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Gatekeeper - Indigo Imp Brewery

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67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 19.7%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Indigo Imp Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
ABV - 5%, IBUs - 40, OG - 55

(Beer added by: adamette on 08-11-2009)
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Photo of millerbuffoon
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
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 Cylinsier
3.41/5  rDev +3.3%
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 Lightman
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of DES8888
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of BamfBacon
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of pathman
4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of Brenden
3.83/5  rDev +16.1%
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 hustlesworth
1.95/5  rDev -40.9%
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 Erockss
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of tjkramer95
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Envelopes
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of PDXHops
1.2/5  rDev -63.6%
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 avaccani
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

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 acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Bung
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
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 JCrazy84
4.1/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep brown, darker than black coffee. Small, darker head.

Smell: Smell is coffee, with a few caramel notes.

Taste: Taste is very heavy coffee, with some caramel backing. There is also this lingering taste that I can only describe as campfire ash, but it adds a dimension that I enjoy.

Mouthfeel: Thin, but I don't like heavy porters. If I was in a porter mood, I would drink this all night.

Overall: I really enjoyed this brew and would buy it again for a porter friendly crowd.

Photo of Tyrawlings
3/5  rDev -9.1%

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 DrBier
3/5  rDev -9.1%

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 nubz77
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Since this was from a small brewery I'd never heard of, I didn't have high expectations, but I'm willing to try just about anything. I was pleasantly surprised.

Dark brownish color, and the smell is of nice roasty grains. As others have said it's a little on the thin side though. The best aspect in my mind is the excellent balance between the roasted coffee/burnt sugar flavors from the malt, and the hops, neither of which dominates.

Easy session beer, I'd definitely have one again.

Gatekeeper from Indigo Imp Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.