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Slumbrew Porter Square Porter - Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

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309 Ratings

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Ratings: 309
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 13
Gots: 32 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Rich black porter with a unique blend of chocolate, coffee, roasted and nutty flavors. Brewed with cocoa powder and conditioned with cacao nibs from Taza Chocolate. Bold flavors from the cacao nibs and black malts are balanced with a special blend of pale malts, oats and wheat to produce a lush and lingering mouthfeel.

(Beer added by: beerdepartment on 11-23-2011)
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Reviews by JerzDevl2000:
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3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up last week in Totowa, having never had this before. I like this style and even though this wasn't as strong or as roasted as my favorites, it was easily drinkable and had quite a bit going for it, even if it wasn't terribly complex. The chocolate flavor and mouthfeel were easygoing and present enough that this was one of the better dessert beers that I've recently had and since the alcohol was recessed, this had the feel of a session beer to it.

The pour to this was decent, as this beer had a soda-brown hue to it and a relatively thick, tan head to it. That quickly settled and there wasn't a lot of lacing to be seen as I worked my way through this, although there were pockets of it along the side of my glass that faced me. Lots of chocolate to the taste, which reinforced the moderate amount that was in the nose. There was also some fig and plum in the taste and some pumpernickel as well, which gave this beer a Belgian feel to it. Not a strong roasted component here but it could be found underneath everything and the malts seemed more like chocolate than anything else. A bit of hazelnut-like nuttiness and some cocoa powder really gave this a nice, but subtle amount of depth as well. The carbonation was present, but not strong enough to overshadow everything else.

Not a lot of overt alcohol here, which made this easy to quaff. It's my fault that I have such a narrow-minded view of Porters, since they have a better range that I give them credit for. This was a solid example of an American Porter that differed from its brethren across the pond. Not quite a Milk or Sweet Stout, there was enough fruit and a relaxed nature to this that differentiated it. A great dessert beer for the season, this is a must-try for anyone who loves the style without being inundated with a roasted, malty stickiness.

JerzDevl2000, Feb 04, 2014
More User Reviews:
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

tbryan5, Mar 08, 2013
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3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #63 (Apr 2012):

LOOK: Jet black; creamy tan head w/ sticky lacing

SMELL: Cocoa powder, roasted coffee and dark malts; nutty

TASTE: Creamy, silky, sweet and tangy molasses, intense roastiness, astringent, coffee, chocolate, toffee, nutty, earth

Brewed with cocoa powder and freshly roasted cacao nibs from Taza Chocolate. Unfortunately, some of the nuances get lost amongst similar flavors provided by the Porter’s base ingredients, while roasted flavors from both meld and dominate the brew, especially as the beer warms. That said, a good brew.

BeerAdvocate, Jun 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

MikeC144, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer was a black color. The head was small and tan, which nevertheless left a fair amount of lace.

Lots of chocolate in the aroma, both cocoa and milk chocolate. Also a good deal of roasted malt.

The taste followed the aroma. Sweet chocolate and coffee. The taste of coffee really lingered. I also got just a hint of toffee.

Medium-bodied, good depth.

Fun beer to drink.

lordofthewiens, Jun 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

SmellsofMahagony, Aug 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Doomcifer, Aug 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

JakerLou, May 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

megamass, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of Jason
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bomber with a freshness date.

LOOK: A pretty brown, dark yet the light shines on the edges. Good lacing all around.

SMELL: Burnt raisins, bread crust, leather, chicory, cocoa powder, dark berries

TASTE: Sweetness upfront, smooth, creamy, medium body, cooked raisins, cocoa nibs, coffee, molasses, modest hopping, warming alcohol, hop bitterness, roasty, semi-astringent, pulling dryness nearly puckers

Love that they use Taza in this brew but I think the nibs really dig in deep and don't let go. It is a good brew all together but the astringent quality gets the better of it.

Jason, Mar 21, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at New World Tavern. Served into a pint glass

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, moderate carbonation, black in color, opaque

Smell: smoky roasted malt and chocolate

Taste: roasted malt, sweet and dark chocolate, a nice smokiness throughout

Mouthfeel: sweet with a slightly bitter backbone, moderate carbonation, medium bodied

Overall: I really liked this beer. This ranks right up there with Cape Cod as the best porter coming out of Massachusetts. The chocolate is a great mix of sweet and bitter. The smoke puts this one over the top. The best offering of what I have had from Slumbrew and certainly one to have again fresh.

tigg924, Jan 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

marchnlv, Jan 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

juicebox, Feb 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

doremite, Dec 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

b2hogan, Jan 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

kwkdmk, Jun 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

acurtis, Jun 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

PopGun, Sep 18, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 650 ml bottle into snifter

A - dark ruby color, small 1-finger head, long, heavy lacing.

S - Chocolate, coffee, malty flavors with a hint of floral aroma.

T - this is where this beer really ramps up. Along with the chocolate smells that transfer into the taste, I get a sweetness from some dark fruits ( a la a BDSA) that linger till the end. Strong coffee tastes show up as well but everything balances nicely.

M - really nice balance here. Light to medium-bodied with a hint of carbonation. That sweetness is a nice twist to this "porter" and it really surprised me.

O - started slow, but by the end I came away really impressed by this beer. Not sure how "porter" this beer is, but it was a really nice sipper. I would pick this one up again.

JamesStreet, May 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

ryanjtravis, Oct 06, 2014
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3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reddish brown coloured body. Lacey. Roasty aroma. Meets the style with roast, chocolate malt, good malt, some coffee and postum. Some off flavours of mold which could be lactic acid. Reasonable drinkability. Mouthfeel a bit like cereal.Different, though nothing to write home about. Second bottle I tried was much better, fresh from Maine. Was getting much smoother with coffee and acid not prevalent, more chocolate.

Sammy, Jun 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

WoodBrew, Apr 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

RyanOooh, Feb 05, 2014
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3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- very dark. almost black. good amount of head. 1/2 inch.

S- chocolately. sweet. kinda like mexican chocolate. a little spicy.

T-very sweet. very chocolately. dark chocolate to be precise. aftertaste is somewhat like bakers chocolate. spice is like a nutmeg, perhaps.

m- thick, but not in an entirely bad way. doesnt finish very well however. too viscous.

o- its a good porter. flavors are good overall. biggest problem was the aftertaste it left.

pfrdaly, Dec 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

johnwetterstrand, Sep 08, 2014
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Slumbrew Porter Square Porter from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
89 out of 100 based on 309 ratings.