FrankenPorter - Goose Island Beer Co.
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Ratings: 30 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
4/5 rDev +13.6%
I've had this a few times before, but never got around to writing a review. Part of a taster flight at Clybourn.
A - A finger of tan foam settles to a thick collar and partial cap, but minimal lacework. Dark brown body with transparent cherry highlights.
S - Some nice floral and citrus hops mingle with a caramel and milk chocolate backdrop. There's also some light roast character.
T - Less hop flavor here, but they make their presence known with some moderate bitterness in the finish. More in the way of dark chocolate, caramel, treacle, and a bit of apples and brown sugar.
M - Medium body, medium-low carbonation, sticky and chewy texture, and no obvious alcohol. Shocked this is as strong as the Barrel-aged Maibock.
D - Nice stuff that I'm always happy to order when I visit the Clybourn brewpub. I've had fresher batches with more hop punch, but the malt character is interesting enough to overcome fading hop aromas.
01-19-2012 05:34:46 | More by MasterSki
4.05/5 rDev +15.1%
Served in an imperial pint glass at the Clybourn brewpub.
Not sure what makes it franken-, but I'm game nonetheless. It pours a dark garnet-sienna topped by over a finger of golden tan foam. The nose comprises dark chocolate, roasted malts, and light molasses. The taste is just straight roast and chocolate...in a tasty way. Simple and effective. The body is a light-leaning medium, with no real carbonation to speak of and a silky feel. Overall, a very nice porter, one that doesn't try too hard but succeeds greatly anyway.
01-04-2012 23:50:05 | More by TMoney2591
District of Columbia
2.73/5 rDev -22.4%
I had this on tap at the Clybourn location.
A: This porter didn't pour very dark at all... more like a dark red, cherry juice which was visibly thin in nature, and a slight beige head that really didn't add much.
S: The smell didn't have any sort of char or roast to help dictate its style or anything. The only thing I got was maybe a hint of "Nestle's Quick."
T: The taste was sort of a lactose-esque blah, with maybe a hint of coffee, and with a fairy thin body. Despite the menu stating this was infused with raspberries, I didn't dected anything of the sort.
M: Fairly thin, with a slight milky texture, and very little carbonation (which was fine). The lacing was slight and splotchy.
O: Cool name, uncool beer. This was infinitely disappointing.
12-27-2011 12:38:12 | More by Chaney
2.65/5 rDev -24.7%
A - Black beer with a tan head that didn't leave much of anything on the sides. Very solid looking.
S - Coffee, roasted malts, bit of espresso. I think this beer is infected and starting to turn. Getting some lactic sour notes in there. Little bit of a hop profile.
T - Might have been good at one time with some coffee, chocolate, and roasted notes, but what has to be infection is leaving this with sour notes and a bit of unpleasantness.
M - Medium bodied, creamy, little bit of carbonation bite.
O - I've had this three times, and the first was pretty good. It keeps getting worse and worse though, not going to drink it again.
03-28-2011 01:26:51 | More by AgentZero
3.8/5 rDev +8%
On tap at Goose Island Clybourn; served in a snifter.
A: Deep, dark brown with an off-white head. Good lacing on this one.
S: Roasted grains, sweet malts, a bit hop fruity hops and a sour smell that you get from Foreign Exports.
T: Taste is a bit messy. All the flavours from the nose are there, but they seem to clash a lot. Alcohol is a little present, but its contained.
D: A solid porter, and a easy to drink brew, alcohol flavour is there, but not heat.
Overall: This is a decent choice, but there are too many other better offers at the brewpub. Its certainly not boring, but it needs a little refinement.
03-18-2011 18:22:31 | More by JohnnyChicago
3.75/5 rDev +6.5%
Glass arrives with a light khaki shade of foam on the surface, black with mahogany edges. Drippy arcs of lace form inside the glass. Retention is good and lasts for the duration of the glass.
Lightly woody and grassy, some hop presence in the nose, though not especially well defined or assertive.
Tangy dried citrus, candied orange peel, slowly building residual roastiness behind that, with some traces of dark chocolate. The hops seem faded a bit, but still lend a light earthy bitterness and plenty of flavor. Medium bodied, slightly lactic with trace diacetyl. Not especially flawed, though a bit disjointed. Drinkable... it's an interesting amalgamation of porter recipes, but ultimately not my favorite porter at Goose.
02-17-2011 19:53:47 | More by emerge077
3.08/5 rDev -12.5%
Tasting notes from 2-16-11
Served in a snifter.
A - Frank shows up as a solid brownish porter, holding it up to the light shows through a little bit, not too much. Decent amount, about a finger, lacing is also decent as it lingered.
S - First scent is a strong alcohol hit, which surprised me. The middle and end scents are solid malt smells, nothing specific.
M - Heavy mouthfeel, definitely bitey, definite carbonation.
T - Tastes like it smells, semi-roasted malt taste, slight alcohol burn on the end.
It's an excellently craft, but just average tasting overall. I wished this was served closer to room temperature, I have a feeling I would encounter more complexities in this beer. Would not drink again, but glad I tried it.
02-17-2011 06:32:02 | More by Gunslinger711
2.9/5 rDev -17.6%
Great nose that didn't come through in the beer at all. It says this beer is a combination of their three favorite porter recipes... I wasn't impressed. Smell didn't come through into the taste until it completely warmed up and even then it was only slightly present. I guess I was expecting a lot more from this beer. Alcohol was very well masked, shame it was masked by some uneventful beer.
01-05-2011 05:24:16 | More by Ohiovania
FrankenPorter from Goose Island Beer Co.
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