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Pile O' Dirt Porter - Crow Peak Brewing

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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 17
Gots: 12 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: mcallister on 08-22-2010)
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

a77cj7, Wednesday at 05:31 AM
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Torey, Nov 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

rxthree, Nov 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

bulldogg915, Nov 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

wethorseblanket, Nov 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

LoganMc, Oct 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

holder1422, Oct 23, 2014
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3.48/5  rDev -6.2%

Mpenders, Oct 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

The Pile O' Dirt Porter may be my favorite offering from Crow Peak. The beer pours an opaque dark with off white head that is leaving only a spotty lace. The scent has molasses and slight vanilla vibe. The taste is a well balanced easy to drink porter. Vanilla and some roasty espresso are present. The mouthfeel is medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a decent porter.

WoodBrew, Oct 10, 2014
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3.24/5  rDev -12.7%

thelargeone, Aug 27, 2014
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3.54/5  rDev -4.6%

Can I brought to share at drewone's tasting.

Thanks to Norseman for sending me this one.

Pours a clear reddish-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, toast, earth, and cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same with earth, cocoa, and char flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but there is a better mixture of aromas in my opinion.

Serving type: can.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 24, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev +3.8%

drewone, Aug 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Rado, Aug 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

GRG1313, Aug 24, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev +2.4%

Wowcoolman, Aug 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

TeamSeinfeld, Aug 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

RDW, Aug 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Ajlvt, Jul 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Norseman, Jul 29, 2014
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3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a fine porter here, more robust than many, showing me lots of cocoa and chocolate malt notes, a dry richness which is lovely and uncommon, and enough carbonation to make it sessionable for me in all four seasons. middle of the spectrum brown, mostly clear, fizzy too, with about an inch of just off white head on top. nose and flavor of chocolate malt but not too much roasted barley, a combination i am more used to in brown ale than in porter, but it works to lighten this one a little, and make it not quite so gripping in the finish. true to its name, there is a real earthy grainy middle to this, not quite minerality, but a definite soil-esque character that gives it a unique feel. a finish of fresh but burning bread but not quite smokey, and again the cocoa aspect. upbeat carbonation is quite lively for the style, one of the things i like most about this beer. a very good one, my first from crow peak.

StonedTrippin, Jul 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Hohnbaum, Jun 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

CraigTravor, Jun 11, 2014
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3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

SD-Alefan, May 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Fargrow, May 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

PappyVans, May 19, 2014
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Pile O' Dirt Porter from Crow Peak Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.