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Slumbrew Porter Square Porter - Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

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290 Ratings

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Ratings: 290
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 13
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
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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Ontario (Canada)

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
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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

01-29-2013 04:11:18 | More by t0rin0
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Bottle shared at a tasting at MrHirschybar's place.

Pours a semi-opaque dark brown with a tan head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Small dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, peanuts, and some fruity aromas. Taste is the same. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good porter but the peanut and fruit aromas are a bit off putting in my opinion.

01-22-2012 23:39:37 | More by UCLABrewN84
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

10-25-2013 00:35:05 | More by djrn2
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District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

02-07-2012 15:08:33 | More by nmann08
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New York

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

07-01-2013 02:56:02 | More by metter98
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North Carolina

3.89/5  rDev -1.5%

Appearance: Pours out a pitch black liquid with a creamy/frothy head that descends to an espresso film while leaving some respectable lacing behind

Smell: Very roasty, with dark fruit, dark chocolate, chicory and walnut tones

Taste: The roast from the aroma is amplified on the tastebuds as the beer starts out with a lot of roasty char and it is only after the swallow that some of the subtleties are revealed - dark chocolate, French Roast coffee, piney hops and a vague walnut sensation in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A little different from your typical robust porter and it is certainly robust

05-30-2013 01:38:50 | More by brentk56
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

06-01-2013 21:32:11 | More by acurtis
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

10-05-2012 14:27:22 | More by Texasfan549
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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

04-29-2014 01:30:52 | More by JAHMUR
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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
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

11-20-2013 23:05:45 | More by Kegatron
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Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -3%

Picked this up at Binny's after hearing positive buzz about these guys. Served in a tumbler.

A - A finger of tan foam settles to a thin cap and thicker collar. Dark brown body with some reddish-brown coloration at the edges of the glass.

S - Cocoa powder, roasted malt, sugar cookie, nuts, yeasty bread, and a touch of caramel and vanilla sweetness as it warms up. Despite the aforementioned flavors this is fairly low in sweetness and well-attenuated.

T - Taste is similar, with greater emphasis on the roasted notes, and a touch of that 'green' cacao nib flavor. A bit more smoke and char too.

M - Medium body, with nice heft for only 6.5%. No alcohol, a fairly smooth texture with only a touch of grit to it, and a dry finish. Carbonation is an appropriate medium-low and unobtrusive.

D - A textbook robust porter, with a mild twist from the cocoa powder and cacao nibs. Nothing mind-blowing, but reasonably priced at $7.49 for a bomber. This would make a nice go-to beer if we got it in kegs, as I could imagine having a few glasses of this one in an evening.

01-16-2012 21:04:57 | More by MasterSki
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Tap at Amesbury Alehouse

Nice creamy head, fades at med pace, light lacing, very dark brown beer hints of light ruby.

Nose roasty malts, cocoa, bakers choc, little vanilla and caramel, creamy dark malts, some coffee.

Taste starts rich and creamy, dark malts, plenty of choc, cocoa nibs, bakers choc, choc milk, some vanilla and caramel, powdered cocoa, almost oats creamy but not thick and syrupy. Hint of bitterness like light sterling hops or something. Little coffee. Finishes a bit drier, lingering coffee and choc, vanilla, dark malts but creamy and clean mostly.

Mouth is med bodied but smooth and creamy silky, decent carb.

Overall very nice, smooth and creamy, nice choc, vanilla, caramel, little roast not real bite or bitterness.

11-26-2011 22:09:06 | More by jlindros
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4.06/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

02-09-2013 23:19:02 | More by oline73
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New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

04-30-2012 00:19:46 | More by Rochefort10nh
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4.08/5  rDev +3.3%

Lumpy, slowly receding head. It leaves ample spider-web like lace on the glass. Dark brown liquid where only the dimmest of light shines through.

Smells like mocha with a serious dollop of cream. In the background is some bittering black patent malt.

Nice complexity of dark, bitter chocolate and burnt toast. The finish is surprisingly mild--it's slightly chalky with coffee and cream kicker. The body is on the light side for a porter.

Overall, this is a solid entry. I always give extra points for multiple flavors in a single tasting.

04-28-2012 23:26:41 | More by smcolw
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

06-18-2013 18:17:09 | More by DrunkinYogi
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

01-24-2014 07:13:32 | More by drewone
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New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev -10.6%

Pours a two finger light tan head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Light cocoa nose and flavor is baked-bitter chocolate. Bottled Jan 2012, $6.99 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

06-15-2012 22:09:59 | More by jdhilt
Photo of Wasatch


4/5  rDev +1.3%

Thanks goes out to portia99 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice black color, nice carbonation, with a nice one-finger creamy light tan head, which does leave some very nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with lots of chocolate, and toffee/coffee notes. The taste is very nice malty, and lots of dark stuff. Medium body. Overall a very tasty brew, glad to have gotten a chance to try it.

09-30-2012 19:51:52 | More by Wasatch
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4.18/5  rDev +5.8%

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1/2" dark tan head over the cloudy almost opaque dark brown brew. Fluffy head lasts well, with lasting lace. Aroma is roasty malts.

Taste follows the nose, rich dark sweetness to start, a peek of citrus in the middle, and balancing bitterness smooths into the close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is good. Nice porter to me.

02-15-2012 22:49:40 | More by ppoitras
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New Jersey

3.31/5  rDev -16.2%

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.

03-13-2014 23:55:48 | More by beerthulhu
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New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

01-10-2013 09:46:19 | More by Kelp
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

12-20-2011 02:05:31 | More by PEIhop
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Slumbrew Porter Square Porter from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
88 out of 100 based on 290 ratings.