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Shallow Grave - Heretic Brewing Company

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168 Ratings
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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 17
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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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Arbitrator for the bottle.

Appearance: Deep dark brown. Starts with a decent sized dark tan head. Drops to a small creamy collar and cap. Nice smooth pour. Minimal to moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Solidly roasted with some faint hints of cocoa. Chocolate malt with some underlying caramel malt. Slightly sweet with some creamy, almost oat-like backing. Very knightly hopped. Small hint of coffee and a nice milky chocolate. A touch of smoke on the back of it all.

Taste: A hint of old coffee under a deeply roasted malt base. A hint of ash and char in the back as well. Chocolate malt in abundance tempered by a little caramel malt sweetness. Some cooked and caramelized sugars as well. Dark chocolate, cocoa, and bitter baker's chocolate. Some dark fruit and a hint of raisin. A touch grassy with some distinct alcohol on the back. Lots of roasted malt and increasingly sweet as it warms. Some grassy notes as well.

Mouthfeel: Creamy medium leaning toward full body with a moderate carbonation. Nice and clean with a slick finish.

Overall: Dig a foot, take a sip. Rinse and repeat.

A decent enough porter. Heavier on the roasted malt than is typical, but crushes the chocolate aspect of it all.

Goblinmunkey7, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of Madskill
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Madskill, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of casapy
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

casapy, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of Renegrenade
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Renegrenade, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of mwyeep
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

mwyeep, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of Takahiro
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
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

Takahiro, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of Spaz7
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Spaz7, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of nygannon
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

nygannon, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of Jtrigonis
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Jtrigonis, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of 2GOOFY
4/5  rDev +1.5%

2GOOFY, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of lilsmizzul1225
4/5  rDev +1.5%

lilsmizzul1225, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of TheMarkE
4/5  rDev +1.5%

TheMarkE, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of JamLand
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

JamLand, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of StoutItOutLoud
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22-oz bomber to tulip. Bottled 1-28-2013. Traded for at Bottlecraft in San Diego (North Park, thanks Brian!) 5-29-2013. Consumed 6-29-2013.

A: very dark chestnut-coffee brown. medium carbonation with large mocha head fading quickly, but 1/2-finger head lingers. very little lacing
S: the roasted malts appear here as dark chocolate, faint toffee and espresso, grape skin.
T: less impressive than the aroma - dark chocolate bitterness, smoke, not sweet
M: thin

StoutItOutLoud, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of jbaakko
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

jbaakko, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of DSkilling
4/5  rDev +1.5%

DSkilling, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of mxchap
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

mxchap, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of Liondiscs
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Liondiscs, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of BGsWo22
4/5  rDev +1.5%

BGsWo22, May 27, 2013
Photo of Chiefmanynames
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Chiefmanynames, May 24, 2013
Photo of visionaries
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

visionaries, May 23, 2013
Photo of stealth
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

stealth, May 21, 2013
Photo of PHBoiler
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

PHBoiler, May 11, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

largadeer, May 01, 2013
Shallow Grave from Heretic Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.