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Pro-Am Porter - Wormtown Brewery

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Pro-Am PorterPro-Am Porter

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BA SCORE
93
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100 Ratings
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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 6.62%
Wants: 15
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Wormtown Brewery visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rudzud on 08-11-2010

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Ratings: 100 | Reviews: 41
Reviews by Jayli:
Photo of Jayli
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a nice deep, dark brown with light ruby highlights when held to the light. A 1/4 inch of brown foamy head sits on top that recedes to a light film. Spidered lacing is left on the glass.

S: Nose is fantastic milk chocolate and coffee notes, some light toffee and roasted malt.

T: Taste is - this may just be the best porter that I've had in a long time. Milk chocolate fills out the forefront with a bit of toffee notes that are underlay the chocolate. Roasted malt flavoring fills out the middle. Finish is creamy, more milk chocolate with coffee bitterness that comes through.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, nice creamy, silky body.

O: Goes down easily, extremely tasty, not too filling, nice kick, great representation of style. Flavor alone will make this a go to porter for me, and the price point on it make it an even better sell. This will be one that I revisit quite a bit this fall.

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Photo of BennyL1
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes on 8/15/11

Bottled March 2011, poured into a standard pint glass.

Pro-Am pours a dark brown almost black body with a good size mocha head with some spotty lacing.

Nose is a bit on the lighter side with some coffee and chocolate notes. Some roasted malt and caramel in there too. Might attribute the lack of punch in the nose to age, but still good.

Very roasty taste with some bittersweet chocolate and coffee notes. The malt profile is good with some caramel that becomes evident in the taste. Not to much of a hop presence, with an ever so slight lingering bitterness.

Creamy and medium bodied with some carbonation on the lower side.

Very well done porter from the brewers at Wormtown, one of the best beers I've had from them to date.

Photo of WSB
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours dark as night black, thick and oily, with a thin tan head that retreats quickly, leaving a nice Bavarian ring on the glass. Reddish hues are noticeable if you hold the glass up to light.

Smell has hints of fresh roasted coffee, chocolate, dark dried fruits, with just a dash of hoppy citrusy brightness to balance it off.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and active, good carbonation, yet very smooth.

Taste follows the smell-notes of earthy roasted coffee, chocolate malt, and a warming alcohol presence are followed by a subtle chaser of hops that are not at all bitter and cut through the heaviness of the malts with perfection. Awesomely balanced finished.

This is a great porter- superbly drinkable, perfectly balanced, it's a shame this is a one time brew. I may have to stage an "Occupy Wormtown" protest to get this beer brewed year round.

I enthusiastically recommend this beer to all.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to BennyL1 for this bottle!

Appearance - Black body that has flecks of red shining through when held up to the light. Nice khaki head tops it and lasts a good bit. Finishes with good lacing. Couldn't ask much more from a porter.

Smell - Standard, but appealing, porter aromas. Light chocolate from the roasted malts and a nice vanilla smell. Coffee rounds out the back end of the aroma.

Taste - Solid, if not powerful flavors. Milk chocolate and coffee, with a smooth vanilla-like sweetness in the back. It finishes with a very earthy hop flavor. Kinda grassy, really. It's the only part that isn't nice.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied, despite being pretty full flavored. It's easy to drink, but it leaves a bit of a strange dryness on the mouth. It makes my teeth feel weird. Yes, that's strange, but that's the way it is.

Overall - A nice, high-quality porter. Not outstanding in many ways, but great to see small breweries putting together beers of this quality.

Photo of Fluke828
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a long-stem tulip glass.
Bottled in March 2011

A-> Beefy 3 finger head on top of very dark brew that is not quite totally opaque and has a reddish hue when held up to the light.

S-> I'm a tad congested but this smells of classic roasted porter aromas of nutty matls and roasted coffee with a touch of sweet bitter chocolate.

T-> Holy malted porter! Very dark coffe flavors with a hint of the dark chocolate. Also getting a roasted, creamy, nuttiness that accompanies the robust bitter hoppiness.

M-> Taste is full of flavor and very robust however this is not quite full bodied. Medium with a healthy malt bill and pretty dry on the finish. Wonderful yet subtle hop presence.

O-> Really enjoyed this one while not knowing what to expect heading in. Had to figure that it must be good if Ben and the gang went to the trouble of bottling this. Loved the bitter finish. Great work Keith and Ben!

Photo of slobes
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is awesome. It's big, it's roasted, and its almost refreshing in a sense. Very Dark. Hints of chocolate and coffee keep you sipping while that creamy mouthfeel helps you to relax. This beer would be awesome for breakfast. Above all, the taste is spot on. Nutty at first, then a little chocolate milk, followed by burnt toast and a hint of hops. I'll have another!

Photo of cbutova
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First Wormtown review, been excited to try their beer.

A- Black ale out of a bomber into a pint glass. Mocha tan head forms to a nice size but doesn't retain all that well. A small pillow and ring fail to leave much lace.

S- A big dose of both dark chocolate roast malt and dark fruits. Not a hugely strong aroma overall. Hints of licorice.

T- A stronger version of the smell. Cocoa, roast malt and dark fruit are again still heavily present. Some earthy hop, vanilla, licorice and toasted nutty hints come through as well.

MF- Moderatly thick body with a good amount of carbonation. Some bitterness in the finish. A bit silky and creamy.

A good porter with plentiful levels of flavor. Something feels a bit thin to me but I still drank this one down easily and enjoyed it.

Photo of ppoitras
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle purchased as a single at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" dark tan head over the barely translucent dark brown brew. Head falls slowly, with a thick coating of lasting lace. Aroma is robust and hearty, full of deep dark malts.

Taste starts a bit worty, with rich nutty maltiness, but not quite the depth indicated by the nose. Continues through with light bitterness coupled with a moderate acrid coffee close. Mouthfeel is super smooth and velvety, and drinkability is superb. This is some good porter.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Bottled January 2014. Pours a rich black color with over an inch of medium brown head. Lots of lacing. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, coffee, roasted malts, and earth. The taste is chocolate syrup, roasted malts, peat moss, and a hint of smoke. Some light and sweet coffee but rich chocolate syrup is the main flavor. Small amount of citrus hops. Creamy mouthfeel with a good deal of carbonation. Overall, pretty good Porter.

Photo of jlindros
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Somehow I never got to review this on tap, and now it's in bottle form! Hell yeah!

The top pops with a nice "tssst" sound, and pours a nice rich creamy darker colored 1 finger head with some nice lacing, over super dark brown color with hints of maroon rosy light coming though.

Nose is erupting from the pour, lots of nice roasted malts, creamy light chocolate, light fresh brewed coffee, plenty of crystal malts and caramel, a light vanilla, a bit more chocolate comes through as it warms bringing just a slight hot cocoa.

As the soft luscious beer hits my mouth, it dances around for a bit, delicately hinting at some chocolate, hot cocoa, and light cocoa nibs, then bringing on some roasted malts, a hint of fresh coffee, a bit creamy, then loads on the vanilla and caramel, plenty of crystal malts. Fairly rich, but creamy, smooth, and maintains a nice drinkable feel. The finish leaves a bit drier, very light residue left around the mouth as well as some lingering roast and chocolate, and just a hint of earthy bitter hops to finish it off, and some bitterness coming from the loads of roasted malts.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied, creamy and luscious, with decent carbonation.

Overall this is an awesome porter, def one of the best around, if not in the country. Lots of big heavy luscious flavors, but still smooth and very drinkable. With all teh roast as well it didn't bring any minerality or acrid flavors, and booze was kept in check well.

Photo of AgentZero
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Alex for sharing this, it was quite an interesting and a bit different beer.

A - Nice looking beer. Black with a touch of red on the edges. Had a nice brown head that left some solid stick behind.

S - Nicely toasted and roasted. Beyond that base, you get some interesting fruity yeast and sweet notes with some cocoa. It's a nice mix that is a bit different, and works.

T - I found the first taste of this beer to be very good. I didn't like it quite as much as I went on, but it was still a good beer. Particulaly dry beer with a lot of roast. There is some cocoa and some twig-berry flavors. It's interesting.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O - Got through this bottle rather easily. It's a solid beer that is great for a change of pace as it's a bit different than most things out there. Worth giving a go.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to lalaloveyou for this beer! Thanks lauren!

reviewed from notes taken on 8/6/12.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: light black bodied beer with a talk creamy 2 finger tall tan head.

Smell: very balanced nose between chocolate and roasty notes. A hint of smoke. This smells really nice!

Taste: smooth milk chocolates. mild roast that has very mild bitterness. The smoke creeps in towards the end and does not seem to assert itself; just is apart of the supporting cast. The beer has a bittersweet cocoa aftertaste that tends to linger for a while. (4.25)

Mouthfeel: low end of a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. It has a really silky feel to it almost like its creamy. No ABV is noticed; its hidden completely.

Overall: Really solid porter here. I appreaciate how malt forward this beer is, yet it did not become a cloyingly sweet or overly roasty and bitter. This porter is all about balanced malt profile. And really its a perfect example of what a porter should strive for. The only better porter that I have drank with this beer style and that beer is HF Everett.

Photo of Andrew61923
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle dated January 2013 into my Yeti tulip. Had passed this one on a number of occasions and, with my upcoming relocation, I picked it up on my last trip to the store.

A: Pours a dark, dark brown that borders on black with a finger's worth of khaki head that doesn't stay around quite as long as I'd expect with a beer of this ABV. No other complaints, however.

S: Lots of baker's chocolate and bready malts with a hint of smoke tied in. Not overly sweet by any means, but you know you're going to get something akin to a dark chocolate brownie upon tasting it.

T: Definitely picking up on the same notes that I had gotten in the nose. Very chocolately, but more bitter than sweet. Really nice.

M: It is thick and probably bordering on a stout, but I'm enjoying this on a muggy May evening without any second thoughts. I would like to have the taste linger a little longer on the palate, but while you're drinking it, it's hard to think about staying away from another sip.

O: I'm not happy with myself for having passed this up so many times at the store. The pricepoint ($7.99) could be a bit more reasonable, but it's worth it to pick it up once in a while if you've got access. I would've loved to try this with some barrel-aging.

Photo of smcolw
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Plentiful lace from the decent size, light beige head. The beer is dark brown where light only comes through on the very edges.

Pleasant aromas of coffee with cream. Modest chalkiness. A little bit of alcohol in the background. If there are hops, they're well blended into the malt.

Relatively thin brew. Mocha flavored with slight milkiness. The malt is more harsh than the smell indicates. Lightly sweet. Surprisingly strong hop bitterness in the swallow. The aftertaste reminds me of coffee grounds, bitter and chewy.

Despite my lower-than-average (thus far) review, I believe this is a very good beer.

Photo of nmann08
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate brown, hues of red. Very thin wispy light brown head builds then dissipates.

Nose is heavy roast. Chocolate. Coffee. Caramel and maybe some vanilla, but mostly the roast and cocoa.

Taste is roasted malts, chocolate, bitter up front with a sweet finish. Reminds me of a milky mocha coffee drink with alcohol.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but nice. Coats your mouth well with a warm wet finish.

Overall this is a pretty good beer.

Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super excited that i stumbled across a few bottles of this at Yankee in attleboro, definitely thought i missed out on it.
Poured into Sam Adams perfect pint, nice chocolatey black brown with a creamy mocha colored head. Overall head retention lacks just a little bit, but at least keeps a bit of froth on top to add to the texture for each sip.
The nose is on the faint side, but what it has is nice. Bittersweet chocolate, a light roastiness, and the tiniest touch of hops round this out. Im glad i poured this much closer to room temperature, as i feel that what im now getting would be even more muted.
Chocolate and coffee flavors dominate with a thick maltiness up front, and let up a bit for a phenomenal bitterness on the finish. The carbonation level is just right, and provides a great transition from start to finish.
Overall, the pure drinkability and tastiness of this beer scores huge points. It really rounds out very nicely for an excellent drinking experience. Totally worth checking out.

Photo of ms11781
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in February 2012. 22oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

The beer looks clear and almost orangish brown going when poured into the glass but settles in a much deeper brown, opaque and almost black. A nice tan head develops and settles in as a thin foam cap, leaving some decent lacing on the glass.

The nose is dominated by a nice pleasant roasted aroma. There is a hint of some light (milk?) chocolate and an even lesser amount of some coffee. At times, perhaps more as the beer warms, a subtle sweetness comes out. Really straightforward but also very nice.

The taste has the same characteristics as the nose but it's not dominated as much by the roast. The roasted notes are still prevalent but they aren't overpowering. The chocolate comes out more and is definitely of the milk chocolate variety. It provides a nice creaminess that is followed by some light coffee and a bit of bitterness at the finish.

The beer has a medium body but lower carbonation gives it a bit of a fuller feel. Not huge, but definitely a solid porter. The mouthfeel is also very creamy, which is very nice because it seems like the beer wants to dry out but is prevented from doing so. Really nice.

This is an excellent porter. It gives the feeling of a big, robust porter but the ABV doesn't match up. As mentioned, it's very straightforward, and seems to be pretty simple, but it's done extremely well.

Photo of scottfrie
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Portsmouth snifter. Thanks to SneezyAchew for both the beer and the glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown with about a finger of dense light brown head that faded to a fuzzy collar that left spots of lacing down the glass.
S: Creamy notes of coffee, cream and spices. The nose is light but it smells good.
T: A very roasted tasting porter with soft notes of coffee and vanilla with a some sweeter notes of caramel and dark fruits. I get roasted flavors of nuts and a hint of bakers chocolate as well. Finish is sweet with just a hint of minty hops, and the aftertaste almost reminds me of root beer or cola but in a good way.
M: High carbonation creates a tingly mouthfeel on this one but it also adds some chewiness. Body is on the thicker side of medium.
O: A very solid porter, not my favorite, but probably top 5. I would love to be able to get this locally. Thanks again Michael.

Photo of mmoseleyfm
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served: On tap at Peppercorn's, 10/23, served in a snifter. Served a little too cold, but was able to warm while waiting for my food.

A- Black, 1 finger creamy mocha brown, sticky head. Head dissipated quickly, but the lacing clung to the glass with avengence. Looked viscous as I swirled it, but it was in a snifter with a relatively narrow top. Looked very pretty, pour was perfect, right to the rim.

S- Picked up strong vanilla and caramel at first, but as it warmed, more chocolate and coffee came through.

T- Amazing... sweet up front with the same vanilla and caramel in the nose. As it warmed, more warmth from the alcohol could be detected. There was almost none of the smokey, slightly acrid roasted malt I've tasted in other porters. Finish was clean, only slightly dry, and I didn't pick up on much in the way of any hop notes.

M- Smooth, smooth, smooth. I don't think this was on nitro, but it felt like it. Definitely full bodied; you always knew it was in your mouth, but very pleasant sensation.

D- I could've drunk this all night. 'Nuff said.

Smooth, sweet and amazing. Complex, but all the flavors come together exceptionally well and were complimentary. I had it with a bison burger, and as far as main courses go, the mild flavor of the bison was OK as a pairing, but I would probably reserve this for dessert only if I were to do it over. Anyone in the central MA area, go get this while it lasts! Small batch, no growlers.

Photo of Chico1985
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kevin for sharing this one on 4th of July.

Pours dark brown with red highlights. Tan head starts at a couple fingers and retains pretty well as a thick cap.

Pretty great scent, big chocolate+roast especially, nice smoke element, some breadiness. Good strength throughout.

Taste doesn't quite match the smell but still quite good. Milk chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, burnt sugars, doughy and nutty, some hints of an Irish stout there. Still some light smokiness and a bit of leafy hop there as well. Kinda big on the roast but good amount of sweetness to even it out.

Kinda foamy mouthfeel for a porter but the mouthfeel is good. Maintains smoothness.

Somewhat straightforward but a very good porter.

Photo of albern
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer and I've never heard of Wormtown brewers before trying this one out. I'm intrigued and will seek out more from this brew house. This is a really delightful porter that hits all the right notes. It looks good with a nice dark brown, with some ruby notes, and a nice thick pour with a creamy head that retains. The beer laces in billowy clumps around the sides of the glass. The nose has a slightly oaky and slightly hoppy maltiness too it. The hops you'll find in the flavor, but not so much the oakiness.

This beer has a very smooth, almost buttery cocoa powder flavor, with lots of rich dark malts, a sweet underneath complemented by some bittering dark unsweetened chocolates and some leafy hop as well. The chocolate, the hop, and the buttery cocoa makes this porter a winner. I'm really impressed and I will go back for another. The beer is substantial enough with a nice medium body, but doesn't have any booziness or residual ABV in the aftertaste. What's not to like. L'Chaim.

Photo of Dope
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Original bottled batch from March 2011 (almost 2 years old now).

A: Pours a dark brown with a big fluffy and effervescent light brown head. Fades at a nice pace with good head retention. Oddly enough, zero lacing initially. Absolutely none. Swirling seems to drop some deposits behind at least though.

S: A little bit of smoke and chocolate. Nice mild roasted malt in general. Slightly creamy.

T: Up front there's creamy chocolate and smoky meat (almost like beef jerky). Smoke lingers in the middle with sweet and creamy chocolate. Touch of char and smoke in the finish. Get little flashes of dark fruit buried in there once in a while.

M: Medium bodied, quite smooth and creamy. Especially full for a lighter beer.

O: A really nice mellow, smooth and creamy english porter. No sign of hops, just mild roasted malt from start to finish. Drinkability is off the scale, just a pleasure to imbibe. Not overly smoky like a lot of english-style porters. Great balance to boot. This is up there with the greats like Founders Porter and Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald in my opinion.

Photo of brureview
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Bottle.

Very fine porter from Wormtown, a Massachusetts brewery.

The beer pours a very dark coffee color.
Strong aroma of coffee, caramel, and lemon.

Mouth feel not very carbonated, tangy, and very pleasant.

Taste: lemon-coffee.

This is a local MA brew well worth trying if you can find it.
It's a stronger, more robust porter.

Photo of 603BeerMe
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber from Shogokawada, poured into 2 Portsmouth Brewery tulips, at slightly below cellar temps. Shared with a Stout/Porter friend.

Bottled March '11. 2010 GABF Bronze Medal winner.

A - Dark black with light hints of red on the edges. Thin head, leaves little lacing. Head stayed for most of the glass. Looks great.

S - Malt, light roasted coffee, nutty(?), very muted nose until it warms a bit, and even then, it's still fairly muted. Had to get it swirling & really dig for those aromas.

T - Roasted coffee, light chocolate, slight hop bitterness. Well balanced - everything comes together nicely.

M - Creamy, great carbonation, balanced as well.

O/D - A great Porter! Well balanced, smooth, definitely "sessionable" - I could have a couple, maybe 3 glasses if I was in a Porter mood, and be good to go. Really glad I got to try this one!

Photo of Jwale73
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle served in a standard pint. Bottled in March 2011. Pours the color and clarity of cola with a two inch, bubbly, mocha-colored, float-like head. Head eventually settles into a solid quarter inch cap. Some arcs and spots of lacing present during the tasting. Nose expresses roasted malt, perhaps a trace of chocolate, and some dry-hopping also seems evident in the aromas towards the back. Taste is fantastic - lactose, roasted malt, cocoa and a hint of charring. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a pleasant creamy texture and a light, even carbonation. A delicious drinkable porter. If this beer was available in six packs, it would be part of my regular line-up. A really flavorful American Porter that is a nice alternative to a large abv malt bomb.

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Pro-Am Porter from Wormtown Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.