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Slumbrew Porter Square Porter - Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

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304 Ratings

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Ratings: 304
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 13
Gots: 33 | 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:
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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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

GuyIncognito, Nov 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

snowmaggedon, Nov 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

YourOnlyMan, Oct 28, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

damngoode, Oct 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

guezarka, Oct 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

BeerHunter76, Oct 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Texasfan549, Oct 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

markgoodman10, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of donkeyrunner
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

donkeyrunner, Oct 02, 2012
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.

Wasatch, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of PEBKAC
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

PEBKAC, Sep 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this from a tap at the Amesbury Brewfest on Sept 2012

Dark translucent color

Smells of dark chocalate and coffee

Very nice drinkable beer. For me, not best in class in regards to Porters. A little 1 dimensional in taste, with a slightly sharp mouthfeel.

Personally, I prefer slumbrew's IPA

KarlosT, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of acevenom
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 1/2012.

Poured into a pint glass. Pours dark brown, almost black, whith a three-finger length tan head. Plenty of lacing is left on the side of the glass during consumption. There are aromas of dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and some alcohol. The chocolate aroma is strong. The chocolate is pretty strong in the flavor like it is in the aroma. I get some of those dark roasted malts and coffee. I do taste some of the alcohol. There's a nutty quality to the taste as well. The body is medium and is on the lower end of carbonation, so it feels a lot fuller than a porter usually does. The finish is clean, so it is easy to drink. This is a good beer.

acevenom, Sep 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

PopGun, Sep 18, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

DelicateDelirium, Sep 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

PatGreer, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of ludachris
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Boston.

Pours dark even by porter standards with the body looking to be a viscous deep chestnut brown. A finger's worth of light tan/egg shell white head leaves thick legs of lace as it slowly dies down.

Cold coffee, espresso, and dark chocolate immediately come to mind. Rich hazelnut and light roast are thrown in there as well. The overall impression is strange and a bit off putting seeing that I equate it to wet dog. Picking apart the nose is a requirement for this beer, and even then, it still gives off a "damp" character.

A pronounced but not overdone roast is made prominent immediately. Nutty edges with a hazelnut center. Dark chocolate is etched into the finish with a splash of vanilla. This carries rich, dessert-like notes without being cloyingly sweet. I'm a fan.

The feel is my favorite part of this beer, carrying a light creaminess with a clean, lively feel. The weight of the body picks up in the finish.

A sessionable porter that carries with it classic porter characteristics. The nose was a tad off-putting at first but dipping into the taste I'd like a second pint. Thumbs up.

ludachris, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of greenmonstah
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Pours a dark brown with a finger of light tan head.

S - Aromas of roasted malt and cocoa, with milk chocolate. Big on the chocolate aroma.

T - Chocolate in big piles. Chocolate pudding and cocoa nibs. Toffee and slightly burnt caramel. Roasted malts and a sliver of pine needle. Chocolate milk.

M - Medium body. Low carbonation is ok. Wet.

O - A fine beer that is entirely chocolate focused. Accomplishes what it sets out to do with great aplomb... That said I wouldn't drink more than a single bottle (12oz) at a time or order more than one pint. Enjoyable but takes some effort to drink because it is so sweet and chocolatey. You would have trouble eating a massive chocolate bar just like it is a tall order to drink a lot of this beer. Very interesting, though. Could be great with some spiciness such as cayenne, and a bunch more roast.

greenmonstah, Aug 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Yabev15, Jul 26, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.1%

jbertsch, Jul 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

BierBliss, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of Gatch
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep, dark brown with a light brown, fluffy, bubbly head that leaves behind a bit of lace and retention.

S: Heavily roasted malt, molasses, burnt sugar, chocolate, coffee, chicory and a bit of booze. Solid nose.

T: Great body and flavor. Huge roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, smoke, smoked meat, chicory, dark chocolate, slight alcohol. Everything a Stout should have but in a Porter, so it's impressive. Has the body of a Stout, as well. Most Porters I find to have a watery character. This beer has a backbone.

M: Smooth, slightly sweet, tons of flavor, right amount of carbonation. A bit cloying once the beer warms up a bit but that doesn't detract from it's overall deliciousness. Body is spot-on and flavor is top notch for the style.

O: A very well-crafted, flavorful and highly enjoyable American Porter. Great work Slumbrew!

Gatch, Jul 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

trevorpost, Jul 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

twinpeekaboo, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of 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...

Maxwell, Jul 08, 2012
Slumbrew Porter Square Porter from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
87 out of 100 based on 304 ratings.