Stock Porter - Telegraph Brewing Company
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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
4.45/5 rDev +28.2%
On-tap at JJ Brewsky's in Camarillo, CA. Served in an awesome Telegraph stemmed glass.
Appearance: The pour is almost black with rosewood highlights around the edges. The head is frothy and lasts quite a long time.
Smell: There is a ton of roasted malts, bringing coffee and chocolate, in front of fruity, slightly spicy aromas.
Taste: This brew is super roasty, making the god of porters proud. There is plenty of city roast coffee and coca to go around. What makes this special is the fruity esters and clove that come from the zinfandel barrels that a portion of the batches are aged in.
Mouthfeel: It's medium-bodied and smooth for how roasty it is.
Drinkability: This is a great porter for what makes porters great and, at the same time, it's a unique treat for its individuality. Telegraph did a heck of a job on this one.
11-27-2006 08:05:40 | More by goschool
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
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
4.33/5 rDev +24.8%
Well, this isn't a normal porter. The flavor is dominated by fruity dark malt notes. It smells sorta like a light, sour plum wine blended with warm caramel. There's also a perfumey chocolate aroma in there. It's light on the hops and closer to English versions of the style than American. That style-defining ashiness (style-defining for me, anyway) is mostly absent, or, maybe, just really well done. The fruitiness is somehow reminiscent of ashy roasted malt, though I can't quite put my finger on it. I'm going to chalk it up to barrel-aging magic. The flavor is lightly sour with some fruit and caramel sweetness. The finish is particularly fruity with some pleasant acidity.
I'm not great at picking out specific ingredients, but this beer probably leans toward lactobacillus. The sourness is yogurty, and there's no real funk to speak of. Some oakiness come through, particularly in the drying vinegariness. Most likely, the flavor is entirely too clean to be historically accurate, but it's a nice, safe version of history and probably tastier for it.
The beer, itself, is a very dark brown that appears to have ruby highlights when held up to the light. The head is beige and aggressively foamy. Carbonation is relatively light, and the beer has a very smooth feel. It's a rich beer, full of interesting flavors and fun to drink. This might not appeal to most folks, particularly if they're looking for a standard porter, but it's good stuff and manages to deliver on its historical promises more than most beers with similar hooks.
08-23-2010 07:07:09 | More by popery
4.24/5 rDev +22.2%
A: Black with a foamy tan head.
S: Coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malt in the nose.
T: Taste is mostly coffee and dark chocolate, some roasted malt and dark fruit.
M: Medium bodied and smooth enough.
O: A great porter that's very drinkable, yet full flavored and satisfying.
01-24-2014 05:49:12 | More by BierJager89
4.2/5 rDev +21%
On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA,
A: Pours black, with a full off-white head, nice lacing and great retention.
S: Light smell of roasted malts and chocolate.
T: Dark chocolate and a hint of coffee and mocha hit right off the bat, with a twinge of sour acidity at the end. A well put together beer.
M: Light, creamy and smooth, though I thought it could be more concentrated, even though it is a light porter.
D: Very nice drinkability, this is my second pint I've had, and this works well as an everyday beer if it was more available.
01-02-2008 00:59:32 | More by Halcyondays
4.2/5 rDev +21%
Sampled out of a growler at tasting party at brewery 5/19/06. Beer is a mix of 80% fresh brewed porter and 20% porter that has been aged in oak barrels for at least 2-3 months+.
Dark like a porter and no see-thru'ness to this beer. Perfect head on this beer and tiny lacings down the side of the tasting glass. A lot more taste to this porter than most porters I have sampled. Tastes of vanilla and a slight wood character from the aging in barrels.
This beer, like the California Ale that they brew, has taste and flavor. Unlike most common beers out there that lack a flavor profile, this beer tempts me for more. I am a hard person to convince as well, since my favorite brewery is Stone. I expect earthy malty and hoppy flavors out of a beer. I love being surprised by beers like this.
Kudos Telegraph on a great beer "AGAIN!".
05-24-2006 03:10:48 | More by SBPCGuru
4.13/5 rDev +19%
SMELL: Sweet molasses and chalky dark chocolate. Distinct smokey nature...maybe slightly burnt, but not too bad. Intriguing.
TASTE: Big, filling mouthfeel with a swath of sharply tingling carbonation attacking the roof of your mouth that subsides into a tinny, sweet and sour finish. A vein of sourness runs through the the entire experience, creating a deceptively easy drinking experience and enjoyable contrast to the full mouthfeel and big carbonation.
The dark, roasty nature from the aroma carries through and dominates the tasting experience. Very similar experience to biting into a plum. Sweet, tart, succulent.
For a beer with a good amount going on, it's surprisingly drinkable.
07-24-2011 09:39:32 | More by weazal
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
4.05/5 rDev +16.7%
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!
05-30-2010 06:13:36 | More by dwilson01
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
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
4/5 rDev +15.3%
Poured from tap at the brewery this past weekend.
Poured a nice chocolate brown color with a small tannish head. Nose was light cocoa, spicy and even fruity....yes a fruity like porter. It was lighter bodied porter on taste. Not as much roasted malts as most porters today. It was very well rounded and well balanced. The slight hints of cocoa, coffee and fruits were. This porter was smooth,creamy and easy to sip even on a warm Cali day. I had 2 of them in no time. very good brew and a different porter one must try!
09-03-2008 04:54:41 | More by barleywinefiend
3.93/5 rDev +13.3%
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.
12-02-2009 02:36:59 | More by BevMoAndrew
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
3.84/5 rDev +10.7%
brought home from trip santa barbara. it was cool then took a long car ride then re fridged if that changes things.
A - dark brown can just barely see light on other side, head poured out tall but had big bubbles and fell quickly
S- tinny root beery
T- nice light chocolate flavor, malty, not incredibly flavorful but i really enjoy a nice porter thats easy drinking. the kinda porter you could have a few of without getting bogged down
M- light quickly rides off, like a stallion out past its bed time
O- enjoyable but not one of those tall bottles id pay 6 plus dollars for. i hate finding beers that are enjoyable but not particularly fancy tasting or worth spending extra bucks for
02-21-2013 02:16:26 | More by seagullbeer
Stock Porter from Telegraph Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.