Galloway Porter - Epic Brewing Company

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Reviews: 31
Hads: 62
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 9.27%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Epic Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 06-10-2010

A dark, full-bodied and drinkable beer, Galloway Porter highlights rich roasted chocolate and coffee-like malt flavors and aromas. It has a very mild hop addition so that the chocolate malt flavor can shine through.
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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep sable just a flea’s eyebrow above black with a frothy and fine-bubbled tan head that leaves generous lacing. Aroma has strong woody, nutty, malty, and subtle spicy notes. Flavor has a malty underpinning and nutty, earthy, chocolate, and toffee tones, along with woody, bitter hops. Texture has average weight but plenty of fizz, leaving a woody, earthy finish. A satisfying porter. (396 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and slight vanilla aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and char flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice combination of cocoa and char qualities. (572 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Clear very dark brown colored beer with a medium sized brown colored head. Unusually dak for a porter I can't really see light through this one.

Smells strongly of charred grain. Chocolate scent with with some smoke and wheat toast aromas. Slight scent of caramel.

Starts out mildly sweet with a taste of patent malt, slight coffee after taste. Gets sweeter as you drink it there is a strong chocolate taste. Overall this is mainly just mild and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is just a nice regular Porter. Most brewers have a similar beer. It is just meant to be easy to drink and well liked by most. But this doesn't try to be World Class. (662 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber picked up in Michigan and wish we'd gotten more, as this is a very easy drinking beer. Pours a dark chocolate colour with nice ruby tones and a respectable head, with lacing. Aroma of roasted dark and chocolate malts has a nicely sharp edge to it, portending the coffee and light hop bitterness of the finish. Mouthfeel is thin but clean and appropriate for the style. Flavour does not have the initial sweetness I expected and offers a nice malt body, with a hint of caramelization under the roasted chocolate notes. Enough astringency to be interesting, but still a pleasure to drink. Will buy again... (611 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark brownish black with a huge, brownish head that is dense and foamy with great retention

S - milky, creamy, bready

T - faint roasted malts, some faint chocolate, some mildly bitter hops in the finish

M - thin, light to medium bodied, lightly but well carbonated

This is an easy drinking porter with light flavor and thin mouthfeel. Ultimately, this is disappointing. I wish this was a bit more full-flavored and had a thicker mouthfeel. As it stands, this is a beer that I will ignore in the future. (510 characters)

Photo of B-Rad
4.36/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good malty porter with a slight touch of hops. Hints of chocolate and coffee. Very similar to Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter. Very drinkable and smooth. Purchased in a 22 oz bottle and poured into a generic pint glass. Purchased at the Utah State Liquor Store for around $3.00 and some change. A fine example of Epic's craft. (324 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.22/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up on a nice clearance rack. Happy to give it a shot. 22 oz. bomber split with my wife.

Pour is black & moderately foamy. Nose is rich, lovely chocolate & a dose of roast. Nothing wild but damn appealing.

Galloway Porter peaks with the nose & falls off quickly. Chocolate remains the dominant actor, & there's roast, but the hop strike really clashes with the roast. The hops are earthy, almost herbal, & I never drink tea with my Giradelli. Because that's weird. And then there's a lactose shot that adds to the confusion.

This is a beer that's having an identity crisis, & I'm not shrink. It's a mish-mash of different things that taste good apart, but the combo is off-putting. Decent enough, but based on the nose, this could have been a contenda. (764 characters)

Photo of Gregfalone
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance-
poured from a 22 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.
Pours very dark brown, almost black with deep burgundy around the edges
Nice two finger beige head that takes its time dissapating leaving decent lacing on the way down. - Noticed sediment in beer after pouring remainder of bottle

Nose-
Roasted malts, coffee, and dark chocolate. There's also an ever so slight unpleasant smell in there that I can't quite put my finger on.

Taste-
Sweet dark fruits up front followed by some chocolate and more fruit. Simple but pleasing.

Mouthfeel-
Medium heavy mouthfeel with light carbonation. Just about right for my tastes.

Overall-
This is a pretty good porter. Pretty simple, drinkable and tasty. Reminds me of some English porters.Epic did a good job on this one I will definately drink this one again. (814 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer #67 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.

Interesting robust porter. Quite hearty smoky tones to it. At least more than I was expecting. Nice consistent flavor profile. Consistent (I am tired of this word...someone please find me a new one) flavor profile and a nice even body

Note: I had this beer after it sat out for quite some time. I believe the temperature of it has made all the difference. (395 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a big tan head. Average retention with good lacing.

Very roasty and chocolately aroma with a little earthy bitterness in the aroma. Nothing really stands out here.

Loads of chocolate and roast in the flavor profile. Seems a bit overattenuated as it finishes supremely dry, but the flavors are there.

Lighter bodied with slightly above medium carbonation. Still managed to be somewhat creamy despite the slightly lighter body.

Above average, but many betters exist. I like some of the flavors, but it's a bit too dry to drink much of and no flavors are really exceptional. (592 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.92/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Black color. Three fingers of pillowy beige head. Retention is a little better than average and a moderate amount of lacing is left.

2.0 S: Unfathomly dry. Bone fucking dry. Roastiness and a weird tangy twanginess. Needs a bit less attenuation. Like cocoa powder. Not a fan.

3.0 T: Roasty and grainy. Dry, but reasonably dry this time. Light cocoa powder again and a touch of caramel. Not great, but not horrid. Pretty much average.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Quite creamy for what it is. Good here.

3.0 D: Average, drinkable, worth a try but not a rebuy. (621 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rich cola pour with reddish highlights upon exit from the bottle comes off coal black in the vessel. A spongy textured slight khaki head lasts but a minute or two before coming a thin skim coating. Lacing was kept to a bare minimum.

S: Rich semi-sweet chocolate roast, smooth fresh charred wood comes with a nice level of aromatic roast awareness.

T: The flavor holds a dark, sweet caramel roast backing, cocoa, buttery toast, marshmellow and a smudge of vanilla. Sweet and spicy bitterness comes on the finish. The flavor overall is very polished and everything flows smoothly together but is still very distinguishable by itself.

M: Good carbonation presence, medium body, buttery oily feel.

O: Overall a solid example, especially flavor wise which was very polished, smooth and easy to consume. Bomber worthy at a great price point makes this a very good recommend. While some people may rate more harsly expecting the next big thing, there is certainly nothing wrong with a very drinkable session porter, which is what this all about with a nice soothing complexity and flavor. (1,090 characters)

Photo of biglite351
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Orange-brown light through center of glass with a very short tight

off-white head

S - Very mild toasted malt, hint of cocoa

T - Light but okay to start; mild toasted malt and cocoa. However, there

is a bitter tinge in the finish

M - Mice thickness with okay coating. A lot of tingle on tongue and

throat

O - To mild for this to be picked over most other options (375 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some decent spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, coffee, biscuit, citrus, and herbal hops. Some pretty standard porter aromas with decent strength and balance. Taste of chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, biscuit, herbal, coffee, and citrus. A decent amount of herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, biscuit, caramel, and citrus on the finish for a bit. Nice evenly balanced blend of roasted and hop flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel. Very easy and smooth to drink; with almost no alcohol warming present on the finish. Overall this is a nice and straightforward porter. Nice balance of flavors and quite enjoyable. (936 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
2.77/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Dark brown color with a very thin cream colored head. No retention or lacing. Not great looking.

S- Coffee and grassy, surprisingly light smell for a porter.

T- Coffee and chocolate, wood tastes. Not great but not bad.

M- Smooth and creamy. Best part of the beer.

O- Nothing excels with this beer, but nothing is absolutely awful. The appearance has stuff to work on though. (437 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very drinkable porter. Nothing extreme, just a good balance of malt and bitterness, though would have liked somewhat more of the latter. Black as night, with complementary dark brown bubbly head. Some licorice in the aroma. Slightly above average mouthfeel. (257 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite acceptable dark beer. Just a hint of an odd perfume or plastic. Nice big flavor, though, and good for a gulp.

Dark malt and some charred flavors. Barely a hint of sugar. More of the grainy barley flavor. I like the big foam and spritzy carbonation. Lacing up and down the glass and a big mouthful of suds. Just right to start the evening. Some bitter aftertaste to sharpen it up.

22 oz bottle from the Sugar House state liquor store. (441 characters)

Photo of plfahey
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Deep mahogany brown with garnet highlights and what appears to be decent clarity. Large khaki head has moderately high retention.

Aroma-Dry, toasted bread crusts with a sprinkle of bittersweet cocoa powder and a touch of roasted malt. Extremely aromatic and enticing. Upon closer inspection, there's a dab of caramel sweetness, and a whiff of green, earthy hops.

Flavor-Not exactly what I expected from the aroma-sweet milk chocolate up front transitions on the palate across the spectrum of roast flavors-toasty bread crusts, then roasted malt, and then a hint of dark espresso in the finish. Near the finish, light herbal/woodsy hops come into play and moderately low hop bitterness coupled with roast and brisk carbonation make for a crisp finish.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with very high, prickly carbonation. The overall feel is pretty good, but the carbonation is a bit high for the style. Giving a vigorous pour on this one to release some of the excess carbonation really helps to soften up the mouthfeel a bit.

A little brisk on the carbonation, but otherwise, not bad at all. A solid porter with great flavor and aroma-it's all too easy to put down an entire bomber (or two) of this. Yum. (1,252 characters)

Photo of RedBiddy
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had to walk six city blocks to finally find a decent beer in Salt Lake City. This was a decent pour...a little too transparent. The lacing was average. Taste was...hmmm...yes, a porter but nothing outstanding. It felt like velvet stuck to velcro in my mouth...the carbonation was a bit intense. Taste was the most pleasant surprise. Chocolate, raisen, and cherimoya. I could tolerate three or four of these but nothing dazzling....unless you compare it to most offerings in Utah. The Mormons have ruined the state of beer here. (529 characters)

Photo of rembrant
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Bomber from Salt Lake

Looks a proper Porter, black with just a slight reddish tint. A light tan head does a good foam, 2" plus.

Dark fruit aroma, raisin dominant,with a hint of coffee. Not a real strong scent but pleasent.

Taste- Quite nice,a bit sweeter than an Ed Fitz and more stouty than a lot of Porters Rather resembles Dark Horse Black Bier or Clipper City Pegleg Stout.,beers I know rather well and enjoy,though those two...and this are so similar I could be fooled in a blind taste. Funny, a Black Bier, a Porter and a Imperial Stout being that similar.

Mouthfeel is pretty rich,again a pretty stouty Porter and I favor that over a Porter that's too light. Big and malty.

Drinkable indeed. Hefty, like an Oat Stout but at just 5.4% is just a tad past " session".

Happy to note, it's not SALTY. I guess they didn't use the Lake water. (850 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark ruby red colour, finger of mocha head with decent retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Dark cocoa and bitter espresso notes come through nicely.

T - Much like the scent, the dark cocoa and espresso notes dominate, with a bit of a tobacco and smokey notes lingering on the finish.

M - A tad watery and could use a carbonation lift, but the finish has a touch of dryness and goes down smooth.

O - A tasty porter and the coffee notes are scrumptious. An underrated porter, though more reminiscent of a coffee porter than a traditional porter. Solid flavours nonetheless and well worth the $5 bomber. (620 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.17/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a pretty one. It's a very dark brown with hardly any give at the edges. A nice creamy head develops a little over one finger high and has some staying power, taking a good amount of time to recede to a thick foam. A good amount of lacing is left in patches on the glass.
The nose offers a malty bouquet, a nice roasted barley and chocolate malts aroma withcoffe underlying and a bit of citrus hops balance to it. It's excellently balanced and spot-on for style. This is what a porter (not a stout) should smell like.
The roasted malts are likewise heaviest in the flavor, clearly of at least the chocolate variety and imparting a good coffee flavor with it. Citrus hops shine brightly underneath while letting the malts reign. It's a 4.5 if only the flavor didn't taper off a bit as it warms.
The mouthfeel offers a great blending of smoothness and light crispness that meld rather than competing in a medium body with an appropriately light carbonation. (967 characters)

Photo of bagpiper2005
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pour: Deep reddish-brown color. Two fingers of tan head that dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Aroma is big on coffee. Light roasted malt character underneath. Nothing really exciting.

Taste: Very bland front end with a very thin malt presence. Bitter black coffee and burnt bread back end. Not impressed.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery with medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It drinks like dark, black coffee, which is a drink I just do not like.

Final Notes: The malts need to be kicked up and they need to do something about that burnt bread taste in the back, that's just not working. Sorry guys, won't be coming back to this one. (667 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up at a Utah state liquor store on the way to San Diego last month, as the price (less than 4 bucks a bomber) was right. Poured a dark brown color with a nice big light brown head. Aromas of chocolate, toffee and roasted malt. Medium bodied and slightly astringent, with flavors of chocolate, roasted malt and toffee. (333 characters)

Photo of Douglas88
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle thanks to Eric. Pours a dark brown color with a small off-white head. A nose of sweet chocolates, coffee lots of malts. The flavor is smooth and easy; milky chocolates, coffee, fresh roasted flavors. A nice easy-drinking porter. A good brew to have on hand in the cellar! (287 characters)

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Galloway Porter from Epic Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.