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Pro-Am Porter - Wormtown Brewery

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 101
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 3.81%
Wants: 15
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: rudzud on 08-11-2010

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Photo of nmann08
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (452 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (1,459 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (609 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to AutumnBeerLove for locating this under-the-radar brew for me. Served in a Darkness glass.

A - A finger-plus of dark tan foam settles to a thin cap and thicker collar, leaving some thin fingers of lace behind. Opaque near-black body that reveals a glint of red-brown at the top edge of the glass.

S - Very toasy, with cocoa powder, dark roast coffee, light smoke, nuts & berries, a bit of black cherry, and some fruit English ale yeast.

T - The taste doesn't quite live up to the promise of the aroma. Very dry, with a slightly charry and chalky note. Nice chocolate and nut flavors, a bit of burnt toast, and a roasty finish. Nowhere near as sweet as the aroma suggests and no alcohol presence either. Sort of like a hybrid porter/dry stout.

M - Medium-light body that is a touch thin but not offensive for a 6.8% beer. Slightly zesty medium carbonation that seems a touch sharp for a beer described as very "British" on the label. Otherwise pleasant and smooth on the palate.

D - Very easy to drink, and certainly the best of the motley assortment of beers Mike and I shared last night while watching a particularly violent UFC event. Not mind-blowing, but packs in a lot of flavor for a 6% beer. Certainly a worthy choice as a Pro-Am winner. (1,258 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my Surly nonic pint glass. It poured dark brown, nearly black in color with a frothy and creamy tan head filling the top inch of the glass. Pretty decent head retention with a little lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a sweet, malty, milk chocolaty and cocoa like flavor to it. I get a bit of roasty flavors to it as well. Very smooth and appealing aroma and pretty nice for the style.

The taste us smooth and rich with a very nice mix of sweet malty, chocolaty flavors and roasty, bitter flavors. I get some caramel and milk chocolate notes coming out of the sweetness, especially in the finish. The roasty, bitter-sweet chocolate, coffee like flavor is a little more reserved but it gives it some nice balance.

The mouthfeel feels nice and creamy with carbonation being on the lower side of the style. Overall it was a very solid porter. Very flavorful, drinkable and balanced. A very solid beer overall. (950 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (1,012 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (567 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a case of this stuff because Wormtown is just that good. Can't wait for them to release their next bottle. Poured into a pint glass.

A - Spectacular deep brown pour with a big creamy two finger mocha head. I'm talking guiness creamy. It faded at a normal rate leaving some nice side lacing. Sooo creamy.

S - Usual great roasty chocolate and vanilla awesomeness. Nice carmel notes too.

T - Much like the nose this is rich and full tasting. Lots of great chocolate and light coffee notes along with some really solid vanilla notes.

M - Super rich and full and creamy. This stuff feels like lightly tingly and carbonated velvet. Quite good in the mouth, oh so refreshing.

O - Yeah, this stuff is oh so good. Great appearance and awesome smell, taste, mouthfeel. Yeah, this has been worth the wait! (806 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours dark brown. When I hold a fixed light source to my glass I can see surprisingly see all the way through (albeit barely). Hints and glimmers of crimson in the body. Head is a short lived cluster of darker tan foam. Stringy lacing.

S-A textbook stylistic aroma with an intensity level that outmuscled many Porters. Very roasty with a legitimate coffee scent. Powdered cocoa and even some vanilla sweetness. I also get some soft nuttiness.

T-A lot like biting into a hard chunk of authentic dark chocolate. The roast is very concentrated, too. Some more vanilla and some chalkiness. Roasted nuts. I can see why this recently medaled at the GABF; it's such an exemplary take on the style but it's bulked up as well.

M-Much more body than many Porters. Creamy and thick, especially for the ABV. Soft, in intrusive bubbles. Medium bitterness.

O/D-A gallant yet textbook take on the style. One of the better Porters I can remember having recently. These people at Wormtown are world class! Another example of their brewing expertise. (1,038 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (760 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (834 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (1,097 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (778 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (901 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (1,081 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown, almost black, with a nice thick tan head. No true lace.

Milk sweetness in the nose, bitter chocolate and mocha notes.

Nice charred but sweet malt up front. Cocoa, sweet coffee, light bitterness all balanced evenly. Lightly malty-sweet and bitter in the finish, like bitter chocolate. Charred bits in the middle as the beer transitions are very nice.

Medium to fuller bodied. Moderate carbonation.

A winner here. Great porter. Glad this was a big bottle. Tasty, not cloying or overdone. One of the better sweet-side dark brews I've had in a while. (568 characters)

Photo of Jayli
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (948 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (716 characters)

Photo of albern
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (1,008 characters)

Photo of ms11781
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (1,407 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (437 characters)

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A gracious free box sent to be by ShogoKawada contained a bomber of this unheard of beer.

Poured into a Perfect Pint
Appearance
This porter has its roots planted in the red hues. This is evident on the pour as well as when held to the light. Deep, yet rich reds shine through the blacks and browns. The head was a sizable two fingers high and left small patches of lacing.

Aroma
Very chocolatey. Aromas of chocolate chip cookies and cappuccino emanate from the glass. Coffee aromas are sweetened and lightened up by milk chocolate and a sweet creaminess.

Taste
Again, very chocolatey with only enough bitterness from roasted malts and faint hops to cut back any cloying sweetness. The coffee flavors wait until the end to show up and even then they are blended with creme and cocoa. A little bit of hops give an orange pithy flavor to the finish.

Mouthfeel
The pour didn't look exceptionally viscous but the feel is full that I had expected. Its quite nice with a creamy and low level of carbonation.

Overall
This is a really well done porter. In many ways it reminds me of Edmund Fitzgerald. Wormtown should really consider keeping this one around and putting it in 6 packs. (1,183 characters)

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz into bell's pint glass. 1st bottling. ~1 month old.

A- Big creamy mocha head slowly rises to 2-fingers on a dark roast coffee-colored beer. Nice heavy lace ring from the top and mild lacing all the way down. Head takes a while to settle and never really goes away.

S- Coffee and cream, sweet and pleasant.

T- Big dark fruit and mild grassy hops. Bitter earthy chocolate comes on strong as well. Very robust and flavorful. Lots of coffee in the finish.

M- Very full and rich, great carbonation, well-crafted. Supreme balance. Opens up nicely as it warms.

O- A very impressive beer- this one took me by surprise. Wormtown should make this a regular.

627 (665 characters)

Photo of SABERG
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a modified tulip glass.

A - Deep dark, nice creamy head, moderate lacing throughout.
S - Hint of leather, cocoa, fig. Pleasant and balanced.
T - Malt base finished cleanly, some lingering chocolate, with a hint of smoke?
M - Silky and clean, this may be Pro ams strong suit. So smooth.
O - Very nice porter, balanced and dare I say refreshing!

Cheers (383 characters)

Photo of brureview
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (337 characters)

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Pro-Am Porter from Wormtown Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.