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Shallow Grave - Heretic Brewing Company

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162 Ratings
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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 17
Gots: 15 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Zorro on 12-16-2011)
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

10-07-2012 17:02:38 | More by Mikel772
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

08-27-2014 20:35:51 | More by JMM0414
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4.8/5  rDev +21.8%

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.

06-03-2014 15:36:51 | More by brewski09
Photo of Takahiro


4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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

08-27-2013 03:49:45 | More by Takahiro
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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

08-30-2013 22:39:59 | More by mwyeep
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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

04-14-2012 01:43:42 | More by olafphysics
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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

12-08-2012 00:12:46 | More by gleemonger
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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

03-26-2013 19:11:18 | More by OMPH
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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

06-29-2014 01:24:24 | More by SGA_Cheese
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4.53/5  rDev +15%

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!

01-14-2012 04:00:40 | More by BrewerB
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

02-23-2013 05:17:33 | More by Rwalford74
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

01-07-2013 23:29:18 | More by scot959
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

05-21-2013 05:13:45 | More by stealth
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

08-03-2014 18:19:19 | More by JoelClark
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

02-07-2014 04:02:41 | More by BeerNoobNC
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4.43/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

03-25-2012 04:57:48 | More by ngeunit1
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4.4/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

01-11-2012 00:14:23 | More by Pintofbrown
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4.4/5  rDev +11.7%

Looks nice. Tastes pretty darn good too. Smooth profile with nice thick malty tones and a smooth almost cookie dough kind of thing? (Almost, I say.) Just has a nice smooth character too it, and it's consistent. I like it. Way smooth, and extremely easy to drink. My first beer from Heretic, and I'm definitely impressed.

05-09-2012 05:16:23 | More by RblWthACoz
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4.36/5  rDev +10.7%

22 oz bomber poured into Sam Adams perfect pint

Deep dark brown with a perfect 1/2 inch chocolate brown head

Inviting to drink with the eyes, but the nose isn't strong. Difficult to pick up what is on the way.

Deep, rich chocolate flavors with a nice roast that stays roasty but doesn't convert to coffee. Dark chocolate richness with only mild bitterness that balances the flavor. Perfect mouthfeel that is rich and satisfying but not overly thick.

This beer stands up with Midwest heavyweights like Edmund Fitzgerald and Founders Porter.

05-11-2013 03:23:26 | More by PHBoiler
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4.35/5  rDev +10.4%

Had on tap at the Stone Brewery Bistro as one of their guest taps.

Beer pours a nice rich, dark brown color. Beer laces the glass all the way down. Very nice.

The beer smells of nice, roasty dark chocolate.

The beer tastes the same as it smells. Very robust and flavorful with a great roasty flavor throughout.

The feel was fairly thick, but not too much so.

Overall, a very nice flavorful porter.

01-21-2012 16:01:09 | More by Merkur
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4.33/5  rDev +9.9%

22 picked up today at the COOP... prepping stuff for dinner tomorrow... poured into my Cigar City snifter.... good dark tan head.... the brew is dark brown but still has great clarity. drapes of lace as the brew drops...

Wow.. the nose on this one is fantastic .. it just smells "brown" ... chocolate ... brownie batter ... deep caramel essence ... great malt profile without too much hop presence messing up a good thing.

Flavor begins with a nice dark malt bite.. chocolate/carob... lite coffee and roasty malt.. a bit of malt sweetness makes the roast components linger for a bit.. long lasting finish.. almost like a liqueur..

Body is medium and nicely coating.. sorta lighter carbonation lends to a higher drinkability with the overall brew... I dig this one for sure.


12-25-2011 05:13:53 | More by JohnGalt1
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4.28/5  rDev +8.6%

Had this very nice porter at EJ Phair ale house. They have Heretic brews fairly often on the guest taps. Beer was a dark brown leading in to stout black. My pint had about a finger of head and while lacing was moderate, the patterns were elaborate. Nice burnt toast aroma with some chocolate notes. Taste was very roasty with a long lingering hoppy finish. One of the better porters I have tried, very drinkable and enjoyable. Another winner from this up and coming brewery.

12-21-2011 01:47:58 | More by Mark
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South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

02-20-2014 23:18:50 | More by Damian74Shensky
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

10-23-2012 01:45:10 | More by Nage37
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

01-03-2014 02:16:08 | More by Bung
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Shallow Grave from Heretic Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.