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Shallow Grave - Heretic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

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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ADZA

Australia

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours the darkest kola hue which leaves a mocha laced two finger head and nice lacing here and there,the smell is roasted dark malts,chocolate fudge,herbal earthy hops and milky coffee,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and velvety smooth with tastes of dark belgian chocolate,roasty dark malts,caramel fudge,earthy herbal hops and finished just like a nice bittersweet milky coffee and overall its a nice porter with a beautiful creamy feel and definately one of the better porters that ive tasted lately and would buy again cheers.

05-26-2012 11:40:07 | More by ADZA
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kyager2000

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

05-20-2012 03:16:28 | More by kyager2000
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woosterbill

Kentucky

3.65/5  rDev -7.4%

Bomber into a 25cl Duvel tulip. Thanks, Matt, for sharing!

A: Black body, clear persimmon highlights. One finger of fine tan head. Mediocre retention, plenty of lace. Nice.

S: Vanilla, rotten fruit (in an OK way, I swear), chocolate, and light smoke. Interesting, and enjoyable.

T: Coffee, chocolate, char, and fruit. Dry, roasty finish. Still a little overripe tasting with the fruit, but pretty good.

M: Fairly light body, creamy carbonation. Nice.

O: While the fruitiness was a little off-putting, it also set this one apart from your normal Porter. Enjoyable beer, and well worth a try.

Cheers!

05-19-2012 19:11:20 | More by woosterbill
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funkel81

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

05-15-2012 21:55:22 | More by funkel81
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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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fox227

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

04-20-2012 14:12:52 | More by fox227
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srandycarter

California

3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

A - Almost black, brown. Tan head, fast to ring. Lots of cling.

S - Cocoa, choc chip cookies, very pleasant.

T - Not so nice. Astringent, harsh, no sweetness. Dry as all get out.

M - Good carb, medium body, balance is hard when it's so one sided.

D - Liked it up to smell!

04-19-2012 04:46:22 | More by srandycarter
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olafphysics

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

04-14-2012 01:43:42 | More by olafphysics
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mhaugo

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

04-09-2012 01:45:44 | More by mhaugo
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mactrail

Washington

3.65/5  rDev -7.4%

Thoroughly black in the tall glass with a nice beige head rising high. Not too much aroma, just a note of dark malt. Pleasant mouthful of suds. Strikes the balance between sweet and dry. Fairly malty with more of a medium body. So dark, but the charred flavor seems to have been kept at a minimum. Just a hint of burnt raisin toast. A little bit woody, a touch of nut shells. Modest hops with a slight bitter aftertaste.

Nothing really stands out with this, but it's a very drinkable and pleasant Porter. 22 oz bottle from Olive Tree Market in San Diego.

12-08-2013 Update: Tried a bottle of this I had in the cool basement. Not very impressive. I poured the rest of it in the skillet with the chicken and apple sausage. Label says Bottled 10.29.12

04-06-2012 05:52:10 | More by mactrail
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shleepy

California

3.23/5  rDev -18%

Had on tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt in Redwood City on 3/8/2012.

A: Dark brown. Small, off-white head.

S: Chocolate, faint toastiness.

T: Roasty chocolate milk. That about sums it up.

M: Medium to heavy body. Not as velvety smooth as some better porters/stouts (even something like Velvet Merlin).

O: OK for the style (I don't remember ever having an awful porter, though), but nothing too interesting.

04-01-2012 22:25:33 | More by shleepy
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ngeunit1

California

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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jmarsh123

Indiana

2.88/5  rDev -26.9%

Pours black with a thin off white head that fades immediately with minimal lacing.

A little bit of chocolate and some roasted malt, but really struggling to find any substantial aroma to this.

Flavor is similar. A little chocolate and roasted malt. Not overly flavorful. Just a standard porter.

Thin for the style. I'd prefer a bit more creaminess. A tad too much carbonation as well.

I thought this one was pretty bland. There are no huge off flavors, but it kind of lacks flavor in general.

03-12-2012 22:33:52 | More by jmarsh123
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Diomede

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

03-12-2012 06:05:25 | More by Diomede
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DocJitsu

California

3.55/5  rDev -9.9%

Pours a clear reddish-black with a root beer head. Poor head retention. Dark chocolate and sorghum bouquet. Dry dark chocolate flavor that yields to a bitter coffee finish. It was strongly recommended that I have this beer. He must've been drunk. Heretic's Evil Cousin and Evil Twin are both far more interesting.

02-19-2012 01:13:58 | More by DocJitsu
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +1.5%

02-15-2012 02:56:24 | More by hoppymcgee
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crbooher

California

3/5  rDev -23.9%

02-11-2012 01:37:29 | More by crbooher
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popery

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

02-10-2012 06:10:48 | More by popery
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Philousa

California

2.4/5  rDev -39.1%

Pours an inky black with a half finger tan head. Chocolatey, roasty, and sweet aromas. Some phenolic plastic characteristics. I get some fresh coffee as it warms up. Dark chocolate hits the tongue first. Thick caramel flavor turns to bitter chocolate and coffee. Phenol is not as pronounced in the taste, but still there. Good mouthfeel, quite creamy. Balanced, drinkable.

Just not very impressed. Obviously the plastic aroma isn't appetizing and it stuck with me throughout, even though it wasn't that pronounced. Hopefully I got a bad bottle, because the other reviews show this can be a great beer.

02-03-2012 05:17:30 | More by Philousa
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JupiterJesus

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

02-01-2012 18:19:42 | More by JupiterJesus
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Ultraman9000

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

01-24-2012 13:54:08 | More by Ultraman9000
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Srsly

California

3.55/5  rDev -9.9%

On tap at Verdugo Bar

S - very roasty, lots of coffee notes along with dark chocolate and some sweeter malts underneath.

T - starts well, with coffee and chocolate in the primary positions, as in the nose. A nice example of the style until...

M - Wham! I got hit with a fatty bitter finish that totally caught me off guard. I wasn't expecting it and honestly it felt pretty harsh.

O - I liked the flavor profile and the smell, I would even say they were above average for the style. However, that bitter finish hurt my enjoyment of the beer. I'm even more surprised at how intensely bitter it tasted because I see on their website that it's only supposed to be 33 IBU. Interesting.

01-24-2012 01:49:21 | More by Srsly
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rbrefbeerman

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

01-23-2012 21:10:21 | More by rbrefbeerman
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FickleBeast

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.5%

01-22-2012 20:54:29 | More by FickleBeast
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Merkur

Tennessee

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
Shallow Grave from Heretic Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.