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Snake Bite Porter - Silver Moon Brewing

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Snake Bite PorterSnake Bite Porter

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very good

26 Reviews
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Reviews: 26
Hads: 52
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Silver Moon Brewing visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: RedDiamond on 10-21-2008

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Reviews: 26 | Hads: 52
Reviews by mactrail:
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of sgn4779
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of ElGordo
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of jason_nwx
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Docer
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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?

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Photo of Spikester
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of Travisnin
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of OregonGrown7
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dipso123
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of SurlyDuff
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Reidrover
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of SalemBeerDood
4.62/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of flexabull
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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Snake Bite Porter from Silver Moon Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.