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Deep Enders Dark Porter - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Deep Enders Dark PorterDeep Enders Dark Porter

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very good

138 Ratings

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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.61%

Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-10-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 138 | Reviews: 123 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by bifrostguard:
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3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black with a tall light tan head leaving minimal lacing

S - Mild dark chocolate scent, caramel malt and coffee.

T - Similar to the smell. Mild dark chocolate, caramel and coffee presence. Not very sweet with a touch of bitterness.

M - Watery but smooth.

D - I'm not much of a low alcohol porter fan so I think a bomber of this is enough. A good beer, just not my style.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 08:09:22 | More by bifrostguard
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3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours an almost pitch black color with a massive head that indicates problems to come, I fear; good retention, however

Smell: Chocolate, with coffee undertones

Taste: Brown bread and chocolate, with sweetened coffee undertones from start to finish

Mouthfeel: The beer has a watery character, with a lot of fizziness, particularly up front

Overall: Not sure how fresh this bottle is, though I bought it in the late Fall; the beer is not listed on their website, so it may well be retired; not up to the usual standards I expect from this brewery

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 01:18:16 | More by brentk56
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3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
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22 oz. bomber.

A - Pours black with dark brown edges. Dense tan head forms a thick film and leaves descent lacing behind.

S - Roasted marshmallows, coffee, milk chocolate, woody, toasted nuts, molasses, dark fruit, sour dough bread.

T - Sweet roasted malt with dry cocoa underneath. The malt has more of an earthy grain to it than the aroma. Once warmed some dark fruit and sour dough emerges. Finishes dry with and earthy bite at the end.

M - Medium body starts out good but turns thin on the finish.

It packs in alot of flavor for 5.50 ABV. A nice porter with some character.

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

A deep brown colored beer which pours with very little head, but what foaminess is there is nicely structured. Some spotty lacing. Aroma has a butterscotch upfront smell with some roasted malts and coffee. On the paleete the taste is weak and washed out. There are hints of roasted malts but really are quite light. Mouthfeel as stated is thin and watery. This beer needs alittle help, whether its a bad bottle I don't know. A metallic taste slso dominates this beer both in nose and pallette. I'll mark to try at a latter date.

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10-29-2011 12:48:03 | More by micromaniac129
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A: Dark chocolate with dark coppery highlights glisten from the light upon the pour. Midnight black appearance in the glass with a khaki colored spongey cake head that was moderate in retention and good on the lace forming concentric circles down the glass.

S: Dark rich chocolate with a smooth creamer enriched coffee presence. Dark fruit of plums is accompanied by a finish of medium chocolate roast.

T: Substance seems a bit thin upfront bodywise, but packs quite a dark and roasty punch. Dark fruit of juicy plums, raisins and a roasty bitterness. Sweet chocolate alcohol remains after the swallow.

M: The body feels a bit fuller then the initial sip. Medium bodied, dark and roasty on the tongue with a good sense of carbonation. Oily feel with a bittering of licorice and chocolate on the fade.

D: Consumed at 50F provides a roasty experience, though felt a bit thin depth wise. Decent drinkability though nothing that really that would make me consider seconds.

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3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #39 (Apr 2010):

A well-noted move guys--we need more dark spring seasonals. An obvious malt bomb gently wielding only 17 IBUs.

Porter darkness woos us for the first sip, and the head is not shy at all in rising to the task at hand and then sticking around for a while. Sweet cocoa roastiness, hints of cake batter and faint blackberries in the nose. Smooth, with a fluffy crispness that makes you want to take another sip right away; very desirable mouthfeel. Malty, slightly roasty with a mild chocolate flavor, but as the sweetness kicks in, a quick splash of fruitiness jumps in too. Mild hoppiness blends in with the roasted grain to the help keep this beer on an even keel. Finishes mild and roasty, with slowing, drying graininess. A bit of charcoal and spent coffee show a last ditch blast of complexity.

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Serving type: bottle

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3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark red if you can see through it, nice lasting head with great lacing.

S - Roasted coffee/chocolate mixed with a larger'ish smell, nothing overbearing.

T - Taste is somewhat medium to light for a porter, has a roasted/chocolate/coffee thing thats not that overbearing, minimal aftertaste that does not last long.

M - Low carbonation medium bodied, kinda think and creamy.

D - Drinks kinda think and low on carbination, not over the top, but has a weird status, pretty easy drinker but I like more taste and cringe.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 01:12:05 | More by SDtastentune
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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at Anderson Valley in August 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours near black with a light mocha head. Some lacing. Nose brings forward faint hints of chocolate and coffee along with a bit of a buttery toffee. Taste brings a bit more butter, which is quite unpleasant. Coffee and roasted malt cover up a bit, but not enough. Feel is of a moderate body and somewhat dry. Not one of their better offerings.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2010 12:14:31 | More by Thorpe429
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3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - tiny bit of light through center of glass. Tight head leaving some lace.

S - mildly roasted malts with some coffee and chocolate. Not very strong though.

T - generally average. I am barely getting coffee or chocolate. Is there such a thing as an oatmeal porter?

M - creamy, but no tingle.

D - mildness makes it drinkable, but there are better options with deeper flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 22:24:29 | More by biglite351
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Deep Enders Dark Porter from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.