Raspberry Porter - Tree Brewing

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Raspberry PorterRaspberry Porter

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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Graham5161986 on 11-21-2008

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Reviews by peensteen:
Photo of peensteen
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown with lots of ruby in light, about a finger of tan/off white head, light lace. Smell is roasted with a bit of tart berry, some chocolate and a bit of jam as it warmed, also some coffee. Taste is of chocolates and roast with some raspberry under that, fairly moderate bitterness, chocolate and berry aftertaste. Medium carbonation, lightish-med body, ok weight, thin at times. This was far better than expected, flavourful and quite nice.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a little bit of a dilemma as to whether or not this should be a porter or a fruit beer (basically, how much to hold it to the style). In general, I would say it was a very good fruit-porter, but don’t expect something very fruity – like a frulli – from this brew.

Look (3.5/5) – pours a rich, reddish mahogany color that is dark enough to look blackish. the head is a bit of a letdown: it came up well on a good pour to about two to three fingers; it was beige in colour; fell a bit too quickly with little to no lacing present. Very good clarity, though it was hard to tell given the darkness of the brew. Slight visible carbonation.

Smell (4/5) – I get more of the berry character on the nose than I do the palate. The aroma has the usual porter characteristics as well. There is the usual coffee/chocolate-like roasty and toasty flavours with a bit of burnt flavour and nice toffee-like caramel. It has that porter-like flavour that always makes me think of duty coffee and chocolate. The raspberry or fruity notes come in towards the end and blend well with the sweeter malt notes. Not a lot of hos or alcohol present here.

Taste (4/5) – A fairly good porter flavour with the character that I’ve ground accustomed to: there was quite a bit of coffee-chocolate malt in partnership with decently complex background malt characters that included some crystal and a whack of toffee-caramel notes. Not a whole lot of melanoidins going on, though. The bitterness is a good balance with the grain bill here, though hop flavour isn’t really there. It finishes with a nice fruitiness, which is very subdued: this reminded me of a rich berry-chocolate cake, where the berries are pulled firmly into the orbit of the rich chocolates, though they were even less independent here. For the intense malt and slight fruit flavour, the finish was surprisingly dry.

Feel (3.5/5) – definitely on the lighter side of body – and, to be honest, the lighter bodies of porters never quite sit right with me – along with a good level of moderate carbonation. No alcohol warmth, but a

Overall, I was impressed with this brew as both a porter and a fruit beer. There was a good job of blending these elements in a subtle way where the fruit added to the porter slightly and the porter did not become a venue for fruit to take centre stage (which wouldn’t really have worked as well, I think). Maybe a bit more body would have helped supported the complexity of the substantial flavours presented here, but overall I don’t have any gripes with this brew. Very nice. (3.5/5)

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650mL from the LCBO's spring release, enjoyed on the first cool evening after a week of relentless humidity.

Poured into your standard conic pint glass. Chocolate ruby in colour, the pour leaves a fairly stable head of off white foam, nice icicles of lacing. Good lookin brew.

Nose is raspberry jam, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt.

Surprisingly tart, but the raspberry flavor is subdued. Roasted malt gets a good presence, and the finish is decidedly grainy with some mild hoppage here.

This a brew that really could have used with some body - it just feels washed out and lacks that fullness that a porter provides. It feels more like a Raspberry Brown Ale.

It's not bad, but it's not doing it for me. Too thin, and not enough of either flavor to really take the brew to the next level. Probably a once and done.

Photo of BGDrock
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: very dark brown, almost black; thick, frothy, but not dense head the colour of mocha

Aroma: black currant, ripe raspberry; something sharp and acidic

Taste & Mouthfeel: hit of bitter chocolate at first which turns to something reminiscent of dark cherry or raspberry chocolate cake (think black forest); somewhat watery texture and flavour, doesn't have great staying power, possibly due to lack of hops; tart bitterness in finish which amplifies over time; a little short on carbonation

Overall: initial flavour is great, but its missing the solidarity and backbone to stick around and maintain impact; could do better in stout form

Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle. I remember having this as one beer among many at a party last year - now let me have a more focused appraisal.

This beer pours a clear, rather dark cola-highlighted brown hue, with three fingers of puffy, cushioned foamy beige head, which leaves a decent wall of craggy webbed lace around the glass as is lazily sinks away.

It smells of roasted caramel malt, a dry earthy toasted nuttiness, green raspberries, a bit of day-old coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and weak leafy hops. The taste is grainy caramel malt, medium chocolate-covered underripe raspberries, subtle cafe au lait notes, oily bar-top nuts, and earthy, leafy hops. Very much like the impeccable Spy Porter, infiltrated with raspberry puree, this is.

The carbonation is average, but noticeable enough at certain junctures, the body on the lee side of medium weight, and kind of thin at times, but smooth enough overall. It finishes off-dry, the combined lingering essences providing a predominately raspberry pie experience.

While a somewhat lesser example of a standout porter, this goes down well enough, as the raspberry character is neither too sweet, nor too tart; dare I say, it was just right. A fruit beer for a porter fiend, and an intro porter for that annoying acquaintance that likes fruit, but not 'beer'.

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

Cola brown in colour, brilliant clarity. Massive beige head shows great retention and some lace. Noticeable raspberry aroma with an accompanying nutty note. Raspberry jam up front, mildly sweet, followed by strong nut and biscuit notes. Light chocolate as it approaches room temperature. Finishes short with slight earthiness and very low bitterness. Just shy of medium-bodied with low carbonation. Feels smooth and creamy, yet light. I like the aroma and flavour of this beer, but I have to deduct points for this really not being much of a porter. If it were sold to me as a raspberry brown ale, this would easily get a half-point nudge upwards in both categories. Maybe even a full point up in flavour for its structure.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - a clear but dark redwood brown, short head with a light red tinge quickly dissipated to nothing
S - strong hints of raspberry and chocolate dominate, very enticing
T - raspberry flavour starts subtle but builds, chocolate and burnt roasty malt, with a bit of a musty finish
M - medium with carbonation presence that lightens it up, finishes full and slightly smoky
O - a well built flavoured beer where the raspberry is prominent but does not take away from the porter-ness of it, would make a nice dessert brew

Photo of ChrisCage
4.24/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very dark brown, almost cola colored, with reddish hues around the rim, and it is clear enough to see the carbonation. There is not much in terms of a foamy head, but when first poured there is about a half finger thickness of eggshell colored goodness, which quickly vanishes into a ring. The lacing factor is modest at best, with small patchy foam clumps sticking to the glass. Not the best, not the worst looking porter!

S- Chocolate covered berries is my first impression of the aroma, but upon further analysis, I am able to separate distinct chocolate, raspberry, toffee, and coffee aromas. It actually smells reasonably balanced between sweet malt, fruit and a mild hop bitterness at the end.

T- The flavors follow the aromas closely but with more specific quality. The traditional porter qualities come through easily enough, with coffee, bittersweet chocolate malts, caramel/toffee sweetness and some and hints of burnt brown sugar. The raspberry fruit adds just a bit of tartness which makes this quite refreshing to be honest! The finish provides just the right amount of bitterness, in hop form and a bit of toasted quality as well!

M- Thinner than a traditional porter, I wouldn't call this watery, but it is definitely not full either....even calling it medium bodied is a stretch....medium/lite is about accurate. The carbonation is crispy with the fruit flavors breaking on the palate too...a real refreshing mouthfeel!

O- I like this a lot! It is very well balanced and makes for a very unique take on the porter style! It has all the characteristics of a great beer, perhaps with a little more work on the body....I really like the subtle fruitiness involved here...it's not too much, but really defines what Tree was going for!

Photo of Rutager
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a clear, deep red-brown with almost a finger of foamy, off-white and slightly pink head.

Smell. Chocolate and rasberries with a little burnt sugar.

Taste. Bitter chocolate, raspberries, and just a little brown sugar.

Mouthfeel. Light body with medium, bubbly carbonation.

Overall. Nice light and refreshing porter. Would be great for warm summer evenings around the campfire.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear medium brown color ale with a small fizzy head with minimal retention and no lacing. Aroma of raspberry with light roasted notes. Taste of somewhat tart raspberry with some light roasted notes with no apparent hops. Carbonation is way too fizzy for the style with a thin body. Not bad overall but not something I would wish to have very often.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to Founders tulip.

A - Poured dark brown and settled black. Half a finger of cream coloured head formed and quickly receded to a thin layer.

S - Roasted malts with a slight tart/bitter profile and lighter raspberry notes present. A lot less raspberry than I expected, which is a good thing.

T - Well balanced mix of sweet raspberry jam and roasted malts. An overall tartness is present as well that nicely cuts through the sweetness. A dry, roasty finish.

M - Light to medium body. Moderate to heavy carbonation. Too much carbonation for me.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out black, capped by a frothy, creamy tan head. Body turns a dark cola hue when held to direct light.

Mild notes of dry cocoa wafer on the nose, along with almost a jam-like presence of raspberries.

Flavour seems a bit watered down, lacking a bit of ooomph. Toasted wafery malt is faint up front, and while it was a nice touch in the aroma, the raspberries all but disappear in the flavour profile. In the end it seems like a mild dry English porter. I digress, when it nears room temperature the raspberry pokes out slightly, accompanied by some bitter dark chocolate.

The mouthfeel, while a bit thin, still has a decent medium body to it, with a burst of carbonation on the finish.

A bit disappointing for a holiday seasonal, the raspberries get top billing on the label and in the title, but end up having stage fright. In the end one would be better off picking up Tree`s regular porter, as the raspberries don`t add much to this at all.

Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml Bottle from the LCBO Ottawa for 6$

Appearance - Brown colour with an average size fizzy white head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for only a short while before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, grains, raspberries

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and of course raspberries. Not much in the way of sourness though, more like a sweet jam raspberry. There is also a bit of grains and something odd that I can't put my finger on. It ends with a sweet chocolate/raspberry aftertaste.

Overall - Another beer that falls into the category of 'happy I tried it, but wouldn't buy again'. Maybe if it was in a smaller bottle..

Photo of liamt07
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 650ml into a tulip. Weird dating - these are bottling dates (apparently), and mine was stamped 06/10/12. Really don't think this is that fresh...

Dark brown body, with some reddish hues. Tan head, good retention and lace. Nose of dark chocolate, cocoa powder, some roast and fairly mild fruity and berry notes. Raspberry becomes alot more noticeable upon sipping, some tartness derived from this as well. Sweet fruit notes, chocolate, cocoa and light roast. Medium mouthfeel, carbonation is a tad high but is forgiveable. A good fruity porter, certainly exceeded my expectations based on previously experience their Blackberry porter (blegh).

Photo of BigBry
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650 ml brown bottle, block lettering.
Pours black, reddish brown highlites, creamy tan colored foam. Hint of roasted cocoa, but predominantly raspberry. Toasted malt flavor, with the raspberries coming through in the flavor. Dark chocolate, maybe some bitter coffee, sweet fruit. The mouthfeel and body might be a bit thin, but still good carbonation to maintain a thin head. I would needf them side by side, but this is not as full bodied or flavored as Spy Porter. The raspberry addition overtakes the porter qualitries, but still makes it a good winter seasonal fruit beer.

Photo of LampertLand
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tree Brewing's "Raspberry Porter" @ 5.0% served cold from a 650 ml bottle
A-pours a cola brown with some red hues when held up to the light , a one finger tan head that takes it's time dissapating leaving some small lacing along the pint glass
S-hint of raspberry , nutty roasted malt
T-ok tasting at first , followed by a little to much syrup giving it a sweet/sour raspberry finish
MF-as this is an English Porter its just a little to thin , not enough body
Ov-dissapointing beer from "Tree Brewing" they've made better beers than this , not on summer beer list

cheers LampertLand

Photo of Voonder
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Willow Park liquor store. Finally it is in Calgary!

Pours black with decent tan head. Tons of lacing. Smell is not very strong but berries are noticeable. Taste is really good - malts with hint of caramel finishes with raspberry sweetness. Delicious! Very balaanced, smooth, really nice stuff. Drinkability - good.
Great holiday brew!

Photo of Dawkfan
3.39/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Huge chunky 3 finger light tan head, great lace left behind. Dark brown bordering on black with some red highlites.

S- Chocolate & berries. I can't smell a lot of raspberries but it does smell a little sour.

T- Chocolate and sweet raspberries are the most noticeable. A little caramel malt & graininess in there as well. This brings me back to the raspberry chocolate cake my mom made(not as good though.)

M- Thin body, medium carbonation. I'd expect a little better in this department from a porter.

D- This goes down ok, its definitely a little misleading for the style though.

Photo of Antikythera
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared a 650mL bottle with my husband. We poured it into glasses.

A: very pretty dark and reddish porter with a warm beige head.

S: malty and tart. Can you smell tart? I think I can.

T: tart, complex, chewy. The beer that eats like a meal. But where are the raspberries?

M: substantial and creamy, as a porter should be.

O: I'm rating this as a good porter but a lousy fruit beer. I can't taste or smell the fruit. It's bad enough that American-style fruit wheat beers barely smell like fruit, but put that amount of fruit into a porter and it's completely overwhelmed. If you want a porter this is very nice and a bit different; if you want raspberry go elsewhere.

Photo of Derek
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep brown with ruby highlights, light tan head with a slightly pink hue, good retention & lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, berries, brown sugar, toffee, slight graininess.

T: Chocolate, raspberry, grainy bread, molasses, hint of bitterness with a light tart/sweet balance.

M: Moderate body has a slight acidity; carbonation is pleasantly on the low side.

D: A decent drinker.

Photo of Tford
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: It pours a deep black with a finger of yellow head.

S: It smells mostly of coffee, but there is some chocolate and raspberries

T: The initial taste consists mostly of hops and chocolate with a little raspberry and coffee. When this subsides, the coffee and especially the raspberries come through; although, hops and chocolate can still be tasted. The tastes are pretty weak for the type of beer, it tastes watered down.

M: This has a medium body with a medium amount of carbonation. It feels very thick even though it isn’t, weird but very good.

O: This would be an excellent fruity porter if it didn’t taste so weak and watered-down. Besides that, it’s okay; I couldn’t really see myself buying it again though.

Photo of Viggo
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Shared this with my mom, she tried to drink it all as they didn't have any when she visited Tree a couple months ago.

Pours a clear dark orange, almost brown, thick light tan head forms, drops to a solid layer, some thick and chunky lace on the glass, a little light in colour for a porter. Smell is alright, malty, some caramel, a bit of citrus, light raspberry juice, bread and biscuit, a little weak and not very porterish, wheres the roast? Taste is similar, raspberry comes through big at first, caramel, very light chocolate and roast character, fruity, some citrus acidity in the finish, but definitely not a porter. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Alright as maybe a malty brown ale, but virtually zero porter character here. The raspberry was decently done but nothing special.

Photo of andrenaline
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I've had this a couple times, but never formally reviewed it.

A - Pours a dark ruby red colour, finger of head which quickly receded leaving little for lacing.

S - Fresh raspberries complemented by a nice sweet chocolate scent, buttered bread and biscuit.

T - The raspberry flavours come off the top, though are a tad sour. The chocolate malts come through nicely on the finish with a touch of espresso and tobacco smoke.

M - Thin and watery and a bit prickly going down.

O - A tasty porter with natural rasberry flavours, which aren't artificial tasting, making for a nice ale. The only drawback was the mouthfell, but certainly worth a try regardless.

Photo of wordemupg
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle poured into pint glass dec9 2010

A red hues in a dark brown body with a two finger mocha head that has decent retention and leaves a couple partial rings of lace

S smells like faint chocolate with some raspberry, simple but decent

T not far from the smell but with a creamy raspberry desert flavor that's hard to place

M fairly thin but with enough carbonation too keep things average

D decent brew and something I would drink again if I was in the right mood

a little more raspberry then porter but worth trying but not worth searching for

Photo of korguy123
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into tulip.
Best before on the bottle is 06/10/2012

A- Dark roasty black/brown pour, ruby highlights and a half finger off white head. Lacing is excellent.

S- Raspberry jam, and fresh raspberries has a touch of an artificial smell. Coffee, chocolate and a touch of char.

T- Fresh pressed raspberries with a touch of sugar added. They are tart but not overbearing. Dark roasted coffee with a touch of baker's chocolate. Nice and roasty finish.

M- Light side of medium, doesn't feel nearly as thin as the review below me describes but this is an English porter ans most porters are lighter (I've had a ton of porters that would be far superior as stouts with a little more body)

O- I was half expecting an over sweetened mess of a beer, I was happy to taste that the raspberries are perfect in this and compliment the roast of the beer well.

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Raspberry Porter from Tree Brewing
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