Shallow Grave - Heretic Brewing Company
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3.75/5 rDev -4.8%
With aromas of coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate, this ale pours from the bottle with much promise. The body of the beer is dark brown/black and the tan head of foam maintains its presence for some time, leaving a good deal of lacing as you consume.
Heretic Shallow Grave Porter is a full bodied beer with a taste that combines coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt- exactly as expected based on the aroma. Digging deeper, there are some other flavors such as caramel, some milk, and some toasted notes. The beer finishes bitter, with the taste of bittersweet chocolate and hops.
This is a very tasty porter, but potential consumers must remember that the overall flavor profile leans toward the bitter side and this bitter finish could prove to be a turnoff for some- at least those who prefer their porter taste a little sweeter. I still find this a good porter overall, but even I admit this is not the type of beer I could consume on a regular basis. It is not a session beer by any stretch, but it is still flavorful and interesting enough to consider a drink or two when the urge for a bitter, robust porter strikes.
10-21-2012 01:58:00 | More by BryanCarey
3.83/5 rDev -2.8%
A - Black & thick (that's what she said). Hardly any head or foam. Lacing falls along down the pint glass.
S - Difficult to tell since I have a stuffy nose at the moment, but I can contract some mocha (which I fucking love).
T - Spicy! Little kick of heat in the end there. Still maintains its standard Porter profile of coffee/chocolate/spice. However, it really tastes like a Chipotle porter. Reminds me of Mikkeller's, but not as smokey.
M - A bit different from the typical porters. A slight burn sensation occurs in the back of the throat as you're swallowing (not a negative aspect, though). I also noticed that it's not as thick or viscous as other porters. I'm actually diggin' the mouthfeel on this one - it's interesting.
O - Not as chocolate/coffee forward compared to most porters, but this is still a damn good one.
10-16-2012 07:45:00 | More by stlunatic15
3.63/5 rDev -7.9%
Bottle from Beer Deluxe.
A - Poured black with slight red edges. A bit of carbonation coming up the sides. Three finger brown, creamy head. A few spatterings of lace and a half finger of retention.
S - Chocolate and roast.
T - More of the same with a bit of coffee roast.
M - Mild carbonation, medium to full body and a sweet then dry finish.
O/D - Well within the style guidelines, just not really pushing the boundaries. Everything is done well and it's enjoyable.
07-03-2012 02:42:35 | More by tbeckett
3.6/5 rDev -8.6%
On tap at The Golden State Cafe in Los Angeles, CA.
Pours an opaque black with a dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, cocoa, and slight coffee bean aromas. Taste is the same with a mild roasty bitterness with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it smells better than it tastes in my opinion.
06-10-2012 05:07:50 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.23/5 rDev +7.4%
Serving Type: 22 oz bottle Poured into Imperial Pint.
Appearence: Opaque, No red hue even in the right light, though it may be my lighting. Tan, maybe even brown colored head.
Smell: Chocolate, Roast, sweetness, almost like hot cocoa aroma. No hops no Diacetyl.
Taste: Chocolatey Roast flavor, Classic Porter beer with a fruity sort of twist to it. In my opinion the fruitinss comes from a yeast character.
Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy then dry in the end. Perfect for a late night relaxing.
Overall: Great beer. I am amazed. This is really a great beer. Good job to Jamil and all the folks at Heretic
06-06-2012 04:35:43 | More by JustinQ
3.73/5 rDev -5.3%
Opaque dark brown colour with no head. The head is a disappointment but the rest is good.
Roasty and clean with a clear coffee and roast malt note. Some earthiness. A classically English robust porter.
Roasty, earthy and dry with some maltiness on the palate and a nice chocolate undertone. Hints of fruit. Very good.
A medium body works well with moderate carbonation. A truly good beer without being exciting.
A nice enough porter. While I expected more from Jamil it is good and would hit a lot of the requirements to be called 'to style'.
05-31-2012 10:10:05 | More by dgilks
3.88/5 rDev -1.5%
Appearance – A super dark brown beer, with a good tan head and nice lacing.
Smell – The smell wasn’t very strong; roasted malt and a little chocolate.
Taste – A very classic porter. Roasted malts with a little extra sweetness that makes it above average.
Mouthfeel – Medium body, lightly creamy, good carbonation for the style.
Drinkability – This is an easy drinking porter. It’s above average, but I didn’t find anything exceptional.
05-26-2012 20:26:41 | More by Falcon91Wolvrn03
Shallow Grave from Heretic Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.