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Slumbrew Porter Square Porter - Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

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88
very good

342 Ratings
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Ratings: 342
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 13
Gots: 49 | 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:
Beer added by: beerdepartment on 11-23-2011

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.
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Ratings: 342 | Reviews: 86
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
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.

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.

Photo of Jason
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of JamesStreet
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of pfrdaly
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of OldIronLungs
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a DFH pint glass black with a thick mocha head that deflates to a ring leaving nice lacing on the glass.

Big milk chocolate nose.

A sip is medium/thinly bodied with light carbonation at the end. The taste is right in line with the nose; chocolate and some light roast, a mild bitterness on the finish. Quite drinkable - the sweetness from the chocolate is very, very present. If you're in the mood for a chocolate porter, this is a good jam - it's like a cold hot chocolate. But in terms of the style, it's just a bit too sweet for me. Still, nice execution by this new brewery!

Photo of Samp01
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark cloudy brown with a razor thin beige head. Aroma and taste is of sweet dark roasted chocolate malt with a mild dry roasted coffee bitterness. Palate is a medium smooth body with a bit of creamy mouth feel. The finish is the same as taste. Has a very rich and choclatey flavor. Overall a very good and delicious porter. drink up.

Photo of puboflyons
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on February 8, 2014.

The pour looks the way a Porter should with its dark brown to near black color and moderate off-white head.

Aroma is of dark malts, yeast, a touch of smoke (limited), toast, and also quite sweet. The aroma is much like a Porter should be.

Medium body.

The toasted character can be found more prominently in the taste hut otherwise it brings out dark malts, smoke, and a mild hop character. Not an explosive Porter but one that is worth checking out.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark otter brown pour is a pitch black in the vessel. A frothy khaki-bronze head is a solid inch with a nice rate of stickage and retention.

S: Dry alcohol laced chocolate arrives on the nose, followed by some dry cocoa, with a medium level of intensity. Some whole cinnamon stick, with a dash of nutmeg and dark fruit skins rounds things out.

T: The flavor is a bakers chocolater, lightly dry and bitter with some cocoa powder and some alcohol twang that distracts from the chocolate malt base. Mineral dark fruit skin and a leave of starchy-alcohol fade.

M: Mouthful was milky and creamy feel, carbonation settles out quickly.

O: Overall a decent start, just the finish ruins it for me with a bit of starchy chocolate and alochol which hurts the drinkability factor and refill desire. C+ drink at best, dont expect much more beyond that.

Photo of danmcg62
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a deep dark color with a nice finger width khaki colored head. Nice looking brew.

S-Lots of chocolate off the bat. Roasted malt, toasted coconut, caramel.

T-Roasted malt and coffee beans come to mind first. Dark chocolate and caramel. Very nice.

M-Thick chewy, very smooth, milky feel. Mild booziness.

O-This is the first beer I've had from Slumbrew and I'm very pleased with it. Nice balance if flavor and drinkability. Looking forward to trying what else they have.

Photo of jsanford
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Pours a dark black with a creamy mocha head that settles to a nice cap, leaving ring of lacing.
Smell - Pleasant aromas of sweet chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee-and-cream. Smells decadent.
Taste - Good amount of chocolate - both sweet like a candy bar and bitter like baking chocolate - with a nice roasted malt backbone, and touch of coffee, and some cream. Sweet, definitely, but still quite drinkable.
Mouthfeel - Velvet-smooth and creamy, with a medium-full body and good carbonation.
Overall - A solid Porter with lots of nice chocolate character. This would pair great with a Chocolate Torte.

Photo of PEBKAC
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Charles Street Liquors. I actually avoided the mead section long enough to buy some beers. :P

Served cool. Rounded pint glass pour. Cola-colored body. Wavering tan head.

Fuming, wafer-y scent. If I homebrewed, I'd probably point out the exact malt combo after the third try, smugly. Doesn't smell too much like cocoa. More like coffee & carob. And... prunes? The alcohol pokes through too.

Crispy carbonation & a soily feel are the first things I notice. Bittersweet & chalky chocolate. Fruity charred roast.

More like I sweet stout imo. I think this would of been extra tasty with some lactose. Someone Tweet that to them. My Jitterbug phone can't get online.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.35/5  rDev -15%
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.

RJT

Photo of angrybabboon
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 3/12/12

Appearance: Dark brown, dark beige head, fades to a ring that leaves spotty lacing

Smell: Chocolate everywhere - cocoa powder with dry, beany cocoa nibs - a strange astringency makes me think this is oxidized (but I doubt it, this bottle is about 2 months old) - roasted malts, coffee, some vanilla - nicely dry, minimally sweet

Taste: Better than the aroma - many layers of chocolate - cocoa powder, hot chocolate mix, and cocoa nibs everywhere - nice malt profile - very roasted and a little burnt - some coffee - very dry, very low in sweetness, which works with the chocolate

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely dry, nicely carbonated

Overall: Interesting, but not that exceptional

This porter has a good base, and the use of cocoa is great. Overall, however, this is not particularly remarkable. There is something odd with the aroma, and I will probably have to try this again to confirm the semi-oxidized weirdness.

Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear and close to being black in appearance—dark red colors are visible near the bottom of the glass when it is held up to the light. It has a moderate amount of visible carbonation and poured with a quarter finger high tan head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and thick lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of cocoa and dark chocolate are present in the nose along with some hints of roasted malts.
T: The taste follows the smell, except that the roasted flavors are a bit stronger and there are also some hints of cocoa nibs. The hops contribute a slight amount of bitterness that lingers through the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Slight bits of dryness are noticeable due to the roasted and bitter flavors.
O: I found this beer to fit the style and have a nice amount of complexity for a lighter-bodied beer that is quite easy to drink. The chocolate and roasted flavors were prominent, but not overdone.

Photo of ThickNStout
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%

12oz bottle from buking21 (thank you!). Bottled 4/15/14. Served in a Microbrasserie Charlevoix goblet.

Pours nearly black with mahogany highlights and a finger of pale tan head. Decent retention and lacing.

A simple but nice enough nose of chocolate, roast malts and vague caramel.

Tastes of roasty malts, chocolate, pitted fruit skins and mild coffee. A good bit of bitterness and no trace of alcohol.

Light but creamy feel with moderate carbonation. The finish is bittersweet with cocoa and roast.

Porter Square Porter may not be breaking any boundaries but is a solid take on the style.

Photo of oline73
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Pours a very dark brown color with a quarter finger of off white head. There is some lace on the glass. Lots of chocolate and roast in the smell. The taste is smooth with some roast and smoke. There is a nice chocolate/cocoa note too. The finish is roasty but not overly bitter.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Dark brown and not quite opaque with a 1/4 inch tan head and good retention

Smell: Roasted malt, chocolate, and some toasted nuts

Taste: Roasted malt with a touch of smoke and traces of chocolate and oak in the background

Mouthfeel: Just under a medium body so I found it just a touch thin and medium carbonation

Overall: This was a good porter that I am happy to drink again

Photo of illpass78
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of liamt07
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle shared by johnsense from RB, bottled January 2012.

Black with a creamy brown head. A bit of lace and solid retention. Nose is really roasty, dark malts that are almost burnt, some coal/tar also. Really roasty in flavour too, dark bread, bitter dark chocoalte and more coal/tar notes. A bit of caramel and perhaps even a bit of dark fruit. Medium mouthfeel, roasty wayyy into the finish with smooth texture. Kinda reminds me of a dandruff hair product I used to use (odd I know, but it contained coal tar in it) - a fairly good, albeit roasty porter.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Still rains on my parade that Somerville Brewing Company is brewed in Ipswich.

Opaque black even when held to light. Thick dark clay colored head strings up multiple layers of lace. Glass bottom retention.

Smells like mocha. I have sales meetings in the same same building as Taza chocolate and sitting there smelling my morning coffee and Taza chocolate and going over budget smells like this beer. But otherwise mocha.

Bold flavor, worthy of the "robust porter" title. Chocolate and roast malt with a little green coffee bean tinge Just enough hops to push the flavors forward.

My wife and I agree - it's like Founders Breakfast stout light.

Photo of cbutova
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Poured into a chalice from the 12oz bottle with a black body. Doesn't appear as thick as big stouts but black with a light tan head. The cap rises and falls fairly quickly after reaching about a finger tall. Frothy ring leaves spotty lace at the top and some big rings and pillows down toward the bottom.

S- Malt heavy with a good dose of chocolate malts, cocoa powder and toasted nutty grains up front. Slight caramel, coffee, dark spiced raisins and some bready yeast character.

T- Opens up with bitter dark cocoa powder from the chocolate added and roasted malts followed by a nice toasted nutty grain note and is generally malty overall. Spiced raisins and yeast bread come to mind from the yeast. Malt flavors seem to oscillate between toast and roast adding a nice dynamic. Slight bit of citrus and earthy hops open up with some time.

MF- Moderately thick body with a medium-high carbonation. Somewhat oily on the palate with a silkiness throughout. Finishes with a bitter cocoa powder feel.

Cocoa is the prevailing flavor here but this has a well-rounded malt profile that I enjoy in certain Porters. I would certainly buy this one again. The chocolate just seems to build with each sip and gets better and better.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 10/24/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a very deep dark brown color, with a large foamy beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, coffee, some chocolate and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of coffee and milk chocolate. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid porter to drink for a long time.

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Slumbrew Porter Square Porter from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
88 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.