Leaning Chimney Porter | Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island

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Leaning Chimney PorterLeaning Chimney Porter
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Brewed by:
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
Reviews by Flounder57:
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of braugon
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of woodchipper
3.37/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Doomcifer
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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 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 mhbach97
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 tenacioustomato
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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

Photo of Braphe
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%

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 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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Photo of Uconnelmo
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 dental
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of nebula1999
3.75/5  rDev 0%

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 RMoeNay
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of angrybabboon
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 1/6/13

Appearance: Dark brown, with a creamy off-white head - nice cap, nice ring, leaves some serious streaks of lacing - very impressive retention

Smell: Chocolate and smoked malts - like a blend of ash and baker's chocolate - the smoke is quite obvious, but not excessive, works well with the dryness from the burnt, chocolate malts - roasted grains, some baker's chocolate, burnt popcorn - not much depth in the malts, also lacking hops

Taste: Chocolate, super-roasty coffee, and smoke - clean, smoky dryness - not remarkably burnt, but the flavor is reminiscent of burnt popcorn - dry, chocolate malts - burnt coffee - minimal sweetness, minimal bitterness - light grassiness in the back

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body, nice carbonation, smooth, definitely quaffable even with the smoke

Overall: Interesting, would pair well with a campfire, woodstove, or ashtray

My feelings are a bit mixed on this offering from Grey Sail. The smoke flavor is great for what it is, and it's not overly potent. Nonetheless, the smoke really hides anything else that may be interesting in this beer. Bonus points for the tallboy format.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | 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 coachdonovan
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of BColton1
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of DaKur
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Leaning Chimney Porter from Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island
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