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Leaning Chimney Porter - Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island

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Reviews: 29
Hads: 126
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 22.67%
Wants: 3
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
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Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island
Rhode Island, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Porter | 6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: TheManiacalOne on 12-18-2011

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Reviews: 29 | Hads: 126
Photo of kalosjakar
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark black with off-white frothy head.
I don't smell much other than the roasted malts and smokiness.

Roasted malts without the bitterness in the taste. Nutty.

Solid porter, but not great.

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Photo of crotharagain
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a porter fan, but decided to try because Grey Sail knows their craft and Pour Judgement IPA appears to have gone AWOL.
I was pleasantly surprised. Pours and looks like a stout, pleasant smoky odor. Very smooth taste and finish.

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Photo of Roguer
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very dark, even black brew, topped by a light beige head. Good retention.

Nice smokey aroma enveloped by chocolate and roasted barley. Touch of vanilla.

Flavor matches: smoke up front and on the backend, but in all cases complementing the overall stout/porter profile of roasted barley (primarily chocolate and a nice roast).

Very drinkable; quite active, a bit of sting, smooth.

While this isn't an amazing porter, it's a very drinkable, easy-going and approachable brew.

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Photo of CTpilgrim
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Overall a very good beer. I'm a fan of everything grey sail puts out. This is a fairly simple porter. You can taste the smoke up front and it finishes with a toffee taste on the end, almost like a skor candy bar. Reminds me of drinking by a campfire. Well done

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Photo of datalager
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I'm surprised this doesn't rate higher. It's a very good porter, with most of the elements you'd expect from a solidly brewed dark ale. Some interesting notes: initial smells are smokey, as the name would imply. Standout flavor as the beer warms reminds me of roasted pecans that are just at the point of burning, a very deep flavor. Smells from the sitting and warmed glass reveal...celery??? Strange, but not bad at all. This is not a sweet porter, so don't expect in your face sugary maltiness, such is the rage in American porters as of late. Props to unique but drinkable beer.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1pt can into a Willis Tower pint glass.

The color is a dark black with slight maroon highlights with a fingers of brownish head some thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell is toffee and with a bit of buttery biscuit aroma. There is a slight smoky aroma here in the nose as well.

The taste has a slight burnt toast flavor that mixes with a buttered bread flavor. There is a bit of a toffee flavor here like the nose that goes well with the slight smoke flavor. There is a nice aftertaste that sweet but also balances well with more burnt toast flavor.

The feel of this beer is smooth and has a medium body to it. It goes down easy is a really great drinker.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a coffee colored head that trails the glass as you drink. The smell was full of toast along with some chocolate scents. Taste starts off sweet from the malt but then comes a very dry smoky finish. The smoke adds an interesting flavor balance but is very intense by the end. Interesting and good for a cold day.

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Photo of Mo_fro
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours dark brown into the glass with a tight, milky brown two finger head. Head recedes quickly to a ring around the glass leaving behind heavy lacing.
S- Smells creamy and smoky up front followed by a little chocolate
T- Taste is toasted bread and malt with an oak profile throughout the sip. Slight burnt and bitter flavor on the back end.
M- Body is medium and slightly tacky in the mouth, Heavy carbonation hits the tongue and kicks the flavors around.
O- Not bad. I think the flavors are a little mild but inviting. The carbonation seems high to me, I was imagining something silkier. All in I would probably buy this again based on the good price and availability.

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Photo of RichD
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Dark brown to black appearance. Small brownish colored head that eventually relinquishes itself into nothingness.

S: Faint smell of chocolate/coffee with a tad bit of smoke. The chocolate and coffee easily overpowers the smokiness.

T: Light coffee and chocolate is what I mainly get on the taste. The smoke is quite subdued which isn't what I quite expected. Still pretty good though.

F: This feels fairly light-bodied. As I said, the smoke flavor is there, but not as prominent as I had hoped. This kind of feels as if it is lighter than a porter (if that's possible.) Overall it's still pleasant for what it is.

Overall: This is a decent porter from a brewery that is local to me. I'd personally prefer a bit more in-your-face flavor from this beer. A little more chocolate and a bit more smoke could make this beer stand out from most other porters. As of right now I've had 3 or 4 porters better than this, but I would still buy some more of this if the price is right. Grey Sail has better offerings, but this is one of their better ones.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: very dark brown; 1 finger light brown head that receded to a splotchy cover; sheets of lacing;

S: some coffee and deeply roasted grains; not getting any smoke, bot at the end of a long whiff, I have an acrid sensation in my nose - as if I had breathed in smoke;

T: the smoke is very subdued up front - mostly follows the nose; smokiness kicks up at mid-palate and gets stronger through the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: I appreciate that the smoke isn't overwhelming; I'd love to drink this with BBQ or a good burger;

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%

Opaque black with a creamy looking thin grey clay head. Smells like roast malt, Ovaltine and an odd steel sink and brine tint.

This smoked porter lacks any smoke. None. Dark chocolate and roast malt with a little vanilla. A dessert beer. This would be nice in a bourbon barrel.

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Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Two-finger head that leaves a blanket of lace on the glass. The color is ruby brown and light passes through...barely.

The smoke is subtle to the nose. The stronger aroma is the deeply toasted crystal malt. No residual sugars that I can detect.

Dry initial taste. I'm not a fan of smoked beers in general, but this one is balanced with a good burnt malt element. There's a hoppy kick at the end, but it's subtle. The smoke lasts throughout but is always in the background.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can was poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer with nice lacing left on the glass. It is a pitch black color with no vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Super tight lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Smokey, roasted, chocolate, toffee, caramel, bready malts, and old ale smell.

Taste: Definitely a chimney. Smoked malts are a bit overbearing of the other porter flavors.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, smokey bitterness low to medium carbonation, and a little chewy.

Overall: A good porter, but would have been more enjoyable and tastier with less smoked malts. I feel the beer would have been more balanced that way.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the one pint can. Sampled on February 1, 2014.

The pour is a deep dark brown to nearly black with a long lasting silky mocha head. It is the way I like my Porters to look.

The aroma is slightly smoked like smoked cheddar cheese, some milk chocolate, and little to no hop character.

The body is very creamy and well above medium.

The taste brings out the milk chocolate a bit more so than the smoke suggests on the nose. A slight bitterness from hops that you can taste but not really smell. Dry finish. Nice.

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Photo of LeRose
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sixteen oz. tallboy can...

Poured into a pint glass a bit too aggressively. Massive foamy head, thankfully fell quickly to a thin cap that laced fairly well.

Appearance was a chocolate color with reddish hues. Nice enough looking, pretty typical.

Aroma was very faint smoke, roasted coffee notes. Slight bit of chocolate aroma. Sweetness comes through. Not a particularly strong aroma overall.

Good tasting beer, nothing overwhelming or one-dimensional. Quite earthy, laid back on the coffee, a little heavy on the bitterness but not unpleasant. Some sweetness comes through, and almost a salty taste - mineral-like.

It was fairly smooth and creamy, carbonated just enough to be lively. Smooth, but a little thin.

Overall a good beer to have at a good price. Solid offering that I will keep around - nice to have in the 16 ounce cans. Pretty easy drinking, and guests enjoyed it, nothing spectacular but I don't think it is supposed to be, either. A good brew.

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Photo of jlindros
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

yay tall boy cans. Figured this would be a good one to kick off the big Sunday, Bruins current'y playing against Chicago in rematch from Stanley Cup, and Patriots are playing the Broncos in a couple hours. A beer from Rhode Island to start.

Pours a huge 2.5 finger head rich and creamy looking, a little fluffy and tan color fades at a med pace but leaves nice messy lacing, very dark beer with very little light sneaking through the thin parts.

Nose brings a nice mocha right off, dusty cocoa and a nice creamy chocolate, with a decent smokey aroma, a light smoke with hint of an earthy peat smoke, but nothing big, plenty of caramel and lots of vanilla too.

Taste starts with smoking wood, a big toasted oak chip smoke flavor but not very smokey, more like the flavor of the toasting oak chip itself, and a mild but sharp earthy peat smoke flavor. Then more of the mocha and cocoa, a little creamy chocolate, rich chocolate, light dusted cocoa and some caramel, a bit of vanilla too. Some slight earthy hops with mild to fair bitterness, and hint of a roasty malt, and hint of melting chocolate. Finish dries a bit and gets a ramp of bitterness, more earthy hops and a little bitter tannin from the roasty smoked malt characters, bit more of the peat smoke starts to get pretty peaty now, with a hint of porter toasted dark malts.

Mouth is med bod, little creamy, decent carb.

Overall not bad, nice dark malts with plenty of mocha chocolate, some caramel and vanilla, nice peat smoke that brings some earthy smoke characters without being overly smokey or peaty or tannic. Enjoyable.

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Photo of Mikecap
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a deep brown nearly black, with three fingers of fluffy khaki head that fades to a chunky off-white lace on the sides of a monic pint glass.

S: Some smoke and roast, black coffee and nice chocolate as well. A bit of earth as well but mostly sweetness.

T: A great chocolate flavor and roast up front with some earthy tastes and hints of smoke, but not a ton.

M: Lightish bodied with a nice creamy texture, easy drinking and real smooth.

O: A nice solid easy drinking porter from my home state. Took me way too long to try this but I'm glad I did. The smoke is present but not at all the major player which I like.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Im sampling a cellar temp pint can poured into a snifter.
The beer pours a rich dark chocolate brown hue with large fluffy tan head that fills up 4 cm of the glass and causes me to pause even with a gentle pour.
The head fades slowly but remains a sturdy edge layer and wispy surface layer. Some foam clings on the glass creating tight lattice as I sample.
Aroma is roasted malt and a bit of dark cocoa with just hints of some burnt wood.
First sip reveals a silky smooth texture with mild spacious carbonation.
Flavor is roasted malt and some burnt wood, cocoa nibs and a bit of bitter bite, not hops but from burnt malt maybe.
The beer is very easy to drink and shows no signs of ABV.
A straightforward porter that is well crafted, not a campfire special, but hints of smoke to introduce the style.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Black, brown/red edges, tan finger of head, fair amount of lace.

Aroma: Smoke, roast, coffee grounds, cocoa powder.

Tate: up-front dry chocolate, roast, char, smoke, dark fruits. Semi-sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: creamy, smooth, light to medium body, dry. Quaffs easily.

Overall: not a smoke bomb, but balanced well with roasty chocolate notes.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from bring. Cheers!

From a 500ml can into a pint glass

APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour produces a two finger, medium looking, fluffy, light tan head with good retention. Black body with lower levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good foam cap. A splotchy wisp remains leaving some nice lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Some smoked malts, a hint of roasted grains, and some cocoa powder as well. Bold enough with nice chocolate, smokey aromas.

TASTE: Smokey flavors with some leather up front, then more smokiness, roasted flavors and cocoa powder at the finish. Bigger and bolder finish is smoky with plenty of chocolate and bitter coffee flavors. Burnt malts qualities too. Plenty flavorful and enjoyable.

PALATE: Lighter body and slightly higher levels of carbonation. Not quite creamy enough on the palate, but goes down fine and finishes slightly dry. A little below average.

OVERALL: A pretty nice beer for sure. The palate needs a little re-working, but otherwise, this is a flavorful and enjoyable porter. The smoked elements are quite well done as well. Thanks again bring. Recommended.

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Photo of alexgash
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can.

Cola brown body. Clear and clean. Tall, two fingers of moderately dense, dirty khaki head. Terrific lacing and retention. Definite smoke on the nose, thank God, along with light roasted malts, a little coffee, milk chocolate, and a little peppery spiciness.

Light roasted malt and coffee bitterness up front. Peaty, earthy malts fill in. Some milk chocolate, with faint sweetness. Smokiness seeps in: flinty, ashy, and mineral-y. Dark chocolate bitterness and dirt into the finish. Lingering smoke, coffee, and a little caramel. Moderate body with a fizzy-ish feel. Too light and watery for the style and flavors. Also wish the roasted flavors were a little more robust and that everything came together more cohesively. At least the smoke levels were good.

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Photo of dheacck11
3.34/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From the can.

Inky black in color with hints of muddy brown in the light. Massive dense tan head lingering for ages.

Nose is very soft, predominantly smoke and soft malt.

Taste is really heavy on the smokiness, maybe even a bit of heat, cayenne?. Almost a hint of cedar to it, with a subtle sweetness from the malt. Touch of hop, but minimal. Rather sharp all in all.

Feel is a bit thin and quite acrid and sharp from the smoke and bitter hops.

Smoked porter or any beer really = not my thing, but wanted to support the local folks. I like porters, just not really this one. If you like smokey stuff, give it a shot. Otherwise pass.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz can into a tulip. Purchased 20 miles from the brewery in Wakefield, RI.

A- Pours a dark brown, nearly black body. Not opaque out of the can, but pretty opaque in the glass with cherry highlights. Thick bubbly mocha colored head that reduces slowly to chunky white foam and leaves blotchy lacing.

S- Toffee and milk chocolate, pretty smokey. Not very strong on the nose.

T- Toffee and roasted malt with a smokey note on the aftertaste. The flavor here is not very pronounced, it could shine through a little more.

M- Nothing like a good porter should feel like. Thin, watery, and over-carbonated.

Gray Sail, my local favorite and go-to everyday choice, miss the mark with this one in my opinion. This brew is lacking body and taste. I wouldn't share this with my trading partners (I usually send them some flying jenny, though). I still love you, gray sail. Maybe next year's batch will be better.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz. can served in a nonic. Pours the color and clarity of cola with ruby highlights when backlit. Head is dense, one inch, and light tan in color. Head eventually settles into a consistent cap with delicate webs of lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses chocolate malt and roast as well as a suggestion of something metallic towards the tail end. Taste starts off with quite a bit of smoke, which overpowers much of the flavor profile. There's still a suggestion of cocoa, but it is overshadowed by the smoke and roast. The slight metallic character present in the nose also reasserts itself at the finish with the addition of a slight noble hops presence. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with an even carbonation that falls short of lively and leaves a residual tingle at the back of the tongue. There's also a hint of acidity in the mix as well. Overall, a decent porter, but a little too heavy on smoke. I'd be interested to see what happens to this beer on nitro.

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Photo of OatmattStout
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

nose of roasted malt, light peat smoke and chocolate

nice tan dense head that leaves steady lacing

taste is very well balanced that starts semi sweet and follows the nose with up from semi sweet chocolate and roast malt. it finishes dry with of dark roast coffee and light smoke. The peated malt adds an appealing fresh earthy smoke that is subtle and unique. I am a huge fan of peated single malts like Laphroaig and Ardbeg so this was right up my alley.

It has a nice rich mouth feel but its not heavy and very quaffable at 6%

overall a great porter with a smokey twist. Reminiscent of some Scottish ales in the finish with the peated malt and mi a big fan.

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Leaning Chimney Porter from Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island
84 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.