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Pothole Porter - Half Pints Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.14%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Half Pints Brewing Company visit their website
Manitoba, Canada

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  7.90% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: trevorwideman on 05-11-2008)
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Photo of MrTinnedPEach
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

MrTinnedPEach, May 12, 2014
Photo of Derek
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a Tan head, very little retention, some leg/lace.

S: Dark chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, rum, dark bread, licorice. Great stuff.

T: Dark chocolate, molasses, licorice, dark bread, coffee, underlying floral hops, light smoke & a touch of soy sauce. Good bitterness; alcohol has a nice warmth. I'm really liking it.

M: Fairly thick body is nice and smooth with a touch of acidity.

D: Quite drinkable.

Thanks for the trade Oakbluff!

Derek, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of Shadman
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of the fridge ( I couldn't wait ) left a beer that looked like used Diesel Oil, with a tan head so thick I swear it could be off-white styrofoam. Huge ring of lacing left with each sip.

Spicy black forest cake, a hint of smoke, and just a hint of sour ale.

Sweet, with a chocolate/cinnamon cake/brownie taste. The 7.9Abv is there only in the first 1/2 second and then @ the end on the tongue. Never overpowers though. Slight hint of sourness towards the end. A complex Baltic for vertain.

Full body, smooth, easy to drink

Will need to snag and cellar 3 or 4 of these for the winter. If you can get them you should do the same.

Shadman, May 27, 2010
Photo of bobsy
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle generously brought back from the 'peg by Colin - cheers man!

I'm excited to try this one because I've been after it for a good while and have developed an acute interest in Baltic porters. The pour looks the part with a very dark brown, bordering on black, body with ruby highlights. A thick creamy head gradually falls to a film, but leaves some nice streaks on the way. The nose has sweet molasses, brown sugar, a touch of dark fruit, chocolate and the warming presence of alcohol.

The flavour isn't quite as expected for a Baltic, and falls somewhere closer to a strong porter, which would be a mark against it for some people, but I find it so damn tasty that I don't care. The dark fruit is missing, and there's a bit of chocolate, oat and creamy coffee in its stead, which jives well with the standard brown sugar and molasses notes. There's also a bit of breadiness which is well suited to the big creamy mouthfeel of this brew. The alcohol in the nose is barely perceptible in the flavour, and this beer drinks far to easy for its weight.

Certainly a style-defier, but yet another very decent offering from Half Pints. This is the sort of Baltic porter that could become a regular of mine if it was available, and its perhaps one of the most drinkable I've had in the style, and it certainly has the best mouthfeel. Nice job!

bobsy, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of RoseBeerGoggles
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

RoseBeerGoggles, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of Brabander
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Brabander, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of elricorico
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in the glass, with a fast pour creating only a thin khaki coloured head. Head falls to a ring fairly quickly.

Smells lean towards the sweeter side, with caramel and coffee the dominant aromas. Licorice and molasses noted on subsequent sniffs.

Caramel sweetness right up front, with molasses quickly following. Licorice becomes strong in the back half, sharing the finish with some herbal hop impressions. Tobacco starts to show as the beer warms. Plenty happening, stays interesting throughout the glass.

Fairly full bodied with light but slightly prickly carbonation. Has a way of coating the tongue.

Good beer from a style that I just don't see often enough.

elricorico, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of andrenaline
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was glad I was able to find a couple random bottles left over from the 2010 run. Cheers for the heads up wordemupg! I'm hoping that a bit of age might have mellowed the alcohol a bit.

A - Pours pitch black, thin layer of dark mocha head that dissipates quickly leaving a couple small islands and no real lacing.

S - Scent is sweet with molasses, black licorice, chocolate and raspberries with a touch of espresso on the finish. Pretty complex and I was a little surprised.

T - Yet another full flavoured ale from Half Pints. This one has some delicious dark chocolate, roasted almonds and some sweet espresso on the finish. The high ABV is very well hidden and only comes through slightly on the finish.

M - I was expecting this to be a bit more syropy, but it came through with nice full carbonation, filled the mouth, and went down smooth. It finished a tad dry, but not offensive.

D - Yet again another winner from Half Pints. If you're looking for mouthful of flavour, this one will not disappoint. This one boasts a ton of roasted and chocolate malts, some sweet notes and a nice ABV content. Highly recommended to any porter fan.

andrenaline, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of liamt07
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle form wordemupg, 341ml into a tulip. Thanks Chris.

Pours just about black, some very deep reds around the edges when held to the light. Light head even with a fairly aggressive pour, tan head with a light crimson tinge to it - settles to a moderate head and retains well. Nose has rich chocolate and caramelized dark fruit notes, a moderately strong malt sweetness. Some nice coffee notes as well, brown sugar and caramel round it out. Taste has some dark fruits, brown sugar, caramel, and some roasted/coffee notes. Good and not overpowering sweetness thorughout, and finishes roasty with some alcohol. Medium full mouthfeel, and fairly light carbonation - allows the body to shine. Smooth and easy on the gullet, and it warms nicely. Great for this time of the year. Solid stuff.

liamt07, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of wordemupg
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

341ml cream colored wax capped bottle poured into chalice april23 2010

A very dark brown with a touch a red around the edges when held to the light, a thick two finger head has average retention and leaves patches of lace

S molasses, licorice and a little booze with some cherry perhaps?

T a little sweetness with some mild coffee on top of what I smell but the booze is well concealed compared to the nose

M fairly thick a little slick and creamy a highlight for this beer

D very easy to drink considering the strength, and an all around enjoyable beer that I will be drinking again

another winner brewed by half pints, cheaper then I expected at 4$ a bottle, still not cheap but reasonable for what your getting

wordemupg, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of trevorwideman
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle poured into my Half Pints glass.

Pours a thick, dark, chocolatey black, completely opaque with an inch of head that settles to a wisp the leaves a bit of lace and retains well. Big aroma with a very nice balance. Aromas of chocolate, roasted coffee, dark fruits and spices, specifically clove and a light cinnamon and pepper. There's a distinct sweet bubblegum aroma as well. Complex but all the aromas are distinct and very much in keeping with the style.

Taste is full of roasted malt, milk chocolate, lactic acidity, fruity esters and dried fruits. Distinctly spicy as well with the clove and cinnamon like flavours hinted at in the aroma. Very nice balance. Body is lighter than expected and carbonation is zippy and drives the flavours across the palate. Very dry finish. This slides down extremely easily for the strength and I would love it if this was a regular offering. For now, I'm savouring this bottle.

trevorwideman, May 11, 2008
Photo of biboergosum
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

341ml bottle - a great name for a Canadian-made beer, what with pothole season on deck.

Into my mom's old Michelob-branded chalice (I'm not kidding), this beer pours a pure black abyss, with faint amber cola edges, and two fingers of tightly foamy and creamy tan head, which leaves an awkward ring of cloud pattern lace around the periphery of the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of medium baker's chocolate, roasted caramel and toffee malt, bittersweet coffee au lait, muddled dark fruit, brown sugar, and a small whiff of metallic booze. The taste is more semi-sweet milk chocolate, toasty caramel malt and toffee pudding, molasses, subtle anise and earthy vanilla cola notes, mildly bitter coffee, and some tame earthy and leafy hops drowning silently in the background booze.

The body on this baby is where it's at - thick, unctuous, creamy, smooth, and full, with some rather softly rendered frothy carbonation. It finishes well off-dry, the chocolate malt and subtly bitter hops not quite in balance, ceteris paribus.

A very tasty, cozy, and warm Baltic-style porter - one whose origin story is even perfect for when there's still snow drifts on the ground in May. Dangerously easy to drink, I could surely put back a few of these before patio season finally pokes its head up.

biboergosum, May 13, 2010
Photo of markaberrant
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - opaque black, thick and creamy tan head persists, leaves a bit of lacing

S - light roast, hint of burnt carmel, creamy sweetness, maybe even some faint earthy hop, very approachable, not overly agressive

T - toffee, nuts, well rounded sweetness, light milk chocolate, not much roast until the aftertaste, very smooth flavours all around, light bitterness, molasses, more of that earthy hop flavour, I'm guessing Goldings, luxurious without being over the top, almost tempted to say their is a hint of licorice, but you don't get that bite you would typically associate it with.

M - smooth as silk, but still not overly heavy, med light carbonation gently scrubs the palette clean, alcohol is well hidden, though the warmth does slowly creep up

D - some may call this boring, I choose to call it "refined," highly enjoyable for those that can appreciate subtle nuances

This is a VERY restrained imperial/baltic porter. The roast character is very subdued, and it sure aint loaded up with c-hops. Who cares? The nutty, carmel, lightly burnt flavours are excellent, the sweetness really brings out a fullness without being cloying, and the mouthfeel is superb, the creaminess pairs perfectly with the flavours.

In some ways, it reminds me of a far superior, slightly bigger version of Yukon's Lead Dog Ale. Pick some of this up if you can find it, should also make for an excellent short-term cellar candidate.

markaberrant, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent porter, forgot it was designated as a baltic porter, and that's a good thing as it was sweeter than expected in that style. I just enjoyed it as a very thick almost imperial porter. Nothing special in aroma which was average, but the mouthfeel was rich and the taste was rich and it was very drinkable.

Sammy, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of IronDjinn
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 341 ml brown bottle, short green wax seal around the cap. Pours out a deep dense dark brown, intense garnet hues when held to direct light. Creamy beige head that slowly settles to a thick cap.

Sweet dark malt in the nose, molasses and licorice, mild tart woody notes. Some dry dark fruit in the background, dates and figs.

Chocolate and molasses up front in the flavour, dates in the middle, dries out nicely in the finish.

Medium-full bodied mouthfeel, creamy smooth texture, sticky after the swallow.

Good approachable rendition of the style, not too sweet, not too acidic, worth revisiting.

IronDjinn, Jul 15, 2010
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

FadetoBock, Aug 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

chickenm, Mar 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Tarks, May 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

ZiggyPop, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of eat
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stuff pours with a noticeable viscosity, almost black in colour with some slight cola highlights around the edges of the glass. A nice cover of foamy, beige head sits on top, presenting some good lacing.

The nose consists of molasses, caramel, dough, dust, wet paper, earthy hops and traces of dark chocolate and espresso. Smells pretty delicious.

Dark roasty malt is joined by light molasses, earthy hops, subtle cocoa, pumpernickel, a little alcohol to let you know it's on the strong side and a touch of caramel sweetness to balance things out. I'm surprised the IBUs are only listed at 30, it tastes at least that bitter. The finish is quite drying. Quite well balanced. I really like that it's distinctly a porter and not at all stout-like; some "porters" make you wonder. This is a porter porter, no stout here.

Good medium body, almost bordering on "chewy". The low carbonation is appropriate.

An all-around solid porter and probably one of the better beers I've had calling itself as such. I think this is my favorite of the darker Half Pints offerings I've tried. Nothing wrong here, I'd definitely pick some of this up if I see it next year.

eat, Jun 26, 2010
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle brought my way again by eat - love having someone bring me great beer from Canada I don't have access to - thanks!

Pours a nice dark brown with cola highlights, a thin creamy head builds and leaves wisps of bubbles on top.

Nose is molasses and caramel, a hint of roast, perhaps a touch of alcohol as it warms, quite sweet though.

This is a pretty unique take on the style, not really fitting in anywhere. Some nice sweetness, blackstrap molasses, slightly burnt brown sugar, caramel. Not as much dark fruit or the richness I attribute to baltic porters. Very light roast, but some nice bitterness in the finish which I look for in a good American porter. Hint of minerals, rye bread, and earth which reminds me a bit of an English Strong Ale (Yukon Lead Dog was an apt earlier example). Perhaps lacking a depth of flavor, lush carbonation, slick, coating mouthfeel. Drinks quite easily for the ABV.

Interesting beer and another of Half Pints offerings that, while not wowing me, seems to be well made and focusing on the nuances of brewing a good beer. This is the type of beer and brewery that you wish was a local because you could easily reach for their offerings every night of the week.

ritzkiss, Jul 21, 2010
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

DamageCase76, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to oakbluff for sending me a couple of these in a trade.

Pours an opaque dark brown/black, thin tan head forms, quickly drops to a thin ring, not much lacing. Smell is neat, perfumy, some chocolate, caramel, lots of dark fruit, roast, alcohol, sherry, nuts, neat. Taste is nice, roasty, chocolate, bread, caramel, nuts, fruits, perfume and citrus/floral undertones, pretty interesting, some sourness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, pretty nice stuff. Thanks Scott!

Viggo, Jul 19, 2008
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Howlader, Feb 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

IanSpindler, May 18, 2013
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Pothole Porter from Half Pints Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.