Gallows Point Dead Man's Porter - Skull Coast Brewing Company
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Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 29 | Display Reviews Only:
4.85/5 rDev +11.5%
I came across this beer at the Flying saucer in Raleigh, NC about a year ago. I wasn't really a big fan of porters, but once I tasted this beer I was hooked. It has fantastic flavor and leaves a great after taste. The beer is really hard to find, but once you find it, you'll go back just for this beer.
03-04-2012 02:10:09 | More by FotosbyAndy
4.43/5 rDev +1.8%
Had out in Greenville-- said to be the last until they come out with it again in October. Pours a really dark brown almost black color with a creamy mocha head that sticks around for a while. Smells of chocolate, roast, a touch of macadamia nuts. Smells wonderful. Taste is creamy roasty chocolate and a hint of nuts. Has a touch of hops the finish but leaves you salivating for more of its roasty goodness. Very Creamy mouthfeel, crisp carbonation, thick body. Great brew! Crowd pleaser!! One of the best porters ever.
09-03-2011 18:54:27 | More by GeorgeAldi
3.08/5 rDev -29.2%
On tap in a shaker pint. Great looking beer with an impressively thick head full of dimples and divots. Several thick rings of lacing are left at the top of the glass.
Sweet chocolate and vanilla dominate the nose. Tastes just as sweet as it smells, although some roast thankfully emerges. Combined with the vanilla and chocolate, the effect is almost like a coffee liqueur. Comes very close to tipping the scales toward overwhelmingly sweet, but it somewhat dries out for a vanilla latte finish. Probably not something I'll revisit, but it's worth a try (especially for those fans of sweeter porters).
07-08-2011 00:19:12 | More by PDXHops
4.72/5 rDev +8.5%
Had this at Foster's Pub in Mt. Pleasant, SC. Skull Coast had a tap takeover and this is the last beer in the lineup. Forgetaboutit! This is the King of Skull Coast beers. I had thought... a few minutes ago that Maelstrom was their best beer, but I was wrong. Gallows takes the prize! It pours a dark chocolate brown with a tall tan head. The smell is as described on the sales sheet available at the bar: chocolate and macadamia. The taste is so unexpected that it makes you go: oooh! It's so layered. It starts off following the smell slightly... it bit of dark chocolate and roasted malt. Then it layers itself into this wonderful macadamia finish. How do they do that? As it gets warmer there is even more complexity. The mouthfeel is light and easy. The best part however is that it can be an year-round beer. It's 90 degrees out and I can drink several of these. It should be a year-round beer! It's light and I don't know why they don't make this all year long. Thank you Craig for holding this beer for this tap takeover. It was awesome! Fosters and Skull Coast rock!
07-02-2011 03:30:12 | More by EJ6759
4.63/5 rDev +6.4%
Growler also from a trade with Mcnuts
A-deep brown in color, not black like most porters i have enjoyed, very small head due to the growler but still nice enough in my book.
S-I for sure get the chocolate and coffee and vanilla, and macadamia nut, the flavors really come out when left sitting for awhile, very roast like
T- very drinkable, it a real light porter, but yet very flavorful. pretty sweet, which i very much enjoy. chocolate and vanilla really tackle the taste buds, you can very well have a few of these in the evening, or like me for breakfast.
05-26-2011 23:38:58 | More by TIMMYJ21
4.1/5 rDev -5.7%
Got a growler from a trade with McNuts, many thanks!!!
This is my first review on here so take that into consideration when reading.
Pours deep brown to black and not opaque at all in my glass. Little head (growler is 5 days old? but unopened) but there is a little tan top layer skimming the surface. The noise is all chocolate covered macadamia nut. This beer smells like all things Hawaiian to me. Taste is big on the sweet maltiness at first but very well balanced with a great mouthfeel. Coats your whole mouth with flavor and finishes with a great bittersweet aftertaste. Perfect beer after dinner in my opinion. Very well balanced and not a novelty chocolate beer in my opinion. Would drink this all the time if they ever decided to bottle it.
05-13-2011 23:28:34 | More by mizzouguy
4.47/5 rDev +2.8%
This is the real deal right here. I had it at Duckworth's when Jason and Todd were there. The great thing was the brewer was there from Skull Coast describing it. So, here goes: According to the brewer this is a Imperial Porter made with real chocolate and macadamia nuts. He said that it comes with three different kinds of chocolate: dark chocolate malt, light chocolate malt and actual chocolate added at the end of the boil. The macadamia nuts he said were roasted and then added at a couple of different points during the brewing process. The brothers really enjoyed it and so did I! I ended up having a couple. Very drinkable and really enjoyable.
05-13-2011 12:34:26 | More by PatLarsen
4/5 rDev -8%
On tap at Duckworths in Charlotte, served in a pint glass
Pours a dark brown, nearly black. No light is getting through this one. Very nice, substantial tan head, that leaves a respectable amount of lacing. Nearly stout-like in its appearance
Smooth sweet chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and a lightly roasted macadamia nut aromas fill the air. A very slight roasted malt aroma as it starts to warm. Virtually no hop aroma to speak of. When first served this has a sweet almost chocolate milk like aroma, as it warms the roasty aromas seem to peak and highlight the dark chocolate, roasted malts and slight coffee notes.
The taste is very similar to the aroma. Lots of sweet chocolate, vanilla, and macadamia nut flavors. Very little in the way of roastiness at first; there is some there, but not much. As the beer warms all of the roasty and dark chocolate flavors start to surface. Medium/light bodied and very smooth & silky, the carbonation is spot on. Extremely easy to drink.
It is a little "thin" for a porter for my taste, not enough so that it takes away from the overall eperience, but I prefer a slightly heavier mouthfeel in a porter.
Very nice, overall I am very impressed. I would recommend letting this beer warm a little before you drink it, as it is a totally different beer as it warms; much more complex and flavorful
05-10-2011 15:54:50 | More by CBlack85
4/5 rDev -8%
Growler from Greenville Beer Exchange
A: Pours a deep mahagony color with a creamy fluffy huge mocha cap. Retention is excellent
S: Big vanilla, big nuttiness, cocoa, and cream frm the lactose. Chocolate as well (white chocolate?). Overall seemingly sweet
T: Huge vanilla/cream/nuttiness, chocolate, and cocoa. A touch of grassy hops. Sweet. Too much vanilla?
Mf: Thick, smooth, low carbonation. Medium to light body...a tad light
Overall: sweet, tons of vanilla and nuts. Not really balanced, but very enjoyable
04-09-2011 20:59:22 | More by scottyshades
4.7/5 rDev +8%
I had this at the Myrtle Beach Festival
A: Great appearance. Nice dark brown color with a thick tan head.
S: Here's where it got interesting. Deep chocolate, maybe a little coffee. But, they said it was also made with macadamia nuts.
T: This was a highly layered beer. Starts off with a roasted malt and that macadamia nut taste. Then you get a deep chocolate taste. But, the final is a bit of hoppiness that I didn't really expect but was really nice.
Overall, this was by far the most memorable beer at the festival. I will review the IPA too soon.
04-05-2011 21:18:00 | More by MightyCasey
3.78/5 rDev -13.1%
Thanks to Chris for sharing this. From a Green's growler. Served in a Stone IRS tulip.
A - Pours with a finger of tan foam that settles to a thin filmy cap and thicker collar, but leaving behind minimal lace. Dark brown color with a hint of transparency at the fringes.
S - Chocolate, vanilla, light caramel, and an earthy character which I'm retroactively guessing was the macadamia nuts. It's a touch sweet for my tastes, but it gets a bit more balanced with roast character as it warms up.
T - Taste is a little less interesting. A mix of milk chocolate, vanilla, and caramel sweetness, without much roasted malt (or coffee, etc.) to balance things out. Light bitterness in the finish.
M - Was surprised this was 7%, as it seemed a bit thin, although I guess that means the alcohol is well-hidden too. Otherwise smooth with medium carbonation.
D - You could get buzzed pretty quickly on this one, as it's very easy to drink. I found it a bit simplistic in flavor profile, but it didn't have any overt flaws. A bit saccharine for my tastes but I can see others really digging this as a "session" porter.
03-29-2011 16:30:05 | More by MasterSki
4.47/5 rDev +2.8%
had this at beertopia.
A: looked the part. dark brown porter color.
S: the girl (who was smoking hot by the way) at the booth said it was a chocolate and macadamia nut porter. you could smell it.
T: it was both malty and hoppy at the same time. you got the macadamia nut on the front but it finished with the chocolate. it was like drinking dessert. would go great with cheesecake.
M: good carbonation and really good mouthfeel.
O: i really liked it. now, i must admit i think my review may have been a bit swayed by the girl behind the booth, but if anything she made me remember this beer several days after the event.
03-28-2011 21:44:36 | More by GSmithBeer
4.4/5 rDev +1.1%
Appearance: Arrives with a fudge brown color and a couple of inches of foam; very nice pattern of lacing as the liquid declines
Smell: Milk chocolate, macadamia nuts and vanilla
Taste: Milk chocolate, up front, with the macadamia nut flavors making a strong appearance after the swallow; there is some vanilla on the finish and a nice layer of bitter balance from the hops throughout
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and somewhat creamy; moderate carbonation
Drinkability: My first beer from this brewery and it is an impressive one; not just another porter, this beer has a distinctive flavor profile
03-15-2011 01:46:57 | More by brentk56
4.33/5 rDev -0.5%
on tap at the mellow mushroom in spartanburg while i was waiting for pizza
Nice and very dark pour here with a rich dark brown color that no light could penetrate. This was a monster looking porter I have to say with a menacing two inches of foam on the top of it that cascaded down the sides. The aroma was of light vanilla, lots of oak and woody notes, and hints of molasses and caramel. As it warmed some nice roasted notes start coming off of it. The flavor was as rich as the aroma with lots of sweet malts, hints of roasted notes and a nice bit of caramel and molasses. Light vanilla, not as much as I would have hoped for peaking through. A nice full bodied porter, nothing here was really overwhelming. This was about as solid as a big porter you are going to come across. I would have no issue with trying this one again any day.
03-05-2011 04:27:24 | More by mikesgroove
4.75/5 rDev +9.2%
I have had this on several different occasions in the last few months, only from Nick's Tavern & Deli in Clemson, SC. It is excellent - one of my favorite beers, perhaps my favorite porter. The bar usually only gets one or two kegs and it is gone within a day or two - even on weekdays. If you find this on tap, don't pass it up.
Appearance: black with a foamy tan head that sticks to the sides of the glass.
Smell: this beer does not have a particularly strong nose which I feel is appropriate for a porter, but there is of mild to medium malty smell, and maybe just a hint of hops.
Taste: lots of rich malty flavors without being too sweet, including a hint of coffee along with a subdued hoppiness. Leaves a nutty aftertaste without too much lingering bitterness (but just a little). Just a twang of alcohol taste can be perceived but doesn't overpower any other tastes at all.
Mouthfeel: not too thick but definitely not watery.
Drinkability: this is a beer to be savored, usually one of my "first beers", which I like to take my time with. Given ample supply, it could easily be a session beer because it is just so damn delicious. I wonder when they'll start bottling it...
02-25-2011 08:55:36 | More by thelusiv
3.73/5 rDev -14.3%
Shaker pint, Wineshop at Rivergate. Murky dark brown pour, thin layer of frothy off white head. Does stick to the glass well.
Malty aroma, slightly sweet. Caramel, toffee, some chocolates.
Taste is also very malty, large amount of chocolate and some cocoa. Toffee also, definetely on the sweeter side, lactose sugar? Finishes with some cocoa and the faintest roast.
Thinner bodied and just a bit much carbonation, but it drinks very easily. Would have guessed this was a 5% porter. A little sweet, but pretty good.
02-25-2011 01:15:33 | More by Bung
4.38/5 rDev +0.7%
Had on-tap at The Liberty. Pours a dark mahogany with a nice mocha tan head. Lots of lacing down the glass. Smell strikes you with nuts and chocolate malts on the nose. Much more depth and complexity in flavors. Starts off with a nuttyness -- macadamia nuts -- then almost as if it was layered finishes with a dark chocolate mocha taste. The mouthfeel is excellent. Nice body and good carbonation. This is a highly drinkable porter that has a good amount of flavor and feel. I was surprised it came in at 7%. I will surely be drinking many more of these.
02-17-2011 13:44:17 | More by SFrankBrew
4.38/5 rDev +0.7%
Poured into an over chilled pint glass last night at Sticks and Stones here in Greensboro,deep dark chocolate brown with a creamy-like toasted almond colored head atop.A great mix of vanilla,milk chocolate,lightly roasted macadamia nuts,and coffee roast in the nose,as it warmed it really became quite appetizing.Really smooth and almost "airy" in the mouth,could imagine this on cask.Vanilla flavors hit at the onset along with real nutty flavor and sweetish chocolate,the best thing in my mind about the beer is there is a firm drying roasty finish to keep the sweetness just enough at bay.A great flavored porter,my first try of this brewery and I was totally impressed.
02-17-2011 13:06:14 | More by oberon
4.5/5 rDev +3.4%
A very dark walnut colored body with a large tan head. Dark cocoa colored at first of head bubbles but seems to settle down and get lighter in color as time goes on. Tons of lacing. She looks good.
Great nutty smell, roast, maybe a little coffee, and some sweet malt. This smells just great a mish mash of many things which all get a turn. I can't get over the macadamia nut smell. Who would have thought of putting that in a porter? Pretty sweet!
Taste is a great macadamia but at first, with good malt chew. Aftertaste has some hop finish. Then, almost as if it was layered there is a chocolate highlight. Lots of flavors that come out throughout the tasting. The chocolate and macadamia on finish is surprising where did that come from. Not too heavy either. No noticeable alcohol even though it's listed as 7%.
This is a great porter. What can I say? I really liked it a lot.
02-02-2011 22:14:46 | More by MayLattimore
Gallows Point Dead Man's Porter from Skull Coast Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.