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Stock Porter - Telegraph Brewing Company

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96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 16.43%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: JayTheFinn on 05-20-2006)
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

Axic10, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of micromaniac129
3.3/5  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.

micromaniac129, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of musicman575
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cork exploded out of the bottle. This beer has the most aggressive foam (I'm gettin' impatient) I've ever seen - it grows like snake fireworks. Beer is a dark and thick hazy orangeish brown. Smells like a usual porter with a metallic smell and taste that subsides with the head. Once you get past that there's a hint of pear and bing cherry. Doesn't have as much of a bite as some porters. Coffee, burnt sugar, and leather, flavors are prevalent, but subdued. Something like grass and rubber in the aftertaste. I don't know if it's just because I live in California, but I think more hops would go nicely.

musicman575, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of weazal
4.13/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

weazal, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of jlindros
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

jlindros, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of WillCarrera
1.88/5  rDev -45.8%
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

WillCarrera, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of mithrascruor
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a tulip glass (already had it out).

Appearance: Pours a nice black color. Slightly reddish at the edges in the light. Decent light tan head with some lacing, though it becomes a film quickly.

Smell: Mild aroma with some malts and a bit of grain (oats?).

Taste: Quite sweet - not sickeningly so, but definitely lots of sugars present, particularly at the finish. Otherwise, it is sort of a watery malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied with mild carbonation. Generally smooth.

Drinkability: Low-ish ABV, but too sweet, and the taste is a bit watery, making it a bit tired for drinking after a while.

I wanted to like this, but it is just so-so. My faults on the taste aren't particularly "bad" ones, but they make it somewhat unappealing. I'd like a bit more body and a bit less sweet.

mithrascruor, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of DaveHS
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

DaveHS, May 08, 2011
Photo of felipe2toes
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with thin tan froth for a head. Head recedes quickly to some crust, but not much lacing.

Smells of chocolate and coffee and brown sugar.

Tastes of chocolate and roasted malts, with some faint sour fruit notes. But not much complexity.

Very thin mouthfeel, but some decent carbonation

felipe2toes, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of cpetrone84
2.1/5  rDev -39.5%
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.

cpetrone84, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of brentk56
2.8/5  rDev -19.3%
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

brentk56, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of 1759Girl
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Surprising for its style. At first, I wasn't thrilled but as it warmed and the aroma opened, I warmed to it also.

Appearance- Had I not been on a root beer float kick as of late, I could not say with this much certainty, but I can definitely say this looks JUST look root beer. Same exact coloring. Same exact frothy light brown head and lacing. REALLY wish I had a scoop of icecream!

Smell-Burnt malt, and whisky barrels. Slight caramel.

Taste- A little sour. Originally too sour for my liking, especially because it lacked complexity. Let this warm up and you'll get a wider palette of whisky, sour, burnt malt, and yeast.

Mouf- Think and overly carbonated. My only real complaint with the beer.

Drink- easier after a few minutes of letting it warm up. Pretty average drinkability.

1759Girl, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
2.93/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle with Batch Number 49 on the bottle. Pours a nice, deep, dark brown with a giant light tan head. The lace retention is very nice. The smell is of pale malts and dirt with a hint of grape and chocolate. The taste is a bit acidic. Banana up front, earth (mineral-style). The mouth is super thin and highly carbonated. It wasn't a drain-pour, just not...good. Sad to say that I'm not a fan.

OBeerMeGreatOne, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of Murchmac
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Murchmac, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Georgiabeer, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of hooliganlife
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

hooliganlife, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

emmasdad, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of popery
4.33/5  rDev +24.8%
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.

popery, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of dwilson01
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
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!

dwilson01, May 30, 2010
Photo of BretSikkink
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

BretSikkink, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of BevMoAndrew
3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

BevMoAndrew, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of seanbhudson
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE:
Pours an opaque dark brown color with huge tan head that has good retention. Little to no lacing.
AROMA:
Light to moderate aroma of chocolate and caramel. Light roasted malts. There is also a light sour dark fruit (plum) almost vinegary.
FLAVOR:
Chocolate and caramel. Very little roasted malt flavor. Hints of oak. There is also a bit of harsh astringency.
MOUTHFEEL:
A medium bodied beer that has a bit of a thin feel for a porter. Lively carbonation.
DRINKABILITY:
A relatively easy drinking porter except for the slight acrid taste.
NOTES: BBCSD-0908-Danielle
I like the fact that this porter wasn't over-roasted but the sour /acidic taste is not what I want or expect in a porter. I prefer more chewy malts.

seanbhudson, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of augustgarage
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

augustgarage, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of tyanow
2/5  rDev -42.4%
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.

tyanow, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of DoubleJ
3.3/5  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.

DoubleJ, May 09, 2009
Stock Porter from Telegraph Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.