Big Chimney Porter - Mad Fox Brewing Company
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Ratings: 31 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by mojo437:
2.15/5 rDev -45.7%
Wow. I have to say this was the most disappointing porter I have ever had. We went around opening night, and this beer tasted extremely watery, even for cask. They really should not cask it, because this beer is begging for carbonation to cover up the lack of flavor. This tasted and looked like a caramel root beer, not a stout porter. If you like your beer even somewhat strong, don't order this. This is for wimps who think they like dark beer - the malts didn't even make up for it. I didn't even finish half of it. Extremely disappointing considering the hype around here for Mad Fox.
08-01-2010 19:01:17 | More by mojo437
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4.25/5 rDev +7.3%
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!
08-31-2010 15:03:35 | More by jfdean
3.9/5 rDev -1.5%
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
04-04-2013 03:12:51 | More by blackie
4.1/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
10-16-2010 16:36:03 | More by Thorpe429
4.03/5 rDev +1.8%
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!
07-13-2010 18:52:07 | More by TMoney2591
3.5/5 rDev -11.6%
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.
02-07-2011 21:54:58 | More by CuriousMonk
5/5 rDev +26.3%
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.
07-14-2010 02:16:54 | More by DonaCake
4.4/5 rDev +11.1%
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.
08-16-2011 00:44:57 | More by novajeepfreak
3.68/5 rDev -7.1%
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.
07-13-2010 19:15:40 | More by dedrinker
4.05/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
08-30-2011 20:42:56 | More by mdfb79
District of Columbia
4.25/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
11-13-2010 02:26:14 | More by yourefragile
3.98/5 rDev +0.5%
On tap at the brewery, beer is black with a thin lazy tan head of small bubbles, no lacing, moderate carbonation, low retention, looks OK.
Aroma is roasty and sweet. Smells good.
Beer is medium to light in body, sweet on the palate and roasty bitter on the finish. It is a fine porter, nothing too special but well made and I'd have it again.
11-12-2012 20:57:36 | More by drabmuh
Big Chimney Porter from Mad Fox Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.