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Big Chimney Porter - Mad Fox Brewing Company

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Reviews: 17
Hads: 34
rAvg: 4
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Mad Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 07-13-2010

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of jfdean
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Great porter! A buddy of mine and I went over late on a Monday night and after discovering they just finished the beer on cask I opted for some on tap.

The beer came to me with a short head of rich tan foam and a body that was quite entirely black. Bringing the glass to my mouth I was greeted by a decadent roasted aroma with small notes of a malty sweetness and caramel. The following sip did not disappoint! The beer is exactally what a porter should be, dark, roasty, lightly hopped (enough to balance any sweetness) and with a lighter mouth feel and body than a stout.

All in all a very nice beer from a local brewpub! (626 characters)

Photo of blackie
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

draft at the brewpub

a: deep charred nutshell brown in color, sporting a thick, frothy dark tan head with good retention and heavy lace

s: dark roasted barley, woody and nutshell, light caramel, earthy hop aromas, toasted grain

m: carbonation low and creamy, body around medium, delicate and smooth

t: a medium-strength porter flavor - plenty of dark roasted barlely and some underpinnings of biscuity malt with a very light sweetness, but not heavily flavored by any means, ends with an earthy hop flavor and light bitterness

o: a nice porter, balanced and easily drinkable with plenty of character (604 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On cask.

Head is a nice creamy dark tan color. Beer itself is a dark black with some brown notes.

Smell and taste have some very good notes. Sweet milk chocolate and coffee notes. Coffee notes are stronger. Deep roasted malts underneath it all. Very light hop note. Medium caramel notes.

Smooth and creamy. Supposed to be heavy but feels light.

Overall, a fantastic English poeter. (385 characters)

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at the brewpub. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very dark brown with a slight light mocha head followed by some good lacing. Nose brings forward a good amount of roasted malt as well as some dark chocolate, coffee, and hints of molasses. Taste really focuses on the roasted malt and adds in nice flavors to surround it with elegant dark chocolate and coffee as well as hints of smoke. Feel is medium with a good body on cask. Drinks quite well; glad that this is normally on. (481 characters)

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of TMoney2591
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic pint glass.

Even better than having a nice local brewpub? That nice local brewpub having a few brews on cask. Get some. This offering pours a barely translucent black-brown, highlighted in ruby, topped by two fingers of tan foam. The nose comprises toasted caramel, chocolate, dark wheat, roasted malts, and a hint of maple syrup. The taste generally follows, with notes of chocolate powder, caramelized sugar, light smoke, and a slight floral bitterness. The body is a heavy medium, with pretty much no carbonation (not surprising) and a disturbingly smooth feel. Overall, a very solid porter...probably gonna have many of these over the next few weeks. I reiterate: get some! (698 characters)

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mostly opaque black with a small froth of beige head. Has a semi-sweet roasty dark chocolate nose with a touch of English hops. Starts with pretty good fullness and a touch of dark malty sweetness with a heavy, roasty malty presence and a more bitter and dry roasty finish. Could use a little more sweetness to balance the bitterness, but still a decent brew. (367 characters)

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Lee_Hancock
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of DonaCake
5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Loved this beer. Tan creamy long-lasting head. Dark brown in color with some red notes. Medium body. Flavor included roasted notes, some coffee, gaining more of a chocolate-y contribution as it warmed up. Planned on having one and had to try the cask version and loved it as well. On my second visit, had to try it again. (321 characters)

Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of novajeepfreak
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First beer I had with them....excellent beer....could use a tad more body in my opinion but than again, I'm pretty picky about dark beers....much lighter than say a Guinness which aint a bad thing to be honest....great beer, and of course, I'll have it again. (259 characters)

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ChrisKayler
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of dedrinker
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with a tan head.

Aromas of bitter chocolate, and roasted malts.

Flavors of the above with a hoppy bitterness side by side with the astringent bitterness of the black malts.

Medium body, smooth soft mouth feel (cask) and some more hop bitterness on the finish than I would prefer. I would rather have a little more roasted malt and dark chocolate flavor. (362 characters)

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of duceswild
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of StrikeThreeLager
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 08/13/11 notes. Had on tap and cask at ad Fox. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a very dark mahogany brown color with one inch of tan head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted notes, roasted coffee, light chocolate, and light vanilla. Very roasty and nice.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, sweet chocolate, light coffee, and light bread. More chocolate than the nose and less coffee, which I'm a fan of.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, very smooth and easy to drink. Great mouthfeel.

o - Overall a really easy to drink, well done porter. One of Mad Fox's best beers so far in my opinion, would certainly have it again. (649 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub.

Easily my favorite Mad Fox beer sampled so far. This beer won't blow anyone away but is just a well made English Porter. Dark brown near black color with a thin tan, retentive head. Nose and flavor are a robust malty blend with well balanced hops and roast flavors. Mouthfeel is soft and thick with a long lasting mild bittersweet taste. Recommended. (374 characters)

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Big Chimney Porter from Mad Fox Brewing Company
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