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Pile O' Dirt Porter - Crow Peak Brewing

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Pile O' Dirt PorterPile O' Dirt Porter

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very good

51 Reviews
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Reviews: 51
Hads: 140
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 18.52%
Wants: 25
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Crow Peak Brewing visit their website
South Dakota, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mcallister on 08-22-2010

This robust porter is black in color, is medium-bodied and has a rich, roasted malt flavor ending with a pleasing hop flavor and mild hop bitterness.
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Reviews: 51 | Hads: 140
Photo of Beerlover
4.83/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Broc brought me this one back from his trip to South Dakota last week, have never heard of this brewery, which always excites me.

pours very dark, it's black but held up to the light it's a dark crimson reddish brown. smells really good as I'm pouring.

taste: what. ! ? wow, this is delicious!! medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Roast malts slight creaminess, some hints of chocolate and coffee, a tad of smokiness, it's really the perfect porter as far as flavors go. I really wish my hero "woodychandler" (CAN if you CAN buddy!!) was able to try this again, I feel by reading his review that he had a bad can somehow. this is so good, wish I could get this on a regular basis.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.65/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is a solid brown/black pour with 2 fingers of tan head. great lacing.. something you dont expect from a beer can.
smells of chocolate, tobacco, milk, coffee, honey.
a sweet milk stout taste with an earthy dirt-like bitterness of trees, dirt, and tobacco. a very tasty treat! medium body, with cream on my moustache! nice carbonation too!

awesome looking can art, great looking pour, great tasting, smells like a stout.. just a great fucking beer. drink this.

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Photo of furballkazoo
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great example of what a porter should look, taste, and smell like. Pours a rich deep brown/black color with a fair head to top it off. Gives off a very nice aroma that highlights the roasted choclate malts.

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Photo of mdwalsh
4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black, very black, with a finely bubbled dark brown head. This is like imperial stout black, no light coming through, but the head is much larger than I would expect on a stout, but just about perfect on a porter.

S: Lot's of coffee and dark chocolate roast in here. But it isn't super intense. I think it could stand to be a little maltier, a little more toasted bread than burnt bread, but also more intensity.

T: The taste is a little more up my alley, but still too much burnt grain taste, I hate the metallic, astringent taste it puts in my mouth. As I drink more, some of that goes away, but I can still tell it's lingering in the background. I can see where the dirt name comes in though, this beer is earthy.

M: Mouthfeel is spot on for a porter I would say.

D: Just a good porter, good for sitting around with the friends.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a black color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated within less than about a half minute. Light clingy lacing started and eventually slid into the beer.
The smell had a robust to roasty bitter coffee allowing light sweet cocoa to balance nicely.
The taste let the malts show up just a tad more allowing the sweetness to come in for the balance of it all.
The mouthfeel was about light to medium bodied with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation runs nice and smooth along my tongue. Roastiness shows its face smoothly along my tongue.
Overall, this was a very nice American Porter that I would have again.

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Photo of sholland119
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Nate for the chance to add SD to my list of states,

A-Pours a deep, dark brown with a thin mocha pool of head.

S-A good roasted coffee nose promises a tasty beverage.

T-Very nicely roasty with a nice undertone of sweetness. The bitterness lingers nicely with some earthy hop bite.

M-Medium bodied, somewhat light carbonation.

O-I liked this one a lot. Sweet, roasty, just a bit rich.


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Photo of tempest
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a flavorful, layered porter. There's roasted, dark toasted bread crust, but also a little dry cocoa and toffee sweetness. The bitter finish has a ground coffee quality to it and the body is medium weight, appropriate for the style. The aroma focuses on the deep roast and toasted notes. Nicely done here.

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Photo of jera1350
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep and dark brown color with a head of mocha suds that are tiny and creamy looking. Some nice lacing.

A very chocolatey nose with notes of roasted malt and coffee with cream.

Much like the nose here. Very milk stout like. Roasty malts with coffee, cream and cocoa nib notes. A light lactose like sweetness. Very good.

Smooth as hell with some lactose creaminess. Medium bodied.

This is a really nice porter. Like I said before, this almost fits the category of milk stout. Either way, I am liking it. Full of flavor and very drinkable. A job well done Crow Peak.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A : dark chocolate brown body, 100% opaque with some very faint cranberry hues when held up to direct light. The head is creamy, beige, and leaves hilly lace.

S : roast chocolate, coffee bean aromas, light grass, mocha, some cacao nibs.

T : "dirt" is a great title. It is dirty, especially for a porter, and has that earthy hop flavor along with chocolate malts and charred grain. Ends with dirt and hop.

M : very carbonated, fizzy to a fault. Ends dry and snappy, slightly charred.

O : original. I don't mind it, I'd have it again. A lot of character for a porter - just a LOT of hop action and earth.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dakota Fats for sharing.

Poured a dark brown with a thick cap of tan head that receded slowly leaving rings of lace. Smell was coffee, dark chocolate and roasty malt. Taste was similar to the smell, adding some layered malt and slight lactose and the coffee taking on a more burnt edge. Finish was slightly bitter but clean. If any faults to be found I would pick on the body which seemed too light. Its easy drinking. A very good porter and generally a very tasty brew. Would be happy to get more!

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. can into a Crow Peak pint glass.

This is a very dark brown, opaque beer with (thanks to my overly-aggressive pour) a big tan head that quickly fades to nearly nothing. Some lasting carbonation brings bubbles to the top after the head is gone.

The aroma is wonderful, full of coffee and chocolate and caramel notes as well as a hint of biscuit.

The taste is not quite as good as the smell but is still excellent with strong roast coffee and chocolate flavors and a nice, lingering bitter dryness.

The mouthfeel is slightly disappointing and seemed thin for a porter. it also seemed less substantial than my previous experience with this beer.

Overall, an outstanding porter from a great little South Dakota brewer. I try to have a few of these every year.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another goodie i had the pleasure of trying from a nice south dakota brewery. a warm porter to put me to bed. consumed on 5.16.11

Did not really know what to think of this one when I first got it, but I normally love porters so I figured it was a worthy challenge to see where this one would hold up. Poured a very nice deep dark brown, nearly black and opaque with a smallish, maybe one inch white to off white head on top. This faded gradually leaving behind a nice amount of side glass lace. Smell was very sweet, nice hints of nuts and caramel, along with a roasted barley. The taste was very smooth, and rich and creamy. Very nice caramel flavor with a hint of coffee. Roasted nuts in the back with a very hoppy finish. This actually snuck up on me and I thought it was remnants of the IPA from dinner I thought I was tasting, but it actually had quite the dry hoppy finish. A great medium body with smooth carbonation gave way to a great session porter.

Overall this was pretty good. A touch above average for a porter, but overall more then decent. Would definitely not turn it down if it was offered again, a nice little brew here I would have never thought of trying.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pile O dirt pours a black color with a large long lasting tan head. Their is a weak aroma, but has nice coffee notes. The taste is nice and full, with strong coffee flavors, and a nice mellow hoppy undertone. Nice strong flavors, and very full bodies. Overall a very nice strong tasty porter.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 5/26/15 but tried this back last Saturday night (5/23). 12 ounce can chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "EMPYREAN BREWING CO." snifter glass.

Brew pours close to a pitch-black in color with a thin beige head. Some light spotty lacing is seen when sipped but not a lot. The aroma is of dark roasted malts with a hint of coffee and toffee. Pretty much is said for the taste also. Does have a slightly bitter finish which is probably die to the coffee but doesn't last too long. Overall, it is a decent Porter. Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - very, very dark. Pitch black in color with a thin coffee-colored head that quickly fades into the mire leaving traces of lace and islands of foam.

Aroma - cocoa, dark coffee grounds, earthy with some hints of dark fruit. Lots of roasty aromas. I'm drawn to this like the sound of my coffeemaker in the morning.

Taste - big, roasty and malty with a nice bite. Lots of coffee and cocoa flavors and big on the roasted malt but at the back of the tongue there is a nice bitterness that rounds it all out and gives this beer a nice finish. There are some tastes of molasses and/or licorice that come out at times. I also love the bitter coffee flavor and hoppy citrusy combination this has. I wish I had more...

Overall - to me a good porter should be dark and malty but not too sweet with some bitterness or hoppiness. This one hits all the marks. Well done and definitely worthy of your attention so seek it out. If you like plenty of flavor in a beer and the abyss of a dark brew doesn't intimidate you than you'll certainly enjoy this one.

Would I buy more of it? - absolutely, this is a great porter.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black, opaque beer with a velvety brown head that dissipates fairly fast. Roasted barley and coffee in the nose with slightly burnt note over a light hop spice. Smooth taste with the coffee predominates and finishes bitter. Carbonation seems a bit high for the style, but the mouthfeel is very satisfying and rich. Nice porter that favors flavors that bite. Might be the part that's turning a few good reviews downward. But, I was very happy to buy this porter in Sioux Falls and like it a lot--and not just because it was the best thing in South Dakota!

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Photo of Another6Pack
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received in trade from mnbearsfan. Thank you Matt!

A: pours deep and dark like a porter should. 2-3 finger head that is chocolate-brown. Nice. Lace clings nicely.

S: wonderful. Chocolate and coffee and malt. Love it. First 5.0 I've given in a review in this category.

T: good to very good. Having trouble separating the taste from the mouthfeel, because it is much more thin and watery that I expected. Very nice chocolate coffee taste at the front with a very watery, taste-free finish.

M: average. I expected a little more body for a porter - even an American Porter.

D: good. When it finishes like water it goes down easy. No off flavors or anything negative to interfere with putting this one away in short order.

Overall fine effort that I would drink again.

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Photo of Misfit138
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from can into pint glass

A- Very dark brown in color with heavy tan head

S- Roasted chocolate malt with hints of vanilla

T- Sweet vanilla front which gives way to roasted chocolate malt and coffee undertones

M- Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation

D- Pretty good porter overall. Worth a try

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Photo of spoony
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz can to a snifter.

A-A normal pour produces about a finger of tan head that fades quickly. The beer is nearly blacked out with just a little bit of brown showing. It is still in the glass and leaves no lacing.

S-The aroma offers nice, earthy, roasted malt flavors with a little bit of char and smoke. Chocolatey.

T-The taste is similar to the smell. I pick up lots of dark chocolate some fresh roasted coffee with a little bit of smoke on the finish. There is just the smallest bit of citrus hop up front.

M-The body is medium to light for the style with a drinkable feel and moderate carbonation.

O-This is a solid beer from South Dakota. Nice chocolate flavors and a good earthy aroma that is true the name. It is not a world-beater, but I'd happily drink this again.

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Photo of ballz50401
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. No freshness info. Thanks to mdwalsh for the can.

Appearance: Very dark brown with a light brown head. Foam fades fairly quickly.

Smell: Lighty burnt roasty aroma. Dark caramel, toffee, and a slight coffee note.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Strong roasted malt flavor with hints of coffee and dark chocolate. Finishes with a dry, sharp dark roasted malt character. Meduim bodied with good carbonation. Mouthfeel finishes with a slight astringency.

Drinkability: Overall a nice roasty porter. Could use a touch more maltiness to help balance the dark roasted grains.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz can into a pint glass. The beer is a nice dark liquid which I can't see through, even when held to the light. The beer pours thick and oily looking. The pour produces a 1/2 inch brown head which fades a bit quick to a partial cover and ring around the glass. It is redeemed by leaving sticky lacing down the glass.

Smell: Big roasted malt giving off aromas of roasted coffee, roasted nuts and barley. A hint of chocolate, not really any hop related aromas, not really expecting any either.

Taste: Fully in line with the smell of the beer. Big roasted malt flavors which match the aroma, not sweet(er) caramel malt. Some roasted coffee nut and roasted barley mixed in. There is a bit of a surprising touch of hop bitterness as the beer goes down.

Mouthfeel: Medium to near full in body, smooth on the tongue, a touch oily going down. It does seem to finish a bit "dry" as well.

Overall: After a long day of drilling, Pile O'Dirt Porter is a perfect beer. Sells regular price for $10 a six, which is a bit steep for me. I paid $8.50 for a six of cans, which is just fine and well worth it. I'd buy it again for that price. Good craft beer in a can is a good thing IMO.

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Photo of kjyost
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can courtesy of rudge75. Thanks! Poured into a Duvel tulip ~4C

Pours thick and dark with a small dark tan head that drops off quickly. Enjoyable nose with lots of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Hints of fruity hops come overtop it all . The body is a little thinner though with most of the same flavours as were on the nose coming through, though with less force. Licorice and molasses come through too. Very light carbonation and a thin mouthfeel... Pretty good, though not great.

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Photo of Tone
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color. 1/2 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, roasted malt, slight nut, hint of coffee, slight alcohol, and slight hops. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, hint of coffee, hops, hint of yeast, hint of caramel malt, and a hint of syrup. Overall, good appearance, body and blend, and decent aroma.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1616th Review on BA
Can to Alchemist stemless

No canning date

Thanks to Jodan for this one

All 50 states now ticked!

App- When this poured out it was a good mix of browns and blacks. It was dense in the center and a little lighter on the outsides but not reaching the red level of some others. The head was a nice mocha colored pulled apart bubbly note. The cling was nice but not overbearing or crazy. Nice looking canned porter.

Smell- This was a bit light on the nose. It had some good porter malty roasty notes and then transitioned to a bit of a smoother chocolate powder note like that at Starbucks and just tinges of a little bit of hop bitter.

Taste- I enjoyed this porter. In fact I drank both of my cans last night. It was a good amount of roasted malts with a bit of earth behind it and transfered over to a good chocolate cocoa flavor and just tinges of a little hoppy bitter. More of an Americanized and re-done recipe vs. the malt & hop heavy imports I have had.

Mouth- Its a pretty light body. Wouldve expected a bit thicker feel based on the pour. The carbonation was pretty solid medium with a fairly good creamy bubbly feel. The residual flavors are of the small bitter and some chocoalte malts.

Drink- Its a good beer. It was a bit hard to get ahold of but glad I did get to tick all 50 states. Was super rad of Jodan to hook me up. I think this could compete with other well regarded porters out there (Founders comes to mind)

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to luxbwin for this brew.

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy tan head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is very malty, with some chocolate/toffee notes. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, very nice touch of chocolate/toffee. Medium Body, smooth, slight dry/bitter finish. This is a very nice Porter.

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Pile O' Dirt Porter from Crow Peak Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.