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Stock Porter - Telegraph Brewing Company

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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 16.23%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 101 | Reviews: 56
Photo of BevMoAndrew
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of seanbhudson
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque dark brown color with huge tan head that has good retention. Little to no lacing.
Light to moderate aroma of chocolate and caramel. Light roasted malts. There is also a light sour dark fruit (plum) almost vinegary.
Chocolate and caramel. Very little roasted malt flavor. Hints of oak. There is also a bit of harsh astringency.
A medium bodied beer that has a bit of a thin feel for a porter. Lively carbonation.
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.

Photo of augustgarage
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of tyanow
2.01/5  rDev -41.7%
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.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of theopholis
2.71/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Clear brown/maroon colored beer with a tall tan colored head. Ruby highlights when held up to the light. the head settles down quite quickly, leaving no lacing.

Smell- Quite bready for a Porter. Also hints of chocolate and a mild fruitiness. Also slightly acrid and ash-ee.

Taste- Unusually bready with some strong patent malt flavors. Finishes with a nice aftertaste. Hints of chocolate and coffee. Not much of a Porter, but tasty if you ignore the style guidelines.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, good carbonations.

Drinkability- As I said earlier, this beer is not to style, but it is still rather tasty.

Photo of illidurit
3/5  rDev -13%
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.

Photo of WillClark
2.63/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Fault me for being a traditionalist, but the bottle I had has nothing to do with Porter, and call me an ass, but I know my share of Porter. Poured out of the 750ml bottle into two pint glasses (Montell, represent) with a nice color and decent head with retention, but the smell....oh god, the smell. I got all sour yeast, but Montell over here gets a hit of chocolate on his "light" sniff. But I get no roast, and that already turns me off. Taste is yeast. All I get from 'er is yeast...no malt to backbone anything, just effervescence and yeast. Light mouthfeel with tartness. Finishes clean, but no porter bitter/dryness.

This tastes like it was brewed with the wild organisms of Isla Vista. Keep it in your pants, kids. This one ain't worth getting hard over.

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Photo of magictrokini
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Photo of beerceller99
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a clear, deep garnet and red color with a egg white head.. Rich, roasty malty aroma with some dry wood. Medium bodied. Nice flavors of roasted blackened malts with light chocolate. Served in a twenty five point four fluid ounce corked bottle.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.45/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.92/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From a 750ml bottle - Pours a deep brownish red. Below average carbonation, and lacing. Smells of deep roasted malts, some chocolate and coffee. First sip is surprisingly light bodied with coffee and chocolate dominating. There are some other notes from the barrel aging process that IMO does not work On a whole not very good.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +15.9%
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!

Photo of Zorro
3.81/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of bulletrain76
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Draught at the brewery. Pours a dark brown with a beige head. The aroma is pretty dry and acidic with lots of coffee. the house yeast is apparent in the dry tartness of the flavor. Lots of coffee and lemon. super clean and really drinkable. A little too light and acidic for me as a porter, but still quite nice and interesting, as are all of the telegraph beers.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.3/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of charlzm
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.16/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

Photo of MiScusi
3.61/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena, CA

Served in a Piraat glass. Pours a dark brown with a light tan huge rocky head. Pretty good lacing left as well. The smell at first started a little roasty along with a mild earthy Belgian yeast type smell. The taste was slightly sweet, but more along the lines of earthy, almost like a soil/dirt type taste but not in a bad way. It may have been the spiciness combining with an earthiness. Without knowing anything about the beer, it really had similar properties to some belgian strong dark ale's, though less volatile obviously. Not a bad porter but much different than a standard roasty-chocolaty american porter.

Photo of rallison
4.35/5  rDev +26.1%
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.


Photo of goschool
4.45/5  rDev +29%
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.

Photo of dblinkhorn
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of Callenak
4.65/5  rDev +34.8%
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.

Photo of SBPCGuru
4.22/5  rDev +22.3%
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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Stock Porter from Telegraph Brewing Company
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