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Midnight Rider Colonial Porter | Battle Road Brewing Company

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Battle Road Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by andylipp on 03-28-2014

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 22
Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2/19/14, should have had this Fresh, so if it's not top notch I'll try it again.

Pours a decent fizzy darker colored 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, fair creamy too, just about pitch black.

Nose is decent, mild chocolate, some dark choc and creamy cocoa, lots of wafer cookie and biscuity cookie, raw malts like fresh mash aroma and mild cereal grain, a touch of a faint earthy hop.

Taste brings nice porter flavours, rich creamy dark malts, lactose I think even or just big creamy profile, with milk chocolate and little dark choc cocoa. Then note of the biscuit, cookie wafer flavor, little cereal doughy like, almost chewy. A faint smoke note, and it even brings a faint fruity almost cherry like smoke, interesting. Hops come through nicely, little spicy note, little grassy and earthy, fair bitterness that ramps nicely on the back end. A touch of roast combines with the smoke adds brings a touch of an acrid metallic note. Finish is a bit sweet and sticky, nice long lingering bitterness, and bit more chocolate and cookie wafer.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, light creaminess and chewy, decent carb.

Overall pretty nice actually, great malt profile with the chocolate and cookie wafer biscuit, nice hint of the cherry wood smoke, good hop profile that blend nicely, balanced and very enjoyable. Just a touch of that acrid metallic note and could have used a bit more attenuation to dry the finish a bit more, the only nitpicking issues a can see.

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Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours near black where no light shines through. Beige head that settles to a thin level of bubbles. Leaves some smudges of lace on the glass.

Strong aroma of powdered cocoa. Semi-sweet nose.

The predominant flavor is the aforementioned powdered cocoa, but there is some definitive black patent malt that brings a burnt toast aspect to the taste, particularly in the swallow and aftertaste. Very coffee like. Moderate body with an elevated carbonation.

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Photo of ichorNet
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark-brown, bordering black with a fluffy tan head that settles over time to a small ring. Doesn’t seem to leave much lacing overall

Scent: Chocolate, roasty grain, lightly buttery and rich, hazelnut and red apple notes; a touch of ash and tobacco from the cherrywood-smoked malt

Taste: Velvety combination of dark chocolate, pine-y bitter hops, burning wood char, and a warming, comforting nutty note that lingers long after each sip

Mouthfeel: Initially a rather sharp, engaging beer that tours the palate, though it does settle down after a few pours, becoming a stalwart and enjoyable brew

Drinkability: Fine when all is said and done; the light yeasty approach adds some body towards the end of the bottle, and the flavors are enjoyable and delicate

Overall: Good, to-style American porter that gets the job done and includes some high-quality characteristics such as a distinct, light smokiness and a slightly bright hop quality here and there. The light fruity notes and approachable char & roast elements make this a solid example that I'm proud call local.

Read full review @ http://blogs.lowellsun.com/beer/2014/03/29/battle-road-midnight-rider/

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Midnight Rider Colonial Porter from Battle Road Brewing Company
- out of 100 based on 3 ratings.