Pitchfork Porter - Oast House Brewers
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Ratings: 8 | Reviews: 2 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Cylinsier:
3.78/5 rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pours opaque black with a lit tan film for a head.
Smells of light brown sugar and roasted coffee malt.
Light cocoa flavor with some brown sugar and coffee elements.
Full body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.
Pretty decent flavorful porter, worth trying although there are certainly better porters out there.
Serving type: on-tap
02-07-2014 03:20:41 | More by Cylinsier
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3.65/5 rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
This sample of Pitchfork Porter poured a little flat, something perfectly expected given it's spent a few days in the growler. Still, its receded bubbles are tinged a cola brown and some of them even manage to produce a thin, filmy lacing. The beer itself is virtually black - also something expected - but does have a kind of roasted hazelnut complexion to the light.
The lack of hoppiness indicates the brewery was going for a more English-style porter and, indeed, the aroma has enough roasted barley character to make it apparent that brown porters were in fact the precursors to stouts. And heck, I can think of a few stouts on the market that don't have this level of roasted maltiness, let alone the sleek, rich dark chocolate truffle note.
The flavour, while it retains some of that silky dark chocolate truffle quality, is a bit too smoky to qualify as decadent (unless said truffle was infused with scotch, maybe). There's a prominent roastedness and only subtle caramel and coffee notes that altogether make it a fairly classic rendition of the style. Fireworks there are none; tasty roasted malt there is plenty.
This is the kind of beer that coffee drinkers would trip over themselves to get their hands on - put it in retail and I expect to see the Starbucks crowd make a 'Black Friday at Walmart'-like scene. It has an oily-slick mouthfeel with assertive roast, underlying acidity, and lightly burnt aftertaste that features plenty of cocoa flavour. This maltiness is like a cousin to coffee beans.
Pitchfork Porter is a decent offering, albeit not one that is likely to put Oast House Brewers on the map (in truth, for all the solid offerings I've tried from this brewery none have managed to really impress me). But there's good potential there, as this porter suggests, and I look forward to drinking more of their stuff... but likely not more Pitchfork. One growler is enough.
Serving type: growler
05-01-2014 18:22:12 | More by biegaman
Pitchfork Porter from Oast House Brewers
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