God Damn Pigeon Porter - Spiteful Brewing

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God Damn Pigeon PorterGod Damn Pigeon Porter

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Reviews: 14
Hads: 117
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 5.46%
Wants: 16
Gots: 14 | FT: 2
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Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 05-02-2013

Out God Damn Pigeon Porter was brewed with our friends from across the pond in mind. We use traditional English Amber malt, but being the unruly Americans we are, we put our own happy twist on things. One of our favorite hops, Simcoe, was added late in the bail. This delightful porter will take your mind off the everyday nuisances of living in a big city, especially those f-ing pigeons!
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Photo of DRush11
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Perfect ,I'm a big spiteful nerd ...been with them since GFY #1 ..but this this the best thing from them that's been canned(including my previous fav . Ghost Bike ) ..magnificent balance . Super rich ! .lots of love ! (218 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber into a wicked weed snifter. batch #45 so this is from about 11 months ago.

pours a dark black with a nice inch thick brown head. smell jumps out at you right away even though its still a bit cold... roasty malts are very aromatic as well as hints of toffee. taste is very bold and a bit hoppy, especially for a porter. i get a lot of sweet chocolate and coffee. finishes sweet and dry and with a pretty big mouthfeel for a porter. damn good honestly. carbonation is perfect and drinkability is high.

overall highly exceeded expectations, even for spiteful which i have had nothing but good experiences with in the past. terrific for style! (653 characters)

Photo of untitledeuphoria
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best by: Unknown. Drank 12.28.14. Enjoyed at Maria's Community Bar, poured from a 16oz can to a pint glass.

Really excited to try this one after being away from Chicago for a few years. I had heard many great things about Spiteful from friends in the area.

A: Pours a pitch black, heavy frothy tan head, fades to an extremely thin cap...leaving behind an absurd amount of thick sticky lacing...especially for a porter.

S: Rich roasted coffee, bitter hops, dark fruit, roasted barley. Clear and powerful.

T: Similar to founders (ie: dark and hoppy) But with a much more distinct rich coffee flavor. Bakers chocolate, molasses, and bright hops round things out.

M: Medium body, not as thick as the color and ABV would suggest. Lots of prickly carbonation, no alcohol present...but you know this is a high abv beer. You could enjoy a few of these without wearing down your palate.

O: Really fucking good. A great introduction to Spiteful. I would recommend this to drinkers who are fans of both Pales and Porters. (1,019 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown and sits black in the glass with a surprising amount of brown foam, about two fingers.

Citrus, hop resin, roasty, and chocolate notes.

Bitter, but citrus and pine dominant hop bitterness, roasted malt, chocolate, and a little burnt flavor as well.

Medium-heavy bodied, medium carbonation, resinous, dank, and roasty.

Overall, a damn fine porter. (366 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black body, ample rising tan foam, leaves behind some spindly lace.

Roasty rich coffee aroma, nice. Possibly some unique character from the Simcoe, hard to tell.

Bitter and roasty flavors of black malt, dry coffee, nutty almond and chicory. Finish is very dry and moderately bitter, not much hop flavor just bitterness. Medium bodied and smooth. A tasty porter brewed with English Amber malt and American Simcoe hops. Well balanced and drinkable, considering the higher abv. (481 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Resiny, dank, roasty, chocolatey and piney aroma.

Flavor is dank and resin dominant, citrusy, roasty, with dark cocoa highlights. That chocolate really lingers. (161 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a medium to above average thickness. About three to four fingers of creamy head on the pour. Settled slightly but was very present while drinking. Pitch black appearance in the glass.

Smell: The dark simcoe hops hit right away. Sweet roasted malt and barley are present in the body. The dark fruits and malt keep coming back in waves. The hop accents in this brew is surprisingly refreshing.

Taste: Like the aroma, the hop presence hits right away. Again surprisingly floral and bright for a porter. Sugary malty body mixes very well with the hops. Waves of complexity keep coming over the palette long after drinking. The finish is on the lighter side, some syrupy malt texture stays behind.

Mouthfeel: Light but very refreshing. Some nice malt texture left behind.

Overall: A really excellent porter. Almost drinks like a black IPA, but the sweet malt accents keep it grounded as a porter. I'm usually not a huge fan of this much hop presence in a porter, but this one was very well done. (1,021 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What would a "spiteful" brewery do, but give us a porter that pushes the envelope- one that flirts with the roastiness of stout but reins back on the tethers of cream, smoothness, and milkshake to nestle the taste into the normal porter realm.

Dark, devious and strong with robust character, both the look and the scent resonate with French-press coffee, dry cocoa, burnt toast and scorched caramels. It is sounds like a "stout" description, then that's because this porter oversteps its boundary for effect! Its dry and foamy lather sits like bitter coffee on the early palate while a counterpart of burnt marshmallow hurries toward a more mellow middle taste.

Soothing sweetness rises as its acrid roast subsides and the beer rests in a deep toffee, coffee, and bitter chocolate realm. But as the sweetness fades, those tawny, tangy and acidic roast flavors emerge- this time not in taste but in a creamy campfire texture that's just as challenging as it is rewarding. Pushing, pushing, and pushing into a finish that's surprisingly drinkable.

Medium-full early, the beer sheds its early sweetness and associated weight and prefers a toasty, roasty finish in much the way that stout does. But its balance of medium-bodied coffee, bitter chocolate and burnt sugars make it a highly fortified porter instead. Well done Spiteful brewers! (1,339 characters)

Photo of drewfull
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Really interesting porter from Spiteful here. Poured from a 22 oz bomber.

A: A dark opaque brown, this poured really nicely with about a finger of head on it. Lacing left on the glass quite nicely. A great looking porter.

S: Malt, chocolate, maybe a little citrus hoppy going on there as well?

T: Iiiiinteresting, chocolately porter with a good hit of hops going on. It's definitely lighter for a porter, somewhat refreshing.

M: Nice and light for a porter. The hops definitely crispen up what is usually a smoother style.

Really interesting to taste this much hops in a porter. Got to say it's pretty delicious though! (625 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic pint glass.

Gotta have something to go with these skewers, and this one jumped out at me first. It pours a deep, dark black-brown topped by over a finger of dark khaki foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, mild coffee, a hint of dark chocolate powder, and a kiss of greenery. The taste brings in more of the same, with the greens attempting a full balance against the roast and chocolate, but not fully achieving such a status. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a solid porter, one that went pretty well with the salmon skewers I was eating without smothering their not-so-robust flavor. Good times. (678 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with handwritten Batch #45 written on the label. A new beer to me from Spiteful Brewing, out of Chicago, my first encounter with a porter from these guys. Expectations are good.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a dark chocolate brown; appears opaque black in the glass with about a finger to two fingers of thick khaki-tan head.

S - The smell is comprised of charred roasty English malts. A bit of caramel / toffee makes an appearance. Chocolate. The hop presence is noted, but not overpowering.

T - Taste brings more of the same, roasty, lightly charred, chocolate, coffee beans, caramel / toffee, and a hint of hop presence, but nothing too extreme like how others have said. Earthy / herbal hoppiness is most noticeable on the end.

M - The feel is smooth & creamy. Milky. Medium-bodied with good, low carbonation. Roasty bitterness on the finish.

Overall, a solid example of the style from Spiteful Brewing. I am interested to see how the other variants of this beer are, and I can't wait to crack the barrel-aged version!

Spiteful Brewing God Damn Pigeon Porter ---4/5. (1,105 characters)

Photo of pagriley
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz poured into pint glass. Batch 45, no date on bottle.
Purchased at Binnys in Skokie

A- standard pour produced a thick 3 finger head, opaque black. good head retention that took a few minutes to settle. A bit less lacing than you might expect.

S - All about the sweet roasted malts here. slight boozy hint of alcohol on the nose and not much hop presence for me

T - Creamy up front with smooth finish and some nice hop and roasted bitterness to round off and invite another sip. Nothing exceptional, but all in line with expectations for a good strong porter. Very nice

M - More carbonation than I expected, but not overpowering - a bit more than I would have thought for an 8% porter but not distracting. Creamy mouth feel which was surprising given the medium body.

O - A really solid drinkable big porter. for a $9 bomber it is merely nice, but I think you can find it in a 16oz 4 pack of cans for $10 and that is a good deal. Good, but I probably won't pick it up again (but would go for it on tap). For a quaffing/easy drinking porter I prefer Tallgrass Zombie Monkie, and for something bigger for sipping I would go with Ballast Point Victory at Sea (which is $1 cheaper, and a better 'special' feeling bomber). This fell somewhere in between which left me a bit conflicted - I wanted either more oomph and body or lower alcohol so I could knock back a few. (1,382 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice deep brown in color with a finger of sand colored head (tan with a light hue), nice lacing left behind. Smells of cocoa, raspberry/blackberry, almost a coca cola scent to this.. Slightly roasty, sweet malts, smells.. Well dark , and slightly fruity. Flavor is god damn raspberry! Haha, lots of raspberry up front with a roasty finish.. Bit of chocolate, roasted grains. Damn tasty fo'sho'

.. Lighter Medium body medium carbonation.. I wish it were slightly fuller.
This is pretty awesome for a fruit beer. I've had raspberry stouts before and they weren't that great, but something light like a porter works well with the berry flavor. (644 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into a teku. The can states that this batch features simcoe hops and wow they didnt skimp on their usage. The smell is all hops: dank, herbal, catty, citrus and fruity/rindy. There is hardly any noticeable roast or porter qualities to be found. By all means this is pretty much a black ipa. Even the flavor is all hops. Its bitter with rindy resin, pith, pulp and herbs. Not a bad beer but really not something id call a porter. (444 characters)

God Damn Pigeon Porter from Spiteful Brewing
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