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Slumbrew Porter Square Porter - Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

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315 Ratings

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Ratings: 315
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 13
Gots: 34 | 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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4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy chocolate porter. Very nicely pairs the cacao nibs with roasted, toasted malt backgrounds. Chocolate is very present in the beginnings of this beer, and it ends dryly after filling your palate with a malt body true to its style. Goes very nicely with some strawberry shortcake, I might add.

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3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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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4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 ounce bottle poured into a goblet. It pours nice and dark with a caramel colored head.

Smokey aroma with a hint of chocolate.

This beer is delicious. The chocolate is very noticeable without overtaking the beer. Bonus points for sourcing the chocolate locally from another Somerville company - Taza Chocolate.

This beer quickly became one of my favorite beers, and with year round availability, I'm sure it will be heavy in my rotation of beers.

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

A: A dark brown pour with a large dense light brown head adorning it. Retention is excellent, fades ever so slowly. Leaves big thick lines of lacing on the glass.

S: Wonderful chocolate aroma. I get both milk chocolate and some bitter baker's chocolate too. Surprising amount of bitter coffee to go with it too. Some caramel mixed in there.

T: Loads of chocolate and coffee up front. Coffee almost overpowers the chocolate, very prevalent. Fades out a bit into some roasted malt and caramel. Just a touch of smoke. Chocolate really comes to the forefront once it's fully warmed.

M: Smooth, creamy and medium bodied.

O: Very nice porter. Not as thin as some, and not as smokey as a lot can be (especially English style porters). Big hits of chocolate and coffee, definitely a must-have for lovers of one or the other.

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4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slumbrew tends to concentrate on one particular ingredient of their beer. In this case, the "secret" ingredient is Taza Chocolate Nibs, which are used like dry hops; the beer is conditioned over a pile of these pre-chocolate bits of the cocoa bean. The beer is dark, and has the slightly bitter taste of a typical porter. You smell the chocolate essence and taste it almost in the background. This is not a chocolate beer; just a very tasty porter.

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Slumbrew Porter Square Porter from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
89 out of 100 based on 315 ratings.