Leaning Chimney Porter | Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island

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Leaning Chimney PorterLeaning Chimney Porter

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Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island
Rhode Island, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TheManiacalOne on 12-18-2011

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Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 139
Photo of ScaryEd
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark near-black color with a frothy off-white head. Leaves some decent lacing.

The aroma brings lots of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and coffee. I also get a faint whiff of hops on the back end.

The taste is roasted with a bit of char up front, followed by a wave of chocolate and coffee. Some hop bitterness on the finish.

The feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy and very smooth.

Overall, a very good porter. Has a nice balance of sweetness and smokiness, and just enough hop bite to let you know it's there.

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Photo of horshack7
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Very dark top to bottom with a dark frothy beige head that leaves thick lacing behind as it thins out.

Aroma: Dark roasted coffee, milk and dark chocolate, Char, smokiness, Roasted hops, slight notes of milk sugar.

Taste: Silky smooth mouthfeel at the start. Chocolate malts., Dark roasted coffee, Charred roasted hops, milk sugar and smokiness to round it out.

Notes: A good all around porter inside and out and very drinkable. Cheers.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.22/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 ounce can into a porter/stout glass.

Superb looking beer. Frothy and full khaki-colored head over a midnight black body. Excellent contrast of the two colors. Lacing aplenty. 5

Smells lightly of smoke, ash and dark chocolate. Not enough of any of these aromas to really satisfy me, but okay. 3.5

Tastes consistent with the nose, almost more ashy than smokey with some yeastiness that reminds me of English ales. Light chocolatey notes lurk here and there. Earthy hops drop heavily on the finish and mix with the ashy flavor that just sticks to the tongue. Not feeling that ashiness, it ruins what tastes otherwise like a tasty English mild. 3

As with the taste, this has an ashy quality to it. Really bitter finish too. Dry on top of that. Thin in body and I actually appreciate the easy drinking quality. I just wish there was less ash and bitterness. 2.75

Cool to try some Grey Sail beer but this one didn't knock it out of the park for me. Just okay.

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Photo of richj1970
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz can.

A: Very dark brown almost black with two finger light tan head. Nice retention and leaving some moderate lacing.

S: Roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee with a hint of smoked peat.

T: Rich roasted malts, cacao powder, and a touch of coffee mixed with some light smokey notes.

M: Medium body with average carbonation. Finish is a little dry.

O: Enjoyable porter but was looking for the smoke to be more pronounced.

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Photo of Billolick
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can

Pour is very dark, near black, medium mocha head, slowly goes to a thicker film and leaves better then decent strands and fine bits of lacing.

Nose is faintly of chocolate and cafe au lait.

I get mostly semi sweet cafe au lait, with some milk chocolate...I do pick up a slight woody note, but its pretty faint.

Smooth mouthfeel on the thicker/heavier side.

Enjoyable and flavorful, but I'd like a heavier smoke note in my "smoked porter"

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

A-pours a very dark brown with mahogany highlights and two fingers worth of light tan head

S-roasted malt, a bit of char, and chocolate

T-smoked malt backbone with chocolate and some roasted coffee

M-medium body, roasted and dry, light to moderate carbonation

Overall an easy drinking porter, dry with a nice smoked taste

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can to wine glass. No head or lacing, nice dark body. Very black.
Now, I coincidentally had Ardbeg 10 a few hours before, and this beer is said to have Scottish peat smoked malt. Gotta say this holds no comparison. It has roastiness like a porter, but not much smokiness as described. Very subtle if any. And the taste is a very standard but very enjoyable porter. In fact I'd get it again. Pretty drinkable, and should be at 6% abv.

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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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