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10w Porter - Free Will Brewing Co.

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10w Porter
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33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Free Will Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tempest on 03-13-2013

Substantially malty dark ale with a flavorful and roasty character.
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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this out of a bottle last night at the Cloverleaf Tavern, having never had this beer before. I like Porters since they tend to be more easygoing than Stouts and that was the case here. The flavor profile wasn't too deep do this beer but it was true to form and went down easily and sometimes, it's nice to have a beer that's nicely crafted without being overly complex!

This had a dark pour to it without a thick head or any lacing to be seen. The mouthfeel was thinner than I would have anticipated and there wasn't a lot of carbonation either. There wasn't a strong roasted feel to this and a bit of it emerged in the back but this reminded me more of a Coffee Porter more than anything else. Not smoked, not strong, this went down easily as the mouthfeel was somewhat weak and not that creamy or full.

Because the amount of booze in this was low, I could have had another in a sitting and not even noticed the alcohol. A hint of dark chocolate and cocoa saved this from being too dull but as it was, there wasn't much to discern after the initial taste settled in. A good example of the style, this Porter would probably not offend anyone and would be a great introduction to the style, while also serving as a session beer. Quite relaxing!

Photo of micromaniac129
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.96/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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2.12/5  rDev -44.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.4/5  rDev +14.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of wattoclone
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Not sure what differentiates an English Porter from an American Porter, but my guess is that an English style achieves the taste characteristics with the malts whereas an American style achieves the flavor by adding ingredients like chocolate and coffee. From what I was told at the brewery this porter was brewed without cocoa or coffee beans and therefore is an English-style porter.

In any case, I truly enjoyed this rich, thick, roasty porter and plan to make several trips back to the brewery in Perkasie to get growler refills. Pours jet black with a tan head and has all of the desirable features of a classic session porter: roasted malt, smokiness, coffee and chocolate notes with a smooth easy drinkability. It is richer than Stegmaier porter my previous local favorite which is a very similar in style, but has a thicker mouthfeel due to the meticulous care taken by this craft brewery. It is certainly not as complex as Founder's, Deschutes or Bell's which I consider the best of the bottled American examples. Since I did not see bottles of this porter at the brewery it would not be fair to compare it directly with these iconic porters but for those lucky enough to live close enough to the brewery this would be my first choice since it is unpasteurized and very fresh.

Photo of tviz33
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of bkrebs
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this on draft at the brewery as well as from growlers filled at the tasting room. I don't think calling this an english porter is the best description. I don't know if that's part of their official literature or not, but it is not in the family of Taddy Porter or London Pride as 10w has a more overtly roasty character overall. If I had to give it a style label, I suppose "Session Robust Porter" would fit best in my opinion. Naming aside, here's my impression of the beer...

It is pretty much black with a dark tan head. The aroma is of dark roasted grain. Primarily a medium high chocolate up front with a low, supporting, roasted barley type coffee in support. Perhaps a bit of earthy hops lingering in there, but certainly not in the forefront.

The flavor follows suit with chocolate roast at center stage at a medium high level. The coffee roast comes in again to back it up and add some complexity. Maybe a low earthy hop flavor in there as well, but definitely subtle. The hop bitterness is moderate and balances well with the roast and medium sweetness. Finish is lingering roast, again with just enough sweetness to keep things in a happy balance. The mouthfeel is medium. Definitely not full and chewy, but far from watery.

Overall this is a wonderfully balanced and complex, roasty porter that is quite satisfying to drink, and at under 5% alcohol you can enjoy a few of them without falling down. This is among my favorite beers to come from this brewery.

Photo of mick303
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Dark roasty malts, strong coffee notes. Some smooth cherry, pomegranate and chocolate malts. A nice sessionable porter, well balanced and structured, fairly typical profile, very tasty and worth a try as a tasty session porter. Good roasty profile.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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10w Porter from Free Will Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.