouldn't turn it down under any stretch of the imagination... but probably wouldn't seek it out. It's nice for a light, relatively low abv porter. Drinkable? definitely. Amazing? not quite yet.

Photo of SurlyDuff
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the few they are now bottling, offing as 22oz bombers. The others that i've seen bottled are the amber, ipa, and a seasonal, all 22's.

Pours super black, with some mahogany highlights when holding up to the light.

Aroma is fairly subdued in complexity, but imprssive in power. Just big dry burnt coffee is all im getting.

It's initial and middle are pretty bland, but a huge finish and aftertaste hold prominance. Starts just kinda bitter, like watery coffee, but then waves of burnt smokey malt and cappucino take over. I release a bit of a hot alcohol exhale at the end. A bit fusal.

It's not bad, but would benefit from some recipe tweakage.

Photo of Reidrover
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle back at Tumalo campground. Late eveniing..sky mauve..quater moon . Dark brown ale, light brown thick creamy head. Malty roasted aromas, dark chocolate. Rather milky taste, slightly toasted oat. Lite coffee , dark chocolate:only 65% cacoa. Tastes like a true English porter. Good smooth yet thin ( in style) mouthfeel. Very nice drinkable and lowish alkie.

Photo of flexabull
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer that my brother brought home for me from Bend.

Pours a deep dark brown color with a pretty nice off white head, and a bit of lacing.

Aromas are quite nice. A bit smoky, with heavily roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate and cocoa.

Taste starts with light bitterness up front, some semi sweet creaminess, and some dark chocolate. Finish is lightly smoky with some pine and mineral bitterness,

Mouthfeel is good, full and smooth.

Overall, this is a very solid porter. Recommended.

Photo of mactrail
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Handsome black, velvety color in the New Belgium snifter with a dark beige head. Pleasant watery body with a sudsy mouthfeel. Foam lasts really well. Warm, malty, and slightly sweet to start. Some winey, chocolatey tingle after that. Bitter, burnt barley with more bitter hops for the aftertaste. Some earthiness.

Quite drinkable, but rather plain dark brew. Very dark in every flavor, but it has the mellow Porter character. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle.

Photo of flagmantho
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap in a pint glass at the brewery. $3 pint Mondays!

Appearance: black with a thin layer of dark tan foam. Not at all bad!

Smell: lightly roasty and acidic aroma. Nice but not a lot of character.

Taste: toasty and rather dry. There's a big malt bitterness and concomitant astringency. Some coffee notes come through. A good dry porter.

Mouthfeel: medium light body with a good carbonation and a decent creaminess. I like it.

Overall: I'll say this is a pretty drinkable beer. Despite the roasty astringency, the dryness makes this quite quaffable.

Photo of birdypowder
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A gem from Silver Moon. This is a delicious Robust Porter that has the flavor and character to accompany you on a cold central Oregon night, but the drinkability to still be a go to beer in the hotter months.

Appearance:
A huge beautiful dark tan head rises up looking like a chocolate milk shake poured over the top of the deepest blackest brown color known to man. It is very appetizing to look at and makes it hard to wait for that first sip. Fortunately this beautiful head stays around for awhile and as it finally fades it leaves bountiful reminders of its reign.

Aroma:
Yummy chocolate greets you first and then introduces you to a subdued but enjoyable hop aroma. An enjoyable smokiness swirls in the background.

Taste:
That first sip is amazing with its silky smoothness delivering chocolate, roast malt and an appetizing smokiness which becomes more apparent with each sip. There is not quite enough sweetness. The themes of chocolate, roast malt and smokiness repeatedly pleasure your tongue sip after sip. This beer isn't complex, but it makes up for it by its drinkability.

Finish:
Snake bite finishes clean with some light lingering bitterness and a bit of smokiness. The bitterness makes you crave that next sip hoping for a little more sweetness.

Photo of loren01
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark black color, large frothy tan head with nice lacing down the glass
S: Large amount of roasted malts in the smell also slight coffee scent
T: Slightly sweet up front with a charred bitter grain flavor at the end. Also some grassy/woody aftertaste.
M: Medium bodied beer silky smooth mouthfeel going down
O: Pretty decent beer, not my favorite porter ever but one of the better beers I've had from Silver Moon

Photo of Wetpaperbag
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To start the current label is much cooler then the one posted here.

I've been trying to enjoy more local breweries to try and find a hidden gem. Then again I'll most likely have to go to a tap house of some kind or to the breweries directly.

A- The liquid is a very very dark brown upon the pour, and sits black in the glass with a very tan head. The liquid poured very thick and viscous, looks tasty.

S- Great porter smell, chocolate with very roasty malts, slight coffee flavor too. Something very earthy is there as well.

T- This has some huge smoke notes to it. Wow I couldn't smell the smoke but it is huge here. Almost borders a smoked porter. There is a cherry taste as well and this bitter chocolate that gets more bitter as the beer goes on. The more I drink this the heartier it gets.

M- I would have thought it was thicker based on the pour, but for a porter it is pretty thick. Feels good in the mouth.

D- Easy to drink for sure.
This is a solid brew, the smoke threw me off big time, quite a nice surprise.

Photo of woemad
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased at an Albertson’s in Kennewick, WA – I forget the price. No freshness date. Different label than the one pictured on BA. First beer I’ve had from Bend that wasn’t brewed by Deschutes.

Poured a glossy black that allowed no light to pass through it, with a huge, rocky mocha-colored head. Said head took forever to drop, leaving sheets of lace.

Dryish aroma of rosted malts, coffee and cocoa, with the coffee the dominant partner.

Molasses and coffee in the flavor. It starts out sweet but more bitter flavors come in to balance it out. Mildly dry at the swallow.

Fairly dry yet coating mouthfeel. About right for a porter.

A pretty good porter. I think this beer compares favorably to Black Butte, except in terms of price and availability.

Photo of RJLarse
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I bought a bottle of Snake Bite Porter in a bottle shop. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours an opaque black color, with a HUGE chunky tan head.

Smell is a sweet bread and caramel scent.

Taste is a sweet chocolate flavor up front. with a coffee flavor in the middle and a dry charcoal finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly;y cloying, but appropriate for the style.

Overall a decent porter. I'd have it again.

Photo of beertunes
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have a bunch of bottles stored at OKComputers house and last we cracked open a few and this is one of them. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a light black color with a bit of translucence. The beer had about a half inch of light tan head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was nicely full and rich, with nice grain and roast notes. The flavor was very similar, grain and roast, and was a fairly typical example of the style.

The body was pretty good, full and well-rounded without being heavy. Drinkability was very good, I'd like to have a couple more bottles. Overall, a nice example of the style that's worth trying if you see it. I'd had this bottle sitting around for a couple of years, I suspect that fresh the flavors would have been crisper and more well-defined. I'll try this beer again and update my review.

Photo of RedDiamond
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Snake Bite offers a nearly absent smell that hints at roast barley without really going there. Its taste is almost hearty though it stops short of being overpowering. In fact, the aftertaste is stronger than the forward play with an agreeable smoky tail full of roasted grains and a complementary American-style hops regimen. The color is dark brown, a shade shy of black, and tan foam makes a good showing.

A nice midway beer between fragile and over-assertive, making it approachable for the novice while still engaging for the veteran. And it warms well.

Photo of bkilpatr
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 03/09/09.

Pours a very dark brownish black with a finger of dense brown head. The head slowly dropped to a thin layer leaving some lacing behind. Aroma is very chocolaty with toasted malt, not very complex, but strong.

Taste is kinda weak up front. Slight chocolate and weak coffee. The aftertaste is much better, with a stronger chocolate presence, hint of smokiness, and bitter herbal hops. Feel is rather thin and watery with ample carbonation. Feels like a cup of cold coffee. Drinkability is good, it's not too heavy and goes down easily.

It's not bad, but could be a lot better. If they get the taste sorted out and keep the aftertaste, it could be really good. Try it if you find it, but don't go out of your way for it

Photo of Bookseeb
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a very dark ruby brown supporting an off white brownish head. Smell is rich with the dark malts, chocolate, coffee and maybe some dark fruit notes. Taste of the roasted dark malt, coffee and light chocolate with a light hop bite in the end. Mouthfeel is viscous medium with a light carbonation ending dry. Overall nothing complex, but still a nice brew for the style that ends enjoyable.

Photo of KajII
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Nonic Pint]

The pour was pitch black with a huge (3-4 finger) cocoa brown fluffy head that slowly receded, down to a thick foamy medium cap which produced some good runny lacing.

The aroma was of burnt dark bread malts, a mild resin hop and a bold leathery yeast with notes of baker's chocolate, coffee, vanilla and a light smoky presence.

The taste was extremely malty and very roasty with a huge bitter chocolate note which was present throughout, and then became slightly bitterer with a mild coffee taste and a hint of smoke towards the finish. The flavor lasted an average time following the swallow, with a roasty bitter mocha coffee taste hitting you right in the back of the throat, and then lingered there for a just little while longer.

Mouthfeel was medium in body with a thin oily texture and a carbonation that was ever so soft.

Overall I found this to be an extremely chocolaty brew with a nice bold bitter roastiness, which just so happened to create a superbly delicious drinking experience... www.facebook.com/KAJIIsBeerReviews

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Photo of dgilks
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black with a creamy contrasting tan head. Good.

Rounded cocoa and coffee aroma. It's a touch sweet but still good.

Big roasty flavour with bitter cocoa and some coffee. Nice.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

A good porter with big flavour and a rounded mouthfeel. This works for me.

Photo of Offa
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a good, solid porter, but not great in my book. It has a firm character, but is a bit one-sided and lacking complexity while bitterness is a bit too assertive in comparison to the rest, esp. in the aftertaste.

Black, it has a medium light brown head steadily shrinking to a thin ring and leaving very weak hints of lace.

Aroma is caramelised dark bread crust, rich brown bread, caramelised figs an rich grain and wood. Overall, it's very nice.

Taste is overall good and fairly flavourful but character is a bit simple. It is lightly sweet up front, then woody-toasty bitterness takes over slightly at finish and lingers. It has a faint winey quality and faint hint of caramelised fig, with the mostly dark toasted bread and hint of coffee. As noted, the bitterness, esp. after the finish, it a bit too assertive in comparison to that rather mellow, simple character.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the bottle a barely translucent warm sable brown with a substantial, if not too persistent, fine-bubbled tan head. Aroma is smoky and has components of brown sugar and quality coffee. Lip-smacking flavor has tones of quality coffee, molasses, caramel and semi-sweet chocolate plus a hint of licorice. Texture is smooth, a little thick, and just a little fizzy. Definitely worthy, especially if you favor porters.

Photo of blackc5
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very deep brown, near black, with a chocolately head that really expands as you pour. Excellent retention and lacing to boot.

S - Mild overall, but dominated by chocolate malts and coffee.

T - Foregoes the chocolate in lieu of a lot of coffee - nice deep roasted espresso and good overall complexity with some piney hops detectable, and good overall bitterness levels. Long coffee finish.

M - Could have used a bit more thickness to it - on the thin side, but yet not watery. Medium carbonation.

D - Quite drinkable, yet left me wanting just a bit more, especially in the body. Not the best porter I have had, but still quite good.

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Snake Bite Porter from Silver Moon Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.