Slumbrew Porter Square Porter - Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
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Reviews by farrago:
3.95/5 rDev 0%
A big pour will get you just about two fingers of deep brown foam, so-so density, dimples and bubbles off at a good pace, looks whipped up, the lacing is more splotches than streaks. The liquid is black and opaque, more like filmy, cloudy than block of onyx, browner rims and you can see about as much carbonation as could be expected given the circumstances. The nose has a soft roastiness but more so like firm chocolate, mocha to vanilla fudge notes, the cherry, blackberry fruit wafts in and out, croissants or other flaky dough stuff, baking spices, sweet nuts, just easygoing and unassuming, you’d be relieved to be seated next to it at a dinner among strangers. In the mouth it’s medium-bodied, firm and possessed of a moderate creaminess. The roast elevates a notch, coffee to bitter dark chocolate. Still, caramel, vanilla bean soften the edges. Muted dark fruits, sweet doughiness, hazelnut, has it but minimizes the metallic, mineral water dimension. Has fullness through the finish which many beers in this category lack. No complaints, your verdict will depend on whether you are looking for reasons to like it or dismiss it.
03-23-2014 23:59:49 | More by farrago
More User Reviews:
3.53/5 rDev -10.6%
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.
06-29-2013 16:32:07 | More by BeerAdvocate
4/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
06-13-2012 15:06:26 | More by lordofthewiens
3.63/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
03-21-2012 04:32:48 | More by Jason
4.33/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
01-24-2012 14:01:22 | More by tigg924
4.23/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
05-28-2013 19:58:18 | More by JamesStreet
3.73/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
06-26-2012 20:10:13 | More by Sammy
3.53/5 rDev -10.6%
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.
12-29-2011 03:41:03 | More by pfrdaly
Slumbrew Porter Square Porter from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
88 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.