White Horse Porter - Selin's Grove Brewing Company
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Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 27 | Display Reviews Only:
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
3.3/5 rDev -14.9%
A - pours a dark brown with a thin off white head
S - aromas of roasted grains, chocolate and some caramel
T - taste follows aroma of light roasted maltiness and hints of chocolate
M/D - very light bodied/light flavored porter that I think has alot of potential but misses the mark for me. I don't think there is enough to it to make me want more.
01-06-2009 17:05:03 | More by mikereaser
3.33/5 rDev -14.2%
Reviewed on 10/27/08. On tap at the brewpub. Pours black with a rapidly fading head. Aroma of chalky roasted malt and a hint of chocolate. Flavor of raisins and weak sweet roasted malt. Not bad flavored, but weak-bodied. If improved, this could definitely be a really good porter.
12-28-2008 20:13:12 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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
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
3.63/5 rDev -6.4%
A - Pretty dark body...I would say a dark brown but it's hard to tell with how dark it is in the brewpub!...a light tan head is there and retains nicely while drinking...spotty lacing
S - Aromas of chocolate, some coffee, and roasted malts
T - All the same notes are present on the palate...the chocolate and coffee blend together nicely with the roasted malts to leave a roasted bitterness lingering...I'm not getting a hop bitterness...just the roasted malt bitterness
M - Medium bodied...thin yet smooth
D - I was expecting more flavor in this one...I would have liked to see more chocolate and less roastiness...overall a decent porter...you can't go wrong with anything from SGB
09-05-2009 00:18:11 | More by thain709
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
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
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
3.83/5 rDev -1.3%
Pours dark brown with ruby highlights. Slow, steady carbonation and a somewhat thin tan head that quickly falls to a ring. It's a growler, it gets the benefit of the doubt. Smell is a little more sweet than I expected up front. Some caramel, toffee, and brown sugar over a milky chocolate that lies underneath. Lightly buttered bread. Taste is very nice to me. Expansive flavors that work well together. Again, more sweet than anything. There is an earthy green hoppiness keeping it in check somewhat along with a doughy, bready flavor. It's bigger here than the nose lead me to believe, and very lovely. Ends up being well balanced and a solid example of the style. Nice smooth mouthfeel, pretty silky and fairly light bodied. Goes down pretty easy. The sweetness wears off, which was the only downside to this brew in my mind. I really like the bready flavors this one has, similar to a flavor I find in many ESB's which worked wonders here.
Thanks goes to akorsak for hooking me up with another gem from this brewery.
08-08-2008 22:12:51 | More by ncvbc
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
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
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
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
3.9/5 rDev +0.5%
Poured a deep dark brown with ruby edges. 1 finger of creamy tan head had good retention and left nice lacing. Smells of roasted malt, chocolate, grapes, and lemon. Tastes of lightly roasted malt, chocolate, and grassy hops. Medium in body but a bit watery, smooth and creamy with a nice bite in the finish. Easy to drink and good on cask, though I'd grab the Organic Baltic Porter over this one.
05-19-2008 03:41:37 | More by HopDerek
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
White Horse Porter from Selin's Grove Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.