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Monkey Face Porter - Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.

Monkey Face PorterMonkey Face Porter

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BA SCORE
80
good

54 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 54
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 16.86%


Brewed by:
Cascade Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
"This is a medium bodied robust style porter with significant roast character from chocolate and black malts. This beer finished extremely dry with a hint of the Willamette Hops used to create this perfectly balanced porter. Monkey Face Porter is perfect after a long day at the mountain or on the river!"


Grains: 2-Row, Chocolate, Crystal
Hops: Willamette
Original Gravity: 1.052
Final Gravity: 1.014
I.B.U.'s: 34
Alcohol: 5.0

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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

"If hooking a car battery up to a monkey's brain will help find the cure for AIDS and save somebody's life, I have two things to say... the red is positive and the black is negative."

--Nick Dipaolo

Charred walnut with bright scarlet accents when backlit with morning sunshine. One more small handful of chocolate malt and the beer would be opaque. The cappuccino colored crown is tight-bubbled and looks mighty fine. It also lays down an impressive array of finely dotted lace.

One big whiff is all it takes for the aroma to prove its worthiness. There's plenty of power and a wonderful chocolate maltiness that could just as easily be coming from an American stout. The beer smells like it will favor sweet and won't be very hoppy.

Monkey Face Porter isn't quite as impressive on the palate, but it's still good beer that goes down easily enough. The proportions of pale, chocolate and crystal malt are just about right. A little more of each would be great, however, and would add both depth and breadth to the flavor profile.

Sweetness and bitterness are pretty evenly matched. The hint of sourness flashing in at the edges isn't a problem in a beer of this style. Specifics include Baker's chocolate, dark caramel, medium-dark fruit and black tea leaves. The finish features a light char and an enjoyable amount of Willamette hop flavor and bitterness.

The mouthfeel could use more heft and more bubbles. As the beer warms... it doesn't improve much. There's definitely room for improvement here.

Monkey Face Porter does not deserve electrocution by car battery, nor is it shockingly good. It's a close second to 20 Inch Brown as CLBC's best beer. With more malt, it just might challenge for the top spot.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2008 13:15:03 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fudgy brown color with a modest head that leaves a fair amount of lace behind

Smell: Roasty, with chocolate and espresso undertones; a bit oaky, too

Taste: Roasty flavors, up front, joined by a tootsie roll chocolate character through mid-palate and after the swallow; a bit of hops underneath, but chocolate, coffee and slightly smokey oak flavor dominate the profile

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Far better to my tastebuds than the overall score would indicate - seems like there may have been some changes for the better at this brewery

Thanks, Docer, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 01:44:42 | More by brentk56
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2003 20:22:15 | More by NeroFiddled
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 22:32:07 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Gusler

Arizona

2.13/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2003 16:49:36 | More by Gusler
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2007 07:48:32 | More by JohnGalt1
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beertunes

Washington

3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I found this recently as I was digging through some old boxes. I think I got it from Chumba526 over a year ago, thanks Tyler. If someone else sent this one to me, Thank you!

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured pretty much solid black, none of the translucence that I look for, with just the thinnest ring of white head that had no retention and left some light lacing.

The aroma was was nicely bold, solid roast and, somewhat surprisingly, a solid chocolate presence. There was some nice providing a solid foundation. The flavors were the same, with the grain and roast being dominant and the chocolate having a background note.

The body was much thinner than I look for in the style. But, that thinness improved drinkability. This bottle went down quickly and I was left wanting another. Overall, a very nice brew that's probably worth some effort to try.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 02:04:25 | More by beertunes
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 02:20:32 | More by twiggamortis420
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RedDiamond

Oregon

4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a difference a pint makes. I originally reviewed a 12 oz. bottle of Monkey Face purchased from a reputable merchant in Portland. It was awful. It was desperately wretched. It was a bottle of pain. (See below.)

Seven months later I went to the source and drank an imperial on tap at The Lodge. My impression went from, “This some repugnant shit” to “a bold brew with abundant smoke yet also a splash of cream.” Though that ridiculous monkey on a rope should be torn from the label and boiled in a vat of banana gravy, the beer itself is not nearly as bad as my initial bottled experience would have it. In fact, it’s quite good.

Monkey Face is impenetrable brown with wide swaths of lace and a solid, toasty aroma. The finish is clean, the mouthfeel is rounded, and there are no distracting or unwanted complexities. Moreover, the flavor is sustained for the duration of an imperial pint; not many porters can say the same.

In the end, this is a damn fine beer. But it’s hell in a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2004 08:13:15 | More by RedDiamond
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2004 19:23:10 | More by Reidrover
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beerguy101

California

3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark black color, medium head. Aroma is malty and chocoloately. A full-bodied porter. Roasted malts, slightly sweet and chocolaty. Hops are slightly spicy. Full flavored. Smooth taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2003 02:27:31 | More by beerguy101
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ADR

Pennsylvania

2.6/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Source: Liquid Solutions

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2003 16:43:13 | More by ADR
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rye726

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass at cellar temp. A near black, dark brown with a silky espresso head. Nose has a good amount of chocolate along with some dark malts and nice mellow hops. Taste is well balanced. Goof beer to wash down a burger I guess. Medium body is well carbonated and drinks nicely.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 16:06:41 | More by rye726
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arizcards

Arizona

3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brought one back from our Oregon road trip from early May.

Beer poured a dark brown with a nice tan head. Nose is sweet, of chocolate malts and mocha. Taste is of those chocolate malts balanced by a light dose of hops. Mouthfeel is lighter than most porters. Beer has a nice creamy quality though. Drinkabilty is pretty good, this has a nice but not an overly complex flavor. It is worth a try if you have an opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2007 21:04:57 | More by arizcards
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ElGordo

Oregon

4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2006 07:48:53 | More by ElGordo
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jdense

Oregon

3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at EOU Faculty Lounge 10.3.11 $ 4 in slightly chilled shaker pint glass.

Dark brown almost black opaque body no visible carbonation under one finger light brown head fairly slow dissipation. Significant chocolate presence in the nose, not overpowering or assertive, grassy malts. Taste mirrors nose, chocolate up front but not very deep, watery in the middle with a bit of roast, minimal hops on back end. Mouthfeel is once again watery light, not much effervescence, fairly dry finish. Wanted to shake up my palate after go-to in La Grande beer (not made in Baker City :-) ), I won't be having this again anytime soon. Wish I'd have waited to get home and have that bottle of Velvet Merlin I've stashed to toast Matt B. IMO not even the best Porter in Bend. Sorry, just sayin'...

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2011 03:27:30 | More by jdense
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Docer

Washington

3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 04:13:02 | More by Docer
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beagle75

Iowa

3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz. bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A: Clear, dark ruby color with two fingers of beige foam head that diminish to a persistent, continuous residue. Slight lacing remains on the glass.

S: Weak roasted malt, some milk chocolate, slightly herbal.

T: Abundant dark roasted malt begins the tasting much more pronounced than was expected, based on the smell. Additional roasted flavors of bittersweet chocolate expand on the palate through the middle of the taste. The finish is of mellow hop bitterness, with earthiness lingering.

M: Thin, watery viscosity with moderate carbonation.

D: Especially easy-drinking for a dark ale--I had mine at cellar temperature so it likely becomes even more refreshing as it chills further. Apparently this beer is marketed as a beer to accompany outdoor activities, and it has the attributes to do so while still appearing dark and mysterious. Improved mouthfeel is needed if this beer is to stand up next to the notable offerings of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 20:51:06 | More by beagle75
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Scotchboy

Idaho

3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes.

Monkey Face Porter poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Weak pour on my part produces very little tan head...I won't hold it against this beer as it pours an otherwise attractive, thin black color with ruby highlights.

S: Surprised, a pleasant robust smell; roasted malt and plenty of coffee notes. Some hints of caramel and licorice sweetness behind that. Smoke too? Maybe.

T: A bit thin, nice coffee flavors upfront with roast bitterness, hints of a dark fruit sweetness...flavors wash away quickly but there is a good coffee/hop bitterness on the finish with decent dryness.

MF: Pretty light-to-medium, medium carbonation levels and the aforementioned dryness.

O: An easy drinker and a pleasant surprise. In my opinion this is nearly as good a porter as Anchor's offering, which is probably akin to blasphemy on this site.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 22:01:24 | More by Scotchboy
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beernut7

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a syrupy deep brown with a fluffy head. The mellow aroma is of chocolate and roasted malt. The body is smooth and properly heavy and supports a deeply roasted malt flavor. A bit of fruitiness flows through the roast and compliments the tones of chocolate. The bitterness is mild and does not interrupt a creamy finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2004 15:26:21 | More by beernut7
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Hoptometrist

Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a nonic glass.

A- Poured a dark brown with reddish hues, off-white creamy head that stuck around, and left glass coating lace.

S- Big roasted coffee and malt notes, some cocoa.

T- Big roasted coffee and malt, lots of cocoa, nutty, bready, brown sugar, and some cola notes.

M- Incredibly creamy, smooth, soft carbonation, dry, and medium bodied. Perfect mouthfeel for a porter and a little creamier than I expect for the style.

O- This is a great porter with complexity, balance, and a great mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2014 02:59:33 | More by Hoptometrist
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SurlyDuff

Oregon

3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2008 02:12:52 | More by SurlyDuff
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Magpie14

Michigan

3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2009 21:15:43 | More by Magpie14
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czechsaaz

Washington

2.83/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Lots of dark roast malt aroma, chocolate malt and maybe some black malt. Has a slightly burnt aroma that is typical of high dark-malt beers. Some fruity yeast esters but for the most part clean with the roast, some light grassy hop aroma.

Dark with red highlight when held up to the light with a small head that fades quickly and leaves no lace.

Flavor is mostly choclate malt. There's a bitter astringency to it because of the high level of roast malts. Hop bitterness is pretty high too. As a result, very little sweet malt flavor is apparent. It comes across as bitter, almost sour.

Body is fairly light but has a nice carbonation play.

Sorry, but not really a stellar effort. Needs a little more base malt to give it some character and body IMO.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2007 20:25:08 | More by czechsaaz
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velosuds

Oregon

3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 03:34:02 | More by velosuds
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Monkey Face Porter from Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.