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Gallows Point Dead Man's Porter - Skull Coast Brewing Company

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94
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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 11
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Skull Coast Brewing Company visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our Fall & Winter Seasonal, Gallows Point, is an Imperial Porter made with real Chocolate & Macadamia Nuts. There is nothing on the market like it, and it was recently named one of the Top 20 American Porters in the United States by BeerAdvocate.

60 IBU

(Beer added by: atsprings on 11-02-2010)
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5/5  rDev +14.9%

TimoP, Nov 25, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.9%

EasyReader, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of jak
5/5  rDev +14.9%

jak, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of BeerBeatnik
4.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this at Big Daddy's and it was wicked awesome! I was just going to have one (since it was $1), but I had two more right after that! The first thing that hits you is the smell: chocolate and macadamia nuts! Then, the taste. Exactly as described. The mouthfeel is great because the rep said it was unfiltered. And, while this is an Imperial Porter, its really drinkable! Like I said, I had two more right after! I'm not really a dark beer fan, but this is my new favorite.

BeerBeatnik, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of GehenHerzog
4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Big Daddy's Burger Bar in Ballantyne (Charlotte, NC) poured into a Skull Coast pint glass.

A: Cloudy Dark BROWN with a light brown (khaki, off white) head

S: Rich Chocolate with a strong Macadamia Nut smell. One of the best smelling beers I have come across

T: Chocolate with a strong nuttiness in the finish.

M: Medium body. Carbonation seems just about perfect.

D: I had 3 1/2 glasses of this. One of the most drinkable porters I have had. If it wasn't for the huge lunch I had and having to drive home I would have had more.

Overall a fantastic beer and I am looking forward to more offerings from this local brewery.

GehenHerzog, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of FotosbyAndy
4.85/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

FotosbyAndy, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of ChristianBlack
4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice deep brown. Looks like a porter with a very nice head that laced all the way down.

The aroma lovely. It has a great chocolate and macadamia nut flavor. My friend also smelled vanilla. But, maybe that was just him. It had an excellent nose! Wonderfully distinct.

The taste pops! It's not just a great porter, but the addition of the chocolate and macadamia nut flavor was on point. I would have never thought of macadamia for a porter, but I loved it. My friend also felt that there was some coffee in there. But, that was probably a roasted malt. Very complex and delicious.

The mouthfeel is really nice. It was nicely carbonated.

The drinkability is excellent. I tilted more than one. Delicious each time.

ChristianBlack, Jan 26, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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...

thelusiv, Feb 25, 2011
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4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

EJ6759, Jul 02, 2011
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4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler is from the Piney Grove Green's.

A - A chocolaty brown body with a nice sized tan head resting on top.

S - Really picking up a lot of macadamia nut mixed with a sweet milk chocolate aroma. Smells fantastic, I don't think it could get much better.

T - The chocolate notes are the highlight. The macadamia nut lends a nice smooth nutty aroma. Some light roasted notes are present as well. Certainly pretty sweet but not cloyingly so.

M - smooth. medium to heavy bodied. A pretty standard amount of carbonation

D - Pretty high drinkability. I love beers that give me a nice chocolate flavor and this one certainly delivers. The macadamia nut character adds an extra little something. This is a really good beer. I wish it was bottled so I could send it out to all my regular trading partners. I'll pick this up again the next time I see it.

jpmclaug, Dec 07, 2010
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4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

MightyCasey, Apr 05, 2011
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4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

TIMMYJ21, May 26, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Robyn, Mar 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

MayLattimore, Feb 02, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

PatLarsen, May 13, 2011
Photo of GSmithBeer
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

GSmithBeer, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of CushyGig
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this today with friends down in Fort Mill at McHales. They told me that even though I'm not a big dark beer fan, I would love this one. I think the thing that struck me most about it was its drinkability. It's not a heavy dark beer. I had four while watching football games. The other thing that struck me was the macadamia nut. When they first told me it had macadamia nuts in it, I was skeptical. But, you really taste them with the chocolate. Great beer! So happy I was talked into this rather than my usual beers on a winter day. This will be my new go-to beer.

CushyGig, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of GeorgeAldi
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

GeorgeAldi, Sep 03, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

brentk56, Mar 15, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

oberon, Feb 17, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

SFrankBrew, Feb 17, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a thin tan head that leaves decent lacing. The aroma has a ton of chocolate notes, some lactose, candied almonds,a bit of coffee, dark fruits and some alcohol. The flavor also is bursting with gourmet chocolate notes upfront, macademia nuts, dark fruits, espresso and a hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel is moderate and drinkability is pretty good. Really tasty effort from Skull Coast, sweet but not cloying this is a great desert beer.

silver0rlead, Nov 15, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

mikesgroove, Mar 05, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

LordFoul, Feb 25, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mizzouguy, May 13, 2011
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