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Slumbrew Porter Square Porter - Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

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Slumbrew Porter Square PorterSlumbrew Porter Square Porter

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86 Reviews

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Reviews: 86
Hads: 354
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 24.3%
Wants: 13
Gots: 59 | 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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Reviews: 86 | Hads: 354
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of oline73
4.07/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.99/5  rDev +1%
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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Photo of Jason
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the darkest of browns bordering on black with a stingy tan head that slowly recedes to a cap on top. Smells lightly fruity with hints of caramel and toffee, and a ton of milk and dark chocolate. This is almost like drinking chocolate milk. Bitter dark chocolate syrupy milk chocolate mixed together with a light coffee roast and just enough hints of dark fruit and earthy hops to keep it from boring. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a creamy oily mouthfeel. Nice chocolate shake, uhm I mean porter. Very flavorful a bit out of the ordinary, but I enjoyed it.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler, the beer is a very dark brown coloring that is black in its depths and almost auburn around the edges. Aromas of dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and cocoa nib are blended into a smooth nose that refrains from being overpowering. Flavors are roasty and slightly smokey, with a solid blending of the bittersweet and creamy chocolate characteristics making up the majority of the palate. The body is smooth and dry, remaining light bodied despite the robust flavors. A bittersweet, slightly creamy aftertaste transitions into a smooth, dark, slightly roasted finish. Strong flavors on an easily manageable body make this a smooth drinker that can overpower in numbers, but remain sessionable if in low quantity. Good, solid brew.

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Photo of liamt07
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown highlights to black in color. Pretty good tan head with moderate foamgae and lacing stickage.

Coffee, cocoa powder, and roasted bread crust and malted barley. Smells like tasty fun and rich pleasure.

Rich, yet dry earthy, chocolate flavor from start to finish. Coffee and pumpernikel bread crust roasted well, make up a bitter, but satisfying finish.

Easy to drink for the 6.5% abv. Full of flavor, just fun to drink and enjoy.

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Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Here's a brewery that I was unaware of.

Pours a very dark brown with a two-finger brown head into my glass.

Certainly "Porter Squared" due to the creamy, cocoa texture in the nose.

It shows in the taste too. Cocoa, licorice and a dollop of cream. Not your usual porter.

The mouthfeel teems with a licorice aftertaste that serves to compliment the malt at hand.

I like this porter. It's one of the better examples I've had lately.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours incredibly dark. Pours like a stout, looks like a stout too. Aggressive pour yields a distinguished khaki colored head. Head is bubbly and frothy. Head leaves a bunch of spiderweb lacing.

S-Nose is first and foremost full of rich chocolate. Chocolate is more reminiscent of bitter dark chocolate than milk chocolate. Nose is significantly roasty. Notes of fresh coffee and vanilla bean. Very aromatic.

T-Like the nose, very chocolatey. Chocolate chips and chocolate cake. Coffee and vanilla bean come through as well. Chocolate is the big ticket here but the roasted coffee bean becomes very noticeable as the flavor finishes. Lightly bitter.

M-Feel is very creamy yet somehow slightly dry. Carbonation is very limited but it increases the creamy, thick feel. Medium to heavy body. Feels more like a non-Imperial Stout than a porter.

O/D-This is a local brewery that will quickly make a name for itself with beers like this. A stout/porter hybrid in my opinion. Very creamy and full. At $5.75 for a bomber, this is a bargain in my opinion. This and their IPA are just very, very good. Tasty brew, loving it.

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Photo of Durge
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found at Cobblestones in Lowell, MA this porter looks very dark brown-black with a decent tan head and fair lacing. The nose picks up a pleasant charcoal-malt with a tasteful evergreen hop hint. Polite but nice. There's much the same in the flavor with some light grass added to the charcoal-malt equation. It's very well blended into a highly drinkable yet flavorful porter with the classic touch of chocolate in the mix. It's got a medium body, a somewhat glassy feel with light carbonation. A sessionable porter that has some guts. Very nice.

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Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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