Stock Porter - Telegraph Brewing Company
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3.65/5 rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Had on tap in an oversized wine glass @ Spike's Pub in San Luis Obispo, CA.
Appearance - Served to me with a half-finger tannish head that was soapy in consistency. This very quickly died out to almost nothing on top of the beer at all save some very slight lace here and there. Moderate lacing, however, was left on the glass as I drank it. The beer is black opaque in the glass, and a deep brownish red if held up to a strong light source.
Smell - This is a porter? Smells just like a Belgian dark ale. Lots of clove spiciness up front, with obvious scents of the usual dark ripe fruits. Some rich buscuity malt, that lacked all but a slight toasted character. The hops were somewhat similar to a stout in smell, and also shared some of the Belgian character: fruity/herbal undertones.
Taste - Peppery clove spiciness up front, with hints of dark fruits again. Slightly oily and very wet hoppy character, but again reminds me mainly of a dark Belgian ale. The malt character did start to have a moderate toasted character as the beer warmed, but almost none when it was first served to me. An interesting take on the style. The finish starts to get pretty bland, as the spiciness and dark fruits fall away to reveal a mild and somewhat plain malt character (again only very slight notes of toasted malt). Very little alcohol warmnth.
Mouthfeel - Good carbonation, not unpleasant bite. Medium-bodied and has decent smoothness.
Drinkability - This actually wasn't a bad beer as far as drinkability considering its body and darkness. I could easily have had a few of them.
An interesting take on the style, although the bartender did tell me that it was brewed with Belgian yeast. I tend to believe this since almost everything about the beer reminded me of a typical Belgian dark ale. I recommend a try, if you come across this beer.
Serving type: on-tap
10-10-2006 02:59:50 | More by dblinkhorn
4.68/5 rDev +34.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
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.
Serving type: on-tap
05-30-2006 16:25:08 | More by Callenak
4.2/5 rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
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!".
Serving type: growler
05-24-2006 03:10:48 | More by SBPCGuru
4.1/5 rDev +18.2%
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!
Serving type: growler
05-20-2006 03:18:39 | More by JayTheFinn
Stock Porter from Telegraph Brewing Company
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