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Wachusett Black Shack Porter - Wachusett Brewing Company

Wachusett Black Shack PorterWachusett Black Shack Porter

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BA SCORE
84
good

108 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 108
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.33%


Brewed by:
Wachusett Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-29-2001)
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Reviews by rjplumer:
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rjplumer

Rhode Island

3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mild mocha and hop aroma. Pours a deep dark brown that can be seen through if held up to the light with a mild tan head. Bitter with a chalky mouth feel. Feels quite carbonated for a Porter. Finish is on the sour side. Not a bad brew but it just seems a bit plain. I would drink it again but wouldn’t go out of my way for it.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 07:17:02 | More by rjplumer
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A: very dark brown, almost black. Rocky tan head retains very well. Foamy patches of lacing remain in its wake.

S: Traces of molasses, soot and char, thin caramel, a touch nutty. Tight blackberry ester nestled within.

T: Bread and crust, toast, char and charcoal. Cola. Subtle caramel. Chcolate truffles. Dak berry esters. Modest hop bitterness with an earthy piney flavor. Long lingering finish is earhty, nutty, and full of char and smoke.

M: Lightish medium body. Slight creaminess, but a touch thin and watery. Blast of strong, scrubbing carbonation helps a bit, but doesn't totally make up for the lack of body.

O: Not a bad porter by any stretch, it's actually a pleasant enough drink. A little more body and texture would really help to take it to the next level.

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Pours a deep clear coppery amber, with 2 fingers of frothy light mocha head. This retains with a smooth and creamy looking ½ finger of foam, leaving back some sudsy lacing that sticks. The aroma smells of molasses and coffee, with a touch of cocoa powder mixed in and then some leafy smelling accents that hang on the edges. This also has a bit of a mineral edge to the nose but it eventually dissipates for the most part. The stickiness of this is what sticks out the most.

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Pours a reddish brown color with a two-finger head into my glass.

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Wachusett Black Shack Porter from Wachusett Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.