1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Gandy Dancer Porter - Potosi Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Gandy Dancer PorterGandy Dancer Porter

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
82
good

60 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

(view ratings)
Ratings: 60
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Gandy Dancer Porter Alström Bros
Ratings: 60 | Reviews: 20 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of bcm75
bcm75

Illinois

3/5  rDev -16.9%

05-30-2013 00:35:47 | More by bcm75
Photo of Bigtwin
Bigtwin

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -10%

05-24-2013 22:03:58 | More by Bigtwin
Photo of enelson
enelson

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

05-24-2013 00:22:38 | More by enelson
Photo of Chokobo
Chokobo

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -10%

05-23-2013 20:54:07 | More by Chokobo
Photo of TMoney2591
TMoney2591

Illinois

2.89/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 20:01:39 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of BrownAleMale
BrownAleMale

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

04-15-2013 04:15:49 | More by BrownAleMale
Photo of schoon
schoon

Iowa

3/5  rDev -16.9%

03-17-2013 02:03:52 | More by schoon
Photo of wmobley
wmobley

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -10%

03-15-2013 18:38:53 | More by wmobley
Photo of jakea
jakea

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

03-03-2013 03:29:01 | More by jakea
Photo of nuclearmeg
nuclearmeg

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -3%

02-01-2013 02:37:54 | More by nuclearmeg
Photo of justinehrlich
justinehrlich

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

01-03-2013 05:30:32 | More by justinehrlich
Photo of bryang002
bryang002

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -10%

12-06-2012 02:51:58 | More by bryang002
Photo of johnkale
johnkale

Wisconsin

3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 01:45:32 | More by johnkale
Photo of mdfb79
mdfb79

New York

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my BYG 2012 Super Bowl Champions pint glass, drinking while watching the Bengals embarass the Giants. Thanks to Ian and Emma for giving me this in Wisconsin last weekend.

a - Pours a very dark brown color with the smallest bit of a reddish tint, two inches of medium tan head that leaves quickly, and low to moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, milk chocolate, coffee, toasted malts, light nuts, and some cream and vanilla. Very nice nose....more coffee as it warms up.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, coffee, toasted malts, some light cream, and light bitter chocolate. Nice, but not quite as nice as the nose. Less chocolate and sweetness. Maybe a tiny bit of anise as well.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Little less carbonation would be nice but otherwise pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty decent porter. I really liked the nose and it is easy to drink. The taste has less chocolate and a little more bitterness and anise, but it's a solid porter worth checking out. Would try it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 19:01:47 | More by mdfb79
Photo of Jimboe
Jimboe


4/5  rDev +10.8%

10-03-2012 15:41:18 | More by Jimboe
Photo of Josievan
Josievan

Iowa

4/5  rDev +10.8%

06-13-2012 17:44:44 | More by Josievan
Photo of Kunstman
Kunstman

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +10.8%

06-01-2012 23:57:09 | More by Kunstman
Photo of Zachtheporter
Zachtheporter

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -3%

03-02-2012 03:59:54 | More by Zachtheporter
Photo of cagocubs
cagocubs

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 03:06:16 | More by cagocubs
Photo of PorterPig
PorterPig

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +10.8%

02-08-2012 16:34:00 | More by PorterPig
Photo of mholdefer
mholdefer

Alabama

4/5  rDev +10.8%

02-07-2012 03:53:40 | More by mholdefer
Photo of fiveiron83321
fiveiron83321

Texas

3/5  rDev -16.9%

12-28-2011 22:45:13 | More by fiveiron83321
Photo of ineedafirkin
ineedafirkin

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.8%

12-15-2011 22:51:45 | More by ineedafirkin
Photo of crewfan16
crewfan16

Minnesota

2.85/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

poured from bottle to an imperial sam adams glass.

a- pours ruby dark brown with enough light to be able to see through it. half inch of head fades quickly with almost no lacing

s- bready doughy malt and some nutty character. slight caramel sweetness. sort of underwhelming

t- again with the biscuit maltiness and slight nutty flavors - toasted almond maybe. some more roasted charred malt on the finish with a little hop bitterness

m- creamy enough mouthfeel but sort of thin overall

overall, a slightly below average porter. just sort of light on all accounts. I am really trying to find something i really love from potosi, but they are just sort of underwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 04:01:14 | More by crewfan16
Photo of WastingFreetime
WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Transferred over from my tasting notebook.

Looks really almost black except for when I shine a flashlight on it and the edges turn deep brown. 1/4 of a finger of tan head that vanishes in 20 seconds, no lacing left behind but it has a nice texture in my mouth I usually only feel in milk stouts. Smells like a mixture of coffee, sweet malt, and vague impressions of a light hop spicing. Tastes more like a mixture of roasted malt, and toasted nuts than coffee to me, although it has some hints of the spicing components of a chai latte without the dairy or the coffee elements. The malts taste kind of musty....maybe about 20% oxidized? Because of this, I suspect that I may have had an older bottle, since I am also not picking up on certain layers of complexity that other BAs before me have... I'll update this one if I find myself with another bottle in my possession in the future.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 03:23:26 | More by WastingFreetime
Gandy Dancer Porter from Potosi Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.