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Monster Mash Porter - New Old Lompoc Brewery

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86
very good

33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Old Lompoc Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RedDiamond on 11-17-2006)
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Reviews by julian:
Photo of julian
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

julian, Oct 18, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

NWer, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of switzer
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

switzer, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of Docer
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Docer, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of MissKristin
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

MissKristin, Feb 12, 2007
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

jaydoc, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of Mahlik
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Mahlik, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of DrMindbender
4/5  rDev +4.4%

DrMindbender, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of deschutes_fan
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

deschutes_fan, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of wchasse222
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

wchasse222, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of bluckbeyes
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

bluckbeyes, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of GreenCard
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

GreenCard, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of iD9
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

iD9, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of MadeInOregon
5/5  rDev +30.5%

MadeInOregon, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of John_M
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

John_M, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of Vancoubeer
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Vancoubeer, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of johnnyboy76
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

johnnyboy76, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Wasatch, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of EZEKIEL_F
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

EZEKIEL_F, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of Murrhey
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Murrhey, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of Arbitrator
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Arbitrator, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of anteater
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

anteater, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of ccrida
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

IIRC, they have a regular version, and this one, which was aged in bourbon barrels. Per the label, brewed on 9/15/10, bottle on 9/14/12. Appearance is black with a small tan head leaving scattered lace. Different label then picture as well, kind of Scooby Doo haunted house look with cartoon skull over spiral motif.

Smell is sweet caramel bourbon and some off-putting saw-dust like acridness.

Taste is quite nice, reasonably malty, bourbon notes without being hot. Caramel and bakers chocolate. Pleasantly less acrid then the nose. A great candidate for adding a shot of bourbon...

Mouthfeel is on the viscous side, a dusty dryness, with a medium+ body.

Drinkability is solid, a delicious bourbon barrel porter. The lack of congruence with my notes to the others reaffirms my recollection of Main Brew telling me this was a rarer, bourbon barrel version.

ccrida, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of msubulldog25
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Have had this beer several times over recent autumns, both on draft and from the bottle. This is a 22 oz. bottle, split with my wife; one of two received at a NOL event in late September. I like the eye-catching label; my biggest complaint is that it is NOT a pumpkin ale - despite the prominent gourd gracing the wrapper. Oh well...

A: Very dark, albeit not quite dark enough. It's fudgy and brown, but shows reddish-auburn without much scrutiny. Small head, just a skim of tan-ivory that holds valiantly at the edges and forms an oblong film with a couple of outstretched tendrils. Barely any lace.

S: Sweet and malt/cocoa-filled nose. Dusting of dry powder and a hint of vanilla and cinnamon spice.

T: Well roasted, a very dark and chocolate-y mouthful of charred malt and something that tastes earthy/dirty. That's not a bad thing, though... it's a very 'sturdy' stout, rich and intense. Flavor-wise, I'm a fan.

M: Pretty smooth, yet a lasting sharp/acerbic bitterness. Body isn't as thick as one may expect, especially for 8-ish% alcohol. Lots of 'coffee'' and a 'burnt' finish. Not awful, but not that good either...

O: From what I've been told by NOL brewers, Monster Mash changes from year to year; it's based on a hodgepodge of 'leftover' malts and hops the brewers . I've had a batch that was sublime and a batch that wasn't so good. The 2011 (as of right now) is 'fine', plenty roasted and abruptly bitter but not so balanced. Nice to drink alone, but better to share.

msubulldog25, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of shelby415
4/5  rDev +4.4%

shelby415, Feb 27, 2012
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Monster Mash Porter from New Old Lompoc Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.