Slumbrew Porter Square Porter - Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
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Reviews by Maxwell:
3.9/5 rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
(Poured into a classic pint glass from a 22 oz. Bomber)
This is a nice big bomber bottle with and industrial-weird feeling to its design. The things on the front look like red tinted satellites or kites or something, but I really can’t quite tell what they are, and the title-heading color choice of industrial gross green is a little slimy for my taste. I do like the fonts used though, both for the brewery name and the beer’s name, and the industrial style does go nice with the companies name (Slumbrew…) which makes for nice company theme with the bottle. Really though, what I want from this bottle is to understand what the things on the front are, but they just don’t deliver. The facebook advertising on the label, while young and hip, also kind of takes away from the bottle’s feel, though the light-window castle adds a nice feel. I suppose I might keep this bottle, but only as a bizarre oddity for the shelves.
The beer pours a midnight chocolate black with a big suntanned and frothy head that hangs onto the glass with big old bubbles and long winding trees of lacing that stretch out in bizarre geometric designs. The beer smells like malty cocoa nibs with almost stale chocolate touch in the main wafting, like semi-sweet baking chocolate. It’s hard to pick anything else up but the chocolate in this smell though. Faint roasted malts perhaps, but the nose of this beer is chocolate through and through. The beer tastes big and chocolaty, with those cacao nibs and cocoa powder being very strong and dominant in the beer. This beer is creamy and smooth on the tongue, with a slightly thick, drinking chocolate texture to it, but the taste is just all chocolate. It almost reminds me of the chocolaty feel you get from a Swiss Miss packet of hot cocoa, just slightly chocolatier. The beer leaves a very clean feeling in the mouth with slim trails of saliva, and a slight tingle from its hidden IBUs. The chocolate, however, over powers everything else, you do get slight ghosts and tingles at the beginning of the sip which suggests the malty beer underneath, but then the chocolate comes freight-training in and you taste no more of that. Overall this is a nice chocolaty porter, but it really isn’t much else. If you are looking for a chocolate tasting beer, this seems like a good place to go, as long as you are not look for too much of a beer flavor to go alongside it. The chocolate is overpowering and very much there, but it kills out some of the cool subtleties that might have been in this beer. It’s a great sipper with some interesting notes in it if you can dig them out, but I really am not seeing much of the heavy flavors that other reviewers are discussing, which I find odd...
Serving type: bottle
07-08-2012 17:57:31 | More by Maxwell
More User Reviews:
3.34/5 rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Slumbrew Porter Square Porter has a thin, beige head, a very dark, almost black, brown appearance, and slight lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of chocolate, milk, burnt malt, and a bit of acidic. Taste is of sugar, milk, chocolate, acidic bitterness, char, and dark-roasted malt. Mouthfeel is fairly heavy and velvety, and Slumbrew Porter Square Porter finishes semi-dry, easy drinking, and not at all alcohilic.
Serving type: bottle
06-12-2014 14:03:53 | More by RonaldTheriot
3.66/5 rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
12 oz. bottle poured into a glass.
Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a thin white head that is gonna quickly. Very little lacing.
Aroma: Smells of coffee, chocolate, dark malt, and roastiness.
Taste: Taste follows the nose, with dark roasted coffee dominating. Also some nice bitter chocolate on the finish. Alcohol not noticeable. Minimal hop bite.
Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth with a good thickness.
Overall: Good Porter named after a good neighborhood. Tasty and somewhat desert-like with noticeable chocolate overtones. Wouldn't mind trying this on draft some time.
Serving type: bottle
05-01-2014 02:08:37 | More by illpass78
Slumbrew Porter Square Porter from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
88 out of 100 based on 283 ratings.