Gatekeeper - Indigo Imp Brewery

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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 19.09%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Indigo Imp Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: adamette on 08-11-2009

ABV - 5%, IBUs - 40, OG - 55
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Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.43/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Very lively ale. Probably a bit too much. The carbonation interferes quite a bit with the flavor delivery at the start. But it tones down slightly pretty soon into things. Molasses and sweet malt tones. But again, lots of carbonation. Too much for me, really. A nice brew with some good character, but too much bubble getting in on the mix. I feel like this would be a Belgian stout, if it was intentional with the carbonation.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Indigo Imp Gatekeeper

Pours a dark brown color with an off white head and little in the way of lace or retention. Roasted malts in the aroma, with mild coffee notes as well. In the flavor, roasted malts again up front with a deep black coffee flavor which gives way to a mild tangy nearing tart aftertaste. The presence of wild yeasts and open fermentation has a small footprint on this beer, but its there. Big roast, coffee, cocoa and a mild sour tang. Gatekeeper makes for a nice beer, and interesting enough to keep the sips coming.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.57/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Brenden
3.81/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown to black in color with a light chocolate brown head. In the aroma, chocolate, coffee, and notes of caramel sweetness. In the taste, caramel sweet coffee and chocolate. A nice hop bite and medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a dry coffee and note of caramel sweetness in the aftertaste. A nice rich porter.

Photo of Bung
3.73/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this beer from drgonzo3705. Thanks Paul!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - black with a very short lived cocoa head.

S - roasted malt, vanilla extract and baker's chocolate.

T - roasted malt upfront with the vanilla extract coming into play before finishing rather dry with light bittering.

F - medium bodied with a slick feel.

D - it was ok.

Photo of prototypic
3.21/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of srandycarter
3.16/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Near black, tan head leaves to ring fast. Some cling lace.

S - Earthy, burnt chocolate/coffee. Malt wafts up into it.

T - Not much in the front, ends with bbq smoke.

M - Medium body, fair carb, not enough malt to even get some balance.

D - Good to try one. One is enough.

Photo of nickd717
2.58/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of jampics2
4.34/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

NOTE - just wanted to update this (5/15/10). I had another bottle this past weekend, and this has gone to the sour side, I think it's even being marketed as a sour now. However, it was a good porter before the infection took over, now it's an "interesting" sour - just realize my review isn't for the beer that this beer currently is!

*8/15/2009 review below, bottle was 2 weeks old*

I liked Jester better than others who reviewed it here but thought their first two releases (Bombshell and Winter Solstace) were sub-standard, so I was thrilled to hear the Imp was putting out a porter. Now we're talking, at least with the style being more up my alley.

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle purchased in a six pack from Whole Foods. Pours dark brown almost black with a bit of head. LOTS of sed. in the bottom of the bottle, but it was pretty caked so it didn't make it in my beer. I noticed most of it when rinsing out the bottle.

Smells nice and roasty. Well balanced and not too gimmicky - this is what a nice American handcrafted porter should smell like.

Taste is impressive. A bit one dimensional when compared to other porters like Ed. Fitz and Founders in that it's all about the roast, not some sweet chocolate or coffee tastes. Also not heading into Baltic territory. But this is actually REALLY well done in that it's beer, not chocolate beer or coffee beer, but a nicely balanced roasty porter with just enough hops to give it the right finish. Mouthfeel is right-on for a porter, not too stout-heavy like the Founders tends to be.

Drinkability suffered a tad b/c the roast can decimate one's palatte and makes me crave a bit of a mix-up, but I bet it would be have been great with some cheese. The last 1/4 was the best, as it really opened up and got fluid and favor-cohesive.

Congrats to the Imp on the best offering yet. I'll buy more right away and will be including these as extras in trades to spread this great porter. Afterwards, I had a pint of Ed Fitz from my kegerator and, honestly, I liked the Imp more. So you won this battle, let's hope you make it for the war :)

Worth searching out if you're a porter fan.

Photo of GilGarp
3.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Ryan011235
2.33/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass at Hal & Al's on 11/12/10

Dark reddish-brown. Vigorous carbonation foams up, eventually hitting one finger of foam. The head fizzles out just as quickly are it rose. Thin collar of retention. No lace.

Deep aroma of roasted dark malts mixed with scorched caramel & tobacco. Very grainy with a hint of cherries. Warmth brings out sweetness in the aroma.

Tastes odd in general but close enough to a porter, I suppose. There are some definite off flavors, though. Dry, roasted coffee; burnt overtones; hints of dark chocolate on the back half. Earthy hops aren't particularly bitter but are a decent fit, regardless. Not so fitting is a tartness that emerges are the beer warms.

Full bodied; possibly the most viscous porter I have ever had. The feel is kind of slick. Carbonation is pointed without being too fizzy; it peaks quickly. Coffee, chocolate & nutty residuals linger on the finish.

Gatekeeper is certainly a bizarre beer but close enough to a porter to be amusing. On the lower cusp of drinkability. Aside from the "are they marketing an infected product as an intentional sour" debate, I have to wonder if there is severe bottle variation - the feel of the beer I had doesn't fit with many of the other reviews.

Photo of adamette
4.22/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured from a bottle that I bought as a part of a 6 pack for $9.39 at Heinen's in Mayfield Heights earlier today. Notes from the web site: "The first batch of our new beer will be on sale at the Imp Store this Friday the 7th of August. Gatekeeper is a Robust Porter brewed with Black and Caramel malt. It has a malty aroma and flavor with a moderate bitterness in the finish from a combination of the black malt and hops." So today is the 10th...this is just about as fresh as you can get! Poured into my Samuel Smith pint glass.

A Ink black body and almost no head whatsoever after I poured per the instructions on the label. Good look.

S Very good smell. Reminds of some of the better Porters/stouts such as Southern Tier Choklat or even DFH Palo Santo Marron. It just REMINDS me of those, it is not the SAME as those. Really though, dark roast malt, nice dark chocolate notes. Interesting, inviting. It is difficult to resist drinking this one.

T Why resist? Great deep, dark roast with chocolate and even maybe some coffee notes. It could also be the caramel coming through as well. Any caramel is like one of those awesome dark caramels, not cheap dime store caramel. Delicious, complex, interesting. This is, by far, my favorite Indigo Imp beer.

M Moderate mouthfeel with big dark malt and other tastes and moderate syrupy feel but it is not as sticky, chewy as others in its spectrum.

D It was easy enough to drink.

Notes: Indigo Imp impresses with this one.

Photo of goblue3509
3.36/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark cola like color with a one finger coco color head which eventually recedes to skim and leaves a small amount of lace on the glass. The aroma is of a big roasty smell along with hints of coffee. The taste follows the nose with a few differences. The backbone is of a big roasty malt, in the middle are hints of dark chocolate and coffee. At the very end thier is a sublte sourness from the yeast. The taste is good and interesting. The mouthfeel is good maybe a little thin. Overall this is a solid beer, it makes a good session beer with enough flavor to keep me interested. I would say this is a good try.

Photo of Cylinsier
3.43/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours jet black, dark tan head is thin and dissipates to a lacing.

Smells of cocoa, roasted coffee, oak, and a hint of brine.

Tastes of roasted coffee, nutty oak and a grape tartness. A bit of brine saltiness.

Medium to full body with tingly carbonation on the tongue.

This is a weird one. Not sure II's open brewing suits a porter, but it's not terrible. Just different. I like it okay, not sure I would have it again, but I'm enjoying it. Worth a try. Strangely tends towards an oyster stout.

Photo of Cresant
2.78/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of ONUMello
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Very dark brown with a thin fizzy head that quickly disappears.
S: Aromas of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt.
T: Just like the smell: coffee, chocolate, roasted malt.
M: A bit thin, but rich and pleasant.
O: Far from the best porter I've had, but decent and one of the better Indigo Imp beers I've had recently.

Photo of PDXHops
1.24/5  rDev -62.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is thankfully my last (for now) bottle of open-fermented Cleveland goodness from Ryan011235. Poured into a Maudite snifter, Gatekeeper is a decent looking beer, deep brown with an initial fizzy head that settles into a thick skim that's in no hurry to leave. No lace.

Flashback city, as this smells almost exactly like I remember my first homebrewed stout: sure, there's some roasted malt in there, but the overwhelming aroma is that of "uh oh". What do you know, it tastes pretty much the same as well. (Although I had the good sense to tidy up my sanitation after a couple of homebrew batches. I would have been embarrassed to serve that putrid mess to anyone. Then you've got the Imp, who actually routinely put this kind of crap in the public's hands on purpose. But I digress...) Sourness and astringency completely overwhelms any roasted malts aside from a hint of espresso in the finish. The watery feel, while unpleasant enough, is far from the worst problems with this beer. Atrocious.

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

No date bottle at cellar temo into goblet
Aroma slightly milky
Head small (! cm), light brown, frothy, fully diminishing
No lacing
Body dark brown, hazy (bottle conditioned)
Initial flavor moderately sweet, slight coffee aftertaste without bitterness, no diacetyl
Medium body, creamy, carbonation soft

This is an interesting beer which always puzzles me; it seems to be a "real ale", if not by CAMRA definition at least by taste. Some of II's beer is produced in a stainless steel coolship, a process used by both Theakston and Sam Smith.
If you're ever in Cleveland on Friday afternoon, check out the brewery and try what's on tap.

Photo of meatyard
3.57/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly opaque black/brown with a short tan head that quickly falls to a ring around the edge of the glass.
The smell is a nice toasty malt.
The taste is a tangy, toasty malt without much else happening.
Mouthfeel is on the thin side tending toward dry.
Drinkability:It's pretty simplistic, uncomplicated but still OK. This could use some tweaking but if a light, tangy porter suits you OK then this is not too bad.

Photo of hustlesworth
2.04/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- a thick and viscous lookin brew, nearly black with ruby highlights and topped by a thin tan head. The surface of the brew bubbles and swirls, this one does indeed look alive.

S- coffee and cocoa with a fruity tartness and unexpected fruit blossom type floral character. A quick swirl of the glass reveals a deeply roasted bitter chicory coffee edge with underlying carob sweetness.

T- boing! overly sour and not cool. Tartness overwhelms nearly all other flavors leaving only weak coffee standing, ashamed and alone. Blah. Sour like bile.

MF- finely bubbled carbonation and ok body I guess

D- thankfully my last imp probably ever. Their open fermentation style just doesn't agree with me or with the porter style. Drain pour.

Photo of Clydesdale
3.29/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Gatekeeper from Indigo Imp Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.