Pay It Forward Cocoa Porter - West Sixth Brewing Company

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Pay It Forward Cocoa PorterPay It Forward Cocoa Porter

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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 6
Gots: 38 | FT: 2
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West Sixth Brewing Company visit their website
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ali1987 on 12-30-2013

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Ratings: 162 | Reviews: 28
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Photo of tempest
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Damn, that's a cocoa aroma and flavor. The smooth chocolate — reminds me of Rogue's Chocolate Stout — rolls into light caramel malts with deeper roasts popping up with a little espresso and ground coffee. Cool beer, check it out if you can. It's a touch big, so you might want to save it for dessert.

Photo of chinchill
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pay-it-forward Cocoa Porter [7%] on tap at the brewpub in Lexington.

The superb aroma is the strong point of this beer. It is rich, slightly sweet, and has a fine contribution from both dark roasted grains and cocoa nibs. Hints of toffee and dark fruits.

Medium+ body with medium-low carbonation.
Excellent aftertaste, with some hops showing.

Photo of Tilly
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Pots super dark brown with a light brown fluffy head. Huge chocolate and malt aroma. Sweet coffee, chocolate, molasses, vanilla and faint hops. Creamy mouth with very little bitterness. A nice porter.

Photo of Retroman40
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one actually seems like a bit more of a stout that a traditional porter. Deep black in color with a fleeting tan head followed by significant lacing. The aroma and taste are dominated with coffee with some chocolate. The mouthfeel is ok with a decent enough carbonation level. Overall a decent beer and certainly worth a try.

Photo of mlockman
4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Phenomenal porter, almost reminds me of a Baltic Porter in regards to the hop aroma and taste. Overall balances well to create a bittersweet brew with a hint of cocoa on the finish.

Photo of Brutaltruth
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a can in a pint glass. This fantastic porter pours a thick brownish black with a nice thick light brown head that lingers with great lacing. Nose of cocoa, coffee, and deeply roasted grains. Flavors follow the nose with cocoa and light coffee throughout, and a muted sweetness to the sides. Nice roasted aftertaste with the cocoa. Very drinkable smooth mouth feel, lightly carbonated and coating makes this a stout drinkers porter to enjoy.


Photo of TWStandley
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%

Poured from the can into my HF glass.

Appeared jet black in color with a one finger light brown head.

Holy roasted malts in the nose. Smells of dark bakers chocolate and toast.

Taste is nice. Definetely roasty...chocolate not quite as present as I would like but good. Creamy.

Mouthfeel is medium in thickness with decent but light carbonation.

Overall a tasty treat!

Photo of bluejacket74
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can, canned on 03/12/15. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head that stayed around a little while. There's also a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and some earthy hoppiness. The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but there's also some molasses noticeable too. It seems hoppier than I expected it to be. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and slick with a good amount of carbonation. One of my friends gave me a can of this, I think I'm going to have to pick up a 6 pack the next time I see it!

Photo of cferg88
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Very easy drinking for a porter.

Photo of buschbeer
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 FL OZ bottle
Served in a becker glass

L - It is dark brown with some rust colored highlights. it is capped with three to four inches of tan head with good staying power and decent lacing.

S - The nibs shine on this one. I smell cocoa and chocolate. I also smell some caramel.

T - The taste is of unsweetened chocolate. The chocolate is there but in a bitter form. I get some roasted malt on the finish.

F - Medium

O - It started out good. I liked the cocoa and chocolate flavors. The bitterness was a little over the top for me. It is a decent beer, and I am glad I got to try it.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a Stone IRS snifter. The pour is very dark and nearly black with a massive majestic crown of tan foam with good retention and nice lacing. The nose is wonderfully roasty with bittersweet chocolate notes.

Medium-full body with a surprisingly creamy feel (just didn't anticipate that from a can - not sure why). The classic porter roast and burnt flavors are there along with a hint of malty sweetness, but the roast reigns supreme. The cocoa nibs come in around mid-palate and linger through the finish, which is granted a dry character by the bitter nibs.

I don't come across too many good new porters. This one is quite solid and very true to the style, but nothing to write home about. I generally prefer porters with a bit more sweetness and this one is quite heavy on the roast. Definitely one to look for if you're a big fan of this style and like to try new ones, just don't be foolish and judge it as if it were an imperial stout.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Poured into a perfect pint.

4.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of creamy light brown head. Retention is very good and a finger ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: As advertised, this has a big cocoa aroma from the start. Roasted malts, chocolate, layers of caramel, and molasses. A touch grainy with a solid neutral malt sweetness.

3.75 T: Tastes good too. Again, big cocoa with chocolate. Roasted malts, molasses, and caramel.

4.0 M: Medium body. Pleasantly creamy with good moderate carbonation.

3.75 D: My only issue with this brew is that it doesn't hold up throughout the night. I had four of them yesterday but only really enjoyed my first two.

Photo of neenerzig
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Got a 6 pack of this from the brewery back on Wednesday, as my wife and I were in Lexington for a day. Poured from a 12 oz. can into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a pretty dark brown color that seems to have no interest in letting in any light. Has a flurry looking, slightly tan head that is about 2/3 to 3/4 of an inch thick when first poured before settling to a nice, foamy surface coating with a thick ring lining the inside of the glass and very good lacing. Big aromas of cocoa nibs and chocolate notes are certainly present along with some nice roasted malts with hints of caramel and molasses. The taste pretty much follows suit, with roasted malts upfront with hints of caramel and molasses sweetness that gives way to a strong cocoa nib and some bitter dark chocolate goodness. Not really any discernible hop presence. Has a slightly crisp, and prickly, mainly smooth and creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in the way a good porter should be. A worthy effort here that is with a try if you get the chance to.


Photo of jodyray25
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

I have been a long time drinker of "craft beers" but just recently started paying attention to what I am buying and looking for. Been reading Beer Advocate and other beer review sites like crazy the last couple of months. When I started looking into Kentucky Brewers this is one of the first ones that I had access to in my rather rural part of the state. Porters and Stouts are my go to in general and this one excited me quite a bit, I was NOT disappointed. Right up there with some of my other favorite Porters, give the Kentucky Boys a try

Photo of Buschyfor3
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving: 12 oz can poured into a Sam Adams pint glass

A: Deep mahogany pour from the can, which produces a finger-thick khaki-colored head; held up to the light, there is an interesting stratification of color - the bottom third of the glass produces some shimmering ruby highlights while the upper 2/3 is much darker, nearly opaque; clingy sheets of khaki colored lace sticks to the glass.

S: Picking up a faint sweetness in the form of powdered cocoa; also finding a mild coffee aroma, roasted malts and a touch of charcoal-like smokiness; overall, the aroma is rather tame at first, but as the beer warms, the cocoa and coffee notes seem to perk up.

T: Roasted flavors announce their presence from the first sip - roasted malts competing with a nice coffee flavor contribute to an early bitterness; mid sip sees a flash of cocoa provide an offsetting sweetness before fading into an earthy, smoky note - a touch woodsy even; the hops make their presence known with a rising resiny bite; finish is drying with a second dose of coffee beans, easing into a buttered toast and nutty taste that lingers long after each sip.

M: Medium bodied; very fine carbonation nicely cuts through the oily slickness to create a slightly creamy mouthfeel; very nicely done for a non-nitro can.

O: A nice porter from the guys at West Sixth. Good to see local breweries putting out some quality offerings, and this is their newest, year-round canned offering. This porter has a nice balance between malts and hops, with an added dash of cocoa to liven things up, all while maintaining solid drinkability for a 7% ABV porter. Give this one a chance, I think you'll enjoy it.

Photo of El_Farto_Magico
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Overall I give it a "meh."

Photo of BEERchitect
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Steadfast with natural chocolate flavors, Porter beer leads with this succulence and accompanied by coffee, nutty and malty taste. That's not good enough for the brewers at West Sixth Brewery! Robust cocoa flavors are given a boost by actual cocoa additions to the brewing process.

Like the mainstay appearance for the style, Pay It Forward (cocoa edition) portrays a dark brown ale with a sandy haze. Its frothy build up of foam is fluid like espresso creme, equipped with a mocha-stained tint. Semi-firm in its retention, the cocoa infusion renders any froth character relatively short and quite in its lacing.

Its toasted sweetness pops in aroma, striking the olfactory senses with robust coffee, nutty, slightly charred character, but also its fore-running dark chocolate character. An undercurrent of caramel welcomes a woody counterpart from hops and wafts of milk smoke.

Upon first sip, the velvety sweetness of caramel and chocolate wrap around the tongue, saturating with bittersweet chocolate flavor and an accompaniment of roasted walnuts, smoldering ember, charred toast and french-press coffee. Trailing with cocoa and woodish bittering, coffee notions rise in finish along with a toasted sharpness.

Its lush mouthfeel is creamy and velvety early but fades smoothly to a pleasant bitterness, dryness and toasted malt closure. As its carbonation is light, the ale seeps into the taste buds and is slow to release- rewarding the palate with its silky chocolate sweetness into a long and welcoming linger.

Where Pay It Forward is a classic Porter with English-like malting and American dryness and hop character- this cocoa laden version gives a creamy smoothness and chocolaty seduction that the porter wasn't able to achive on its own.

Photo of MarkQ617
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this poured out of the can into a pint glass on a rainy day. The color was a dark, heavy brown with not a ton of head. Aroma and flavor were smoke, a touch of coffee, and cocoa. Pretty perfect mouthfeel for a porter, creamy but not too heavy. Good Kentucky brew.

Photo of beerme626
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rich chocolate and coffee. A great W6 offerring.

Photo of DavidArthur
4.92/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

this is my favorite beer of all time. It's the beer I think of while at work, daydreaming of quitting time. 20 minutes after you drink it you can taste the cocoa changing on your palate. Its aroma and presentation on nice, and the body is not too thick, or syrupy. It is just a great great beer.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice coffee beer, but the body is rather thin. Kind of a pointed caramel malt thing going on as well. Decent, but not the strong coffee beer around, by far.

Photo of denver10
3.01/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours deep dark brown, just about black, with a khaki head. Aroma is full of dark roast, bready, and cocoa. Maybe some coffee grinds in there. Flavor follows suit with a mild touch of hops in the finish. A thinnish medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, I love what they are going for here with the lack of sweetness and bold dark roastiness but they fall short in delivery. An alright porter but it lacks depth or finesse. Thin in all aspects and one dimensional. What you taste with that initial wave is all there is to it. Enjoyable enough if its already in front of you, but not one I would seek out.

Photo of UrbanCaveman
2.34/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz can, poured into a shaker pint at approximately 55 degrees F.

A: Pours a dark brown with black highlights, ere pooling into an inky black mass capped with an impressively thick ecru head. Lacing down the glass was crazy sticky. The iPhone flashlight test revealed only a tiny ruby spot of light.

S: The aroma is primarily smoke and earth, like the bottom of a well-used campfire pit at a campground, mingled with bits of light roasted coffee and dark roasted toffee malt.

T: Alas, that earth note from the nose? It reigns supreme through the entirety of the tasting process, from opening through the middle to the finish. This porter is pretty much solid dirt hops in a wall-to-wall shag with a five-inch nap. Somewhere, buried about as deeply as James Hoffa is, there's a spot of blackened grain flavors, and towards the finish, some notes of coffee make it through. I could find no cocoa to speak of, though - probably got mixed up with the mound of wet earth being shoveled into the tun.

M: Creamy and smooth, with not much carbonation, though it does have a watery finish as many porters do.

O: Meh. Another victim of the rush to add hops and hop-forward flavors to styles not normally known for such techniques to curry favor with the hophead crowd. If the CAT 963 Loader full of earth didn't dominate the entire flavor profile, I may have been able to pick out more flavors.

Photo of fitrock2112
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Poured Pay it Forward Cocoa Porter into a pint glass.

A - Pours black with dark ruby highlights and a finger of mocha head.

S - The aroma is of dark roasted malts and coffee.

T - On the initial taste lots of dark roasted malts come through. Some bitter coffee in there mid palate. On the aftertaste more dark roasted malts and coffee with just a touch of bittersweet chocolates.

M- Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

O - Nice beer. No complaints. Recommended Cheers

Photo of barczar
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Roasty malt underlies sweet cocoa and nutty malt in the aroma. The nuttiness and chocolate dominate, giving an impression if sweetness.

Flavor reveals more coffee tones throughout, with lightly bitter, slightly charred malt lingering in the finish. Rich cocoa character is indulgent. Deeply toasted malt becomes evident in the aftertaste. Good balance of bitterness and chocolate. There's a touch of metallic character that surfaces late.

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Pay It Forward Cocoa Porter from West Sixth Brewing Company
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