Becky's Black Cat Porter - Seven Brides Brewing

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Becky's Black Cat PorterBecky's Black Cat Porter

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very good

33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 8.27%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Seven Brides Brewing visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
"Our rich, dark Porter is a full-bodied ale with a creamy, chocolate colored head. this Porter's smooth flavor and wonderful finish comes from a blend of deep-roasted barley malt and wonderful Willamette valley hops. 55 IBU's and Color of 55 SRM"

(Beer added by: Reidrover on 10-30-2010)
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3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up a pretty good amount of head which seems to have excellent retention. The head is a medium to a dark beige while the body is an opaque, dark chocolate black. Lacing starts off as mostly sheeting which breaks- this beer might form rings. Lacing ends up being fairly solid.

Nose- Very nice but typical aroma for a porter. Starts off with tons of coffee and roasted malts while chocolate enters the mix. The bottle is mostly coffee while the glass shows some more complexity- chocolate, cocoa, and minor fruit esters (raisins and light citrus). Maybe a little bit of fudge. Swirling shows some creaminess.

Taste- Starts of with very deep and bitter coffee along with deep chocolate. Pretty representative of the nose but I had hoped to see a little more complexity. The coffee is very dominant and very bitter. Some cocoa and chocolate shows but not much else. Some pine and resin on the finish but there is more of an earwax note to the hop bitterness more than anything else. There are slight fruit esters on the front (most raisin) but as of yet, they do not counteract the almost burnt bitterness of the strong coffee and roasted notes. Slight note of citrus- mostly lemon. Has the presence and alcohol of a Baltic Porter but doesn't really have the complexity I usually get. It would be better if they just described this as a coffee porter (even if there is no coffee added, it's the dominant aspect). The coffee bitterness does mellow out a bit but this beer is pretty much a one trick pony. Above average to good (mostly good) but there is no denying that this beer lacks serious complexity. No real flaws.

Mouthfeel- Between medium and heavy bodied but closer to medium. A good amount of carbonation that isn't distracting. Some dryness and grittiness on the finish.

Drinkability- The drinkability is okay but the dominance of the coffee is a bit much for me. I imagine this would be a great beer for a different palate. I think it runs about 4 bucks for a bomber so it is a pretty good deal.

Overall- Above average to good with a slight tendency toward good. It's a little one dimensional for me but many might find this to be a positive, so I would say it is worth a try. However, there are many other Baltic Porters I'd rather drink. Not entirely to style but close enough.

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3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A rough and brawny-flavored dark brew. Pleasant foamy mouthfeel. Serious amounts of charred and blackened grains. Quite bitter, in fact more bitter than most Porters I've had.

HInts of wintergreen. Very attractive in the glass, dark brown with long-lasting lacing. From the 16 oz can purchased at New Seasons Market in Portland.

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3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz : tulip

Pours black, with a thick, craggy brown head.

Deep roasty, cocoa malt character. A bit more prominent in the aroma than taste, but fairly similar overall.

Medium body, mild foamy carbonation.

A very well done porter. Bold flavor, yet easy drinking. Corny sounding I know, but the best way I can put it at the moment.

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3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to the Bier Stein for stocking this beer. Bought it mainly because my girlfriend's name is Becci.

A: Dark brown to almost black.

S: Coffee and chocolate are definitely present in the aroma. Very strong malt flavor to balance it out.

T: Deep coffee flavors. Nice malty backbone. I really enjoyed how this tasted. I've been on a chocolate/coffee flavored beer kick as of late, and this one is really one of the better ones.

M: Very creamy and smooth. Something I really enjoy in a porter.

D: I think I would drink this again.

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3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice porter in a tallboy can. Deep black bodied with a good-sized tan head and strong lacing. Blends sweetness and roastiness well; has ample chocolatey notes, char, bitter black coffee, dark fruit, light citrus hops adding to the bitterness as well. Slight chalkiness the only knock. Semi-sweet finish with a touch of charred bitterness lingering. Booze remains mostly hidden. Medium-full bodied, moderately carbonated, slightly sticky in a nice way. Has some heft and a good deal of smoothness. Pretty solid all around. Thanks to Trystero. I'd buy a 4 pack of these if they sold them on the east coast.

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3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For 4 dollars you really cannot complain about a 22oz bottle....well you can but with this nope. When I poured it out of the bottle, I say on the bottle it said it had an SRM of 80...yes its dark, black and darker than most porters this cheap I have ever seen. The only light I get it on the rim of the glass when holding up to light. It sends a deep red hue. Besides that this is black as night and it has a very thick creamy mocha head. Very nice and it faded quickly. The smell was a bit of a downer. I tried to get the roastyness or the coffee / dark chocolates you get with beer this dark. Its not there. You have to try really hard to get that dark roast smell. Its there and its subtle. I have had the early feelings of a cold. That has to be this because when I take a sip its what I expected. Its a thick, dark roasty somewhat bitter sticky dank beer. Amazing for the price. It almost has a flavor like it was barrel aged. Not sure where that comes from. But its got to be from the barley or something that has yielded that boozyness that is not heat from bourbon but not also from beer. Its easy to drink. Its got a thick mouthfeel to it. Yet it finishes kind of dry at the end. All I got to say is that if you like dark beer give this a shot. I am giving it a 4. Its great. Not the best porter ever but for the cash this is one beer not to pass up at all.

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3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This Porter pours a incredibly non-translucent, dark black with a thick and frothy beige colored head. This is a seriously black Porter. The foamy topping lasts until the final sip with a thick sticking coating attached to the side of my pint glass.

Chocolate and burnt coffee are the first and dominant scents. They are followed by a toasted nutty smell with a hint of vanilla mixed in and finishes with an almost bitter sweet dark chocolate smell.

Sipping this Porter I find exploding flavors of strong burnt coffee and deeply roasted malts, dark chocolate and finishing with a highly bitter and sticky flavor in my mouth. I thoroughly enjoy this Porter. I find the contrast between the initial semi-sweet deeply roasted flavors with the strong bitter finish quite nice.

This beer is very oily and thick. It is smooth and a wonderfully made Porter.

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Becky's Black Cat Porter from Seven Brides Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.