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Paymaster's Porter - Cricket Hill Brewing Co.

Paymaster's PorterPaymaster's Porter

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46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 10.53%

Brewed by:
Cricket Hill Brewing Co. visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tgbljb on 03-30-2008)
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Reviews by BuckeyeNation:
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3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Revenge is a much more punctual paymaster than gratitude."

--Charles Caleb Colton

Wet grizzly bear brown with ruby and topaz highlights at the bottom edge of the glass and an attractive crown of coffee-with-cream colored foam resting on top. Sheets of baby Swiss cheese-like lace look good too.

The nose is American porter through and through. Each sniff delivers brownies with hints of coffee bean and no appreciable hoppiness. If there's enough malt in the house, this could be pretty tasty beer. Let's see.

The taste score could go either way (sorta good or good). As long as you're not looking for a taste bud-challenging amount of flavor, which is difficult to do at less than 5.0%, then Paymaster's Porter Ale is an acceptable choice for a more-characterful-than-most session ale. It sure is an easy drinker.

Chocolate wafer cookies and weak iced coffee are at the head of a pretty small flavor profile pack. Hops add a gentle countering bitterness without giving up much of their flavor. Just when it looks like the beer will hit the next highest gear (round about mid-mouthful)... it doesn't.

The mouthfeel, although far from terrible, is the beer's weakest attribute. More malt and/or harder working bubbles would have helped.

In my mind, Fairfield New Jersey's Cricket Hill Brewing Co. puts out above-average beer that is on the unmemorable side. Paymaster's Porter is more of the same, but is still a pretty good choice for a dark beer session or a porter-and-pale ale session.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 12:13:08 | More by BuckeyeNation
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A. It is black, with a dark tan head, slight, that leaves some lacing.

S. It has a beautiful burnt scent mixed with a sweet caramel-like undertone.

T. It has a rich chocolate taste, more akin to fudge than a candy bar. That is actually probably the sweet scent I was getting. It has a bit of a grassy taste, a mild hop bite.

M. Smooth, with a slight carbonated tingle.

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Aroma: a lot of chocolate mixed in with medium and dark oasted malts. Rather subdued.

Taste: Moderate level of malt with chocolate and a trace of spicy hops. A little earthy. More from the roasted malt in the aftertaste than earlier on.

M; A bit light bodied for style, but very smooth; rather low carbonation.

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The taste is roasty with a flavoring of coffee, licorice and a bit of molasses. Some citrus hops are present but the bitterness of this brew seems to come strictly from the roast of the grain. It has a bit of musty quality across the back and some raisony alcohol inclusion.

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A - Bottle opens with the slightest whisper of carbonation. Pours a very deep and dark brown that approaches black...only hints of brown on the edges when held to the light. No head at all, just the faintest hing of a tan colored collar.

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Paymaster's Porter from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
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