Stock Porter - Telegraph Brewing Company
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Reviews by Callenak:
4.68/5 rDev +34.9%
Sampled this at the Avila Beer Festival this past weekend.
This was unfortunately the last beer I sampled at the festival, but undoubtedly one of the best. This is my first time trying the new SB Telegraph brewery. Just an amazing porter. Perfect dark, robust coloring. Good head retention with slight carbonation.
The guys working the booth told me they age it in Zinfandel barrels, which to my knowledge, is the first time I've tried a beer aged in Zin barrels. It works GREAT with a porter. Subtle oakiness to it, with just a hint of a wine presence. Meshes well with the natural chocolate flavoring of the beer.
Can't wait to try more beers from Telegraph in the future. If this is a sign of what's to come, this will be a healthy addition to the California craft beer scene.
05-30-2006 16:25:08 | More by Callenak
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev +15.3%
Pours dark brown, nearly black, with a short tan head. Robust aroma with anise, mint, oak barrel, and roasted malt. Vinuous taste blended with earthy malt and tart, bretty sourness. Sill had a lingering licorice tone as well. Fair amount of cocoa and coffee. I like the fuinkiness of these Telegraph beers.
12-16-2008 18:59:06 | More by magictrokini
3.63/5 rDev +4.6%
Recent bottle from Lakeview Liquors, Chicago. Solid serviceable porter. Exploding cork, very carbonated as told by overflowing glasses. Black with lots of creamy bubbly white head. Medium roast aroma, mild coffee taste. Good drinkability that went with fish, cheese. Smooth mouthfeel.
05-29-2012 05:08:13 | More by Sammy
3.58/5 rDev +3.2%
Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass. Bottled on 3/09/09, making this 5 months old to the day.
Liquid is dark brown with chocolate highlights. A four-finger tan head dissipates to a slender plate of foam. Legs are just visible, retention is decent, though the lacing is very minimal.
Aroma is an unusual hit of esters, reminiscent of plantain, rice wine, with a hint of smoked BBQ pork. Sweet, sour, and very slightly toasty. A bit of DMS - more appropriate to a dark lager than a porter in my opinion.
Entry on the palate is tart and slightly bitter. Hops and yeast lend a sharp note which in turn is balanced by a woody sweetness from the roasted malt and Oak aged portion of the beer. Telegraph did a pretty good job balancing the beers that they blended to create this offering, but the flavors don't quite gel, so they are never more than the sum of their parts (see, for example/contrast, The Bruery's "Melange #3" for a brilliant lesson in successful blending). Malt and roast flavors are somewhat subdued and the coffee/chocolate flavors you might normally associate with a robust porter are mostly relegated to the finish. These flavors become more prominent as the ale begins to warm - worth waiting half an hour after taking out of the fridge before pouring...
Medium-light bodied, average carbonation, mild astringency, and slightly tannic (probably from the Oak?). ABV is just right.
Not as assertive and characterful (e.g. Deschuttes Black Butte) or complex and evolving (e.g. London Meantime) as the better examples of the style - but still a unique, rustic, and mostly pleasant drinking experience.
08-09-2009 19:51:07 | More by augustgarage
3.7/5 rDev +6.6%
pours a dark cola with a massive cocoa head
lots of roasted malt with a subtle dry red wine scent. light sweetness with a moderate dark chocolate and cocoa smell. lots of sweet dark fruit.
very vivid with a strong red wine character up front. lots of dryness and oak slightly over power the sweet roasted malt. a dry bitterness flows throughout and in the finish.
very dry with a moderate carbonation. light sweetness on the gums.
decent overall with great wine flavor. my only real beef is that a 750ml bottle is a lot as this is pretty flavorful. kills the drinkibility a bit.
10-15-2010 22:36:57 | More by hooliganlife
3.6/5 rDev +3.7%
On tap at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena, CA
Served in a Piraat glass. Pours a dark brown with a light tan huge rocky head. Pretty good lacing left as well. The smell at first started a little roasty along with a mild earthy Belgian yeast type smell. The taste was slightly sweet, but more along the lines of earthy, almost like a soil/dirt type taste but not in a bad way. It may have been the spiciness combining with an earthiness. Without knowing anything about the beer, it really had similar properties to some belgian strong dark ale's, though less volatile obviously. Not a bad porter but much different than a standard roasty-chocolaty american porter.
11-15-2007 01:25:51 | More by MiScusi
2.73/5 rDev -21.3%
Appearance- Clear brown/maroon colored beer with a tall tan colored head. Ruby highlights when held up to the light. the head settles down quite quickly, leaving no lacing.
Smell- Quite bready for a Porter. Also hints of chocolate and a mild fruitiness. Also slightly acrid and ash-ee.
Taste- Unusually bready with some strong patent malt flavors. Finishes with a nice aftertaste. Hints of chocolate and coffee. Not much of a Porter, but tasty if you ignore the style guidelines.
Mouthfeel- Medium body, good carbonations.
Drinkability- As I said earlier, this beer is not to style, but it is still rather tasty.
04-08-2009 03:54:12 | More by theopholis
4/5 rDev +15.3%
Much thanks goes out to the kind BA who sent me three great bottles of beer from Telegraph. This one was the last of the three I had to try, and busted it out last night for the mini tasting. Served at cellar temp and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/15/2009.
The pour was pretty good. Decent dark brown color with some light red hints on the sides and bottom. Nice head two to three inches in height rose up and capped off the top rather well.
The aroma was lots of roasted malts, hints of dark fruits, plums, and rasins mostly and a nice amount of grain,. Very intresting profile here as the initial rush of roasted malt flavor and touch of cocoa is replaced by a large fruit presence and light tart bite in the finish. Nice carbonation and smooth over feel led to this one being very drinkable and a sure winner,.
Overall a very solid beer here with a grat profile. Very different then what I was expecting and something i would like to try again.
01-17-2009 16:52:43 | More by mikesgroove
4.38/5 rDev +26.2%
On tap at Muddy Waters in Santa Barbara.
A: Nicy ruby brown, quarter inch white head.
S: Definitely reminds me of some of the spiced Belgian beers. Yeastiness, spiciness.
T: Different take on a porter. It's got the porter as a base, but is far from a standard porter. Some red wine characteristics - maybe some sherry. Some chocolate. Maybe a bit of orange. A bit of coffee too. Delicious, and different.
M: Very smooth and rich - nicely coats your mouth without being heavy.
D: Easy to drink, and the lower alcohol combined with lots of flavor should make for a fun session beer.
This is a very interesting take on a porter. It turned out very well. It's like a cross between a porter and a Belgian dark winter ale. I vote yes.
01-30-2007 03:04:03 | More by rallison
3.08/5 rDev -11.2%
A - light brown - almost like a robust porter. Although the cork did pop, it didn't fly as high as for others. A milt head coating. Not overcarbonated.
S - Bad. I love sours, but this beer smells sour. There's a hint of slight roast in the background, but I get sour more than anything else.
T - Sour. I don't know if this bottle went bad or what, but this doesn't taste like a porter. It's almost like the Shorts PB&J stout, but that's supposed to be part sour. I would like it if it wasn't supposed to be a porter.
M - Fairly average. Decent body. A little light.
O - A below-average porter. Disappointed.
02-04-2012 22:37:14 | More by spunk509
3.38/5 rDev -2.6%
Not a bad beer, just as watching reruns of friends isnt too bad, but not something you'd do more than once.
Pours a black with brown highlights and thin lacing white head.
Doesnt smell like much.
Doesnt taste like much. Some sour tastes, some roast, some chocolate, but not enough of any to make a difference.
01-07-2011 05:54:07 | More by Murchmac
3.85/5 rDev +11%
This beer has recently been released in 750 ML corked and capped bottles.
750 ML bottle, bottled June 08, 2008.
Clear brown colored beer with a tall tan colored head. Ruby highlights when held up to the light, this is quite clear too.
Smell is chocolate and a mild fruitiness. Light patent malt scent and it is slightly metallic or acrid in scent. Scent is not this beers strong point.
This beer starts out neutral with a strong patent malt flavor and a smoky aftertaste. Lots of chocolate flavor and lesser coffee flavor.
Mouthfeel is quite good very creamy.
OK drinkability, creamy texture and chocolate flavor are what makes this beer. Still there is a faint metallic taste to this that I suspect is from a touch too much patent malt.
07-29-2008 04:42:32 | More by Zorro
4.1/5 rDev +18.2%
Santa Barbara's relatively new Telegraph Brewery has just come out with its second beer, the Stock Porter. It's very dark and stout-esque to the eye and even to the taste. The solid head is a deep tan. Slight roasty smokiness is the main flavor I noticed, but there was also slight fruity hints in there as well. Very smooth in the mouth and, for me, dangerously drinkable. I could spend all night with this one. Good job Telegraph!
05-20-2006 03:18:39 | More by JayTheFinn
4.33/5 rDev +24.8%
Thanks to Solomon420 for this one.
This beer poured black with a smokey brown sliver around the edges. The head was a light tan film that spread to a collar leaving a few spots of lace.
Smells of rich smokey coffee, toasted marshmallow and distinct hints of caramel followed by some strawberry and red wine.
Tastes of pronounced smokey malts but not too far into the realm of charcoal. This isn't like coffee, but just a solid smoke with little hints of campfire and roasted oak. This also brings out a bit of maple syrup.
Feels light and frothy, but clean and dry.
A nice and easy sipper and a good experience with smoke.
04-24-2008 01:35:13 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Stock Porter from Telegraph Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.