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Stock Porter - Telegraph Brewing Company

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Reviews: 56
Hads: 105
Avg: 3.5
pDev: 16.29%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | 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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Photo of rallison
4.35/5  rDev +24.3%
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.


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Photo of goschool
4.45/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of dblinkhorn
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of Callenak
4.65/5  rDev +32.9%
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.

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Photo of SBPCGuru
4.22/5  rDev +20.6%
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!".

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Photo of JayTheFinn
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
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!

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Stock Porter from Telegraph Brewing Company
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