Doc's American Porter - Crystal Springs Brewing Company
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Reviews by holden303:
3.63/5 rDev -0.8%
Hand bottled on 3/21/11. Poured into a tulip.
A: Doc's American Porter pours a beautiful jet black with a finger of cream colored head that dissipates quickly leaving a touch of lacing around the rim of the glass.
S: On the nose I'm getting roasted malts, coffee, toffee, a touch of chocolate, and a hint of vanilla if I'm detecting this correctly.
T: Picking up coffee, roasted malt, and some sweetness on the back end.
M: Good carbonation, in fact a little more than I expected for this particular style, also it seems a little thinner than I'd expected.
O: Overall this is a good beer, and have heard great things about the brewer so I was excited to see this bottled and for sale at my local shop. I would definitely drink this again and although it may not be a huge flavor bomb it's a very drinkable, well balanced porter.
05-07-2011 04:55:36 | More by holden303
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3.9/5 rDev +6.6%
This is a new brewery to me, not sure how old it is or when they started bottling. They're from Boulder, and that has to be a tough market. Found this bottle at Mondo Vino in the Highlands.
Pours a dark brown, close to black, with ruby edges. Head is minimal, and I would like to see more volume or density, or both.
Aroma is nice. Coffee and chocolate dance around a fleeting prune center. Some grassy hops blend well to produce a slight pine and earthy jab.
This porter is not focused on either coffee or chocolate. It is well balanced. The prune center in the aroma develops to a finish on the flavors. Dark chocolate and toffee give the medium roasted coffee some nice companions. Hops are present in the finish to give a quick snap to the end.
10-30-2010 07:33:30 | More by Mebuzzard
3.73/5 rDev +1.9%
APPEARANCE: The most noticeable thing about this porter was the head, unlike most other beers in the style, this one had an almost completely white head. If it was a head of hair it would have had some very light brown highlights, but otherwise, it was white. It consisted of big, homogenous bubbles and was slow to dissipate. As for the color, it was black, but when held up to the light it proved to be fairly translucent with a cherry red hue getting through.
SMELL: The nose on this one is dominated by a coffee aroma. A slight bit of chocolate can also be detected, but bitter coffee is the smell.
TASTE: Coffee is once again the star of the show here, starting out on the subtle side and building to an intense coffee flavor mid-sip. There is quite a bit of bitterness to this porter, but at the end of the sip it mellows out into a more chocolate-like flavor that lingers through the aftertaste. Some notes of oak and nuts are also present.
MOUTHFEEL: The Doc’s is more carbonated than most porters, which is very pleasant. In fact, it is one of the more palate cleansing beers I’ve had, which is not what I am used to from a porter – very nice mouthfeel.
OVERALL: I’m impressed, although after trying the Summer Kolsch from Crystal Springs I wasn’t terribly surprised. This is a good, solid porter that would go great with a lot of foods, although I’m not sure it would work as well with dessert or red meat. Rather, it would be good with BBQ or some stronger cheeses, like blue.
By the way, it is a shame that one of the three other people to review this beer gave it a D. After reading that review, I am convinced that this person was either drinking a different beer and got confused or that something had gone terribly wrong with the bottle he had. There is just simply no way that this beer's mouthfeel could be descibed as "slick" and certainly no way that the aroma could be described as grainy.
06-07-2011 08:49:51 | More by StoneTSR
3.2/5 rDev -12.6%
Seriously? This bottle is a gusher. A PORTER THAT IS A GUSHER!!?!?!?!?!? Made a huge mess, in all fairness to this beer and brewery I was unprepared. I made the stupid assumption that they knew what they were doing. My bad.
Beer is brown, hazy, HUGE HEAD, over carbonated, good retention. Grrr....
Aroma is mildly sweet, mildly smoky, almost tobacco
Beer is light in body, has this almost leather feel to it, I like the way it tastes but ultimately it is not great. Just an average porter that has serious bottling issues.
11-22-2011 21:28:28 | More by drabmuh
2.17/5 rDev -40.7%
Here's one I've never heard of. Sent by Boatshoes. Poured into a Perfect Pint.
A- Purely the opposite of the reviewer below, the head is massive and immediate. I'm puzzled as to why a porter would have such an explosive head. All in all its not too bad, it fades down to a manageable level soon enough. The upside is that it leaves lots of nice lace.
S- Underpowered might be an understatement. Barely any hints of a porter are found. I'm searching for a nice rich coffee and chocolate base but I can only get ghosts of such aromas. Its mainly just grains. Like a big bag of feed with a little bit of dark bread.
T- The taste is a little more potent, but in this case I think its for the worse. The taste seems delayed by more of that dull grain. Its like it throws down a layer of dusty grain on the tongue so that by the time any sort of chocolate malt shows up the taste receptors are just trying to fight their way out from under the chalky nothingness. The finish has an odd, chalk-dusted cocoa and citrus combination.
M- Intensely slick. It has an unwelcome coating presence. Luckily the carbonation is nicely dialed down to the appropriate range, something I wouldnt have guessed given the head on this pour.
D- Not an intensely bad beer, nothing is overtly off or disgusting. Its just not very well sorted.
02-22-2011 00:18:35 | More by MbpBugeye
Doc's American Porter from Crystal Springs Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.