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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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Photo of Mick-e-d

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

03-25-2012 16:36:16 | More by Mick-e-d
Photo of CraftVA


5/5  rDev +26.6%

A - This beer pours a deep brown/black color with a finger of tan head. The color has a hint of reddish tones and there is good lacing.
S - The predominant scents that come through are chocolate, malt, caramel, and coffee; did I mention chocolate! It smells like a delicious cold dessert. Very pleasant!
T - This beer has a complex flavor profile with the semi-sweet chocolate and malt coming out in the beginning and a slightly bitter chocolate finish. A lot of flavor comes through from start to finish. You can really taste the coco nibs.
M - Rich and creamy, with a bit of a boozy kick. Just right!
O – Slumbrew has done it again for me! They’ve created a complex and delicious beer that pairs incredibly well with a steak dinner or a chocolate dessert (I know, because that’s what I paired it with). The Taza Chocolate nibs used in the recipe really bring out the chocolate flavor without adding too much sweetness. This is a beer I could drink with dinner every night. Really fantastic!! Well done!

03-22-2012 00:41:52 | More by CraftVA
Photo of Jason


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
Photo of sentomaster


1.68/5  rDev -57.5%

This beer was an awful mess. I was really looking forward to this based on the reviews, but it was terrible. The nose started out ok with a good smattering of English hops, but it really didn't go anywhere from there. No roast and no chocolate. Meh, maybe it tastes better....NOPE. lots more English hops with a thin chalky body leaves a tea like medicinal taste in your mouth.

This turned out to be one of only a few beers I've had to drain pour. I tried to drink it but it just got nastier and nastier. My buddy dumped his glass too. Maybe it was a bad bottle, I can't believe so many reviews could be so far off.

03-18-2012 15:46:54 | More by sentomaster
Photo of jsanford


3.95/5  rDev 0%

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Pours a dark black with a creamy mocha head that settles to a nice cap, leaving ring of lacing.
Smell - Pleasant aromas of sweet chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee-and-cream. Smells decadent.
Taste - Good amount of chocolate - both sweet like a candy bar and bitter like baking chocolate - with a nice roasted malt backbone, and touch of coffee, and some cream. Sweet, definitely, but still quite drinkable.
Mouthfeel - Velvet-smooth and creamy, with a medium-full body and good carbonation.
Overall - A solid Porter with lots of nice chocolate character. This would pair great with a Chocolate Torte.

03-15-2012 14:52:28 | More by jsanford
Photo of polishkaz


4/5  rDev +1.3%

03-15-2012 03:29:23 | More by polishkaz
Photo of peebsTPA


4.88/5  rDev +23.5%

For somebody who drinks a lot of Porter, I was very impressed at Slumbrew's first offering in this category. Like a recipe perfected over decades of experience...but these guys are hitting a home run out of the gate.

The first thing I look for in a Porter is that it tastes like a Fuller's London Porter - i.e. not too sweet, sickly, sticky etc and actually tastes like BEER! PSP has a very balanced and mellow/smooth flavor, very satisfying on the palate. You can taste the chocolate, but it is subtle and does not overwhelm. It pours beautifully and retains a frothy head for most of the pint....even though the 'pint' itself didn't last too long - delicious.

If this is the way of things to come with Slumbrew, then I am very excited indeed for what's in store. This beer is up there with Fullers...which is a an outstanding achievement for a first brew. We should all watch Slumbrew very closely.

03-06-2012 23:28:01 | More by peebsTPA
Photo of TheBurgundian


4/5  rDev +1.3%

03-04-2012 19:56:25 | More by TheBurgundian
Photo of angrybabboon

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%

Consumed 3/12/12

Appearance: Dark brown, dark beige head, fades to a ring that leaves spotty lacing

Smell: Chocolate everywhere - cocoa powder with dry, beany cocoa nibs - a strange astringency makes me think this is oxidized (but I doubt it, this bottle is about 2 months old) - roasted malts, coffee, some vanilla - nicely dry, minimally sweet

Taste: Better than the aroma - many layers of chocolate - cocoa powder, hot chocolate mix, and cocoa nibs everywhere - nice malt profile - very roasted and a little burnt - some coffee - very dry, very low in sweetness, which works with the chocolate

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely dry, nicely carbonated

Overall: Interesting, but not that exceptional

This porter has a good base, and the use of cocoa is great. Overall, however, this is not particularly remarkable. There is something odd with the aroma, and I will probably have to try this again to confirm the semi-oxidized weirdness.

03-03-2012 06:30:13 | More by angrybabboon
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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
Photo of codsmith


4.28/5  rDev +8.4%

Bottled 11-2011 - purchased from Binny's Chicago - served in Tulip glass

A: Pours black with a light caramel tan head that dissipates very quickly.

S: A very nice smooth and sweet coco powder aroma mixed with some spiciness from the cacao nibs.

T: The smell and taste are very similar. It has a very unique spice & bitterness coming through.

M: A lot thinner than I was hoping for. Carbonation seems a touch off. Very smooth and easy to drink.

O: A very interesting and unique taste. It is worth a second bottle.

02-15-2012 05:21:54 | More by codsmith
Photo of OtherShoe2


3.35/5  rDev -15.2%

Pours dark brown with a bubbly cream colored head. Some slight retention, and some surprising lace.

Some good dark roasted malt, some charred notes and a decent coffee aroma.

Disappointed here. Nice dark roasted malt up front, which actually has a little creaminess to it. Then a true earthy bitterness follows. Some scorched coffee, a touch of dark bread, and the long earthy bitterness again. I kinda get the nibs, but in the end, I find this type of bitterness, which is rather overbearing, quite unpleasant. I poured a pint, drank about 2/3, and dumped everything in the the glass and the remainder in the bottle.

Decent mouthfeel. Right amount of carbonation.

Overall, I recognize that there are many factors that play into the quality of a beer. Taste is probably the most important. I did not like the flavors coming out of this one. Well made beer, good quality, just not for my palate.

02-13-2012 13:50:28 | More by OtherShoe2
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

02-11-2012 17:30:28 | More by BostonBrewins
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

02-10-2012 03:28:07 | More by rusty3335
Photo of WMEugene


4.47/5  rDev +13.2%

A - Pours an almost black color with a thick, light tan head and great lacing.

S - Rich chocolate notes, slightly dark cacao. Roasted malts, faint hops, and a little cream. A little earthy oak as well.

T - Dark and slightly bitter chocolate. Creamy with a nice blend of roasted malts, coffee, vanilla, and faint hops.

M - Medium bodied, good carbonation...pretty smooth, but there is some lingering bitterness from the chocolate. No noticeable taste of alcohol.

O - Porter Square Porter is an excellent chocolate porter and I'm glad I picked up a bottle of this while I was in Boston for EBF. A chocolate porter I would love to have again!

02-09-2012 00:17:20 | More by WMEugene
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

02-08-2012 19:14:47 | More by Coax
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District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

02-07-2012 15:08:33 | More by nmann08
Photo of Phelps


3.78/5  rDev -4.3%

Poured into a schooner pint.

Deep burnt brown, opaque in the middle but clear and coppery at the edges. A nice, two-finger head is dense, frothy and the color of ground ginger. The bubbles descend very slowly, decorating the sides of the glass with circular arches.

Wort-packed nose. Sweet and grainy like boiling malt, with touches of earthy yeast, sourdough and milk chocolate.

Lightly roasted coffee beans, fairly big earthy hop note. Lightly toasted sourdough. Smooth, burnt roast rolls in slowly after the swallow.

Smooth body, a shade under medium light. Clean and light on the palate. Very gentle carbonation. No alcohol.

Porter Square Porter is redundant in both name and flavor. It was tasty, but boring after about half the bottle.

02-07-2012 02:07:23 | More by Phelps
Photo of DarthKostrizer


4.18/5  rDev +5.8%

Look: Dark brown and not quite opaque with a 1/4 inch tan head and good retention

Smell: Roasted malt, chocolate, and some toasted nuts

Taste: Roasted malt with a touch of smoke and traces of chocolate and oak in the background

Mouthfeel: Just under a medium body so I found it just a touch thin and medium carbonation

Overall: This was a good porter that I am happy to drink again

02-06-2012 05:13:31 | More by DarthKostrizer
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

02-06-2012 02:37:26 | More by thewimperoo
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

02-05-2012 17:33:51 | More by Donsmitty
Photo of greenengineer


4.47/5  rDev +13.2%

22 oz Bottle into my imperial pint glass
A - dark brown, thick sticky brown head, looks yeasty and sticky
S - can smell it as soon as the bottle opens, malty, slightly sour aroma
T - deep roasted malt taste, bit of hops bitterness in the aftertaste, but crisp, can taste the chocolate, but more of a pumpernickel sort of taste for me.
M - crisp, carbonation there on the tongue. Not tasting a lot of alcohol, but I guess it is ther
O - a good porter. Not one for gimmicks but the Taza Chocolate nibs give it a nice accent. I like the Slumbrew IPA better (style preference), but this is good

02-04-2012 20:35:37 | More by greenengineer
Photo of Brad007


4.38/5  rDev +10.9%

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.

02-03-2012 07:20:30 | More by Brad007
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3/5  rDev -24.1%

02-02-2012 03:05:56 | More by sbricker
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

02-01-2012 20:43:12 | More by krisleonard
Slumbrew Porter Square Porter from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
88 out of 100 based on 290 ratings.