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Stock Porter - Telegraph Brewing Company

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Stock PorterStock Porter

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56 Reviews
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Reviews: 56
Hads: 105
Avg: 3.5
pDev: 16.29%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | 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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Reviews: 56 | Hads: 105
Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a clear dark orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and slight char aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, char, and peanut butter flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with interesting cocoa and peanut butter qualities in the taste.

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Photo of brentk56
2.8/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Way too much head lays on top of the coffee colored liquid; on the flip side, though, the retention and lacing were good

Smell: Vinous, red grape aroma dominates, with just a hint of roasty malt underneath

Taste: Although there are hints of black bread and chocolate on the front, the vinous flavors take over and add a sour dimension by mid-palate; after the swallow, there are hints of coffee and oak underneath but they are subsumed by the sour flavors

Mouthfeel: Overcarbonated, with a medium body underneath

Drinkability: Another disappointment from Telegraph, frankly; the beer was a noble experiment but it just doesn't work out

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a thin, beige-colored head.

Smell: Blend of star anise, dark, roast malts, and an expressive winey oaken character.

Taste: Dark, roasty malts displaying mainly, for me at least, a taste of licorice. Never much malty sweetness. Hint of cola nuts. Slight earthy bitterness. Definitely a winey, fruit flavor and accompanying tartness throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad, not great. Perhaps not worth all the work they put into it, though.

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Photo of jlindros
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.16/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

When I bought this, I thought it was a rather expensive porter ($6.69). Now, I see this was aged in oak barrels, so that adds another $2-3 to the bottle :-/ 750 ml corked and caged bottle. On to the beer:

Pours dark brown...in the glass it is black with reddish hues at the bottom of the glass. Big bubbly head forms on top. I smell it, and it's an interesting aroma. It smells like ground coffee, but with a grain, cork, and fruity edge to it. Now come to moment of truth.

It doesn't taste like your average porter. It's like a porter mixed with fruity Belgain yeast. The coffee flavor is first to register on my palaate. A little dry, with a mild roasted character. In comes that fruity flavor, akin to dark ripened fruits, such as prunes and plums. I don't know if that's the barrel aging at work, but those flavors make this porter unique (though not necessarily great). The fruit flavors gain dominance in overall flavor as I drink further along here. The mouthfeel is very pleasant, not too bubbly and a good body that soaks in my mouth. The beer finishes with a chalky flavor and a zip of alcohol.

I like the flavor of dark Belgians and porters, but I'd prefer the flavors to be seperate instead of melded together. Telegraph's Stock Porter melds them together, which is interesting at first, but should be sampled in smaller doses.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.16/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On Tap at Beer Revolution. Pours black with little head. Smells of slightly soured grains and some roastiness. Tastes thin, with slightly sour graininess followed by firm but somewhat light roastiness- fine for a porter, but the sourness is offputting here. Not deep enough to be a true sour, but there is enough to distract from the more pleasant porter flavors. In the mouth it's smooth, slightly tangy. Meh, I should have ordered something else.

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Photo of Zorro
3.81/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of ccrida
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, batch no. 103. Ruddy brown, small tan head, light lace.

Smell is coffee, a touch of caramel. I kept waiting for it to open, but it never did...

Taste is also coffee heavy, less caramel and coco. Really enjoyably vibrant acidity. Waxy phenols, a little sweet ethanol character.

Mouthfeel is a touch over-carbonated. Lighter bodied.

Drinkability is good, a flavorful porter given a brightness from the acidity. Less priming would be better.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.11/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A-pours a dark brown liquid with some cloudiness to it and tons of over responsive thin tan colored head.

S-the nose is very sweet and seems a little off. there might be slight infection here. hints of roasted malt with a touch of burnt coffee. lots of malt sugars, toffee, yeast, rotten plums and a touch of vinous property.

T-still can't tell if this has an infection or lacks a real porter quality. slightly more roasted malts and vinous properties up front. some touches of sweet chocolate with, lots of fruity sweetness with plums, slightly rotten, and notes of citrus

M-medium to light body, soft on the palate and very light, a little thin in the finish with an agressive carbonation.

D-not very good, lots of issues, overly sweet and the sweetness doesn't seem right. potentially a slight infection or just a miss.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. Batch 103.

A: A finger of head, off-white, and a translucent dark brown body.

S: Musty-strange yeast. Chocolate. Hazelnut. A hint of sweet fruit.

T: Mmm, nice. Smooth, light, and lightly carbonated. Nutty-sweet, lightly roasted-bitter, and subtly sweet chocolate malt. The finish is moderately bitter, but only just.

M: Smooth and immensely drinkable.

O: If this is what porters used to taste like, then the world has lost something rather special. Very, very drinkable and definitely recommended. Tasty.

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Photo of popery
4.3/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of illidurit
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. Pours very dark brown but transparent. Creamy tan head leaves tons of nice lacework. Aroma is rather faint. Milk chocolate, sweet red fruits, sourish alcohol. Flavor is dominated by wine character. Lots of jam and marmalade notes with only a touch of cocoa powder to signify the beer as a porter. No roast, no bitterness. Alcohol manifests almost like a rum note. I'm not sure if such a small beer (5.8%) should even be considered for barrel-aging, especially with wine. There's just no way it can stand up. Mouthfeel is a little flat, like it was on nitro. Could be good, needs to be retooled. As is, this beer is kind of a mess.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of beerpadawan
3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
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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Photo of charlzm
3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nearly black color with some highlighting. Head pours a centimeter tall with some larger clear bubbles inside the tighter-knit foam. The nose has good power, with some spicing and darkly roasted malts. I noticed a lot of dark fruit initially. As it turns out, the barrels once held red wine. So that explains that.

The flavor is a really unusual mix, with the red wine coming forward moreso than the dark malts when it's still cold. The roasted notes come along with some warmth: anise, cola, astringent coffee. The body is medium, maybe slightly underwhelming for style, but the overall effect is mostly enjoyable and definitely unusual. Props to Telegraph for this effort, but I doubt I'll go after it again.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of WillCarrera
1.92/5  rDev -45.1%
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

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Stock Porter from Telegraph Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.