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Shallow Grave - Heretic Brewing Company

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89
very good

191 Ratings
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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 19
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Heretic Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Zorro on 12-16-2011)
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4.8/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had this on tap at the Fairfield tap room as a part of a sampler in December 2013. I was quite impressed.

A - Black, small head. About what you would expect from a porter.

S - chocolate, moderate roast. well balanced and a little sweetness to it.

T - This is where this beer hooked me. I tasted it and kinda went "that's a really nice beer, but nothing too special." Then the back end of the beer hit me and the depth was shocking. This is a flavor that sticks in your mind but eludes description. There was definitely chocolate, light roasted depth, a mild coffee like note, but then back to chocolate. This just kept going.

M - Silky and full with some sweetness, but not cloying. Definitely a little astringency from the dark malts, but well balanced. Quite impressive.

O - Wish I could have brought some home with me. Its on my list next time I visit the area. I've told the people I know passing through they have to go to the taproom and they have to try this beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just popped open a 6months old bottle
I did not intend age it, but ended up in my fridge for a very long time.

A: pitch dark black, heavy whipping tan foam that lasts several minutes
S: roasted malt, coffee, dry prune
T: rush of roasted malts, very well balanced with the malty back bone. very dark fruit taste (figs and prunes). some alcohol warming on tongue.
M: nice and dry finish. some alcohol sweetness

a great beer! this is one of the best porter/stout! highly recommend it

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4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this beer at Healthy Spirits earlier tonight and was anxious to crack it open. I'm a long time listener to Jamil Z's Brewing Network-aired shows and am stoked he finally opened up his own brewery.

Pouring this one into a 3 floyds pint glass. Very dark brown with a medium tan head, good formation and retention. Attractive lacing clinging to the glass.

Nose at first, is spot on for a robust porter with dark chocolate and prominent roasted maltiness. Smoky, earthy, hints of caramel. French pressed coffee.

Roasted malts lurch forward again here on the palette. Brewed coffee, bittersweet chocolate. Bitterness is moderate/moderately high although the hop flavors are modest, making sure the robust malt profile takes center stage. Just enough hint of malt sweetness to keep this from being over-the-top roasty. Slight burnt flavor. Dry finish.

Medium-full in body with a hefty thickness you might expect from a beer this dark and roasty. Carbonation is sufficient for the style and in concert with the rest of the character.

Russian River Brewing has made my favorite robust porter ever since I first sampled it over 3 years ago. And now sitting here with my 3/4 full pint glass of Heretic Shallow Grave, I'd have to say it's going to be a photo finish on which of the two I prefer. Absolutely delicious. Job well done Jamil & Co!

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4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark black with a hint of brown and a finger of frothy chocolate head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lace.

S - Aroma is full of deep roasted chocolate malts with some coffee some sweet caramel and a touch of lactose sweetness.

T - Starts off with some rich roasted dark chocolate malts with some coffee and a bit of earthy hop. Through the middle some sweet caramel and a bit of hop bitterness and chocolate bitterness. The finish is a mix of roasted chocolate with a touch of sweetness and some coffee.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and roasty finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nicely balanced Porter. The chocolate and coffee flavors are near perfect and the touch of hop flavor is really nice.

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4.4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I dug myself a shallow grave with a nonic pint.

Appearance- The body is as dark brown as dark brown can get before being called "black". Of course, the body is completely opaque. The brown sugar foam is incredibly dense and the lid is very smooth. It grew to almost two-fingers, and has retained it's mass well.

The beer also produces a good amount of sheet lacing with each drink.

Smell- Well that is something special! A good amount of milk chocolate and only a little roast. Even a little bit of tart and dark fruit is showing, kind of smells like figs.

Taste- Whoo! That is very roasty! It is almost overwhelming on the first couple of sips. Then a very great thing happens, cocoa powder and a slight piney, hop bitterness begin to cover the palate.

The finish is long and has a ton of that roasted malt and only a slight bitterness. Some big flavors in this one!

Mouth feel- This is fantastically creamy with very good coating. Chewy certainly applies to the viscous feel of this beer. For such big roastiness, it finishes so easy.

Overall- This porter has a nose that promises a slightly sweeter palate. However, it surprises with huge roastiness and sublime cocoa flavors. The hop bitterness is a nice touch and not over done.

This is a great porter that I would gladly have again.

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Shallow Grave from Heretic Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.