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Shallow Grave - Heretic Brewing Company

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88
very good

172 Ratings
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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 18
Gots: 17 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

gleemonger, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of heygeebee
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled May 12, From Jims.

Pours a two finger tan head over black body. Head lasts a while but not over long.

Aromas on the money. Dark and rich, choc and coffee over a subtle smoke element. Little wood.

Taste is more sessionable and light than the ABV and smell would suggest. More smoke on palate and cigarbox than the smell would suggest, add in chocoalte notes. Roast malts are quite smooth.

Mouthfeel a little light.

Very well made beer, just not massive - as such may not suit diehards.

heygeebee, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of SHODriver
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured into a nonic pint to a deep black with ruby edges and a small tan head with decent retention
S: smells of coffee and chocolate with a bit of bitter hops and a touch of roasted barley
T: roasty and chocolatey with some coffee flavors a bit of caramel sweetness as well through the middle but the roast and chocolate battle it back. swallow is coffee and a bit of bittering hops with a touch of chocolate
M: smooth body and a medium amount of heft on the palate. it feels a little thick for a porter. good carb as well
O: pretty impressive. it's a well made beer and it tastes good. it's a little heavy but it makes up for it with flavor and the carbonation helps keep it from being too big. It's a solid beer and I look forward to trying some other stuff from Heretic Brewing.

SHODriver, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of sbanacho
4/5  rDev +1.3%

sbanacho, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne.

Pours a dark, but relatively fluid black colour, with a fine ring of beige-foam around the edges. Spotty, patchy lace forms erratically. Body looks really quite light, and the carbonation, while fine, runs through it pretty quickly. Looks ok, if not spectacular.

Nose is pleasantly deep and dark, without being too sharp, smoky or ashy. Roasted notes, some chocolate, a bit of turned earth, tobacco and coconut. It's all pretty smooth, and while not aggressive, it's quite full-flavoured. Nice stuff.

The body is very light—it's the first thing I notice when I take a sip—meaning that although the flavours are pleasant, they feel a bit weak and thin. There's more of that nice chocolate and mildly roasted grain character, a hint of something vegetative and supple, and a slight coffee note on the finish. But for 7% ABV, I'm surprised at how dry and thin it feels. It really needs more.

It's a shame, more than anything, because in many ways this is a very nice beer. It has some pleasant, well-integrated flavours and subtle complexities, but it feels like it dropped the ball overall. It should be better.

lacqueredmouse, Dec 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

animal69, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of hopsolutely
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at an odd SF Irish-curry house that I'm both surprised and grateful to have stopped at.. . a remarkable local imperial stout.

Pours a near-black with decent head & lacing, although thinner (less creamy) mouthfeel than I’d expected from the robust aroma and taste. Aroma of roasted chocolate malts with coffee and caramel tones. Remarkably well balanced taste hides the 7% ABV very (frighteningly) well. Roasted malt sweetness with a hop backbone that carries the dry finish nicely.

A well brewed beer that I would definitely seek out again.

hopsolutely, Nov 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

BeerNDoggerel, Nov 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Phyllisia, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of JesseLara
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured solid black, loved the color as it filled the glass.

Damn tasty porter. A bit more burned taste than others, and me likey.

Expected sweeter, surprised it was slightly bitter instead. Interesting.

No head when poured from tap, somewhat disappointing.

Good lacing on the way down throughout the pint.

Smelled like someone was toasting some dark chocolate, mocha laced, coffee beans.

Could see having this again, and may do so right now.

I hit the Hofbräu tonight knowing Heretic brewing was on tap for pint night. I've had the Evil Twin before and enjoyed it so I was hoping I was in for more of the same, and I was not disappointed.

JesseLara, Nov 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

JohnK17, Oct 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Nage37, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of BryanCarey
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

BryanCarey, Oct 21, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

stlunatic15, Oct 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

t0rin0, Oct 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Twal, Oct 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +26.6%

Mikel772, Oct 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Zaphog, Aug 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

AndrewK, Aug 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

pepelemofo, Aug 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

InfernoBoss, Aug 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Orion1, Aug 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.1%

ejimhof, Jul 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

KevSal, Jul 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

shade13, Jul 25, 2012
Shallow Grave from Heretic Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.