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Pothole Porter - Half Pints Brewing Company

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Pothole PorterPothole Porter

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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: trevorwideman on 05-11-2008)
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Photo of jrallen34
2.63/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

341ml bottle poured into my Darkness tulip...A slighter darker than average coca cola with a disappointing amount of head, no lacing at all...Average aroma of peat moss, light coffee and a grain alcohol prominance that is distracting. Roast presents lightly...The taste starts alcoholy again, this is a disappointment in every aspect. Light bitter from alcohol but roasty or coffee.

Not sure what they were thinking here, but unsuccessful.

jrallen34, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of BlackAura
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

BlackAura, May 30, 2013
Photo of Jeffo
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In a recent trade with oakbluff. Thanks bro!

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours out brown and yields a small, medium-thin tan head that's overly noisy. Almost obnoxiously noisy. Quiet! Head quickly vanishes to a small ring. A very dark brown body with zero carbonation evident. A slight ring remains but leaves no lacing down the glass. Could be darker with a thicker, more persistent head. Could also shut up. Since we're short a "sound" category, we'll take that into account here.

SMELL: Muted nose on this one. Dark and roasted malts and a touch of caramel in there. Not bad, but not much.

TASTE: Dark malts, roasted malts, and a hint of caramel, following the nose nicely. Bolder than the nose as well. Some dark cherries and peppery spiciness at the finish. Mild and shorter lived aftertaste is relatively malty and sweet.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry on the palate. A nice feel for sure.

OVERALL: A decent brew. Could definitely have a few of these, though I don't think the beer would be the focal point of the session. The look could use a little work, and someone should tell it to keep the noise down, but drinkable non-the-less. Thanks again oakbluff.

Jeffo, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of FrostyWPG
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

FrostyWPG, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this from wordemupg - thanks man! Served in a Night of the Living Ales taster glass. This must be from 2009 as it had wax on the bottle.

A - Pours with a half finger of tan foam that settles to a partial ring and some light haze. Dark brown body that a bit lighter at the fringes.

S - Dark fruits, slightly vinous notes, roasted and lightly charred malt, and a touch of alcohol that seems about right for 7.9%.

T - Taste is very heavy on raisins, dark fruits, with a light touch of caramel. Finishes with a touch of dark chocolate bitterness. No alcohol in the flavor thankfully. Probably more of a 3.75 for me.

M - Slightly burnt tannic character to the medium body, and a dry roasty finish. Carbonation is moderate, but not harsh. Light alcohol appears late.

D - Decent porter. If I lived in Winnipeg this would be acceptable, but there are better options available to me in the here and now. Shares some flavor characteristics with Burly Wine, which is a surprise.

MasterSki, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of oakbluff
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle- pours dark brown cola colour with minimal light brown head. Nose- dark fruits and some roast. Robust carbonation, cola like consistency, chocolate, finish is dry, slightly woody. Body is initially rich then thins out. Solid porter and quite drinkable.

oakbluff, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - poured a very dark brown, almost black and almost impenetrable, with a decent tan head that retains okay and laces nicely
S - smooth chocolate and sweet molasses seem to dominate, along with roasted malts, and you get a hint of the stronger alcohol content
T - sweet sticky molasses taste, there is a subtle chocolate and coffee, roasted malts, and definitely an alcohol bite, maybe even a little too much
M - thick and chewy, a little bubbly, then a high octane tartness on the finish
D - the heaviness combined with the noticeably high ABV bring this down on the drinkability scale. The flavours are interesting and do balance well, but I don't see myself ever enjoying more than one in a sitting.

joemcgrath27, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of Long813
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated: NA
From: Chris (wordemupg), 341 ml

A: Black bodied with two fingers of mocha head. Head retention is nothing spectacular and leaves minimal lacing.

S: Mellow aromas consisting of licorice, dark fruits, some roasted malts and a hint of sweetness

T: Well balanced blend of raisins, licorice and roasted malts make a smooth taste. Nothing out of the ordinary here.

M: Medium-light bodied and medium-low carbonation. Smooth creamy texture and leaves a dry malt finish. No sense of alcohol here.

D: Thanks again to Chris, Half Pints brews a lot of good beer. This is only one of few baltic porters I have tried and I can't for the life of me notice any difference between this and the American style (if there is one). Either way it's not a bad porter and has nice balance consistency.

Long813, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Oakbluff: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a big foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry and roasted malt notes with some distinct notes of black chocolate. Taste is a mix between some quality black chocolate and some dry roasted and somewhat bitter malt notes. Full body with some good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well done for the style and not too extreme - I could drink more then one in a session.

Phyl21ca, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of papat444
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to kjyost for this one. Was going to have it with my supper (chicken nuggets & fries) but after a sip or two, i decided to keep it for dessert. Split with my wife.

Poured from a wax sealed 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: A dense, dark brown body with a light brown head. 3 full fingers worth of foam that last a good amount of time and leave some nice lacing.

Smell: Major chocolate nose with lots of dark fruit notes.

Taste: Semi-sweet chocolate with traces of coffee. Some dark fruits in periphery but i find overall the flavor to be timid.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy with a full body that never feels heavy. Coats the mouth and doesn't leave.

Drinkability: Very easy to sip or gulp. I'll have it again.

Overall: A very nice porter that i wish had more depth of flavor but the overall result is positive and worth revisiting.

papat444, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of tbeckett
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from kjyost. Thanks for a second opportunity to try this. Some unfortunate crust around the cap, hope this isn't infected.

A - Pours black with some ruby red at the very bottom. Three finger fluffy light brown head. Good carbonation coming up. Spotty lace and a finger of retention.

S - Chocolatey, roast, coffee. Nice milk chocolate. Mocha. Dark fruit, sugar.

T - Milk chocolate, mocha, roast, coffee. Cola there too. Lot's of malt sweetness.

M - Good carbonation, medium body. Roasty finish with some bitterness and a chocolate flavour.

O/D - I liked the first bottle of this that I had much more. That said, this is still good. My grade will be a sort of aggregate of the two samples. The easy drinking nature and complexity of the beer are great qualities. While not being mind boggling, it's solid example of the style that really delivers while keeping the ABV below 8%.

tbeckett, May 24, 2013
Photo of CanuckRover
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours near-black with read highlights all around the glass. Couple finger thick mocha head settles pretty quickly. Spotty lacings.

Alot of fruity alcohol on the nose, tones down the roasted coffee a bit. Burnt bread when you dig a bit deeper, almost coal like.

This has an interesting malt profile. Lots of fruit to it, dark fruit but hard to nail down. Bit of a cherry taste to it, maybe black currant. Bittersweet chocolate kicks in soon enough, giving the impression of chocolate covered cherries. Roasted coffee flavour is a bit hit and miss, it's fleeting. Nicely integrated alcohol throughout.

This is a well made porter. Strength is well controlled. Flavours mix nicely. Gives you a bit more than run-of-the-mill coffee bitterness.

CanuckRover, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of Proteus93
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I think this is the first time I've picked up a beer from Manitoba! Somehow a baltic porter seems very appropriate for a place that can become a frozen wasteland sometimes.

A: Pours chocolatey brown, and ending up very dark in the glass... a very deep brown with a little sunlight able to illuminate some red around the edges. Head forms very nicely, creamy and khaki, just over 2 fingers tall with a pretty decent retention.

S: The smell of this one is intriguing... I don't go straight towards the standard coffee-like roast character that I would normally expect. Rather, a deep molasses scent along with some roasted malts and almost even a salty quality that gives it a surprisingly pleasant twist.

T: The flavour is quite robust... again, molasses and roasted malts stand out. A little bit of a coffee flavour slips in, but it's on the backburner. I find a bit of a hoppy bitterness in there as well, and that odd saltiness that I was even finding in the nose. It seems to add to the beer again, which I didn't expect... but I won't complain!

M + D: The full flavour almost plays a role in making the body seem a little bigger, if that makes sense. It's not big and chewy, ultimately being a little 'thinner' as baltic porters often are, but it seems to work well with the flavour. Alcohol is noted right on the finish, adding a little touch of kick and warmth at the end of each sip, especially as the glass reaches the end. Not bad stuff at all, and a nice take on the style.

Proteus93, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of alpineclimber
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my first beer review so here goes:

Appearance: Poured out of 341ml bottle with a light wax seal, ABV 7.9%, 30 IBU. The beer was poured into a goblet, very dark brown to black in color, good luck on seeing through this brew. Small tan head that recedes with some lacing.

Smell: A nice sweet molasses smell, reminds me of dark gingerbread that was baked with molasses.

Taste: The first upfront part of the taste is molasses, slight carbonation. The taste finishes off with a slight smokey almost garlic like flavour , really hard to pinpoint but it's not bad or offensive. The bitterness appears in the aftertaste but was more pronounced then expected seeing as how the bottle is marked as 30 IBU. The alcohol is definitely there.

Overall: A fairly good brew.

alpineclimber, May 27, 2010
Photo of grub
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled july 18/08.

pours deep brown with a small dense light brown head. drops fairly fast to a thick ring around the glass and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is great. light alcohol. bit of roast. toasted multi-grain bread. dark and milk chocolate. light caramel sweetness. bit of coffee. light fruity character. just a touch of baltic sourness.

taste is good. roasty and toasty. toasted whole wheat bread. bit of biscuit. light caramel. coffee. bittersweet chocolate. bit of milk chocolate. light alcohol. nice light fruity character. just over medium bitterness level, mostly seeming to come from bittersweet chocolate and roast. the roast actually seems a touch high, but not overly so. after a while the roast starts to fade, either due to it warming or me just growing numb to it.

mouthfeel is good. smooth well integrated medium carbonation level. medium body with a fairly dry finish.

drinkability is good. nicely balanced, hiding the alcohol quite well. with a touch less roast i'd love this one, but quite solid as it is.

grub, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of pootz
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from trade.

Pours a dense tar black beer into the glass with a billowing chocolate cap that laces the hell out of a glass.

Aromas of roasted cocoa beans, dark dried fruits and a hint of musty wood in the nose.

Big chew on malt in the front side then come complexity mid palate with figs, coca, smokey treacle, then a roasty semi sweet finish that leaves a sweet bready after taste.

Well put together top tier baltic porter.

pootz, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of leaddog
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark cola brown with a finger width of mocha, creamy head.

Smell - Roasted malts, cocoa, dark fruits, little bit of coffee.

Taste - Bold roasted malts along with coffee and cocoa. Light amount of flavour from dark fruits. Bitter finish from the roasted flavours.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Nice touch of creaminess.

Overall - An enjoyable Baltic porter with excellent roasted flavours. Another winner IMHO by Half Pints.

leaddog, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of FadetoBock
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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

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

Tarks, May 06, 2012
Photo of ZiggyPop
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
Photo of ritzkiss
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
Photo of DamageCase76
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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Pothole Porter from Half Pints Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.