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Monster Mash Porter - Lompoc Tavern

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Monster Mash PorterMonster Mash Porter

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19 Reviews
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Reviews: 19
Hads: 37
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lompoc Tavern visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: RedDiamond on 11-17-2006

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Reviews: 19 | Hads: 37
Reviews by julian:
Photo of julian
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nearly pitch black but I think it's closer to an incredibly dark brown. Pour looks to be extremely clear, an aggressive pour yielded a frothy beige head that dwindles fairly soon, but leaves some wet spotted lacing around the edges.

S: Somewhat sweet biscuit, light roasted malt, a bit of vanilla, hint of sweet dark fruit (raisin, fig?). I think there might be some special B in here and possibly the grist consisted of mostly Marris Otter.

T&M: Taste is on the sweeter side as the nose suggests, and also light on the roasted flavors. Mouthfeel is incredible; thick and luscious like an oatmeal stout on steroids. Not what I was expecting.

O: Didn't get any pumpkin, although not even sure there is pumpkin in this brew (thought the pumpkin on the label suggests there is). Either way, I didn't get any of the expected pumpkin spices either just a solid imperial porter or baltic porter (isn't that what a baltic porter is anyway?) Highly drinkable for 8.1% and very delicious. Rolls off the tongue with ease.

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Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Made the pilgrimage to Super Deli Mart to check it out. Tasted the Monster Mash that they had on tap. Liked it enough to fill my growler I brought with me just in case.
Poured from growler into 21st Amendment tulip. Dark brown decent head retains nicely for quite a while.
Taste malty smooth. Chocolate. Pleasant aftertaste. Absolutely no bitterness.
Another great offering from a great Oregon brewery.
Note: No mention of this brew at their website. Disappointing. Would like to know more about this beer.

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Photo of sourdog
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of switzer
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Docer
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a bottle at a local Whole Foods... had to try!

- Hearty thick viscous pour... super dark ruby brown/black... off white head... quickly down to a slight ring and dusting in the center... best to have a glass w/ etchings to at least show something....

- Roasted chocolate malts galore... that is one robust grain driven scent... huge oats, barley, fried grain husks.. fresh water, bitter coffee hop... light floral pine... just a touch...

- Lovely buttery sweet pumpkin seed mash up of fantastic grains, oats... must have seeds, roasted seeds... salt, flame, wood... light bitter hop punch... very well balanced... this is a monster of a porter, and I am floored.... what a fantastic autumn mix up... I hope to be able to get this for years to come.

- Medium... slightly drying, but overall fantastic... it goes down, and only leaves remnants of how good it is... behind!

- One of the best robust porters I have ever had... it's like a buttery pumpkin seed roast at moms house... while having my favorite robust porter... combined... this is one to share with the whole family. So far my favorite beer I have had from Lompoc.

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Photo of MissKristin
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this porter on tap at the 5th Quadrant location. It poured a dark brown with a light tan head. The lacing sticks momentarily and then slowly slides down to the level of the beer. There wasn't much in the nose, I only had faint hints of chocolate. Big roasted taste with a decent amount of hops. Unlike the smell, I do not taste chocolate. There is more of a candy sweetness, like molasses. However, the mouth feel is not sticky like molasses, it is rather thin and watery. The carbonation is low-medium. Overall, this is a fairly good porter with a decent drink ability.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Mahlik
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle from Zupan's on W Burnside into a pint glass

A - Poured a dark brown/almost black in color. A creamy head that seemed to dissipate somewhat quickly. Decent lacing.

S - Definitely smelt the chocolate and roasted malts. Really nothing hops-wise. Could smell a bit of the alcohol.

T - Tasted coffee up front with the chocolate and roasted malts on the backside. Again, a bit of alcohol but not too much.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Not overly alcoholic but still present. Pretty smooth and drinkable for a 8% beer.

Overall - I find this to be just an average porter. Definitely not bad but nothing special about it. I would drink it again if offered but I wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of DrMindbender
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of deschutes_fan
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

- Pours a dark brown, low carb, slightly watery.

- Rather simple roasted malt aroma.

- Taste is very smooth roasted porter with coffee, more sweet than bitter. However, there is nothing imperial about this porter with a thin watery body and little complexity.

- Overall this beer is rather boring. Nice smooth flavor up front, but nothing else... No depth, no body, no richness in the flavor. I would not guess this is 8% ABV, taste more like a 5.5% porter to me.

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Photo of wchasse222
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of bluckbeyes
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of GreenCard
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark mahogany, almost opaque, nice layer of tan fine-beaded foam that slowly collapses to a thin cap

Aroma: deep notes of molasses, licorice, and dark cocoa

Flavor: malty sweetness laced with vanilla, caramel, licorice, and cola; dries out with a roasty bitterness into a semisweet finish; licorice in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, alcohol warmth, silky texture

Other comments: This is a very rich, flavorful beer. Nice that hops take a back seat to the malt, roast, and other nuances.

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Photo of iD9
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a slightly off-white head, the coloration is more subtle than comparable brews. Fair levels of carbonation, opaque through the body with an even chestnut rim. Lacing is a bit thin. Not a bad looking bear but not all that impressive either.

Smell: Roasty, a bit chocolaty with a complement of malts on the nose. Reminds me of a subdued Russian Imperial Stout. Not nearly as aggressive as Deschutte's Black Butte XXI but solid for a porter.

Taste: Light on the front of the pallet, follows with dry, roasty chocolates. Not bad.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Solid, what can I say?

Drinkability: Very good.

All and all its a good, solid beer. Unfortunately, when compared to Black Butte XXI (the only other Imperial Porter I'm familiar with) is a much bolder and more flavorful beer. Good work from Lompoc Brewery if not somewhat unremarkable.

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Photo of MadeInOregon
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of John_M
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Bailey's the other day.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is impressive, showcasing considerable coffee and chocolate, as well as a hint of pumpkin pie and brown sugar. This beer really smells great. The flavor profile replicates the nose, and I picked up more pumpkin spice than I was expecting from the nose. The beer also has a very attractive, soft and smooth mouthfeel, with a long, lingering finish. Alcohol is not noticeable at all in this moderately sweet, easy to take porter.

Just an all around excellent Autumn beer.

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Photo of Vancoubeer
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of johnnyboy76
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Curlydz
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber

Poured into a chalice a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a big chocolate/toffee/coffee note. The taste is slighlty sweet, malty, lot's of the dark stuff. Medium body. Drinkable, this is one fine Porter.

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Photo of EZEKIEL_F
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Murrhey
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Thin sort of look, dark chocolate color. Low clarity. Khaki-colored ring around the edge but otherwise no head to speak of.

S- Roasty malts, chocolate, toffee, warm alcoholic notes as well.

T- Hides the alcohol content very well. Chocolate and smooth roast malts. Very drinkable for the high ABV.

M- Thin, boozy feel. Finishes dry with a malty linger.

O- Highly drinkable, not highly complex. Interesting brew, I'll bet it is great on-tap.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.22/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Chilled bomber into a glass. A generous gift from ramnuts. Thanks, Frank!

A: Pours a dark, but clear, cola brown that appears opaque when poured in larger quantities. The head vanishes quickly and leaves a small collar on the beer, with no lacing down the snifter.

S: Even from the pour at arm's length, I can smell the milk chocolate radiating off this thing. It's delightful. That, and roasted grains, dominate the aroma.

T: Bittersweet chocolate, though not enough to be in dark chocolate territory. I remember this having a stronger roast component on tap; out of the bottle, and from what is surely a different batch, the roast is more subdued. It presents a touch of coffee. I also remember a fruitiness on tap that is not found in this bottle. It's solid, but more simplistic than it was.

M: Medium-full bodied. Good flavor, good carbonation for the style. It has a malty, but not sugary, finish. A small flavor of roast lingers into the aftertaste and exhalation.

D: It's pretty good, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I just feel my previous experience with it was better.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black with hints of ruby, rich roasted malt aromas and flavors also hints of semi sweet coca. A beefed of porter with little hint of alcohol and a nice deep roasted bitterness on the finish

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Monster Mash Porter from Lompoc Tavern
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