Pothole Porter - Half Pints Brewing Company
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3.9/5 rDev -1%
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.
06-29-2010 03:24:47 | More by Proteus93
4/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
06-26-2010 01:59:28 | More by eat
3.75/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
06-13-2010 00:08:02 | More by Long813
3.93/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
06-08-2010 23:16:35 | More by pootz
4.08/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
06-01-2010 23:17:07 | More by markaberrant
4.43/5 rDev +12.4%
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.
05-27-2010 04:07:12 | More by Shadman
3.9/5 rDev -1%
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.
05-26-2010 23:02:57 | More by alpineclimber
4.08/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
05-13-2010 21:31:02 | More by biboergosum
3.9/5 rDev -1%
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.
04-30-2010 22:46:17 | More by CanuckRover
4.15/5 rDev +5.3%
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
04-24-2010 06:07:55 | More by wordemupg
4/5 rDev +1.5%
Had a sample today at the annual Burly Wine release, likely the last we will see of this beer (certainly of this batch). The keg had been aged for 2 years and they broke it open for us. I had this beer bottled when it was first released many moons ago and I can recall that I was ambivalent about it then.
I was poured a ~2 ounce sample (can't do more than that, it would be illegal). With a strong head (it was the top of the keg) that lasted as long as I had my sample for.
There was a nice light malty aroma, but without much other character that I was able to note. Tasting it though was a new experience. I was impressed. There were subtle roasted coffee flavours within a the lightly malty body. Reminiscent of Stir Stick without being nearly so aggressive. This is an eminently drinkable beer in its present state. I just wish I could have stuck around for more...
12-06-2009 05:08:45 | More by kjyost
3.73/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
10-19-2008 00:29:13 | More by oakbluff
4/5 rDev +1.5%
Near black in colour with moderate carbonation. Aromas of chocolate fudge, mild roasted coffee, and a bit of vanilla caramel. More chocolate baking in the mouth, along with caramel malts upfront. The cold coffee notes come through stronger on the back end, along with some very mild grainy wood and a bit of spicy hop. Thick milkshake-like body. Definitely less fruity than some other baltics I've had, I think this one would qualify under a "strong porter" category. Nice to see that the oak treatment isn't over the top (not that I expected it to be). Very nice.
08-27-2008 20:12:44 | More by fisherman34
British Columbia (Canada)
4.47/5 rDev +13.5%
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!
08-11-2008 23:46:41 | More by Derek
3.93/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
07-19-2008 01:44:29 | More by grub
4/5 rDev +1.5%
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!
07-19-2008 01:30:31 | More by Viggo
3.78/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
06-02-2008 17:50:16 | More by Phyl21ca
4.1/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
05-11-2008 03:19:19 | More by trevorwideman
Pothole Porter from Half Pints Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.