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Monster Mash Porter - New Old Lompoc Brewery

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Monster Mash PorterMonster Mash Porter

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BA SCORE
86
very good

34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 9.9%
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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Photo of Arbitrator
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
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 bluckbeyes
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

bluckbeyes, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of MissKristin
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
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 Mahlik
3.38/5  rDev -12%
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 deschutes_fan
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
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 switzer
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

switzer, Nov 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

johnnyboy76, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of EZEKIEL_F
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

EZEKIEL_F, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of anteater
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

anteater, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of KajII
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Snifter]

The pour was a very dark muddy brown with a small (less than 1 finger) light brown bubbly head that receded steadily, eventually becoming nothing more than a small collar which did produce some excellent streaky lacing.

The aroma was of a roasted dark grain malt and an earthy leathery yeast with notes if molasses, dark chocolate, roasted coffee and a whiff of smoke.

The taste was reminiscent of the aroma, beginning with a bold malty roasted flavor and just a touch of molasses, and then became mildly bitter with a strong mocha-coffee taste and a mild smokiness towards the end. The flavor lasted an average time following the swallow with a roasty coffee presence left to linger, along with a mild alcohol warming.

Mouthfeel was a hair past medium in body with a thin oily texture and a prickly carbonation.

Overall this was a bold and tasty roasted brew, with all of the components of a really good Porter, which did a great job of almost totally concealing the high ABV. Thus creating a good smooth drinkability...

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KajII, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of iD9
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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 GreenCard
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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 barleywinefiend
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a deep dark brown with good carbonation leaving a tannish head

S: Lots of roasted malt and chocolate

T: Roasted malts, cocoa, pretty standard and nothing wild or exciting.

M: Sordove boring on the end. Not as much silkiness and smoothness as I like. Looking for more than carbonation and chocolate.

D: I had a hard time believing this was Imperial but still a good drink

barleywinefiend, Nov 19, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

jaydoc, Dec 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

wchasse222, Oct 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

wdarcy77, Nov 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

oriolesfan4, Feb 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Sir_Goatman, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of msubulldog25
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
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 Murrhey
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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 jdense
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle from Whole Foods Hollywood PDX poured into Barley Brown's pint glass 10.31.2010.

One finger creamy white head, medium dissipation with significant lacing. Dark brown clear body, much visible carbonation when held up to a light. Nose is chocolatey, some fruty esters though not sure it's pumpkin, flowery hops, Taste mirrors nose, tres chocolatey goodness, good dose of molasses, really subsumes any hop presence. Medium mouthfeel, fairly light effervescence. Drinkability is effected by booziness, this might benefit from a bit of cellaring.

jdense, Nov 06, 2010
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

sourdog, Today at 06:44 AM
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

DrMindbender, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

shelby415, Feb 27, 2012
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Monster Mash Porter from New Old Lompoc Brewery
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