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Snake Bite Porter - Silver Moon Brewing

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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RedDiamond on 10-21-2008)
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Reviews by bkilpatr:
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3.45/5  rDev -8.7%

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

03-10-2009 04:42:56 | More by bkilpatr
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New Mexico

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

05-09-2013 03:58:42 | More by LXIXME
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4.1/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

06-02-2010 05:21:20 | More by ElGordo
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3.85/5  rDev +1.9%

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?

10-18-2010 04:26:45 | More by Docer
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

03-03-2009 06:53:32 | More by Spikester
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

06-02-2014 00:19:58 | More by tjcamm
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

05-25-2012 04:04:26 | More by LiquidAmber
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3.65/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

10-22-2008 21:05:49 | More by djeucalyptus
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-16-2011 18:54:34 | More by Travisnin
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3.4/5  rDev -10.1%

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.

10-21-2008 22:23:04 | More by SurlyDuff
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

10-24-2012 16:58:29 | More by JohnK17
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3.85/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

06-30-2009 20:12:32 | More by Reidrover
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

05-18-2012 06:54:44 | More by bluckbeyes
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

10-26-2012 13:35:27 | More by BeerNW
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4.08/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

08-27-2011 15:59:10 | More by flexabull
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

12-17-2013 09:38:12 | More by KCuff
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

10-31-2013 05:30:33 | More by RHVC59
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

05-20-2013 16:14:33 | More by Bouleboubier
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

07-22-2012 21:36:05 | More by sevenshubby
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3.48/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

09-27-2013 06:48:28 | More by mactrail
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

02-20-2014 02:43:32 | More by johnnyboy76
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

04-01-2013 21:53:17 | More by RedneckBeerz
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

02-20-2013 19:39:29 | More by chugamugofsud
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4.18/5  rDev +10.6%

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

04-20-2010 01:00:26 | More by birdypowder
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3.43/5  rDev -9.3%

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

07-19-2011 00:31:39 | More by loren01
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Snake Bite Porter from Silver Moon Brewing
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