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Bear Paw Porter - Grizzly Peak Brewing Company

Bear Paw Porter
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BA SCORE
85
very good

36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.41%


Brewed by:
Grizzly Peak Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: beernut7 on 07-31-2002)
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chinchill

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub.
An outstanding porter, as validated by the two enthusiastic homebrewers with me on this excursion. Has a rich, dark roasted malt flavor with faint smoke but no burnt notes. Lasting roasty aftertaste.

Near black in the glass, it is clear and has a partially durable tan head. Smooth.

Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2013 01:12:36 | More by chinchill
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On draft at the brewpub BBQ place in A2. Probably GPs best offering. Pours dark brown to black with a small light brown head. Smells of deep coffee, slight chocolate, and some dirt. Taste is a nice balance of rich mocha and bitter hops, with an earthy coffee and hop finish to boot. Pretty robust mouthfeel but goes down unexpectedly easy. This is my go to when we eat here.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2012 12:30:39 | More by BMMillsy
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice looking black beer that was mohogany on the edges. Brown head left some nice looking lace behind.

S - Some coffee, cocoa, slight roast. Pretty standard and good stuff for the style

T - There's some good coffee and espresso on this that bring the taste about in a pretty straight forward manner at first. Nicely bitter on the end, with some surpring fruity ethers which give it a very nice touch and a note of complexity.

M - Creamy, lower carbonation, little thin, but not bad.

O - One of the better beers I had here at Grizzly Peak. Went down pretty easily, and it's enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2011 20:43:31 | More by AgentZero
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schmidtn

Michigan

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, like a porter should be. Thick malty head that stayed throughout the drink
Nice roasted smell, malts, chocolate. A sweet taste, as expected.
Full feel on the mouth, hitting all the taste buds and the beer remained until reinforcement s arrive.
Nice a drinkable. This is a solid porter. Not a standout, but a solid staple by Duncan.

Serving type: growler

03-19-2011 00:09:58 | More by schmidtn
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank at the brewpub as part of the sampler...A medium brown pour with light tan head...The aroma is nice, tons of super sweet chocolate a little bitterness but not a ton...The taste again is pretty sweet, not badly balanced. The feel is pretty light, but makes it pretty easy to drink.

One of the better Grizzly beers.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2010 15:25:24 | More by jrallen34
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BigAl723

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed this growler after some BD's Mongolian Grill on a beautiful Monday afternoon in Ann Arbor. I'm currently drinking a pint watching Seinfeld.

A: Muddy black with a creamy tan head.

S: Nutty and chocolatey. Like a bar of Hershey's Milk Chocolate.

T: Again, chocolate and decently hoppy. A little bitterness that I didn't smell comes through. Also nice and roasty and smokey.

M: Medium to low carbonation. Silky smooth.

D: Very drinkable! Smooth but still very rich.

Overall, a very good Porter that I could drink on a regular basis. I can't wait to go back to Grizzly Peak and get another fill up!

Serving type: growler

08-17-2009 23:51:58 | More by BigAl723
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sample at the brewpub: Blackish color with a medium and dense tan head that dissipates slowly. Sheets of lacing coat the glass. The aroma is equal parts malt and coffee. Medium-bodied and smooth with chocolate, coffee and malt flavoring. The finish is roasty but short with a weak showing of hops on the finish. This one started off well and ran out of gas a bit, but still above average overall.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2007 19:55:58 | More by Dogbrick
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oberon

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A standard on tap at Grizzly Peak my first time ordering on my fourth trip.Poured a dark cola color with small but well sustained off white head,aroma dont really jump out at ya but they are nice roasty with a unsweetened chocolate presence with some lingering earth.A solid porter its highly roasted with a bit of of sweetness going on like molasses/brown sugar and notes of coffee.A tad thin but not overly so just a good solid porter here.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2007 23:14:42 | More by oberon
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark body with a bit of lace. Bit of smoke, carbonation about right. Malty aroma. Quite drinkable. Usual suspects of chocolate malt and a tad coffee, neither standing out. Mouthfeel is on the full side.Serviceable porter and not to be missed if here.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2007 02:06:02 | More by Sammy
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SPLITGRIN

Kentucky

2.85/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

"Wow now that is some head" is the first thing that comes to mind when I vigorously pour this one and get half dark tan head and half jet black body. Leaves large size holes of fat lace as it fades. Very nice hoppy nose for a porter. Malt feel is also balanced in the smell. Slightly soured as it enters the mouth. It is actually thinner than what I had expected from the nose and look. Sour hoppy feel is dominent on the palate and finish. Overall the soured maltiness is the base of the mouthfeel. I cant say it is the most drinkable, could be a little more balanced.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2007 18:40:03 | More by SPLITGRIN
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CharlesDarwin

Rhode Island

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed on January 21, 2005. On tap at the brewpub. A pour of dark brown, with a creamy tan head. Aroma of light molasses. Flavor is extremely rich, melded from smoke, bacon, coffee, chocolate and toast. Lots of heavy cream, molasses and honey. Touch of toffee and brown sugar. Palate is a touch sticky, but the suprising dose of hops keep in clean. Very respectable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2006 18:43:12 | More by CharlesDarwin
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I sampled this at the Michigan Brewers Guild Summer Fest.

A: Cola-coloured with an off-white head, touch of lace.

S: British fruity esters, chocolate, nut, bread.

T: Bready, mocha, good bitterness, nut bread, slight acidity.

M: Moderate body is somewhat creamy. Carbonation is moderate.

D: Good.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2006 19:19:04 | More by Derek
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the better porters i have had in a while. Picked this up on a recent trip to Ann Arbor.

While it poured it was brown like chocolate milk but after filling the glass it was more akin to coffee. Thick brown head that dissolved completely to a thin film. Nose is malty but more like chocolate malt than burnt malts.

Flavor is quite pleasant. Plenty of toasted malts with a nice sweet chcolate malt backbone. Ever-so-slight hop presence balances this off nicely. Little bit off coffee grinds too. Medium to heavy mouthfeel gives this beer a nice presence. Kind of lingers around.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2006 19:58:30 | More by MuddyFeet
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out to a nice coffee black appearance with a short lived head. No lace. Low carbonation. Aromas of chocolate and coffee were easily detected and very rich. Flavor was malty and chocolatey, with a slight buttery smoothness on the palate. Decent mouthfeel could've been improved by better carbonation. The drinkability was again affected by the lack of carbonation, which made me think I had cold coffee in my mouth. Still a decent offering. Worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2005 18:49:06 | More by Frozensoul327
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ken3c

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is dark brown with a minimal tan head. There is a little lacing.

There is a hint of coffee and cocoa in the aroma.

It's medium sweet, a little tart, and chocolatey. The finish is roasted malt. Very balanced.

Medium body, medium carbonation, and smoothness mark this beer.

This is one easy drinking beer. It's not outrageously exciting but it's just plain good.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2004 05:01:31 | More by ken3c
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the brewpub. Very nice looking pint... deep brown colour topped by a thick, creamy, light brown head, much of which persisted through to the end. Strong roasted aroma paired with a hint of hop sharpness. The flavour was big and malty, strongly roasted and coffee-like, with a good base of hop bitterness. There was some dryness present from the grain. Overall, pretty good balance. Medium/light carbonation and full-bodied with a very smooth, rich texture. Definitely a beer I'll look for next time I'm visiting Ann Arbor.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2004 14:37:46 | More by DrJay
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putnam

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice milk chocolate-colored froth on top of the brown/black liquid. The aromas are mild (and hard to coax from the stubby, straight glass filled to the rim.) A slick palate of sour burned wood, dark roast coffee and dry, subdued fruit, the finish lingers in a way that suggests liberal infusions of roasted grains. Oaty, intense and tangy, this is a beautiful cask rendition of the Porter style typified by the likes of Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald, for example.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2004 13:42:23 | More by putnam
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beernut7

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This full-bodied porter has a roasted smoky aroma and deep brown color. Hints of bitter chocolate and roasted malt coupled with an aggressive but not inappropriate hop profile make this a really tasty beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2002 08:00:24 | More by beernut7
Bear Paw Porter from Grizzly Peak Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.