Stock Porter - Telegraph Brewing Company
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3/5 rDev -13.5%
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.
03-16-2009 18:42:52 | More by illidurit
2.63/5 rDev -24.2%
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.
03-12-2009 03:19:55 | More by WillClark
4/5 rDev +15.3%
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.
01-17-2009 16:52:43 | More by mikesgroove
4/5 rDev +15.3%
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.
12-16-2008 18:59:06 | More by magictrokini
3.5/5 rDev +0.9%
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.
12-04-2008 01:55:39 | More by beerceller99
3.45/5 rDev -0.6%
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.
10-28-2008 00:49:45 | More by ChainGangGuy
2.93/5 rDev -15.6%
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.
10-12-2008 02:21:28 | More by ATLbeerDog
4/5 rDev +15.3%
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!
09-03-2008 04:54:41 | More by barleywinefiend
3.85/5 rDev +11%
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.
07-29-2008 04:42:32 | More by Zorro
3.58/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
06-02-2008 07:57:07 | More by bulletrain76
4.33/5 rDev +24.8%
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.
04-24-2008 01:35:13 | More by DarkerTheBetter
3.43/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
03-06-2008 04:44:40 | More by charlzm
4.2/5 rDev +21%
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.
01-02-2008 00:59:32 | More by Halcyondays
3.6/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
11-15-2007 01:25:51 | More by MiScusi
4.38/5 rDev +26.2%
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.
01-30-2007 03:04:03 | More by rallison
4.45/5 rDev +28.2%
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.
11-27-2006 08:05:40 | More by goschool
3.65/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
10-10-2006 02:59:50 | More by dblinkhorn
4.68/5 rDev +34.9%
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.
05-30-2006 16:25:08 | More by Callenak
4.2/5 rDev +21%
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!".
05-24-2006 03:10:48 | More by SBPCGuru
4.1/5 rDev +18.2%
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!
05-20-2006 03:18:39 | More by JayTheFinn
Stock Porter from Telegraph Brewing Company
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