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Gandy Dancer Porter - Potosi Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

62 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 11.14%
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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Jason

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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 ...

04-07-2011 01:45:14 | More by Jason
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BurdockBoy

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

04-06-2014 00:53:27 | More by BurdockBoy
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schoon

Iowa

3/5  rDev -16.4%

03-17-2013 02:03:52 | More by schoon
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

10-14-2010 06:03:00 | More by cokes
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bashiba

Iowa

3.8/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

03-28-2010 23:36:37 | More by bashiba
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wmobley

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

03-15-2013 18:38:53 | More by wmobley
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Kunstman

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +11.4%

06-01-2012 23:57:09 | More by Kunstman
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emerge077

Illinois

4/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

12-12-2010 04:07:17 | More by emerge077
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

08-17-2013 15:10:31 | More by BeerFMAndy
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ineedafirkin

Illinois

4/5  rDev +11.4%

12-15-2011 22:51:45 | More by ineedafirkin
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enelson

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

05-24-2013 00:22:38 | More by enelson
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pkrager5

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

12-15-2013 02:38:59 | More by pkrager5
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MooseBoose

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

12-12-2013 00:27:24 | More by MooseBoose
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bismarksays

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

04-14-2014 02:01:54 | More by bismarksays
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Murphious

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -11.4%

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...

01-15-2014 02:06:07 | More by Murphious
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mholdefer

Alabama

4/5  rDev +11.4%

02-07-2012 03:53:40 | More by mholdefer
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Dovers

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

06-17-2014 16:13:20 | More by Dovers
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winzenj

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

02-26-2014 21:37:30 | More by winzenj
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jakea

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

03-03-2013 03:29:01 | More by jakea
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Jimboe


4/5  rDev +11.4%

10-03-2012 15:41:18 | More by Jimboe
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Bigtwin

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

05-24-2013 22:03:58 | More by Bigtwin
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Troville1990

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

12-05-2013 01:17:10 | More by Troville1990
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Azpittil57

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

12-20-2013 04:28:30 | More by Azpittil57
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.89/5  rDev -19.5%

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

My second beer of this title, making my list just a bit more train-oriented than before. Sheldon would be pleased. Anyway, this stuff pours a dark black-brown topped by a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises blackened pretzel (complete with a light coating of milk chocolate) and mild toast. The taste holds notes of rather mild roasted malts, toast, and very light chocolate powder. It all comes together in a strangely perfume-y aftertaste. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a pretty mediocre and forgettable porter.

05-20-2013 20:01:39 | More by TMoney2591
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johnkale

Wisconsin

3.3/5  rDev -8.1%

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint

A - pours a deep, deep red/brown (like cola but more opaque) with two fingers of rocky, off-white head that dissipates in a matter of minutes

S - big loads of toffee upfront with some complimentary raisin, tobacco, dark coffee. just the barest bit of nuttiness in there too

T - very sweet, toffee and raisins, smoky/roasty notes, a little bit of alcohol bite, some earthy hops in there too. good, but a little less residual sugar might have been nice

M - a little over-carbonated, lighter in body than the sweetness would imply

O - good flavors going on but definitely too sweet for the body. Personally would have preferred a more roasty quality. I braised some lamb shanks in it a couple of nights ago and reduced the braising liquid for sauce, which work out very nicely with this, so at least it holds up in the kitchen.

11-14-2012 01:45:32 | More by johnkale
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Gandy Dancer Porter from Potosi Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.