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White Horse Porter - Selin's Grove Brewing Company

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White Horse Porter
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86
very good

38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Selin's Grove Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: francisweizen on 03-08-2005)
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Reviews by dherling:
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dherling

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%

Poured out a mahogony brown color with a creamy tan head ringer by good lacing. The nose offered some slight coffee notesand slightly toasted/burned malting. The taste was like milk chocolate. If I had to guess on appearance taste and mouthfeel, I would say this was a stout, so as a porter it doesn't work, but it was fairly tasty. Had a creamy mouthfeel leading to a long finish.

04-30-2007 17:10:58 | More by dherling
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.1%

05-07-2012 00:36:21 | More by TimoP
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +7.7%

64oz. growler fresh from the brewery.

Near-opaque darkness. Color is inky darknes. Miniscule, but quite thick and long-lasting tan-colored head. Scant glass lacing. Aromas are of dark chocolate, fresh-roasted coffee beans, sweet sugar, and maybe some sweet bread dough. Flavor is up-front bitter chocolate, followed by a malty sweet middle with a caramelish note, and finishes slightly dry with a powdered cocoa and grassy hop aftertaste. Got better as it warmed up. Not as chewy as expected, but still a solid mouthfeel. Exceptional drinkability. More, please.

11-07-2005 03:11:40 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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jakester

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +13.4%

I had this on tap at the brewpub.

Arrives as a very deep, dark, mahogany, almost opaque but not quite. A one finger head of light brown foam, which dropped quickly to a coating and a ring. Very slight lacing.

Aroma is chocolate covered cherries, fruity and roasty. Maybe some brown sugar overtones. Smells scrumptious! Very faint lemony hops as it gets warmer.

This porter tastes like it smells. Chocolate covered cherries, raisins, a nice balancing bitterness, citrusy/grassy hops, dark caramel, and slightly sweet coffee. Delish!

Mouthfeel is sweet on the palate, with a medium carbonation across the tongue and bitterness in the back of the throat. Ends with a slight astringency, even a little heat from alcohol.

This beer is an all-nighter. Not too sweet, not too bitter; just right. A nice representation of an English porter.

07-04-2005 13:06:53 | More by jakester
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ggaughan

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%

Sampled at the brewpub on a recent visit. The beer poured a deep brown, almost black color into my glass with a thick tan head that gave way to a nice thick ring around the glass with strong lacing and some floating goodness on top. The aroma was a good wiff of chocolate goodness and a touch of sweetness probably from the molasses it is made with. The taste was more of the same and very pleasing to the taste buds. The body is nearly light which makes the mouthfeel great and smooth.

07-18-2006 02:09:49 | More by ggaughan
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%

Decent conventional porter on tap at the brewpub. Roast and molasses aroma. Creamy with lots of lace on dark brown, abundant head. Molasses is the taste, medium mouthfeel. On the sweet side with lots of different malts. Tad of coffee and naturally chocolate malt.

05-06-2007 17:47:45 | More by Sammy
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Bdel34

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

07-18-2013 22:39:20 | More by Bdel34
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -9%

On tap @ the SGB on 5/16/09. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a deep brown (ruby highlights shine through the body) with a soft and creamy off-white head. Good retention here, leaving back some nice patchy lace that sticks. Molasses really sticks out in the nose to me, followed by notes of roasted chocolate and floral hops pulling up the back. While not hugely deep, this has a pleasant tasty smell to it that only strengthens as it warms.

The taste is toffee, chocolate, and roast, with a light smack of molasses giving it a bit of a sticky finish. Moderate hop bitterness and lingering roast offers some needed balance. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with the carbonation having an easiness to it that flows readily in the mouth.

All in all, a decent Porter. A little more depth to the flavor and body would have been welcomed though. A good beer for sure but not nearly the best of the staple offerings here.

05-19-2009 16:21:36 | More by Kegatron
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

A 12 oz pour at the brewpub.

A: The ale has an almost, but not quite, black color. Closer inspection reveals a clear brown color that nicely compliments the off-white head that retains nicely.

S: The aroma is a slightly stale chocolatey sweet element. I find that the stale aroma really makes the ale fit into a good porter profile.

T: The flavor accentuates roasted malts and molasses thickness. The roasted malts are not as deep as the oatmeal stout, but they have a darked charred element that bites the tongue. The porter has molasses as an element and it is evident, providing a sharply sweet flavor. The slightly stale note in the nose does not pop up here (and that is a bit of a letdown for me).

M: The mouthfeel is a pleasant blend of molasses thickness and roasted malts. The ale is worth a look for the sharp bite from the aforementioned molasses.

D: I enjoyed this ale and would try it again. The molasses adds a touch of authenicity and good porters are clearly can't-miss beers.

03-03-2007 21:49:48 | More by akorsak
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%

A - Two plus fingers worth of fluffy airy very light tan colored head... The color is a dark brown / light black... There sStill quite translucent with a bunch of light leaking in at all angles... Some faint red hues...

S - Chocolate cake... Some light milk chocolate notes... Even fainter whiffs of faint coffee... Cherries... Caramel... Toffee... Molasses...

T - A sweet but not overpowering molasses character... Light notes of black forest cake... Come cherry characteristics... Hints of baker's chocolate...

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... Quite creamy... A bit rich... Rather satisfying... Exceedingly smooth...

D - This is a very good brew... The cask presentation only adds to the exquisiteness... I could drink a couple of this in the sittings... Highly recommended...

10-01-2011 21:36:44 | More by philbe311
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

I went back to this beer many hours later. I refused to give up on this beer and decided on an aggressive pour from my growler. What an astounding difference.

We finally have same color, of course, but now I have a controlled head that is creamy if only a finger small. It is also coating and leaves spotted lacing on my glass. There is no cola like carbonation now, but tight bubbles present and decent whispy puck stays throughout drinking.

Nose improves dramatically from the aggressive pour. Chocolate punches out. But is still faint. Score on bouquet doesn't really improve, there is still a hint of sourness.

Taste still hampered slightly but the texture has improved dramatically. Mild cream sensation typical from this brewer comes back, to now going back with the roast coffee and now some chocolate sense.

Overall I almost feel like I am back at the tavern. Almost ;)

—--- first review original grade: C

Poured out of the growler into a nonic pint glass. Went from the brewery three hours from my car in a cushioned box, into my fridge. Opened up twenty four hours later.

Pours wet and flat with barely a centimeter of a tan head. Body color is a nice dark chestnut with orange hues at the bottom. Beer looks a bit lifeless.

Nose is light dark malt sense but not much going on here. Slight sense of toffee.

Taste is very wet and flat cola like texture. A little sour too. Acrid almost grain taste mixed with chocolate toffee and a hint of coffee.

Overall this isnt that bad but I am not sure this travelled or stored well. It's texture and appearance reminds me a bit of their Marzen which was ok. This may be turning, but if I had it fresh on tap I think it would only be slightly better. This unfortunately is not a great porter. Luckily they make some other great beers.

10-10-2011 00:33:10 | More by smakawhat
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DrBier

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

08-07-2014 03:04:54 | More by DrBier
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oline73

Maryland

3/5  rDev -22.7%

11-24-2012 01:25:54 | More by oline73
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%

Served on tap into a pint glass

A- pours a very dark brown with a one finger tan head. Standard pour, nothing special

S- aroma is of smoky coffee...really inviting

T- the taste is slightly nutty, with a majority of the flavor coming from roasted coffee

M- feel is nice, maybe a little on the thin side

D- damn good porter. Would definitely get again

01-29-2011 14:53:54 | More by bigfnjoe
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pavpav12

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-15-2011 21:41:36 | More by pavpav12
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +12.9%

Scored a growler of this baby on my first visit to Selin's Grove over Christmas weekend, had it ~27 hours after filling.

Poured into a pint glass with a thin, cloudy white head over a very dark brown body. Deep crimson highlights, just barely translucent. No real lacing.

Smells of milk chocolate, sweet, a little nutty. Kind of like creamy coffee, just enough roast to show up & balance.

Taste is great: darker chocolate flavors up front, some mild acidity, then light vanilla extract & a creamier, milky chocolate. In the aftertaste: toasty, coffee-like bitterness, mild. Alternates between chocolate & roast flavors. It's rare that I find a beer whose taste bests its smell! (usually vice versa)

Mouthfeel is smooth & rich without being heavy. Carbonation builds, but doesn't tire out my tastebuds.

Drinkability is great, this is one for the long-haul -- full of flavor & body without being fatiguing. Did I mention that I chose this growler after sampling everything they had on tap? This might be my favorite English-style porter out there, a great mate for (American-style) Edmund Fitzgerald.

12-31-2009 23:32:17 | More by OneDropSoup
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BeerCon5

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%

Pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a thin layer of creamy coffee colored head.

The scent is of roasted coffee and some notes of chocolate.

The taste is of roasted coffee, dark cocoa, and some sweet cream.

Full bodied, very smooth and creamy, no carbonation.

This was a pretty good beer, I thought the flavor should have been more bold for the style, but overall a nice beer.

09-06-2011 16:11:17 | More by BeerCon5
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.74/5  rDev -3.6%

Served on-tap at Selin's Grove Brewing Co in Selinsgrove, PA

A: Pours a clear but opaque very dark brown in color with minimal amounts of visible carbonation and some garnet red highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted and roasted grainy malts along with some hints of molasses sweetness.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of bready malts with toasted and roasted grains. That is followed by a light amount of molasses sweetness and hints of chocolate. Light amounts of earthy hops. Minimal amounts of bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Well balanced between the malt sweetness and the hop bitterness. Light enough to be easy to drink in the summer but feels a little on the thin side for the style in my opinion.

08-17-2013 03:51:17 | More by dbrauneis
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%

First had: on tap at the brewery

Poured a moderately dark tea brown, translucent around the edges, no head whatsoever. Aroma of toasted grains, very big on the molasses, with lesser notes of cocoa. Light taste, not very full, but quite sessionable; more of what was in the aroma, toasted grains, bready malts, molasses (less pronounced), cocoa, mild earthy hops. Borders on being a brown ale IMO. Body is about medium, lower carbonation, easily drinkable, very nice overall.

05-25-2012 03:01:33 | More by Rifugium
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -7.2%

On tap at the Selin's Grove Brew Pub.

This one poured a deeper brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, roast, and some caramel. Tastes of roast, chocolate, light coffee, and grainy.

Notes from and tasted on 10/25/08.

11-17-2008 01:57:54 | More by hopdog
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +16%

A second beer from growler after visiting the pub. I am pouring into a pint glass 2 days after filling.
The beer is dark brown with some garnet highlights when held to a light.
A fluffy beige head develops and fades to a surface layer quickly. Aroma is some toffee and a mix of chocolate, also a little bit buttery/creamy on the nose. Like a werthers hard candy.
First sip reveals a silky smooth body and lite rolling carbonation. Flavor is sweet with chocolate and some roasted malt dominating with just a hint of grassy and bitter hops coming through on the finish. A very tasty beer that is nicely balanced and very enjoyable. The best of teh bunch which I sample from Selinsgrove. Very clean and easy to drink!

08-22-2005 01:36:27 | More by sulldaddy
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nh2032

New York

4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-25-2011 13:40:04 | More by nh2032
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robieobie1

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.1%

03-05-2012 19:47:16 | More by robieobie1
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

Served on-tap at the Brewpub.

A - Pours dark brown bordering on black with a nice, creamy one finger tall off white head leaving light lace down the glass.

S - Smells of milk chocolate, old coffee grounds, dark roasted malt, and some faint hop bitterness at the end of each sniff. This nose is a little bit of a letdown.

T - Starts off with a good amount of cocoa sweetness that sticks around throughout. Hints of coffee, dark roasted malt, molasses, and some light bitterness; either from the coffee or hops; creeps in at the end of each sip.

M - Medium-Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Rich, creamy, feel that dies down a bit as the beer sits in the glass. Gets a bit watery at the end of the glass but I had no problem finishing it.

O - Pretty good. I have always liked porters and this one is no different. It has a good flavor profile and is pretty easy to drink. If you are at the pub and are looking for something new to try, I would suggest this one if it is on.

01-04-2012 02:27:51 | More by orangesol
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Thanks to wishuwerebeer for sharing this freshly filled growler. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears more brown in color than expected with ruby clarity seen when held to the light. A finger of tan froth quickly recedes leaving spotty and web-like patterns of lace. A swirl brings back a finger if cream to the surface.

The smell of this brew includes a light note of cheese initially that blends into cocoa and mild dark fruit indications. A little musty, metallic and mineral-filled with sulfur across the back. Raisins and more hints of fruit come out as the brew warms. It is significantly more fruity with less focus on chocolate than having it on tap.

The taste is dark and fruity reminescent of raisins, plums and a bit of musty chocolate. Some sweet caramel to toffee grain inclusion breaks up the fruity and chocolate character. Despite the mild must character, the grain inclusion for the most part comes across very fresh and grainy almost like oats.

This is a medium bodies brew with a light level of carbonation. Slightly watery at times in the feel but enjoyable and very easy drinking. I slightly prefer my last experience with this brew on tap. Regardless, it is an approachable brew for someone wanting to dry a darker brew.

01-04-2012 15:45:37 | More by stakem
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