Gatekeeper - Indigo Imp Brewery
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Reviews by JoePat:
4.03/5 rDev +23.6%
Pours a very dark brown almost black with a tan head that dissipates quickly.
Chocolate, slight roasted malts, fruity esters, and a little something that I just can't place. A little ash?
Flavor is very similar to a good porter with a little twange just under the flavor. The ash I smelt comes through in the flavor as well but very light. I get a little acidic flavor at the end but it is a very smooth and almost sweet flavor.
The mouthfeel is a bit on the light side for a porter but with the almost certain infection it is expected.
The light acidic finish goes well with the porter sweetness making a more drinkable porter.
09-22-2010 01:10:30 | More by JoePat
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3.15/5 rDev -3.4%
Any brewery with label art that features an imp drawn in the style of Mike Mignola (of Hellboy fame) automatically scores points with me. As a result, I had high hopes for Indigo Imp's Gatekeeper when I purchased it. In addition, being an Ohio guy tried and true, I definitely wanted to support a Cleveland brewery if I could. I wish, wish, wish I could have followed through on drinking this with words of awe and wonder, but it just ain't happening.
The Gatekeeper is billed as 'a robust Porter' brewed in a classic style with Black and Caramel malts. Its appearance upon pouring had me hopeful, as this baby is dark and smooth. Head was caramel forth, fingertip thick, with some obvious sediment having been poured into the glass. Hurray for unfiltered, bottle-conditioned beers! Smell was promising, too, with hints of burnt sugar.
Initial mouthfeel wasn't bad - as I'd pointed out, this beer poured smooth, and my initial sip echoed that. However, afterward, there was... well... not a whole lot going on. I got those hints of caramel and slight sweetness, but the rest of the overall sensation (and this was throughout the bottle as I drank it from a wide-brim Chimay glass at the suggested temperature) was kind of thin. It tasted like a pretty decent Porter that had simply been watered down, rendering it slightly tasty but overall, rather forgettable.
06-04-2011 17:44:58 | More by breathinghope
4/5 rDev +22.7%
Pours a deep chocolate dark ruby roasted malts and a thicket of caramel tan head, leaving behind fine speckled lacing. Aroma has dark mild chocolate with roasted chest nutes and a hint of dark coffee and mild fruitiness. Flavor is a soured dark robust porter after having open fermentation performed, milk dark chocolate notes with a slight twinge of soured yogurt. Low carbonation hints of funky and soured ale notes bring out dark chocolate undertones and mild oak barrel notes...actual enjoyable hints of oak dark malts and apple fruitiness. This is an experimental brewery nothing like it around here except for Jolly Pumpkin with all open fermentation why not in Ohio, I'm liking these sour ales because of the open fermentation just adds a mature level to these brews, I'm glad my palate is ready for this stuff...it's been excellent each and every bottle. There's got to be a market out there for these style especially after open ferementation effects take on.
05-01-2011 13:34:07 | More by WVbeergeek
3.83/5 rDev +17.5%
Gatekeeper is dark brown with some lighter edges. It's in a good range for a porter, not as heavy as a stout. A good-sized medium-brown head keeps itself moderately well and leaves similarly moderate lacing.
The aroma is robust, with a strong malt foundation showing a bit of roast leaning toward char. It balances against the sweet and mildly tangy notes of dark fruits.
More of that melding of sweet and tart dark fruits blends really well on the palate. It remains robust in the flavor and offers up that bit of charred wood with absolutely no acridity. It's well done all in all.
The medium body may be a little light for a robust porter but it's still pretty rich. It also is light on the crispness (carbonation could lay off just a notch), and smoothness is in every sip.
06-11-2013 21:55:26 | More by Brenden
3.68/5 rDev +12.9%
Thanks to jampics2 for the nice unexpected extras in trade including this.
12 oz. bottle with yellow wax and a pull string. Really nice packaging for such a small brewery. I only wish there was a date but I do know that the trade was at least 18 months ago.
Enjoyed in honor of the Buckeyes playing tonight against the Razorbacks in the Sugarbowl. GO BUCKS!
Served cool into a goblet, Gatekeeper is a dark chestnut brown color with good clarity. The head is just like a coke - fizzy and gone in less than 5 seconds. No lacing of course.
Aroma is quite nice considering there is no carbonation to deliver it to my nose. It has a really nice roasty malt quality. Very enjoyable here.
Flavor is pretty good but not great. The roasted malt gives some coffee notes but they are almost overwhelmed by a tart cherry sweetness. Oxidation? Possible, but surprising given the wax-covered cap.
Mouthfeel is light in body for a porter and the carbonation is not nearly as creamy as I would have hoped. Not heavily carbonated but too fizzy.
Overall not the greatest porter. Great Lakes makes a legendary one just down the street.
01-05-2011 01:17:46 | More by GilGarp
3.5/5 rDev +7.4%
Pours a bit thick black with dark brown dense soapy head. Decent roasty aroma. Taste is balanced, a tad sweet combined with mild astringency and a drop of burnt malt. Good drinkability, medium mouthfeel although a bit oily.Serviceable porter. Suitable carbonation.
05-02-2010 03:50:07 | More by Sammy
3.18/5 rDev -2.5%
Gatekeeper pours a very dark chocolate fudge color. Looks onyx. No light cuts through at all. Impressive. A nice mocha tan head covers it and rises to a finger and a half in depth. It takes its time receding, and leaves a nice, sticky coat of lace behind. I’m impressed.
The nose is on the weak side, but isn’t bad. It features a pretty solid mix of roasted and chocolate malts. The chocolate variety smells like bittersweet dark chocolate. Not sweet at all. Roasted coffee is definitely in the mix and complements the malty scents pretty well. Alcohol is buried. It’s simple and straight forward, but isn’t bad.
The flavor is very consistent with the nose, but seems even a little shorter on flavor. It does have a decent base of chocolate and roasted malts. It does have a light, bittersweet dark chocolate flavor. I’m not getting any real sweet flavors. Coffee is there, and works alright with the other flavors. Unfortunately, the flavors just don’t seem to carry through. They all seem to trail off toward the end. It’s not bad, it isn’t quite good either.
Gatekeeper has a lighter body that feels a little on the thin side. Carbonation feels a little active and buzzy. It’s average overall. A little more body and fewer bubbles would help. I guess it goes down it easy, but I’m not enjoying it a great deal.
Gatekeeper is an okay American Porter. It’s not bad, but lacks in just about every category other than appearance (and carbonation). It needs a little more aromatics, more flavor, and more body. Having said that, it really is alright. I think it’s worth a try if you can find a single bottle. But, if you’re in the market for a great American Porter from Ohio…this is not the one you’re seeking.
05-14-2011 02:35:53 | More by prototypic
2.55/5 rDev -21.8%
12oz bottle thanks to Ryan011235. Here we go again from Indigo Gimp.
Looks decent actually, clear dark brown with a nice one finger tan head.
Really roasty aroma, with coffee and not much else to it. Smells ok I guess.
The flavor is fine, just really weak and watery. Roast, coffee, charcoal, and H2O.
Very watery mouthfeel with average carbonation. Thin as Kate Moss or Kate Hudson or Mary Kate Olsen on a coke bender.
The best I've had from the Imp, but still subpar.
03-01-2011 02:10:55 | More by nickd717
3.75/5 rDev +15%
12 oz. Picked up in Columbus. Dark brown pour, light tan head .
Aroma, malt and milk chocolate.
Taste, chocolate, malt up front, fades to a tart cherry. A nice roast, light coffee, heavy cocoa finish.
A little over carbonated, light side of medium. A little dry, but drinks pretty easy still. Obviously abv is not a problem.
Thought this was pretty good.
03-28-2012 01:44:32 | More by Bung
3.58/5 rDev +9.8%
Thanks to TrebleStauter for this brew, it was a pretty nice extra (from a trade earlier today). I've been wanting to try something from Indigo Imp for a while now, so that worked out good! 12 ounce bottle, dipped in wax. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about a half inch brown head that went away pretty quickly. Not too much lacing, either. Aroma is roasted malt, caramel, bittersweet chocolate and coffee. However, the taste is different. There's the typical porter flavors of roasted malt, chocolate and caramel, but there's also a slightly tart citrusy/fruity flavor (that's hard to describe) too. I wouldn't say it's sour, but there's a definite tang to it. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick and has decent carbonation. Drinkability is good, it didn't take me too long to finish this one. I have to say this is a unique brew. It's definitely worth a try, I'd like to try this again and some of Indigo Imp's other brews soon.
07-10-2010 22:41:17 | More by bluejacket74
2.3/5 rDev -29.4%
Indigo Imp Gatekeeper poured chestnut brown with a decently sized tan head. No lacing down the glass as the pint was consumed, but overall a good appearance. The aroma was predominanantly roasted barley and coffee notes, no discernible hop balance or other complexities. Fairly simple.
There is an overwhelmingly sour taste from the onset. Some roasty and coffee flavors there, but not much. The sour flavor seems to be a combination of lactic sourness and a citrusy pucker. Just pure astringency in the finish. Not at all pleasant.
Mouthfeel is a little light, but appropriately carbonated. Drinkability suffers because of the sourness. You might be able to get used to it enough to finish the bottle, but not enough to open another one.
I researched the brewery and I can only hope that this particular batch went badly. The open fermentation method and "slight flavor variations from batch to batch" mean that this could very well be an enjoyable beer, if you find the correct batch. Some of the earlier reviews indicate that this porter can be quite good, so try it and see.
10-30-2009 22:10:14 | More by squirrelpirate
4.05/5 rDev +24.2%
Poured into a snifter.
Pours a jet black, unusual for a porter. Expected some lighter tones around the edges, nothing but midnight black. Mocha colored head rises up quickly, then drops to a thin layer of foam on top. Nice lacing expected.
Aromas of dusty, dark roasted grains, a graininess, some dark roasted coffee, hint of cocoa. Other than the roasty notes, an otherwise "clean" smelling beer.
Flavors of a light bodied, iced mocha java. Cocoa, coffee, creamy sweetness. No hop flavor noted. Roasted graininess isn't deep, kept light. Finish is short, like sweet iced coffee.
Mouthfeel is light, a little too light for me. Almost watery. Some carbonation prickle, which comes with a little harshness.
Overall drinkability is good, but this is a much lighter version of an American Porter, or Robust Porter, than I was expecting. This is sessionable. Very flavorful.
02-20-2011 02:39:57 | More by JamnesCameron
2.75/5 rDev -15.6%
Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Guinness pint. No date. The body was very dark brown and the head was the color of a chocolate milkshake. The texture of the foam was soda-like and it faded quickly, leaving a ring.
The smell was ashy. Metal and toasted malts. Typical but understated.
Taste was lightly toasted bitterness. Not too sweet but enough to give it some balance. A little more sour than your typical porter (due to the open fermentation tanks!?). Some sour cherry flavor. Difficult to describe, but a bit hollow. Not very interesting flavors but interesting brewing techniques. I'm not sure I would call this one a success. Not a sour or wild ale but a funky porter. That's it - it tastes like a wild porter.
Mouthfeel was thin and smooth. Tiny carbonation.
08-06-2010 21:36:00 | More by Cresant
District of Columbia
3.3/5 rDev +1.2%
A: Pours an opaque black color. The light brown head is small and rather short-lived. Lacing is minimal. Well, ok...
S: Some moderately robust roasted maltiness, with firm hints of dark chocolate and some coffee. A bit of a vaguely lactic sweetness is also present. Interestingly, there's a pungent tartness to the nose as well - equal parts lemon juice and lactic yogurt cultures. They've advertised the open fermentation methods this beer was brewed with - perhaps this is the result?
T: A mild, unobtrusive roasted malt presence up front. Pleasant and moderately assertive dark chocolate flavors are joined with a weaker coffee flavor. I don't get much of a hop flavor or bitterness. There is a flash of the same lactic/lemon tartness near the finish, which fades gradually into a lingering, vaguely smoky sweetness with an aftertaste of lightly burnt malt.
M: On the light side of medium bodied. Carbonation is slightly soft. A slight pucker into the finish from the beer's tart flavor.
D: I'm on Gatekeeper #5 out of this six pack (not on the same night, of course), and I still don't really know what the hell is going on here. Interesting? Yes. Memorable? Probably. Good beer, or gimmick? Uncertain. Personally I find the idea of a tart porter better in reality than it might seem on the drawing board. This is a flawed, unfocused beer, but it's definitely worth trying for the inevitable reaction it will provoke, whether it be positive, negative, or just plain confused.
01-07-2010 03:55:52 | More by Clydesdale
2.5/5 rDev -23.3%
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass at cellar temperature.
A: Poured a cola-like head that dissipated nearly immediately, leaving a light ring around the glass. Very dark brown, but not quite black, and transparent against the light. The color is correct for the style, but the lack of any head is a shame.
S: Roasted grain predominates in the nose, with a hint of coffee and cocoa.
T: The flavor is at first a nice roastiness, leading into an almost lemony sourness that is seriously out of place, and which ends up dominating. There's a slight hint of buttery vanilla, just noticeable on the fade.
M: The mouthfeel is quite light, and presents as a session beer. Fermentation is present but not aggressive or distracting.
D: The relative lightness of the beer would lend to treating it as a session beer, but again the odd sourness probably limits most people to one of these at a sitting.
Overall: I am again disappointed with the most recent offering from this local small brewery that I really want to like. Open fermented porter sounds so promising! The funk, though, manifests itself as a rather weird citrusy presence that just seems out of place for this style.
10-11-2009 20:47:21 | More by MCDuhamel
Gatekeeper from Indigo Imp Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.