Truck Stout - Pizza Port Solana Beach
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Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
4.2/5 rDev +8.8%
A: Tan very creamy head, head minimal due to small sample pouring, very dark brown to black, opaque beer.
S: Awesome. Loved the dark chocolate, coffee, and roastiness that wasn't too over the top. Smelled dry and clean with low floral hop character.
T: A balanced well-attenuated malt character transitions into roast and chocolate flavors. No acrid or harsh roastiness. Smooth mild coffee with dark chocolate flavors play on the palate. Hops are low and bitterness is enough to balance and round out the finish without lingering.
M: Medium light body with solid nitro carbonation. Nitro adds to the creamy mouthfeel, but I suspect there are some oats in the brew as well to accentuate a rich mouthfeel without being heavy or cloying. Dry finish that wraps up on the tongue nicely.
D: Very easy drinking pint (even just for a taster). A great example of a solid American Dry Stout. Everything is balanced well on this beer.
01-05-2011 17:34:52 | More by coastie04
3.9/5 rDev +1%
Nitro-tap at the Tap Room in Pacific Beach, CA.
Pours one shade from black with a cascading light tan head that settles into one-finger of foam. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.
Smells of muted roasted malts with hints of unsweetened chocolate. A bit stronger than most dry Irish stouts on nitro but nothing spectacular.
Tastes more robust than it smells. Smooth roasted malt flavors with hints of sweeter toasted malts kick things off. A very light nutty flavor comes in shortly thereafter before being run off by good amounts of cocoa powder. These light chocolate flavors carry through to a mildly bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with soft carbonation.
Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.
Overall this was an above average beer for the style but nothing stood out as exceptional. Worth a shot but not worth going out of your way for.
05-19-2010 04:11:58 | More by glid02
4.03/5 rDev +4.4%
On tap at the brewery, on nitro. Aroma is like roasted coffee, maybe a hint of chocolate in there. Deep brown, almost black with a thick tan head, dense from the nitro. More coffee, dark chocolate flavors. Not overly roasty. Creamy with a light to medium body. On e of the best American made dry stouts I've had. Similar to Guinness but a little more assertive all around. Very drinkable.
11-27-2008 09:19:28 | More by Brewsmith
4/5 rDev +3.6%
Served on tap as 'Truck Stop Stout' from Port Brewing with a 4.4% ABV. Pours a very deep brown/black with a rich half inch tan head. Retention and lacing are strong yet not sticky.
Smell is typical of the style, nothing unique, primarily lightly roasted malts and coffee. Taste is smooth and rich with a bit of chocolate/cocoa on the finish. Slightly sweeter than I expected. Feel is very smooth with no hint of bitterness. And the drinkability is impressive given the smooth flavor, light ABV and chocolate nuances. Certainly not a chocolate stout given the subtlety of the flavor, yet more of a Guinness without the time at sea.
07-21-2008 05:46:31 | More by HalfFull
3.33/5 rDev -13.7%
A- Thin tan head on a black body.
S- Big coffee aroma with hints of chocolate and grass hops.
T- Light cream, coffee malt, light grass hops, and just a touch of chocolate. Aftertaste is made up of light cream, and some coffee.
M- Thin body with really low carbonation and silky smooth feel to it.
D- The bartender didn't fill it to the brim so not sure how much that effected the mouthfeel. Overall seems like a simple beer that's easy to drink but nothing special.
01-05-2008 05:39:59 | More by BlindPig
4/5 rDev +3.6%
App: Pours black with a large cascading head... more than I'm used to for the style.
Smell: Has a distinct smokiness that I enjoy a lot. There's coffee on the nose too, but the smokiness takes over.
Taste: Smokey again, lovely. Coffee and caramel malts mix, and this would be the perfect taste for such a brew, except it's a little watery.
Mouthfeel: Very standard for the style, dry, coffee bitter, and smooth. The wateriness is a concern, but really only bothers me on the taste.
Drinkability: Tastes better than a murphy's and a guiness, but lacks an overall boldness that a murphy's has. This beer is also much less drinkable outside of a faux irish bar.
03-05-2007 03:47:28 | More by dbalsock
3.15/5 rDev -18.4%
Originally reviewed November 26, 2006. On Cask. Light oatmeal or dark roast aroma. Nice deep chocolate pour, with a long-lasting creamy head. Flavor is simple, with a few quiet edges of chocolate, roast and light nuttiness, but watery feel prevails, leaving a very sessionable, but not overly desirable beer behind. I would drink this for refreshment. A light bitter smack adds some nice balance.
12-19-2006 19:23:13 | More by CharlesDarwin
4.25/5 rDev +10.1%
On-tap at the Liar's Club today, poured in a pint glass was a very dark brown Stout, with 1/2" of typical dense, creamy ivory colored head. Great head retention with a ton of lace clinging to the glass after each sip.
The smell was of burnt, roasty coffee and malt with a hop bitterness in the finish...a nice dark, dry Stout aroma, hmmm smells tasty.
Dark and roasty malt with equal coffee and bitter chocolate flavors, paving the way to a dry, hop bitter finish. Excellent tasting Stout here, for sure.
The body is medium at best...nothing wrong with that as this is truly a great beer in this style and if I didn't know it, would never had guessed that it was from Pizza Port.
Great stuff, cheers!
09-09-2006 07:32:28 | More by scottoale
4/5 rDev +3.6%
Served on cask at O'Brien's on St. Patrick's Day, alongside some delicious corned beef and cabbage of course!
This is my first time trying a cask conditioned stout, and I gotta say it hits the spot! I would take this over Guinness any day of the week, and that's saying a lot being that today is St. Paddy's! Some definite coffee and roasted malt aroma, as well as taste, but it's more complex than that. Body is light, not sure on the abv, but I wouldn't guess it's above 5. Up until now I've only had IPAs on cask, and wasn't a fan. This shows what cask conditioning is really for- English and Irish ales and stouts. Delicious!
03-17-2006 20:46:48 | More by audiojon
4.18/5 rDev +8.3%
Pours a creamy dark brown body, with a typical nitro head. Smell was dark, roasty, and coffee. Good tasting, dry, burnt and roasty. Full of flavour, but surprisingly light bodied. Fluffy, easy to drink, great mouthfeel. A very solid stout - doesn't get all the attention it deserves because of the other offerings at Pizza Port.
12-04-2005 07:48:27 | More by baiser
Truck Stout from Pizza Port Solana Beach
85 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.