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Stock Porter - Telegraph Brewing Company

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Stock PorterStock Porter

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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 16.71%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
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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Photo of beerceller99


3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 01:55:39 | More by beerceller99
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2008 00:49:45 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of ATLbeerDog


2.93/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 02:21:28 | More by ATLbeerDog
Photo of barleywinefiend


4/5  rDev +15.3%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2008 04:54:41 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of Zorro


3.85/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 04:42:32 | More by Zorro
Photo of bulletrain76


3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2008 07:57:07 | More by bulletrain76
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


4.33/5  rDev +24.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

04-24-2008 01:35:13 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Photo of charlzm


3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2008 04:44:40 | More by charlzm
Photo of Halcyondays


4.2/5  rDev +21%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2008 00:59:32 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of MiScusi


3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2007 01:25:51 | More by MiScusi
Photo of rallison


4.38/5  rDev +26.2%
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.


Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2007 03:04:03 | More by rallison
Photo of goschool


4.45/5  rDev +28.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2006 08:05:40 | More by goschool
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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
Photo of Callenak


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
Photo of SBPCGuru


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
Photo of JayTheFinn


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
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Stock Porter from Telegraph Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.