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Gandy Dancer Porter - Potosi Brewing Company

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81
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73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | 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:
Beer added by: bashiba on 03-28-2010

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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

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Photo of BieresDesMoines
4.4/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown almost black with a big head. The aroma is lots of chocolate, mild hops with some earthy and floral character in there as well. The flavor is fruity, not in an overbearing way... or even a dominant way, but it's the first thing that hits you when you taste it. There is plenty of roasty coffee and a lot of nice hop bitterness. There is a mild smokiness to the beer as well. Overall this was the best beer I had on Saturday. This is a world class porter and a crown jewel in the lineup of a very new, but very welcome addition to the Southwest WI brewing scene.

Photo of mynie
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, exceedingly fresh, at the brewery.

Awfully dark for a medium strength porter. Not that there's anything wrong with that. It's actually pretty damn pretty.

Smells like coffee, dry hops, and dark roasted barley. More like a dry stout than a porter--there's not much rough porteriness, nor any sour nodes.

Tastes like it smells, like a solidly above average dry stout. Coffee moving into smooth, bitter barley, ending on light nodes of dry hops and black chocolate. Kind of sweet for the style (honestly, I never would have pegged this for a porter were not labeled as such), but a tasty, solidly brewed beer.

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Duff27
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours dark brown bordering black to my eyes (I only see the 8 original Crayola crayon colors though) with a half-inch light mocha color into my pint glass. Abundant lacing.

S- Smells chocolatey. Vanilla.

T- Roasted malts. Hint of vanilla. Chocolate on the tail end.

M- Smooth. Carbonated well...better than well.

D/O- Not a bad little porter from Potosi. Don't know how many I'd want to have in one sitting but I enjoyed it.

Photo of Schmittymack
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a twelve ounce bottle into that damn ol' trusy shaker glass. Poured a dark black--darker than a lot o' porters I've sampled. No head but a bit of lacing that lingers on the sides of the glass. Aroma of coffee and sweet malt. Taste is sweet malt, coffee, and no hop bitterness. A solid brew that I'd love to try from the source on tap.

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3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cagocubs
3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours brown but gains opaque tint when completely poured. A thin fuzzy head bubbles out quickly leaving a splotch in the middle.

S: Some sweet caramel malt, licorice, roasted malt, barley, and a little dark fruit sweetness.

T: The scent characteristics come full circle in the taste. Has a roasted malt complex that gains sweet caramel malt. The aftertaste is roasted, yet crisp and sweet.

M: Easy drinking porter with a lighter body than other examples. Good carbonation and mouth coating.

Photo of bashiba
3.76/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of cokes
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Gandy Dancer Porter from Potosi Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.