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10w Porter - Free Will Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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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Ratings: 43 | Reviews: 9
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Photo of wattoclone
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
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 WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of chinchill
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark and rich looking; opaque; decent head with ample sticky lacing.

Flavor: rich, bold, dark-roasted grains with an overall slightly bitter balance. Hints of dark chocolate and coffee. Some char in finish and aftertaste.

Medium yet watery body with low carbonation.

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had a pint at the Trapp Door in Emmaus, PA. I've had some disappointing spoilage problems with other beers from Free Will, so I was pleasantly surprised to just find an awesome English porter. It was smooth and balanced with a tasty mix of roast, cocoa, and coffee beans. The mild English candied yeast character carefully folded in. I didn't hesitate to order a second pint. It was very drinkable, with enough body to satisfy in the winter months (though I'd probably love this in any weather). Order yourself a glass if you can find it.

Photo of Bdel34
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of erialbill
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Goldndomer
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of CptBlackBeerd
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jgoth34
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark red appears black. Little to no head but very inviting. Laces the glass like a glove.
Smell: The aroma is intoxicating, hints of caramel or dark chocolate. Sweet but not overpowering.
Taste: Well balanced, not sweet as it smells but not very bitter either.
Feel: Very warm feel to this beer something I would enjoy on cold winter night. Would pair well with corn beef and cabbage. Such a nice balance in flavor. Not too heavy nor too light.
Overall: Excellent beer reminds me of Guinness but a kicked up version. Can't find many flaws personally

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Chugs13
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of tviz33
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 BeezNeezy22D
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Photo of jamesaharvey
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of epyon396
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmdrpi
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

served on draft, in a standard shaker pint glass.

it's opaque black, with brown in the edges, and tan head. looks good, decent head retention. smell is nice, roasty coffee dominates. taste doesn't quite have as much coffee flavor, but good balance of dry and acidic roasted malt flavors. tasty. on the thicker side.

nice to try another from this local brewery, and it's a good one.

Photo of Spins615
2.12/5  rDev -44.9%

Photo of bwhitbeck633
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of micromaniac129
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 302BeerGuy
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BARFLYB
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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10w Porter from Free Will Brewing Co.
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