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Gandy Dancer Porter - Potosi Brewing Company

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Gandy Dancer PorterGandy Dancer Porter

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68 Ratings

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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Potosi Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cokes on 10-14-2010)
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Photo of Jason
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Tiny bubbled tan lace holds strong, nearly full on black some brown edges to this beer. Sweet malty aroma, some toffee then things go roasty. Silky smooth with some buttery caramel flavors up front. Very modest hopping though a mild roasted grain edge helps to balance the sweetness out a bit. Mocha? Some warming alcohol i the end, not much else to this beer other than the toffee sweetness and some roasted grain flavor. Decent ...

Jason, Apr 07, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

schoon, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of cokes
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, barely translucent, mahogany brown topped with a low tan head. It migrates to the edges of the glass and proceeds to leave gobs of lace.
The aroma is sweet bringing caramel, chocolate, hazelnuts, and toast. The nose isn't loud, but it nice enough.
It carries a pronounced sweetness through the mouth, noting caramel, milk chocolate, and cake batter as it gets doughier through the middle, bringing along an odd note of corn syrup. A low-level toasty/roasty component provides offsetting bitterness, with vague anise qualities. Chocolate-dusted hazelnuts pop up late, as the sweetness wins out. It rides out with more caramel, with a cameo from earthy hops.
A deceptive medium build, pushed lighter with the steady, moderate carbonation. While sweet, it never approaches cloying. The balancing traits are subtle, but sufficient. As such, it brings a good deal of drinkability.

As a note, I've listed this as an American Porter, as Potosi's website alludes to that being the intent here with: "A bit bigger, hoppier, and or roastier than their European predecessors". I don't entirely agree with their description and tasting notes (I wish it had more of these things) and I find it a better example of an English Porter.
Splitting hairs a bit now, and I'll stop. It's a little quirky sweet, but I generally like it.

cokes, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of bashiba
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice deep dark brown with some mahogany highlights, a bit of thick tan head.

The smell was light and smoky with a touch of malty sweetness.

The Flavor was mild and well balanced with a bit of smoke, chocolate, and mild bit of toasted grain with a light bit of earthy hops in the finish.

The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy.

Nicely done Porter.

bashiba, Mar 29, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

wmobley, Mar 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

Kunstman, Jun 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

tourdot, Oct 25, 2014
Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid above average American Porter from this brewery. The best offering from them i've had thus far, better than "Good Ol' Potosi" and "Pure Malt Cave Ale" for sure, and better than their IPA possibly.

Light like a Munich Dunkel, but with the flavor profile of a Porter. Russet brown with a hint of crimson in the light. Wispy skim and a solid ring around the edges. A solitary arc of dripping lace accentuates the side of the glass.

Brown sugar sweetness and husky toasted malts in the nose. Very soft feel, some clove phenolics and creamy chocolate. Low level bitterness, i'd hesitate to associate it with any hop content, almost a simple byproduct of the mild roasty element. Seems more like a lager in feel, though it's medium bodied. Perfect cold weather brew. Would buy again.

emerge077, Dec 12, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

BeerFMAndy, Aug 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

ineedafirkin, Dec 15, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

enelson, May 24, 2013
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pkrager5, Dec 15, 2013
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MooseBoose, Dec 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

bismarksays, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of Murphious
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Nothing to get excited about and not to be avoided either.
Appears dark brown with tan head of 1/4in or less that dissipates quickly--within a minute or three. Pours thin, maybe slightly more viscous than a regular scotch ale?
Smells of hops and caramel malt--no surprises or complexity there. But not much if any chocolate.
Taste is same as expected from the aroma---some hop bitterness with burnt toast finish and little or no chocolate notes as in brewery description.
Mouthfeel is thinner than a porter, in my opinion. Some citrus bite but leaves quickly and slight drying in the finish with no oiliness.

Overall it's not bad but not exciting or worth searching for...

Murphious, Jan 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Troville1990, Dec 05, 2013
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Gandy Dancer Porter from Potosi Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.