Monkey Face Porter - Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by jtfest:
3.68/5 rDev +4.5%
Poured dark brown with a moderate but diminishing brown head. The aroma was of smoke and wood, with hints of dying campfire embers. The mouthfeel was thin and somewhat syrupy -- oddly coating the roof of my mouth without lingering on my tongue. It tasted of maple, slightly sweet, but rather under-powering, with little or no aftertaste. Once I swallowed, it was gone. Good, but -- where'd it go? It makes it easy drinking, but for a porter it left me unsatisfied.
02-07-2004 05:35:57 | More by jtfest
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3.03/5 rDev -13.9%
Brown color, mocha head. Heavy toasted, burnt notes from this, and not much else. Feel the burn!
Same burnt malt feel on the tongue, some chocolate malt, possible cocao addition to dry it out even further. Traditional in the lower abv compared to some newer porters, hopping kept down, bitterness not as much. No coffee or vanilla flavors appreciable. Viscosity a little under some of the bigger porters out there, but again, this one rings traditional in more ways than one.
Average stuff, kinda meh, but nothing bad about it, wouldn't turn one away.
08-05-2011 22:32:07 | More by Beerandraiderfan
2.6/5 rDev -26.1%
Coffee dark, brown light transmission at the bottom of the pint glass. Tannish foam, lasts about 20 seconds at 1/4 of an inch. Very good lace. Smell is decent, a mix of malt and some hoppy citrus. Watery texture, malt is marked by mostly a Stout-like java, some burned qualities. Very bright with hops for a Porter. Not bad for testing hop acuity but the body is very weak and the finish is ripe with distilled water qualities. Not quite mid pack, just not a successful beer in an important category.
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11-13-2003 16:43:13 | More by ADR
3.2/5 rDev -9.1%
A: poured a few shades of brown with burnt sienna notes. Once gathered in the glass orange and reds pushed towards the base and edges. The body sat a dark brown with black close by. Head dissipated quickly and left a cluster of soapy bubbles at the rim with a minutiae scattering of lace
S: hefty roasted chocolate malts with delicate earthy whiffs, not much else
T: the base is of strong malts sprinkled with cocoa and mixed with shavings of chocolate bars. This is the prominent taste with a soft dry woody character occupying the finish. With half the glass gone, I am starting to pull out a wispy vanilla coffee sweetness. Unfortunately, not much in the way of hops
M: body is soft and fits the "Porter" style well, maybe a bit light overall. Finishes well.
D: easy to drink and deserves a good handshake and maybe a pat on the back
03-06-2009 21:15:43 | More by Magpie14
3.95/5 rDev +12.2%
Pours a very dark brown with reddish-mahogany highlights, although it appears black in the pint. The foamy tan head holds exceptionally well; eventually dropping to a creamy collar that leaves some spotty lace. The nose is distinctly mocha-ish with notes of coffee and sweet chocolate swirling amidst a toasty maltiness. It's creamy and smooth across the palate with a medium body and fine carbonation. The flavor is rich with bittersweet chocolate, deep roasted coffee, some fruit, and a lightly grassy/resinous hop flavor. It finishes dry with a lingering bitterness and roastiness. Very nice.
06-03-2003 20:22:15 | More by NeroFiddled
4/5 rDev +13.6%
Pours a deep dark brown with scarlet highlights when held up to the light. Head is a half-inch of creamy tan goodness that subsides more quickly than I would like. Aroma is rich, full of chocolate malt, lactose sweetness, and a roasty, mocha quality. Palate is chocolatey roasted malt up front, with some more lactose sweetness. The fruity hop profile comes out mid-palate, building to a slightly bitter finish. Body is velvety smooth, could stand to be a little creamier, but still very nice. On the whole, a tasty and drinkable porter.
09-21-2006 07:48:53 | More by ElGordo
3.95/5 rDev +12.2%
Buddy Pete picked me up a growler of their Red, and a 6-pack of this porter... lover their stuff!
- Pours a nice coffee black... clear as best as I can see it at the edges of my pint glass... nice off white to mocha head.. about half a finger down to a slight slew and a ring..
- Rich chocolate malt profile... slightly sweet, roasted and a touch of coffee.... loving the smell... sweet oats, grain.
- Wonderful zingy porter... nice bitter earthy hop.. and a backdrop of sweet oats and chocolate malt... a very pleasant and drinkable porter.
- Only slightly chalky, thin to medium bodied.. slight creaminess to it....
- Super good porter... I rather like its simplicity and flavor combination... very balanced.
06-28-2010 04:13:02 | More by Docer
3.55/5 rDev +0.9%
Another new label from Cascade that I didn't reconize and it is different then the one shown here.
This is a nice beer just not overly powerful.
Appearance- Dencent carmel color head with lots of fingers on the glass. Left a light tan ring. Dark Dark brown or black beer. Looks tasty.
smell...I got NOTHING. seriously I thought maybe i needed to clear my nose and so i stepped away and then resmelled...Nothing ...all well.
Taste- This is a good smooth porter. It is a natural flavor porter that hold true to what you expect from a porter. Your not going to be blown away with flavor but you get a nice smoooth flavor out of it. Honestly I will take the smoothness over the strong porter.
mouthfeel- like I said smooth...
overall- I am impressed with this beer. At first I gave it a 3.5 and I upgraded it to a 4.0 while typing this and drinking. This is a porter I could have multipule of.
I really would like to try this beer with some different types of cheese and taste it's changes...
Cascade Lakes Brewing your really trying to steal my heart...Nice job on this beer...
06-18-2011 22:00:55 | More by isualum12
3.45/5 rDev -2%
12oz picked up by my brother in Oregon .. pulled from the On-Deck basement cooler.. shared with a coworker ... my half from a shaker pint.
Good lite tan head.. minimal lacing.. dark like a stout.
Aroma is French roast coffee and roasted malts... dark chocolate ice cream.
lite side of medium body with above average carbonation.. could use a bit more body... flavor is slightly astrigent coffee followed my chocolate malts and lite carmel sweetness.
Complexity is more than the above review notes... I am just having a hard time picking it out.. not bad at all... just not great.
12-24-2007 07:48:32 | More by JohnGalt1
2.13/5 rDev -39.5%
The beer as it sets in the glass, ebony in color, the head modest, the consistency frothy, the color a nice tan, and as its erodes quite quickly, it leaves behind some clumpy lace. Nose is light toasted grain, a slight hint of coffee, somewhat sweet, fresh and clean with the start sweet, the top cadaverous. Finish is minimally carbonated, hops scarce, aftertaste dry and overall, a very thin and weak beer for a Porter, which means it will not fair well in my evaluation. How a beer can look and smell so good, but be as "Thin-waisted" as this a mystery.
02-13-2003 16:49:36 | More by Gusler
3.58/5 rDev +1.7%
I like the name of this beer, fo sho. 12 oz bottle without a freshness date. Pours a dark brown color with a small tan foam. Retention is below average and the lacing is decent.
Nose is pretty decent; cocoa beans, mild coffee and some milk chocolate come through. Not overly powerful, but certainly not weak. I think it smells pretty good, not unlike a Krackel candy bar.
Taste has some nice chocolate and roast components. It's a bit simple, but it certainly does the trick for a quick porter fix. Some unwanted light fruit comes in at mid-palate and finishes with a roast and mildly grassy hop bitterness. It's on the thin side for a porter, but not by too much. Not bad, the B- overall rating seems about right for this one. Thanks goes out to BA fthomasl for bringing this one back from a recent trip.
05-06-2010 02:20:32 | More by twiggamortis420
3.43/5 rDev -2.6%
Pours a dark porter brown. Couldn't notice any highlights due to mood lighting.
Nice head which hung in there for a while. Chocolate and roasty malt goodness. Perhaps a bit dense for a porter, I would guess I was drinking a stout if it was a blind tasting.
Finish is clean. There is a nice abrupt bitterness that finishes my sips up as soon as I swallow. A decent porter indeed.
03-02-2008 02:12:52 | More by SurlyDuff
3.48/5 rDev -1.1%
From notes. Original review lost due to database crash.
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date evident. Paid $1.35 at local health foods store on sale.
A-Pours a dark brown almost black hue with a one finger, creamy tan and foamy head that dissipates too quickly leaving only modest lace.
S-Rich, chocolate and coffee malts and a hint of mildly fruity hops.
T-Chocolate roasted malts, slight hop bitterness, and coffee. Taste is not robust enough.
M-Smooth, but a little thin and not enough carbonation or texture.
D-This is indeed drinkable, but it doesn't compare to Black Butte Porter, which is often on sale for $6.99 a six-pack or less in my area.
10-14-2009 03:34:02 | More by velosuds
3.88/5 rDev +10.2%
Tasted on tap at "The Lodge" in bend , Oregon.
The beer is a nice dark brown colour, almost black like a stout.Smallish "coffee n'creme" coloured head.
The aroma is of slightly burnt malts, some dark chocolate..and a faint whiff of coffee.
I was surprised that this beer had a smokey aspect to the taste, and a dry finish. Inbetween are hints of black coffee and a slight taste of chocolate.
The mouthfeel is slightly on the thin side but overall not bad.
I liked this porter..the smokey aspect was great.
Like other Cascade lakes beers..this doesn't seem to do well in bottle..or maybe they have to be drank very fresh.
05-16-2004 19:23:10 | More by Reidrover
3.68/5 rDev +4.5%
Bottle to a pint glass
App: Dark cola with thin tan head. Not as much body or lacing with the head as i like
Aroma: Sweet malts, dark fruits, cherries and raisins.
Flavor: Definite smoke, but more masked by sweetness than a smoked porter. Dark fruitiness with caramel and strong coffee tones.
Mouthfeel: A little thin for a porter. Drinks a lot like cola
12-09-2010 07:25:47 | More by ebrauser
3.7/5 rDev +5.1%
A: Exceptionally dark. Slightly cloudy. A hint of dark brown, but mostly black. Whitish cream colored foam that mostly dissipated. Left a sticky mess on the sidewalls.
S: Sweetness, malt, dark caramel, toasted chestnuts and charred oak and vanilla.
T: Roasted grain and coffee is obvious. Toasted oak is very straightforward also. Vanilla and caramel throughout. Slightly sweet with a minor bit of coconut, but finishes with some crispness but the sweetness prevails. I appreciate how the char flavor is not overpowering.
M: Medium body, not thin and not overly heavy. Medium dryness but leaves a little bit of residual sweetness as an aftertaste.
O: Overall, a solid porter. The minor coconut flavor isn't exactly my favorite beer not, but its my only real complaint about it.
03-01-2014 04:31:38 | More by constantine_272
Monkey Face Porter from Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.