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Pughtown Porter - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Reviews: 18
Hads: 24
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Scoats on 11-07-2002

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Reviews: 18 | Hads: 24
Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very dark, but obviously clear brown, almost black. Very large tan head graced the top, eventually faded down to just a slight ring around the outside of the glass. No glass lace and little carbonation,.Smell very sweet, lots of caramel and roasted coffee, a touch of chocolate perhaps. Very nice light feel. Good carbonation kept it feeling alive and allowed the flavors to really pop. Nice burnt caramel sugar and a touch of chocolate. Very nice dry piney hopped finish. Very drinkable, in fact I had alot more of this alot quicker then I intended to. Overall a really great bee

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A clear, very dark brown body displays ruby highlights beneath a thin, creamy head of off-white foam that holds well and leaves some thin lace. Bright Cascade hops appear in the aroma over a chocolatey maltiness. In the mouth it's medium bodied with a fine carbonation that leaves it lightly crisp, but also somewhat dextrinous in the swallow. The flavor starts with citrusy, fruity hops; followed by some bittersweet chocolate and very deeply caramelized sugars as it crosses the palate and a bold hop bitterness emerges. It's surprisingly well-balanced, and similar to a good feather-weight boxing match with it's bold bitterness and rich citrus hop and dark malt character going fist-to-fist but never appearing heavy handed. It finishes dry with a short lingering, bittersweet chocolate note and some minimal hop flavor. Somewhat rich but not heavy, solidly bitter and well balanced. An enjoyable brew that's certainly worth trying.

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Photo of WesWes
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a translucent dark brown color with thin off-white head. The aroma is good. It seems a bit light, but has a nice dark malt makeup with some dry qualities. The taste is good. It has a nice roasted, dark malt quality to it, but it seems a bit light for the style. It has a weak feel to it, but it still tastes good. The mouthfeel is decent. It is medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good beer. I don't think it's a true porter though.

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Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown in color with deep bronze tones around the edges of the glass. A nice 1+" inch head quickly receded.

Smell: the aroma was of roasted malt.

Taste: the flavor was of full malt roastiness, coffee, and lite licorice tones.

Mouthfeel: this is on the heavier side of a medium bodied brew and had nice carbonation. The mouthfeel was smooth with a slight crisp finish where the roastiness slowly faded from the tongue.

Drinkability: Nicely drinkable, worth seeking out.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pughtown Porter
Sly Fox Brewing Company
Style: American Porter
ABV: 5.60 %

LOOK: Dark brown brew with a mocha cream foam that leaves plenty of lace and lasts a good while. Looks like a solid porter.

SMELL: Aroma of roast, nuts, chocolate, coffee and sugary malt.

TASTE: In the taste, roasted malt upfront with a faint smokey note that gives way to milk chocolates. There is a small complimentary bitterness, but this is a mostly roasty, chocolatey affair with a mild presence of coffee.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated, good thick feel and goes down smoothly and easily.

OVERALL: A tasty porter here from Sly Fox brewing based out of Pottstown, PA. Certainly a great beer to have more than one of in a sitting.

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Photo of DrJay
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was clear and dark brown with chestnut highlights. It was poured with a short cap of light tan head that produced some decent lacing and lasted for quite a while. The aroma was malty - caramel with (nearly) milk chocolate and slightly burnt. Moderate bitterness with plenty of caramel and bittersweet chocolate. Some nuttiness with a bit of burnt character. Hops aren't prominent, but do provide some depth. Dryness was a bit grainy, medium/full bodied, and the carbonation was on the creamy side. Great stuff. The English-style maltiness really pays off. I also liked the burnt character from black malt rather than roasted barley you get in some porters. I could drink this one all night.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep auburn chestnut with red highlights and a nice head of meringue like foam. The aromas are of slightly roasted malts, a bit of caramel, coffee, and some subdued roasty notes as well. The taste reflects the aromas very much. Weak coffee and sweet malts hit up front, the middle is a tad roasty, and the finish is chocolate-like and nice. The mouthfeel is very thin, for a porter, and it really ruins it a bit for me. However, the drinkability is awesome because this stuff goes down like water. A pretty standard porter, but it is just too thin for me.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a German growler fresh from SLY FOX...ok actually, it's been stowed away for about three weeks...that's the longest growler tenure I've ever had but not to worry because the folks at SLY FOX doa 10/10 job on filling them so that they store for weeks easily.

Ruby brown dark clear pour almost like an empty brown beer bottle glass. First growler pour was lacking a head cover, but the second pour remedied that in a hurry.

Bitter roasted malts. Woody aroma with a bit of wet cardboard, almost ESB in the nose.

Woody, roasted malts flavor. Dry finish. Maple syrupy sweet, almost reminds me of sweet 'n low.

Chewy, sugary, creamy feel. As this warmed a bit from the fridge temps, this became smoooth.

Is it drinkable? Me & shapudding knocked off a growler in about two hours.

Last swigs: Even though Porter isn't my favorite style, this is a decent over all porter offering. England invented the style. US can do it. This proves it. A good porter that was way drinkable.

Beer is good. Happy local beering.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tap at special tasting

Pours dark brown with an eggshell head.

Smells a bit smokey with some chocolate and dry hop character.

Tastes mildly toasty with some dark fruit malt sweetness and some mild hop bitterness.

Medium body with light carbonation.

Pretty delicious, an enjoyable porter, would definitely have this again.

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Photo of AltBock
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this Sly Fox beer on cask at Teresa's Next Door on 2/16/2008. They served it to me in a standard American pint glass.

This Sly Fox poured a deep dark mahagony brown that had a few chestnut brown highlights at the bottom and on the sides. It had a tall 1 inch creamy head of white foam that seemed like forever to recede to a point where I could taste the beer. When it finally receded, it left behind a white bubbly film and streaks of white bubbly lace. It had a medium sized lightly dry aroma of bitter dark chocolate, dry roasted malts, dry roasted hops, and then ended with a pinch of dark fruits. The taste started off chocolately with bitter dark chocolate, dark roasted malts, and a splash of dark fruits. Then after the dark fruits had left, in comes this bitter taste of dark roasted hops, and a small slice of grapefruit. It had a nice chocolately/bitter hop combo to it. The mouthfeel was dry with roasted hops, roasted malts, and a small touch of grapefruit. It was an absolute joy to try this Sly Fox winner on cask.

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Photo of SPRichard
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

dark brown in color...tight light tan head a little lacing sticking towards the end of the glass


bittersweet chocolate...bitterness....roasted nuts....caramel...hops present but not over the top

medium body...dry....creamy

could do a session with this one without even blinking

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Photo of pezoids
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Grey Lodge. Deep mahogany brown/ amber in color with some orangey highlights. Beautifully rich and creamy tan head. This looks delicious. The aroma is rich with buttery roasted grains and burnt chocolate bitters. There is even some fruits, like apples and dark cherries that come through.

The taste is very rich, has a deep and dark fruitiness along with some burnt caramel sweetness. Very intense and almost takes an ammonia like quality. There’s a dry roasted bitterness in the finish. This is one rich and roasty brew. Very nice.

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Photo of nomad
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A brown-black glass of ale, transparent with a crimson burnish. Handsome color with a bubbly mocha head on top.

Nose is a malt festival, with scents of chocolate, roast, and an almost black malt dry acerbic quality. Underneath is a body of wonderful sweet-and-soft biscuit scents. Opens to toffee covered in a dark, grainy burliness. An inviting porter.

Has a dark-roasted coffee approach followed by a chocolate flavor riveted with character and complexity. Then it drops off a tiny sweet note before the leafy hop end, a Cascade-like grapefruit bitter with a scruffy dryness. Finish is long and complex, showing sides of black coffee, bitter chocolate, and plain old roastiness with a chewable crackle to it. A good robust porter moving toward a stouty darkness, yet never noxiously or over-burdening in roasty/hoppy dryness and acrid flavors. For me, that is such a problem with American-ized porters trying too hard to be robust and snappy.

Played an impeccable antagonist to a bowl of vanilla ice cream. Was very hard not to get a growler of this to go. Next time, its assuredly getting a nod. I'm tough on porters and this is one of the best I've had.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoy a good porter, and this one definitely fits the bill. I like my porters to have a vanilla characteristic. This has it. Noticeable ruby in the color should have given this trait away.

Roastiness from the chocolate malt is present though. Nice mixture. That prevents this beer from being cloyingly sweet.

I'd be very interested to try a cask version of this beer.

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Photo of ark57
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is black in color with some ruby tinges. There is a lot of citrus and chocolate in the aroma. Ity is medium bodied with some chocolate tastes and it finishes with a lot of citrus bitterness. It is a very tasty beer, but it does not come off as a porter to me. It is too bitter and not robust enough. Again it is good, but IMO, not a good representation of a porter.

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Photo of pburland23
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler at Sly Fox Royersford Saturday night and enjoyed on Sunday afternoon.

Poured into my Great Divide Brussels glass.

Beer pours a dark black, almost opaque with about two fingers of off white head. The head retention was minimal, but it did recede into some attractive lacing.

Smell is off roasted malts, earthy, musty coffee and dark chocolate. Taste is bold and assertive. It's full bodied and roasty with a strong chocolate note. There is also some hoppiness to round out a delicious porter.

As I said, the beer is full bodied and thick in terms of mouthfeel. As for drinkability, it's off the charts for a porter. I would love to regularly drink Pughtown Porter on these cold Pennsylvania winter nights. A great porter.

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Photo of Biscuit033
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark mahogany, with a small off-white head that dwindle to a ring on the outside of the beer and had minimal lacing.

S: Roasted and smoky malts, a tart tea note, and some pine and earthy hops.

T: Smoky and roasty, with a slight tart/sour note, with some chocolate and coffee notes and bitterness. This reminds of the blended style described in the Beer Styles section about English porter.

M: Smoth and easy drinking and a slightly hopped lingering finish. This is thinner than most porters out there.

D: This is as quaffable as any porter I have had. This is probably because it is a bit thinner and closer to a dark mild than a rich porter or stout.

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Photo of shapudding
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had filled my german growler at Sly Fox at the Incubus pour, and well, got on a eeetsy bit of a growler kick and had this one around for a bit! But damn, it was filled to the brim and stayed as perfectly wonderful as I remember it tasting when sitting behind the counter!

Poured so dark and luscious, with a khaki colored milkshakey head that settled down to a heavy coating. Very clear and dark, chocolatey-ruby colored that was beautiful in the sunlight! Scented heavily of molasses, then some sherry and black cherry. Smooth and creamy, but not heavy at all. Good body for a porter! Tastes prominantly of chocolate, mocha latte, with the hops playing in the background. So full of yumminess! Very drinkable, not foo filling. I can easily sit back and drink many a pint of this!

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a five beer sampler of 4 oz, Michelin Man style glasses, beers.

This was the fourth beer of the sampler.

Described as robust and generously hopped with black and chocolate malts.

Very dark brown in color (not black). Light tan head.

Well balanced. Good flavor coming from the black and chocolate malt. Nothing overwhelming on aroma. A fine mild flavor finish. Not "robust" in my book but very well done.

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Photo of bmills1608
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color, great clarity with deep reddish highlights in the core. Finger thick off white head, made up of predominantly larger bubbles, fades to a nice film.

On the nose was lots of floral and lively hops. This is a hoppy ass porter. Very up-front hop intense on the nose. Taste was more of the same, quite hoppy. Starts out with a flash of chocolate malts, darker breads, a bit of roasted goodness and then a bull rush of hop flavors push through. Mid pallette is more fresh hops, citrus and full of vigor and spice. Holy crap this is an interesting take on a porter. Really nice though.

Finishes very clean and balanced. Overall impression was I was drinking a black hoppy pale. This porter was like none I have had before, and I liked it immensely. What a flavorful, drinkable and well balanced ale. Great stuff.

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Photo of Scoats
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From when it first hits your tastebuds, you know this is well crafted, full bodied porter. The porter features a strong assertive taste that is rather hoppy in a Sierra Nevada sort of way, with a full range of tastes from the beginning of the sip until the end.

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Photo of Edwin
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Sly Fox brewpub.

Appearance - A nice black body with a caramel head.Looks exactly how a Porter should look. Held up to light, there is a reddish hue.

Smell - Roasted maltiness with nuttiness and some chocolate hints.

Taste - Very much an awesome flavor in this one. Nutty and malty with a great chocolaty hint. Perhaps a tad of some coffee held in there as well. This was very robust and tasty. Every sip was a winner.

Mouthfeel - Nice and smooth on the entry and a pretty comfy feel on the tongue. Not bad.

Drinkability - Coming in at only 5.8%ABV, I could seriously get very friendly with a few of these at a time. An easy-drinking and great tasting beer that can woo you with its goodness. This one's a winner.

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Photo of BitterBrian
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Of all the Sly Fox beers I have had to date, I appreciated this one the most. I'm not certain of the science involved here, but when compared to the rest of the porters I have had lately, the others tend to seem more lagery and like less of an ale. It's probably the mouthfeel and consistency that makes me say that. This porter, however, was definately all ale.
It was very dark with redish highlights showing through. Cream colored head. The taste was malty, a little nutty and very dry. The balance was what I like the most. The use of the hops in this porter left a very clean finish. I wish it came in bottles. . .

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Pughtown Porter from Sly Fox Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.