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Stock Porter - Telegraph Brewing Company

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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 15.94%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Telegraph Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JayTheFinn on 05-20-2006

Staying true to original porter brewing techniques, Telegraph Stock Porter is dark and complex, yet eminently drinkable, revealing a tantalizing combination of coffee, vanilla, and chocolate aromas married to a fruity, refreshing acidity. The name "Stock Porter" was the moniker 19th century pub keepers gave to the more expensive Porter that had been aged in their beer cellars, as opposed to "Mild Porter", which was a less complex, less expensive, and less characterful brew.
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Ratings: 104 | Reviews: 56
Reviews by dwilson01:
Photo of dwilson01
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from my Telegraph Brew co growler into my arrogant bastard pint glass, very dark, looks like molasses with the dark ember red tinge around the edges when held up to the light. the mocha colored head is rich and creamy looking.

Smells of a toasty sweet malt, some yeasty sourness, and definitely a tiny bit of fruit as well from the hops (interesting for a porter).

Definitely pick up the toasted malt in the flavor, it's a very light roast combined with what I would guess to be some caramel malt. I get a sweeter molasses, hints of bready biscuit, and lighter fruitier flavors, dates and grapes (raisins I guess) come to mind. A tiny bit sour but not at all detracting from the flavor, it's how Telegraph does their brew.

Feels great in the mouth, very smooth, doesn't leave my mouth dry at all. This porter is actually refreshing to drink which a standout characteristic of this beer as a member of that style.

Very drinkable, I like it a lot and you can drink quite a bit of it as well!

More User Reviews:
Photo of magictrokini
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of augustgarage
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.69/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of MiScusi
3.61/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of theopholis
2.71/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of rallison
4.35/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Recommended.

Photo of spunk509
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Murchmac
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Zorro
3.81/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of JayTheFinn
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.3/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of DaveHS
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours deep ruby/mahogany with nearly 2 inches of rocky mocha colored head. Reduces slowly, leaving moderate sticky lacing.

S-Chocolate malt, toffee, not much else.

T/M-Smooth and roasty. Very simple. The mouthfeel is pleasantly creamy and mouth coating. Flavor profile is one dimensional. A bit roasty with some chocolate malt. That's about it.

O-I expected more given the price. It was alright.

Photo of beerceller99
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a clear, deep garnet and red color with a egg white head.. Rich, roasty malty aroma with some dry wood. Medium bodied. Nice flavors of roasted blackened malts with light chocolate. Served in a twenty five point four fluid ounce corked bottle.

Photo of jlindros
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge fluffy head keeps rising, over carbonated as well, touch clear with a rosy dark brown color.

Nose has light roast, charred malts, little burnt coffee, slight sour infection just started to come in the background, touch of caramel, creamy porter aromas.

Taste has light roast, caramel, touch of coffee, vanilla, some lighter bitterness, touch of spicy hops, hint of sour infection in the background as well, bit of chocolate, super dry finish with light bitterness as well.

Mouth is med bodied, too much carbonation (probably result of the onset of infection).

Overall not bad, light roasty easy drinking porter, would be even better without the slight infection onset.

Photo of charlzm
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Lucky Devil, Hollywood, 1/13/08.

Cola-like dark brown appearance. Cola analogy furthered by bubbles clinging to inside of glass. Small head became a ring of foam in only a minute or two. Roasted, nutty aroma. Thin mouthfeel, low carbonation. Nut flavor apparent, as are subtle roasted chocolate/coffee notes. Clean finish with only the smallest amount of bitterness.

Not bad.

Photo of WillCarrera
1.92/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Pours a dark, oaky brown color. The first thing I'm noticing is that the carbonation is way off, even a verrry careful pour produces a massive, out-of-control, thin looking tan head.

S- Picking up roasted coffee and some bready malts, but also a sort of sweet/sour odor, might be infected.

T- Lots of coffee and malt, but here is where things really go wrong, there's an overpowering sour fruit flavor, combined with the coffee it produces a pretty unpleasant bitter/sour coffee ground flavor.

M- Medium to light bodied, over-carbonated, thin watery feel.

O- The sour flavors pretty much wreck an already problematic beer, I'm not sure if the bottle was infected (which is what I would bet on) or just a bad idea, but I've noticed that this seems to be a consistent problem with this brewery. I actually can't believe they bottled this and then charged money for it. Avoid this one.

From Batch No. 64 in case anyone is wondering

Photo of BevMoAndrew
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Note: The profile doesn't acknowledge that this beer was aged in Zinfandel barrels.

Served into a Bruery tulip glass at about 40 degrees.

Shows a solids black in the glass with a slight ruby tint when put to the light and a light tan froth that dissipates quickly. The nose is pretty, but totally not what I expected... sweet red/black fruit jam (Raspberries, Blueberries, & Black Cherries), Black Pepper, Oak, slight Vanilla, Espresso, Dark Chocolate, Maple Syrup, & Cloves. The flavors are dominated by Smoke, Burnt Coffee, Chocolate, hints of Cherry pie filling, & subtle Vanilla. I'm actually really happy that the aromas and flavors are opposite from one another, but share some common elements. In other words, what was pronounced on the nose was subtle on the palate and visa versa. The mouthfeel of this beer is a little bit leaner than I would have liked and the finish is shorter than it should be, but it's a 5.8% abv beer. Overall, the beer is very good, but nothing that is worth traveling great distances to find. However, the nose reflects the characteristics of the Zinfandel grape perfectly and is my favorite part of the beer. If I had a roast beef sandwich, I'd probably like the beer a little bit better....it's help contrast it's burnt flavor. If you're a fan of porters and see it on the shelf, I'd recommend picking it up.

Photo of tyanow
2.01/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I had high hopes for this stuff. I usually like Telegraph products and typically like porters better than any other style.

This smelled, tasted and had the mouthfeel of soggy cereal. It looked decent coming out of the bottle but had a very bland and soggy taste.

Maybe it was a bad bottle but I tried it with 3 friends and we all agreed in was yesterdays cereal still sitting in milk - but not rancid.

Photo of mactrail
3.16/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Usual dark brew but with a big foam up, though not excessive. Quite a lot of carbonation in the mouth. Dark caramel with a little bitter hops. Not much aroma but a pleasant nose of roasted barley. Malty in a light-bodied way. I don't get any sour taste, but it does seem lightly oxidized with a wet cardboard finish. A little burnt raisin toast. Ovaltine, that's what it tastes like.

Quite drinkable if you like this mild, murky sort of porter. Label says Batch 80. 22 oz bottle from Mega Liquors in Hemet, Calif.

Photo of emmasdad
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I remember passing on this one on an earlier trip to San Diego, but after reading a little bit, I decided that I needed to try this one. Pours a dark brown, with a big tan head. Some light funk on the nose, along with chocolate and lightly roasted malt. On the palate, milk chocolate, horse blanet and coffee. This one might need some more time.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

When I released the cork stopper it hit the ceiling.
While I poured this deep brown beer into my glass it was producing evermore tan dense foamy head. Very turbulent carbonation. Nicely clear and with great amounts of lacing.
Aroma has a good roasted malt smell perhaps some toffee to boot.Taste is malty of course some roasted malts toffee malts. There is a sutle coffee grounds and ash taste.
A thinner mouth feel for a porter. The excessive carbonation explodes on the palette perhaps giving the beer a lighter or thinner feel.
Not that bad really excess carbonation and foam cap but other then that not half bad.

Photo of beerpadawan
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A Baltic 7-up?

The cork seemed too eager to depart its nesting place; a gentle nudge and it was sprinting on to its destiny in a much larger vessel.

The head is off-white whilst 6 inches tall; it settles into the more expected light tan-caramel color. The inky beer smells of sweet malt, with some roasty notes.

Held in mouth, it prickles with exuberance.

The flavor at mid-quaff is just a touch watery, but the beer finishes well with some of the "delicate fruit notes" and chocolate/coffee promised on the label.

I cannot find a statement of the ABV on the label, but Telegraph's Web site says it is 5.7, not 7.5 as indicated on this entry. It has a pretty light body overall and there is no alcohol warmth that I can detect, so I'm leaning toward 5.7.

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Stock Porter from Telegraph Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.