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Gatekeeper - Indigo Imp Brewery

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65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 19.82%
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 Envelopes
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Envelopes, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of PDXHops
1.2/5  rDev -63.4%
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.

PDXHops, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of avaccani
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

avaccani, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.43/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

RblWthACoz, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

acurtis, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

djrn2, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of Bung
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Bung, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of JCrazy84
4.1/5  rDev +25%
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.

JCrazy84, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of Tyrawlings
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Tyrawlings, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of ONUMello
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

ONUMello, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of DrBier
3/5  rDev -8.5%

DrBier, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +22%
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.

OWSLEY069, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of nubz77
3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

nubz77, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of goblue3509
3.38/5  rDev +3%
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.

goblue3509, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.2/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark brown, a little thinness, a small head with little lace retention.

S - Lots of malt, notes of baker's chocolate and coffee, some caramel and dark fruits as well. It's a full smell, but not exactly robust.

T - Roasted malt and some chocolate, a bit of sweetness present, not a lot of coffee or anything. Honestly, it tastes a bit thin for my taste, not a lot of complexity here.

M - Again, fairly thin mouthfeel.

Overall - It was just a decent porter. Nothing remarkable. Missing a lot of components that makes up a solid porter.

BeerBuckeye, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Stinkypuss, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of Mississipping
3.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very, very dark brown, almost completely black.  When held to light, the tiniest bit of light penetrates only through the top.  A medium brown head with very tight bubbles sit on top and stubbornly sticks around most of the glass.  Minimal lacing left behind.

S: Roasted malt, bakers chocolate, and only a hint of coffee, caramel, dark fruit, and hops.  The smell is really pretty nice, but it's typical and not very robust.  You really have to be looking to find each of the various aromatic qualities.

T: Much as the smell suggests, roasted malt and chocolate up front with just the faintest touch of vanilla, caramel, coffee, and hops.  The aroma was pretty subdued, and the taste is even more so.  At the finish, the roastiness amplifies a bit and lingers with the hops and a slight grassiness.  There is something that seems a bit off in the aftertaste.  Not completely off-putting, but just odd.  

M: Lighter side of medium bodied with medium carbonation.  Creamy and velvety, but feels slightly watered down.  

D: Overall, this porter is pretty drinkable, but it's not one that I would drink a lot.  It really looked great, and I loved the exception retention of the darker head.  The smell, taste, and mouthfeel just weren't there to back it up, though.  Not a bad porter, but rather typical and toned-down.  I also enjoyed the burst of roastiness at the finish, however, it was accompanied by an off-flavor that really counterbalanced my enjoyment.

Mississipping, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of breathinghope
3.15/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

breathinghope, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of srandycarter
3.15/5  rDev -4%
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.

srandycarter, May 17, 2011
Photo of prototypic
3.18/5  rDev -3%
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.

prototypic, May 14, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +22%
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.

WVbeergeek, May 01, 2011
Photo of nickd717
2.55/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

nickd717, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of misfit1034
1.55/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Shared with two friend and drank from an oversized wine glass... I am really hoping that this was a bad batch/bottle but aside from the appearance and mouthfeel this was one of the worst beers I have had... Smell and taste were a porter and cigarette butt mixture... I really want this to be an isolated incident because the word of mouth that I have gotten on this brewery has been nothing but good and I want to try more of their stuff but fear buying it again....

misfit1034, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of JamnesCameron
4.05/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

JamnesCameron, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of GilGarp
3.68/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

GilGarp, Jan 05, 2011
Gatekeeper from Indigo Imp Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.