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God Damn Pigeon Porter - Spiteful Brewing

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God Damn Pigeon PorterGod Damn Pigeon Porter

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97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 7.43%
Wants: 16
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Spiteful Brewing visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: emerge077 on 05-02-2013

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4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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4/5  rDev -1%
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!

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3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.24/5  rDev +5%
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.

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3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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.

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God Damn Pigeon Porter from Spiteful Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.