45 Fathoms Porter - Naked Dove Brewing Company
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Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
4.26/5 rDev +2.2%
all over Geneva and surrounding areas is this gem of a porter from naked dove brewing. its rich and black on the pour, with a permanent inch of coffee brown head that doesn't quit one bit. notes of coffee grounds and black roasted barley come off the nose, and so does a greater alcoholic presence than the listed 5.5% abv. char and ash, post fire complexity of flavor. melted chocolate and birch wood come to mind as I sip, as does a great organic richness that's hard to explain. it feels healthy to me, like my body is ready for more and more, nutritious. full bodied as they come, creamy and expansive in feel. a little bitter as it warms up, but perfectly balanced out of the tap. I have very little to critique about this beer, maybe just a touch heavy and a touch sweet at the outset, but these things grew on me, and I found this to be the best of the naked dove beers I had. its up there with any porter brewed in the united states these days, Edmond Fitzgerald included. a nitro tap would suit this extremely well.
11-03-2013 22:29:03 | More by StonedTrippin
4.75/5 rDev +13.9%
Pours dark with a nice full head reminiscent of creamed coffee. The head doesn't last for more than a few minutes but, as it settles, the aroma of the beer fills my nostrils several feet away. The remaining head clings to the sides of the glass; hardly diminishing.
The nose has great burned notes without being overpowering. On the tongue, these burned notes become delectable flavors -- dark and burned, yet refreshing at once. The texture while in the mouth at first feels a bit watery, but thickens a little before swallowing. The finish is richer than the flavor experienced while on the tongue. Although the aftertaste is quite pleasant, it makes the mouth feel slightly arid. (Perhaps by design to tempt the drinker into another sip or gulp.)
Halfway through the pint, remnants of the head cling to the walls of the glass in patterns similar to logarithmic graphs. As the beer warms, its nose and flavors become fuller. The texture is more watery and does not thicken as it is moved around the mouth. Still, it is very drinkable.
With only a fifth of the pint remaining, there is scant head; save the remnants on the walls. Its color is still black. A final swig empties the glass and leaves more traces of head at the bottom.
In the past several years, this has become the standard by which I rate other porters. If you like this porter, you may also enjoy "Wolaver's Alta Gracia Coffee Porter" and "Custom Brewcrafters Double Dark Cream Porter".
09-26-2013 02:37:27 | More by Stranger5582
4.29/5 rDev +2.9%
This brew was served from the tap at MacGregor’s Grill and Tap Room in Canandaigua, NY. It arrived in a dimpled house mug, boasting a deep brown coloring. This let up lightness towards the edges, making it shine a more cola-like coloring. It held a half finger tall head of mocha colored bubbles, showing decent retention, and leaving sheets of lacing all down the glass. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be average. The aroma was simple, but gave rich roasted malts, milk chocolate sweetness, big cereal grain making it smell much like Coco Puffs, cooling heavy creamer, and thick molasses sweetness. Our first impression was that the flavoring gave deep, rich, and roasty malts, and the feel was surprisingly smooth. The flavoring opened with that big aromatic cereal grain, rich roast and smoke, milk chocolate sweetness, light medicinal phenols, and mustiness. To the peak came tart lemon zest, big soured lactics, and continued bittered roast. The finish came with more medicinals, deep raspberry sweetness, warm milk chocolates, heavy tobacco smokiness, and more limey lactics. The aftertaste breathed of more roast and medicinals, must, and the faintest citric hop sourness. The body was medium, and the carbonation was way high and bubbly. Each sip gave excellent slurp and smack, with good finishing pop. The nice froth and cream helped to make each slurp audible from across the bar. The mouth was left cooled, lightly coated, and satiated. The abv was easy, and the beer drank easily.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the exemplary aroma. It was so fresh and true to style it hurt!! This put freshness and the inviting factor over the top. The flavor remained well balanced between bitterly roasted grain and sweet milk chocolate, but the most exciting aspect about this was the great smokiness. This is a fantastic beer, and we are lucky to have this local gem.
03-24-2013 19:19:24 | More by TheBrewo
4.35/5 rDev +4.3%
Every time I go to visit the guys and gals at Naked Dove Brewing Company, I plan on getting something new to take home. But I *almost* always default back to this beer, and bring a growler of it home to enjoy. It's that good.
Pours from the growler dark brown, with a significant brown head. Average carbonation present.
The smell is pretty good- lots of roasty malts, and some creamy chocolate.
The taste is much better. The aforementioned roastiness, some light chocolate malty flavor, herbal hop bitterness, some tobacco, subtle smokiness, and slight coffee flavors. The body is thicker than the ABV suggests (5.5% or so)
One of the best local beers in the area. A true winner from a great brewery.
03-06-2013 00:55:17 | More by GreesyFizeek
4.18/5 rDev +0.2%
64oz growler poured into a snifter. From the brewery earlier today.
A: Pours a very dark black with a 1.5 finger dense light khaki head. Leaves some great lacing on the glass.
S: Roasted malts and coffee are the first things that come to mind. Sweet chocolate in the background as well.
T: Loads of coffee up front along with some chocolate. Rich roasted malts. The bitterness of the coffee compliments the hops.
M: Good body for a porter, a little thin but thats expected from the style. Smooth and velvety. Easy drinking.
Overall this is a fabulous porter from a great upstart brewery. Was impressed with all of their beers. Can run with the big dogs
01-01-2013 04:50:22 | More by CloudStrife
4.8/5 rDev +15.1%
This is my all time favorite Porter. Congratulations are in order. That's all I really wanted to say but you are requiring me to write more. Seriously? Do we all need to write a paragraph about a pleasant beer experience? I think not. And furthermore, I'd rather be drinking a beer right now. Ciao.
03-10-2012 19:08:13 | More by Ziggy
45 Fathoms Porter from Naked Dove Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.