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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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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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Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber. Big, mad props to my friends Brent and Michelle for bequeathing this souvenir of their trip to the Willamette valley to me, on the occasion of my son's baby-warming. I ain't saving this until the wee screamer is of age, so here we go.

This beer pours a solid, overused motor oil black, with only a hint of basal caramel highlights when blinded by the light, and a towering column of frothy, densely foamy, whipped cream beige head, which leaves some thorough layered, chunky hanging lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away to that last DQ swirl.

It smells of dry dark chocolate, lightly toasted caramel malt, a touch of vanilla cream, roasted bar nuts, some faint lactic sourness, and a prominent musty, earthy, and leafy hoppiness. The taste is more slightly charred caramel malt, bittersweet and kookoo cocoa puffs, mildly sour milk, a wafting ashiness, dry ground coffee, and some emergent dank citrusy, earthy, leafy hop bitterness - just enough to keep this honestly 'muricun.

The bubbles, as previously noted, seem to have seen that Pepsi and Mentos Youtube video one too many times, yet somehow maintain a low-level grade of fizzy, crazy structure, the body a decent enough middleweight under it all, as the chocolate throws its heft around to ensure at least a semblance of smoothness. It finishes off-dry, but only just, as in a major (localized to yours truly, of course) development, the hops wax in the face of the unexpectedly waning malt cabal.

A rather involving and ultimately tasty rendition of an American porter - the multi-varied malt is good and busy, the hops keep up their end of the bargain, if a tad tardily, and the elevated ABV seems lost in the Oregon Garden, or somewhere, 'cause it sure isn't making time around here. Enjoyable to the last drop (once that foam settles - maybe this little brew saw too much in the way of jostling travel - no big deal).

biboergosum, May 07, 2013
Photo of mactrail
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.

mactrail, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of tobelerone
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.

tobelerone, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Maudite snifter. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black in the glass. Half finger light brown head with good retention and lacing. Very dark and impressive for a porter. Aroma of toasted malt, light chocolate and caramel malt. Flavor of dark toasted malt with a hint of char, coffee, light chocolate and malt. Finishes with boiled coffee and hops. Nice medium, creamy body. This is one of the beers that causes contemplation of the difference between porters and stouts. The flavor is dominated by toasted malt but is not as intense as a stout; the color and body are very close. Nicely made. I liked this very much and it encourages me to try other brews from this brewery.

LiquidAmber, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of twelveinches
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

twelveinches, Apr 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

mattmarka1, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of Reidrover
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber from "Lifesource" Salem. I have to give this a perfect "5" for appearance. deepest, darkest mahogany brown with a gorgeous dark tan head..thats rather creamy and thick..a work of art. Great chocolaty dark coffee aromas..rosted malty goodness assaults the nasal passages! Again nice flavour profile..dakest sweet coffee essence with a semi-bitter chocolaty base that is luxuriant. Palate lets it down a bit..being smooth but a little too thin. But overall a very nice porter..certainlly the best beer this brewery has produced so far IMO.

Reidrover, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of msubulldog25
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 oz. bottle, picked up for around $5 at Belmont Station. Chilled, but not cold, and served to a pint glass.

Good-looking label: a black cat silhouetted against a full moon, a 'spooky' old house and gnarly trees framing it. 'Becky's Black Cat Porter' in a script-y, kinda feminine font - reminiscent of Tim Burton's 'Nightmare Before Christmas'.

A: Full-on 'black'; hold it to a strong light to have any chance at seeing through this beast (a little rusty bronze shows). Nice head of mocha cream: tops off at a finger, but sticks a patchwork quilt atop. Very nice lace, too - canvassing sheets that stick in discernible strata. All that you'd ask for in a porter.

S: A noseful of muddy earth and brackish chocolate, musty but with brief whiffs of vanilla and roasted nuts. Not much hops to speak of, as you'd expect from an 'American Porter' (just not always a 'Northwest' take on one...).

T: A sooty/ashy ground coffee and dark chocolate load...geez, really terrific! It's a dark fudge cake and a cream-laced coffee married together (although the acrid coffee tends to dominate the finish).To get into this, you'll have to like the darkest of roasts; fortunately, I do. Tasty!

M: Refined carbonation and a generally smooth and creamy feel. Body is medium, borderline heavy. Alcohol sneaks in at the finish.

D: Very likable, probably the best I've tried from still (what I consider) fledgling Seven Brides. If you like big, roasted and malty stouts (and you can find this limited ale), pick this up and enjoy!

msubulldog25, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of shelby415
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

shelby415, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of RedneckBeerz
4/5  rDev +3.4%

RedneckBeerz, Apr 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

funkel81, May 24, 2014
Photo of vkv822
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.

vkv822, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of artoolemomo
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.

artoolemomo, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of RJLarse
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a couple of cans on Becky's Black Cat Porter in a bottle shop. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a black walnut color, opaque, with a loose tan head.

Smell is faint, a smokey charcoal and coffee scent.

Taste is a bitter charcoal flavor up front, coffee and chocolate notes, with a bitter sweet roasted plum flavor, and a dry bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, not cloying with a dry smokey aftertaste.

Overall a very good smokey porter. I would have it again.

RJLarse, Feb 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

JoelClark, Aug 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

johnnyboy76, Dec 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

BillHilly, Dec 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

bernat1971, Sep 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

kylemckinnis, Aug 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

NWer, Nov 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

NickSMpls, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of velosuds
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness dating. Paid $3.99 at local grocer on sale.

A-Pours a dark brown almost black hue with a one and one half finger, thick, creamy tan head with good retention and ample lacing.

S-Chocolate, coffee, and toasted malts with a pleasant hop presence at 55 IBUs. This is maybe the best smelling porter I have encountered. If a buzz were possible through the nose this would be an outstanding beer.

T-Rich malt, creamy dark chocolate (more bittersweet than milk, but luxuriant nonetheless), and coffee. Sweet and adequately hoppy. Not quite ready to give this a 4.5 for taste, but damn close. Would readily give it a 4.25 if possible.

M-Very smooth, but a tad light. Otherwise a great beer.

D-This is the best offering I have enjoyed from Seven Brides. Wish they bottled this in 12 oz. bottles by the six pack. Will enjoy this again. Nice that it has a 7% ABV that is very nicely masked.

velosuds, Nov 04, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

RHVC59, Saturday at 11:49 PM
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

Lazaro, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of HochFliegen
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.

HochFliegen, Dec 22, 2013
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Becky's Black Cat Porter from Seven Brides Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.