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Bad Moon Porter - DuClaw Brewing Company

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Bad Moon PorterBad Moon Porter

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BA SCORE
85
very good

93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 08-20-2003)
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From their website:
Bad Moon Porter
Style: Robust Porter
Color: Black
Hop Variety: Fuggle & Goldings
Grains : Pale Malt, Chocolate Malt, Crystal Malt, Black Malt, Special Roast.
Bitterness Units: 32 IBUs
Gravity: 13.5 plato
Alcohol Content : 5.1% abv

Although its dark tan head and almost opaque black body are quite attractive, it's the deeply-roasted mocha nose that reaches out and grabs you! It's richly roasty like fresh black coffee, with a thread of fruit running through it and a dollop of oily, dark milk chocolate slowly melting in the center. And the flavor follows suit by delivering a rich, almost-burnt-coffee that seems sweetened with a spoonfull of table sugar. There's a dark chocolate character to it as well; and a delicate note of juicy, berry-like fruitiness that helps to enliven its character. A solid bitterness ropes it all in; and it finishes dry with a long lingering bittersweet-chocolate note. It's certainly robust, and some might even consider it aggressive... but it's certainly worth trying!

NeroFiddled, Aug 20, 2003
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had many pints of this over the years but with it soon being taken off the taps, I figured it was time to finally review this. On tap at the Arundel Mills location.

Pours black with some ruby highlights around the bottom and a 1/2 finger of creamy light tan head that retains nicely around the edges and a thin layer across the middle that leaves good lacing behind. The aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, and a big ole' whiff of coffee.

The taste is an assertive roasty mix of chocolate and caramel sweetness up front, followed by coffee bitterness and a hop bite to finish things off. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice creamy and easygoing feel.

I'm sad to see this one go on hiatus as I think it fits the DuClaw staple lineup's need for a dark beer perfectly. Full flavored character and easy drinkibility make this a go to whenever I visit one of their locations.

Kegatron, Apr 13, 2008
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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is the reason I am into porters. I tried this as part of their beer sampler at the Bel Air Location, and it was the most memorable of the beers. The color of this beer was a black like onyx. The smell was of rich dark chocolate, it had a an intense mocha tastes with a creamy feel to the tongue. It paired excellently with the cheesecake for desert. It goes down easy and is very drinkable. The next time I get over there I will be getting a growler of this.

hdofu, Feb 11, 2008
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bad Moon Porter was served on-tap at the Arundel Mills location. The ale was served chilled in a yellow Pint Club tumbler.

Appearance: While the tumbler is not clear, I can see that the ale is a deep black color. The ale has a decent, albeit limited head that is the color of coffee with cream.

Smell: When I sniff the porter, I immediately note the roasted, chocolatey flavors. The write-up at the brewery suggests an IBU count of approximately 32 IBUs. Despite that, I find no hop presence in the nose, only malty aromas.

Taste: The ale has a smooth roasted flavor. The malts conjure up both chocolate and caramel, as well as a nice roasted coffee flavor. Outside of that malt presence, hops do not really stand out beyond mellowing out the malts.

Mouthfeel: The ale sits nicely on the palate with the roasted character providing a nice change of pace.

Drinkability: The ale has a dry finish that enhances the drinkability, making one want another sip.

akorsak, Mar 21, 2006
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From a growler. The aroma is strong with roasty notes, coffee, earth, puppy breath and a dose of soapy/detergenty chocolate. The body is flat black and golds a firm two finger thick mocha head that diminishes slowly. Fore is creamy chocolate, light coffee. Very creamy palate. The roastiness isn’t really present the way it was int he aroma. still has a slightly detergenty note in the far finish. Has a great feel to it making it a fantastic session brew, but the flavor range is narrow and isn’t by any means perfectly realized.

Jredner, Aug 24, 2006
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3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown and maroon. Tan head recedes quickly leaving some spotty lace.
Aroma is chocolate, roasted peanuts and some wheat bread.
Flavors of roasted barley and coffee with just a hint of dark chocolate.
Mouthfeel is semi-sweet to start, roasted and charcoally in the middle and finishing with a short bitterness. Overall, beer seems a bit "watery."
Drinkability is slightly above average. Decent effort but not one that sticks out in your memory.

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look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bowie location. Very dark brown to black with no head. Roasty and chocolate aroma is very appealing. A bit of roasty, coffee like flavors, however no very complex or deep, when compared to the aroma. Enough hop flavor and bitterness to balance well. A bit thin. Overall not bad, but from the aroma I was expecting much more. Still, probably one of their more solid brews.

Bierguy5, Jul 29, 2006
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4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
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Had this on tap at an Orioles game. Pitch black with a cap of beige head and some lacing even in the plastic cup. Smell is very appealing and strong roasted malts with a slight hint of cappuccino. Taste is a nice roasty malt with a coffee/dark chocolate backdrop and a clean hoppy finish. Medium bodied and creamy smooth, this is a pleasure to drink. Definitely the best the ballgame has to offer.

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look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass from tap at duclaw in Bowie. Pours a deep brown with ruby wine color hue. No head at all. Meh
Smell is roasted chocolate malts which dominate. This carries over to the flavor. Dominating sweet roasted chocolate malt. It does have a nice bitter finish though. Its a solid porter. Not amazing but not bad.

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Bad Moon Porter from DuClaw Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.