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Leaning Chimney Porter - Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island

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Leaning Chimney Porter
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island visit their website
Rhode Island, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TheManiacalOne on 12-18-2011)
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Reviews by sulldaddy:
Photo of sulldaddy
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

sulldaddy, Nov 23, 2013
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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.

OatmattStout, Jan 11, 2013
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3.94/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

puboflyons, Feb 02, 2014
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dental, Apr 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

EgadBananas, Aug 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

RMoeNay, Jan 13, 2013
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3.54/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

angrybabboon, Jan 06, 2013
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DaKur, Jun 05, 2013
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3.63/5  rDev -1.9%

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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4.22/5  rDev +14.1%

On-tap 12/17/2011 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a short beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, some smokiness and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with a hearty smoked malt character followed by flavors of coffee and chocolate. The smokiness is not overdone there’s a decent and complementary hops presence that creates a nice balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very good porter to drink for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 18, 2011
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pisano, Mar 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

On tap. Pours a dark brown color with an inch of tan head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is smokey with some roasted malts and dark chocolate. Taste is really smokey with some roasted malts, coffee beans and dark chocolate. Slightly bitter chocolate finish. Mouthfeel is a bit light for the style. Overall, I am impressed. Both of the beers by this brewery are worth having for sure.

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4.01/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

jlindros, Jan 19, 2014
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Leaning Chimney Porter from Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island
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